Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played host to the Regina Pats in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Championship Series on Wednesday night in hopes of taking a 3-1 series lead but it went the other way as the Pats earned a 6-2 win on the road to even the series at two games apiece.
The Pats had an early power play opportunity in the hockey game as Zane Franklin was assessed a boarding penalty 11 seconds into the contest but Regina was unable to take advantage on it as it stayed scoreless early. Regina did open the scoring however at the 9:53 mark as Braydon Buziak had a Chase Harrison point shot deflect off his body and by Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0 Pats after one period of play. The shots favoured Regina 11-8 in the opening frame.
The Hurricanes equalized early in the second period as they had a great start to the middle frame. The ‘Canes answered to tie the game 1-1 at the 2:21 mark as Dylan Cozens was stopped on his first shot but was able to whack the puck out of the air passed Tyler Brown equalizing – Zak Zborosky earned the lone assist on the goal. At the nine minutes mark, the Pats retook the lead as Jeff de Wit netted his second of the series to put Regina up 2-1. Just 34 seconds later, the ‘Canes once again tied the game as Ryan Vandervlis hand-cuffed Brown beating him high glove side with a shot from the left-wing boards to make it 2-2 – Alec Baer and Jordy Bellerive picked up the helpers. Regina answered back however scoring twice in the final two minutes of the period as first Adam Brooks banked one off Igor Merezhko and by Skinner to put the Pats up 3-2 before Dawson Leedahl snapped one high over the glove with 43 seconds left in the middle frame. Regina led the shot clock 17-7 in the second period.
In the third period, the ‘Canes attempted a comeback but it was foiled. On a power play, the Pats made it a 5-2 lead as Connor Hobbs placed a bullet from the line over the glove of Skinner with Kyle Yewchuk in the penalty box to make it 5-2 Regina at the 7:53 mark. The ‘Canes pulled the goaltender with six minutes left but could not chip into the lead. Pats rounded out the scoring when Wyatt Sloboshan picked up an empty-net goal to make it a 6-2 final in Game 4.
Shots in the third period favoured the Hurricanes 11-6. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes for the fourth straight game as they held the edge 34-26 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play while the Pats were 1/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Pats – #77 Adam Brooks – 1 goal, 2 assists
2) Pats – #23 Sam Steel – 2 assists
3) Pats – #71 Dawson Leedahl – 1 goal
The series is now tied at two games apiece heading back to Regina for Game 5 on Friday. There will be a Game 6 back in Lethbridge on Sunday at 6:00pm.
Tickets for Game 6 will go on sale on Thursday at 9:00am and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)