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The Regina Pats needed to find a way to solve Lethbridge goalie Stuart Skinner in Game 4 of the WHL East final if they were going to even the series at 2. They did!
It took a while to crack the armor of Skinner, but goals late in the second period from Adam Brooks and Dawson Leedahl just 70 seconds apart gave Regina a 4-2 lead. They added to that lead in the 3rd with goals from Connor Hobbs and Wyatt Sloboshan.
Brooks had 3 points on the night as did Hobbs while Tyler Brown stopped 24 shots to record the win.
Game 5 is in Regina Friday with Game 6 back in Lethbridge Sunday.
1st Period-1, Regina, Buziak 1 (Harrison, Lockner), 9:53. Penalties-Franklin Let (boarding), 0:11; Vandervlis Let (delay of game), 5:39; Yewchuk Let (high sticking), 14:29; Leedahl Reg (slashing), 16:06.
2nd Period-2, Lethbridge, Cozens 3 (Zborosky, Addison), 2:21. 3, Regina, de Wit 3 (Brooks, Hobbs), 9:00. 4, Lethbridge, Vandervlis 6 (Bellerive, Baer), 9:34. 5, Regina, Brooks 5 (Ahl, Schioler), 18:06. 6, Regina, Leedahl 10 (Steel, Sloboshan), 19:16. Penalties-No Penalties
3rd Period-7, Regina, Hobbs 4 (Steel, Brooks), 7:53 (PP). 8, Regina, Sloboshan 3 (Hobbs), 17:04 (EN). Penalties-Yewchuk Let (hooking), 7:25; Holmes Reg (tripping), 8:38; Leedahl Reg (roughing), 16:15; Wong Let (roughing), 16:15.
Shots on Goal-Regina 11-17-6-34. Lethbridge 8-7-11-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Regina 1 / 4; Lethbridge 0 / 2.
Goalies-Regina, Brown (26 shots-24 saves). Lethbridge, Skinner (33 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Jared Mackey (52), Michael Roberts (87).
The Western Conference final is also even at two as the Kelowna Rockets beat Seattle 4-2 in Game 4.
Nick Merkley, Tomas Soustal, Kole Lind and Nolan Foote all had a goal and an assist for the winners.