Saturday, May 6, 2017
Pats Need OT To Even WHL Final At One
To quote Pats p x p man Phil Andrews "WHAT A WIN!! WHAT A GAME!!"
Josh Mahura evened the WHL Final at one game apiece when his shot from the line got past Carl Stankowski into the Seattle net to give the Pats a 4-3 overtime win.
The goal was a power-play marker as Seattle's Keegan Kolesar was whistled for kneeing after delivering a knee to the midsection of Connor Hobbs in a post-play scrum.
The goal also marked another comeback by the Pats who once again showed character after getting knocked to the canvas again in these WHL playoffs.
Holding a one goal lead in the 2nd, the Thunderbirds scored three times in 56 seconds to stun a sold-out Brandt Centre squad who were starting to wonder if the team would head to Seattle down 2-0 in the best of seven especially with the fact the high-flying Pats could only muster 12 shots after two periods.
Mahura gave the Pats some life when he scored at 18:35 with Filip Ahl scoring at 5:20 of the 3rd to tie the game setting the stage for Mahura's OT heroics.
The series now goes to Seattle for Game 3 Tuesday, Game 4 Wednesday and Game 5 Friday.
It is not known if Adam Brooks will play in those games. Brooks suffered an upper-body injury when hit by Turner Ottenbreit in the second period of Game 1. Brooks did watch Game 2 from the Brandt Centre
1st Period-1, Regina, Steel 9 0:50. Penalties-Wedman Sea (faceoff interference), 2:31; Kolesar Sea (high sticking), 13:22; Sloboshan Reg (holding), 16:54.
2nd Period-2, Seattle, Strand 5 (Neuls), 3:56. 3, Seattle, Ottenbreit 2 (Barzal), 4:12. 4, Seattle, True 9 (Gropp, Bear), 4:52 (PP). 5, Regina, Mahura 5 (Leedahl, Steel), 18:35 (PP). Penalties-Sloboshan Reg (tripping), 4:28; Wagner Reg (interference), 6:45; Eansor Sea (tripping), 9:44; Strand Sea (high sticking), 11:27; Adams Sea (interference), 16:29; Neuls Sea (checking from behind), 18:00.
3rd Period-6, Regina, Ahl 5 5:20. Penalties-No Penalties
OT Period-7, Regina, Mahura 6 (Ahl, Leedahl), 5:22 (PP). Penalties-Kolesar Sea (kneeing), 4:59.
Shots on Goal-Seattle 9-10-10-1-30. Regina 5-8-11-2-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Seattle 1 / 3; Regina 2 / 7.
Goalies-Seattle, Stankowski (26 shots-22 saves). Regina, Brown (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Chad Huseby (59), Cody Huseby (88).