RECAP: Pats Fall in Game 5, Trail the Thunderbirds 3-2

The Regina Pats fell 7-4 to the Seattle Thunderbirds in game five of the WHL Championship Series on Friday night and trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. The Pats got off to a good start and led 2-0 on goals from Josh Mahura and Jeff de Wit. The Thunderbirds powerplay responded with two quick ones and the game was tied 2-2 after one. In the second, Dawson Leedahl scored on the powerplay to give the Pats the lead back at 3-2 but Seattle would score four unanswered, two late in the second and two early in the third to lead 6-3. Austin Wagner got the Pats back within two at the midway point of the third but the Thunderbirds picked up an empty netter late to lead 7-4 and that was the final. Seattle outshot the Pats 38-37 in the win, Tyler Brown made 31 saves for Regina, Carl Stankowski 33 for the Thunderbirds. The Pats powerplay was one for three and the penalty kill was two for five. The Pats will host Seattle for game six of the WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Josh Mahura (7) from Austin Wagner and Filip Ahl – 1:05.
Regina – Jeff de Wit (5) from Robbie Holmes and Connor Hobbs – 3:17.
Seattle – Donovan Neuls (8) from Scott Eansor and Jarrett Tyszka – 5:04 PP.
Seattle – Mathew Barzal (6) from Keegan Kolesar and Ethan Bear – 6:01 PP.

Second Period
Regina – Dawson Leedahl (12) from Connor Hobbs and Josh Mahura – 9:37 PP.
Seattle – Keegan Kolesar (11) from Matt Barzal and Donovan Neuls – 16:40.
Seattle – Mathew Barzal (7) from Ethan Bear and Ryan Gropp – 17:37 PP.

Third Period
Seattle – Nolan Volcan (5) from Sami Moilanen – 2:21.
Seattle – Ryan Gropp (6) from Austin Strand and Keegan Kolesar – 3:55.
Regina – Austin Wagner (15) from Jonathan Smart and Wyatt Sloboshan – 11:22.
Seattle – Turner Ottenbreit (3( from Alexander True – 19:58 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 9-8-20-(37)   Seattle 16-14-8-(38)

Regina 1/3      Seattle 3/5

Quick Hits
– Austin Wagner scored his team leading 15th of the playoffs in the loss, his first goal of the series.
– Dawson Leedahl had a goal and an assist to jump into the top five in scoring with 24 points.
– Josh Mahura had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games. Has Three goals and three assists in that stretch.

What’s Next?
The Pats will host Seattle for game six of the WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

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