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Monday, May 15, 2017

VIGR RECAP: SEATTLE CLAIMS WHL TITLE

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REGINA - The Seattle Thunderbirds knocked off the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League to advance to the Memorial Cup.

Alexander True scored the winner 12:36 into overtime as Seattle edged the Regina Pats 4-3 on Sunday, winning their best-of-seven Western Hockey League final in six games.

True's goal capped a Thunderbirds rally that saw them score three unanswered goals to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Sami Moilanen, Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar, with the tying goal 17:06 into the third period, also scored for Seattle.

Sam Steel, Josh Mahura and Austin Wagner supplied the offence for the Pats.

Thunderbirds goaltender Carl Stankowski made 28 saves. Regina's Tyler Brown stopped 39 shots.

Seattle joins the Ontario Hockey League champion Erie Otters, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs, and the host Windsor Spitfires in the Memorial Cup, which begins Friday.

(Canadian Press)

5 comments:

3RD and 1 said...

I am proud of how far the Regina Pats have come these past few years. Since new ownership took over the Regina Pats have been on a steady climb into the realm of respectability. There is no question the owners group hit a grand slam when they hired John Paddock as Head Coach and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations.
Whether you agree or not. Seattle was the better team. I don't remember this Pats team give up so many goals in bunches like they did in this series. Seattle scored fast and often.
With Seattle feeling what it's like to be defeated in this series last year. It really looked like they were not going to be denied this year.
I know it's a Cliche to say there is always next year. However it couldn't be more true in this case. This team will be even better next year. John will have the Pats ready and they will earn their way into the Memorial Cup. This team is too good to sit back and be handed a free trip because of being the host city.
Good luck Seattle. I'm sure you will do well in the Memorial Cup this year.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Seattle.

Anonymous said...

Time to move on . Team Canada as Reginians called them earlier are FINISHED as I predicted and the only reason they will be in it next year is because they are Hosts which in my way of thinking is so stupid it is pitiful . End up with a losing season as Regina will next year and they are still in it. Sounds like a Money grab to me.

Anonymous said...

The Pats had a team with great potential but didn't always play like they should. Penalties were their downfall and losing Brooks a couple of times kept them from being their absolute best. Good teams find a way to win though and Seattle was better at it than the Pats were. Life and learn, their time will come.

william weppler said...

Thanks for the great year Regina Pats!