Swift Current got off to a fast start when Beck Malenstyn put a puck home after a bounce off the end boards to make it 1-0 less than four minutes in. The Pats were shorthanded five times in the first and Swift Current capitalized on two of them. First, Tyler Steenbergen scored from the right circle and then Matteo Gennaro tipped a point shot and the Pats trailed 3-0 after one.
Regina would outshoot Swift Current 20-14 the rest of the way, but Stuart Skinner held the fort and the Pats fell 3-0 in game one.
Regina outshot the Broncos 34-26, the power play was oh for four, the penalty kill was six for eight and Ryan Kubic made 23 saves.
The Pats and Broncos will meet again in game two Saturday night in Swift Current at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM and Access 7.
- Ryan Kubic made 23 saves in his playoff debut.
- Jake Leschyshyn won seven of 10 faceoffs and had three shots on goal in game one.
The Pats and Broncos will meet again in game two Saturday night in Swift Current at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM and Access 7. Games three and four are at the Brandt Centre March 26 and 28th. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office.