Photo: Courtesy Keith Hershmiller
Adam Brooks put the Regina Pats on his back in their playoff opener against the Calgary Hitmen.
The captain scored twice in the 3rd period while adding a pair of assists as Regina shook off a tough Hitmen squad by taking Game 1 5-2.
After a scoreless first period, Jake Kryski quieted a sold-out Brandt Centre crowd by getting the game’s first goal, but after squandering some chances, Josh Mahura got Regina even before the second period came to an end setting the stage for Brooks’ big 3rd period.
Bryan Lockner and Austin Wagner had the other Regina goals while Tyler Brown stopped 20 shots to record the win.
Before the game started, WHL commissioner Ron Robison presented the Scotty Munro Trophy to Brooks for the Pats winning the regular season title with the Eastern Division and Conference champion banners being unveiled as well.
Game 2 will go at the Brandt Centre Saturday in a 7 o’clock start on 620 CKRM.
Calgary – Jake Kryski (1) from Jakob Stukel and Jake Bean – 10:50 PP.
Regina – Josh Mahura (1) from Adam Brooks and Connor Hobbs – 16:28 PP.
Regina – Adam Brooks (1) from Filip Ahl and Connor Hobbs – 4:25.
Regina – Adam Brooks (2) from Filip Ahl – 6:03.
Calgary – Jake Kryski (2) from Tyler Mrkonjic from Brady Reagan – 9:04.
Regina – Bryan Lockner (1) from Sam Steel – 14:14.
Regina – Austin Wagner (1) from Adam Brooks – 16:59 SH.
Shots on Goal
Regina 9-11-12-(32) Calgary 2-9-11-(22)
Regina 1/2 Calgary 1/3