The Regina Pats fell behind early and dropped game 5 in Red Deer to the Rebels 5-1 and now trail the best of seven series 3-2.
In the first period the Pats got into some early penalty trouble and went down 2 men for 1:28. The Rebels opened the scoring on the 5 on 3 poweprlay at 3:02 when Haydn Fleury got a shot through a maze form the slot for his 1st of the playoffs. Michael Spacek and Luke Philp the assists and it was 1-0. The Pats killed off the remaining powerplay time and then got three straight peowerplays of their own but could not find the back of the net. Red Deer got their third powerplay with 1:43 left in the frame but the Pats killed it off to the break and 17 seconds carried into the second. Tyler Brown was fantastic in the first stopping 16 shots as Red Deer outshot Regina 17-9.
In the second the game tightened right up. There wasn’t a lot of offence either way but the Rebels did manage to find the 2-0 goal at the 12:26 mark on a turnover at center. Brandon Hagel stole a pass and skated in on a breakaway where he beat Tyler Brown for his first of the post season. The Rebels Adam Musil was given a 5 minute major and a game for goaltender interference and the Pats went to the powerplay but could not beat Rylan Toth and the Rebels took the 2-0 lead to the break. Red Deer outshot Regins 12-10 in the period and led 29-19 overall.
In the third the Rebels took over and scored three straight. First Josh Mahura hammered a slap shot from the point for his 2nd at 3:51 to make it 3-0. Then at 4:42, Evan Polei got one to go up and over the shoulder of Tyler Brown after he tried a poke check and it was 4-0. The Pats thought they hgot that one back when Cole Sanford snapped one from the slot but it was called back on a high sticking penalty from seconds earlier. The Rebels got it to 5-0 when Grayson Pawlenchuk banged in his own rebound at 12:38 for his 2nd. The Pats denied Toth the shutout when Sean Richards buried his first career playoff goal on a backhand shot off the post and in at 14:53 and it was 5-1. That was the final score. The Rebels outshot the Pats 17-10 in the 3rd and 46-29 overall. Rebels take the 3-2 series lead with game 6 going Sunday in Regina.
The Pats powerplay was oh for 5 in the game and the penalty kill went 4 for 5.
The third star of the game went to the Rebels Luke Philp who had two assists. The second star to Rylan Toth of the Rebels who stopped 28 of 29 shots faced and the first star to Brandon Hagel who scored a goal and added a helper.
The Pats will host game 6 on Sunday at 4 o’clock at the Brandt Centre on 620 CKRM.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1NefkEQ
Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf: http://bit.ly/1QdfaZb