After a regular season that saw them win a franchise high 52 games, the Regina Pats look to bring home the WHL championship for the first time since the 1979-80 season as they meet the Calgary Hitmen in Game 1 of their best of 7 matchup Friday at the Brandt Centre.
The Pats go into the season riding an 8 game winning streak and are led by the number one and two scorers in the league. Anaheim Ducks draft pick Sam Steel had 131 points on the season to edge out teammate and last year’s WHL leading scorer Adam Brooks who had 130. In all, Regina had a WHL high 353 goals with 6 players having a 30 goal season with a 7th, forward Filip Ahl scoring 28 times.
Photo: Keith Hershmiller
Add to that the play of WHL Eastern Conference defenceman of the year Connor Hobbs and the goaltending tandem of Tyler Brown and Jordan Hollett who combined for 7 shutouts this season and the Hitmen are in tough.
Regina won three of the four contests between the two this season, but Calgary won the last game 6-3 at the Brandt Centre March 4.
620 CKRM will have the game for you starting with the pre-game show at 6:35 followed by the play-by-play with Phil Andrews and Jared Dumba at 7. Saskatchewan’s #1 sports show–the Sportscage–with Rod Pedersen will come to you live from the Brandt Centre starting at 4.
Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Saturday March 25 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7 p.m. MT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 28 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Thursday, March 30 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7 p.m. MT
*Game 5 – Sunday, April 2 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 4 p.m. MT
*Game 6 – Monday, April 3 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7 p.m. MT
*Game 7 – Wednesday, April 5 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7 p.m. MT
* = if necessary