The Regina Pats fell 2-1 in overtime to the Seattle Thunderbirds in game one of the WHL Championship Series on Friday night. After a scoreless first, the Thunderbirds took the 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal in the second. The Pats drew even with a powerplay goal of their own from Connor Hobbs in the third and it was 1-1 after regulation. 14 seconds into OT, Donovan Neuls put in a rebound off the crossbar to give Seattle the 2-1 win and the 1-0 series lead. The Pats outshot the Thunderbirds 32-26 in the defeat, Tyler Brown made 24 saves for Regina, Carl Stankowski 31 for Seattle. The Pats powerplay was one for three and the penalty kill three for four. The Pats will host game two of the WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Seattle – Ethan Bear (6) from Mathew Barzal and Ryan Gropp – 4:55 PP.
Regina – Connor Hobbs (5) from Dawson Leedahl and Sam Steel – 12:11 PP.
Seattle – Donovan Neuls (7) from Ethan Bear and Mathew Barzal – 0:14.
Shots on Goal
Regina 11-8-13-0-(32) Seattle 8-8-9-1-(26)
Regina 1/3 Seattle 1/4
– Dawson Leedahl extended his point streak to five games, has three goals and three assists in that stretch.
– The Pats fall to one and four in overtime in the playoffs.
– Connor Hobbs scored the Pats lone goal and leads all WHL defencemen with 20 points in the playoffs.
The Pats will host game two of the WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.