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Sunday, April 1, 2018


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REGINA - The Regina Pats-Swift Current Broncos first round WHL Playoff series is going to a Game 7.

Saturday night before a sixth-straight sellout crowd of 6484 in the Brandt Centre, the Pats routed the Broncos 7-2 to avoid elimination and force a deciding game.

A tentative first period went scoreless for almost 15 minutes before Regina's Robbie Holmes and Cameron Hebig potted back-to-back goals just 1:06 apart and the Pats led 2-0 at the break.

Hebig scored again just 55 seconds into the middle frame and Jake Leschyshyn made it 4-0 Pats at the 9:22 mark. The Broncos got on the board with a powerplay goal from Georgio Estephan five minutes later but Regina's Nick Henry scored his 3rd of the series late in the period and the Pats took a 5-1 lead into the third.

At that point, Broncos' starting goalie Stuart Skinner was lifted in favour of Joel Hofer. Skinner stopped 19 of 24 shots.

Regina's Sam Steel and Matt Bradley each scored their first of the series in the final chapter and the Broncos' Max Patterson scored a late powerplay goal to make it a 7-2 final.

The Pats wound up outshooting the Broncos 33-27 while going 0/6 on the powerplay and 3/5 killing penalties.

Ryan Kubic made 25 saves to collect the victory in the Pats goal. Regina was missing veterans Libor Hajek and Jessie Gabrielle due to injury.

Game 7 goes Monday night at the Credit Union I-Plex in Swift Current in a 7:00 pm start on 620 CKRM and Access 7.



Anonymous said...

Skinner, Skinner, Skinner.....

Either the Pats have shown they are a Memorial Cup contender now, or the Broncos are just not as good a team as everyone thinks.

8 games against each other in the last 2 weeks, and they are both 4 and 4.

Anonymous said...

You Swift Current fans can suck it! Pats all the way to the Memorial Cup

william weppler said...

And that's why they call it Junior hockey!

This series is not what I thought it would be at all. Didn't think there would be any blow-outs and basically that's what every game has been. No momentum for either Team from 1 game to the next...or at least none taken advantage of.

Coaches must be scratching their heads as well. Series getting a little chippy for me so hope the Refs start calling the intentional stick work, late hits, etc. on Monday. No need for any player to get hurt as everyone will be needed for the next tough series.

I wonder if Skinner will be nervous Monday or step up big? Going to be interesting. Too close to call for me.

Then there is the MJ-PA series....WTH is going on there! From what I have followed MJ should be on the outside looking to find their golf clubs. Crazy series as well...major upset if PA can pull if off but I am thinking Jayden H going to get going tomorrow so will be it for PA. Warriors have just been to good all year to tank now but pressure is all on them.

Go Pats!

WesternManitobaRiders said...

Great series, and yet, it does not matter anymore who did what so far, as it is one game take all now. It is too bad one of these teams has to be out in the first round. They are each strong enough to have been in the second round before having a match up like this one. However, if I am Regina, and even though it is on the road, I am thinking you just lay in on the line and play your heart out, and with a break here or there, see what happens. Sure, if the Pats lose, sitting around for 6 or 7 weeks is brutal, but they still get to play again even if it is through the back door into the Memorial Cup. Yes, they give up a lot for the foreseeable future, but that was the price for hosting the Memorial Cup, unfortunately a year after they had their best team in years. As to Swift though, they made a number of big deals and brought on more top end players, brokering their future for playoff success this year. If they cannot pull it off, with a first line like they have, that will have been a huge gamble not won, and to me, that may put more pressure on them especially as they were expected to go all the way, either them or Moose Jaw. But, as long as it is a hard fought game and not decided on some questionable or cheap call, then let them play, and all of us can enjoy what has been good hockey thus far.

Morgan said...

Oh baby!!! Another shoe shiner in the Queen City! Game 7 here we come!!! Go Pats Go!!!

Andrew Wiens said...

The Broncos are playing like the team that has a free Memorial Cup berth and doesn't care about going deep in the playoffs. If they want to bring that kind of effort to the rink I don't want to watch them play next weekend.

bdunc said...

Wow talk about a complete turn around...Swift looked like they are happy to host a game 7..they had no zip at all. They were outplayed and severely out coached..They had a lot of passengers out there tonight... Gaudwin was looking over his shoulder all night long and Estaphan as usual was looking at his reflection in the glass..and how about the or tough guy going after our somebody said in this blog the other day.."time to hold those accountable"...Game 7 should be a blast...see some of you at the Brandt in May

Anonymous said...

Regina Pats Champions

Anonymous said...

HUGE win considering the Pats were without;

1.) Highest scoring WJC Defenseman (Hajek)
2.) Our 2nd leading 2nd half goal scorer (Gabrielle)
3.) Our top 2nd half goaltender (Paddock)

and we STILL take the Broncos to Game 7? When we get healthy, look out!

@mrt_man said...


Anonymous said...

PA gonna force a game 7 for the Mighty Warriors ?