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RECAP: Pats even series with Swift Current thanks to a 6-3 win Wednesday

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The Regina Pats evened their first round series with Swift Current at two games apiece on Wednesday night thanks to a 6-3 win at the Brandt Centre. Regina got goals from Cameron Hebig, his third, and Emil Oksanen, his second, to lead 2-0 after 20 minutes. The Broncos got it to within one early in the second, but the Pats would explode for three straight goals in response. First, Jared Legien ripped one top corner for his first, then Libor Hajek scored his first while on the powerplay and finally Jake Leschyshyn buried his first and the Pats chased goaltender Stuart Skinner, leading 5-1. Swift Current got one back late in the period with the powerplay and it was 5-2 heading to the third. The Broncos added another powerplay goal with 7:13 left, but Jake Leschyshyn would seal the victory for Regina with an empty net goal, his second and 6-3 was the final score. Emil Oksanen led the Pats with a goal and two assists, Sam Steel and Jake Leschyshyn both had two points while Ryan Kubic made 26 saves. Regina was outshot 29-28, the powerplay went two for four and the penalty kill three for six. The Pats and Broncos will meet again in game five Friday night in Swift Current at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Cameron Hebig (3) from Robbie Holmes and Sam Steel – 2:28.
Regina – Emil Oksanen (2) from Cale Fleury and Brady Pouteau – 9:56 PP.

Second Period
Swift Current – Glenn Gawdin (3) from Tyler STeenbergen and Aleksi Heponiemi – 5:28 PP.
Regina – Jared Legien (1) from Emil Oksanen and Matt Bradley – 7:26.
Regina – Libor Hajek (1) from Emil Oksanen and Cale Fleury – 9:44 PP.
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (1) from Nick Henry and Josh Mahura – 11:35.
Swift Current – Tyler Steenbergen (2) from Aleksi Heponiemi and Glenn Gawdin – 15:43 PP.

Third Period
Swift Current – Matteo Gennaro (2) from Aleksi Heponiemi and Colby Sissons – 12:47 PP.
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (2) from Sam Steel – 19:20 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 12-9-7-(28)    Swift Current 6-7-16-(29)

Powerplays
Regina 2/4      Swift Current 3/6

Quick Hits
– The Pats doubled their goal total from the first three games of the series with six in game four.
– Emil Oksanen has goals in back to back games and four points in the series.
– Jared Legien and Libor Hajek both scored their first career playoff goals in the win.

What’s Next?
The Pats and Broncos will meet again in game five Friday night in Swift Current at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Game six is back in Regina on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre Tickets will go on sale Thursday at 12 p.m. at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office.

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