Friday, May 12, 2017
Seattle 7 Regina 4 -- TBirds Can Win WHL Title in Regina Sunday
If the Regina Pats are going to represent the WHL at the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario, they will need to win both Game 6 and 7 on home ice.
The Seattle Thunderbirds will return to Regina Sunday night with a chance to win their first ever WHL title after a 7-4 victory Friday night in Game 5.
Josh Mahura and Jeff De Wit got Regina started off on the right foot scoring two goals early in the game, but Seattle bounced back to tie it at 2 before the game was 6 minutes old.
Seattle then broke the game open scoring twice in the final four minutes of the 2nd to take a 4-3 lead and adding another two in the first four minutes of the third to take control of the game and the series.
Game 6 goes Sunday night in a 6 o'clock start. If Regina can force a 7th game, it goes Monday night in a 7 o'clock start.
1st Period-1, Regina, Mahura 7 (Wagner, Ahl), 1:05. 2, Regina, de Wit 5 (Holmes, Hobbs), 3:17. 3, Seattle, Neuls 8 (Eansor, Tyszka), 5:09 (PP). 4, Seattle, Barzal 6 (Kolesar, Bear), 6:01 (PP). Penalties-Zborovskiy Reg (high sticking), 3:30; Holmes Reg (closing hand on puck), 5:32; Moilanen Sea (interference), 13:04.
2nd Period-5, Regina, Leedahl 12 (Hobbs, Mahura), 9:37 (PP). 6, Seattle, Kolesar 11 (Barzal, Neuls), 16:40. 7, Seattle, Barzal 7 (Bear, Gropp), 17:37 (PP). Penalties-Schioler Reg (slashing), 3:10; True Sea (roughing), 3:10; Ahl Reg (inter. on goaltender), 6:00; Strand Sea (interference), 8:19; Kolesar Sea (tripping), 10:07; Wagner Reg (roughing), 16:40.
3rd Period-8, Seattle, Volcan 5 (Moilanen), 2:21. 9, Seattle, Gropp 6 (Strand, Kolesar), 3:55. 10, Regina, Wagner 15 (Smart, Sloboshan), 11:22. 11, Seattle, Ottenbreit 3 (True), 19:58 (EN). Penalties-Ahl Reg (slashing), 7:04; Ahl Reg (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Regina 9-8-20-37. Seattle 16-14-9-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Regina 1 / 3; Seattle 3 / 5.
Goalies-Regina, Brown (38 shots-32 saves). Seattle, Stankowski (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Reagan Vetter (39).
Linesmen-Nick Bilko (66), Kelsey Mahoney (138).