The Regina Pats need wins on home ice both Sunday and Monday if they are going to win their first WHL Championship since 1980 and advance to the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ont. starting Friday.
On Friday night, the Seattle Thunderbirds erased an early 2-0 lead to beat the Pats 7-4 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Josh Mahura and Jeff De Wit scored in the game’s first five minutes, giving Regina control, but the T-Birds tied it before the first period was over. They then scored two goals in the last four minutes of the second to take a 4-3 lead and added two more in the first four minutes of the third, while adding an empty-netter late in the contest.
Game 6 will go at a sold-out Brandt Centre on Sunday night starting at 6 p.m. A Pats win would mean a one game winner-take-all showdown Monday on home ice at the Brandt Centre.