Saturday, April 22, 2017
Brooks Is OT Hero As Pats Even WHL East Final
No one in the Brandt Centre Saturday night should have fingernails after a Game 2 thriller.
The Regina Pats looked like they would even the best of seven East final with the Lethbridge Hurricanes at one when Austin Wagner scored a short-handed goal in the 3rd period to give Regina a 2-0 lead, but the plucky Hurricanes would not die and scored twice in a 33 second span to send the game into overtime.
In that overtime, both teams had their chances, but it was Adam Brooks who ended it as he put one past Stuart Skinner at the 17:05 mark for the winner.
The series will resume in Lethbridge with Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday. Game 5 will go at the Brandt Centre on Monday at noon. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Brandt Centre box office, the Pats office, Ticketmaster or Canada Safeway stores in Regina. Note those stores may sell tickets upon opening.
1st Period-1, Regina, de Wit 2 (Schioler, Kjemhus), 9:44. Penalties-Schioler Reg (roughing), 16:29.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bowen Let (slashing), 5:04; Estephan Let (slashing), 7:48; Ahl Reg (inter. on goaltender), 16:09; Baer Let (high sticking), 17:03.
3rd Period-2, Regina, Wagner 12 (Sloboshan, Zborovskiy), 7:21 (SH). 3, Lethbridge, Franklin 2 (Joseph, Merezhko), 9:21. 4, Lethbridge, Bellerive 6 (Baer), 9:54. Penalties-Riddle Let (hooking), 1:35; Hobbs Reg (tripping), 7:03; Leedahl Reg (tripping), 14:22.
OT Period-5, Regina, Brooks 4 (Zborovskiy), 17:05. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Lethbridge 3-8-11-9-31. Regina 14-12-11-14-51.
Power Play Opportunities-Lethbridge 0 / 4; Regina 0 / 4.
Goalies-Lethbridge, Skinner (51 shots-48 saves). Regina, Brown (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Mike Langin (67).
Linesmen-Kelsey Mahoney (138), Tarrington Wyonzek (137).
The WHL West final is also even at one after Kelowna beat Seattle 4-3. Reid Gardiner had the winner at the 4:56 mark of overtime.