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RECAP: Pats Drop Game 1 to Lethbridge Friday Night

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The Regina Pats dropped game one of the Eastern Conference Championship Series, 3-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night. The Pats opened the scoring, 1:10 into the game when Austin Wagner scored his 11th of the playoffs on a breakaway. The Hurricanes tied it up in the second and early in the third took the lead on the powerplay. Regina looked to have a tying goal from Austin Wagner but after review it was waived off and remained 2-1. The Hurricanes added an empty netter late and took game one, 3-1 the final score. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 37-25 in the defeat, Tyler Brown made 22 saves on 24 shots in the Regina goal, Stuart Skinner 36 for Lethbridge. The Pats powerplay was oh for two and the penalty kill went two for three. The Pats will host game two of the Eastern Conference Championship series on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Austin Wagner (11) from Filip Ahl and Sergey Zborovskiy – 1:10.

Second Period
Lethbridge – Giorgio Estephan (9) from Egor Babenko and Igor Merezhko – 13:23.

Third Period
Lethbridge – Jordy Bellerive (5) from Zak Zborosky and Igor Merezhko – 1:59 PP.
Lethbridge – Giorgio Estephan (10) unassisted – 18:38 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 14-12-11-(37)   Lethbridge 8-10-6-(24)

Powerplays
Regina 0/2      Lethbridge 1/3

Quick Hits
– Austin Wagner extended his goal scoring streak to three games, has five goals in that stretch.
– Adam Brooks saw his first action since game two of the second round against Swift Current.
– Filip Ahl has points in three straight games, two goals and four assists.

What’s Next?
The Pats will host game two of the Eastern Conference Championship series on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.

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