Sam Steel became the first Regina Pat to score 50 goals since Jordan Eberle in the 2009-2010 season as they ended off the home portion of their regular season schedule with a 7-1 beating of the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday night at a sold out Brandt Centre.
Regina put the game away early as Adam Brooks and Steel had the Pats up 2-0 before the midway mark of the first period.
The two teams will play one another again in Brandon Saturday to close out the regular season.
The Pats also found out Friday they will play the Calgary Hitmen in the first round of the WHL playoffs as Calgary clinched the second and final wild-card spot with a win over Kootenay.
The playoff schedule is as follows:
All games will be on 620 CKRM.
Before the game, the team handed out its yearly awards.
Player of the Year – Sam Steel
Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman – Connor Hobbs and Sergey Zborovskiy
Rick Rypien Memorial Award (Unsung Hero) – Dawson Leedahl
Nick Papas Rookie of the Year – Nick Henry
Hub Bishop Most Sportsmanlike – Chase Harrison
Mike Kartusch Community Service Award – Tyler Brown
Bill Hicke Most Popular Player – Adam Brooks
Scholastic Player of the Year – Jake Leschyshyn
Three Star Award – Sam Steel