Sad. Heartbroken. Start all over again.
I woke up on Sunday morning with a rather uneasy feeling. Now it could have been the mussels, lobster, Caesar salad and clam chowder plus the rum and coke I had the night before at a fundraiser.
I attribute the feeling to nerves.
Its Hockey Night in Regina with Game 6 of the Western Hockey League Conference final. A rather banged up Regina Pats squad are playing the Seattle Thunderbirds. Its now or never.
The Pats ranked number one in the country throughout the year, racking up victories on the road and at home. The Regiment, as the fan base has become known, has been coming to the Brandt Centre in droves, selling the joint out!
As a member of the Regina media I am lucky to attend games; grabbing an open seat when there is one or standing to watch other times. I didn’t leave much to chance over these 2016/17 playoff games. I, for 98 per cent of the time, was on the phone grabbing tickets for each of the playoff games.
Last night, perhaps the jinx, was that guy in our row that kept asking how on earth I had gotten tickets to the game. I should have said, “you just need to believe!”. If you can’t do that – get off the platform!!
The games in Seattle were tough to watch as it felt like the Regina Pats were getting banged up and tired out, out played, exhausted. The entire team digging in and digging deeper to make the result of the games favor them. But, it started to be a bigger task than anyone had imagined.
The Thunderbirds road to the MasterCard Memorial Cup was 14 games including last night’s WHL Conference Final title game. They rolled toward the match up with ease.
The Regina Pats started out with a 4-0 sweep and then the grind with the pesky Swift Current Broncos, the physical Lethbridge Hurricanes and on their 23rd game and yet another overtime, the result: Heartbreak and an army that had just been kicked hard.
The games in Seattle, where the Pats were outscored, may have been a precursor to Sunday night. But as any Regina Pats fan knows, don’t count this team out! Yes, Tyler Brown has been riddled with shots and has remained tough between the pipes, what about Carl Stankowski, he’s 16! YIKES!
The Thunderbirds never let up and the games were nail biters, cliff hangers and always, that thought that the mighty Regina Pats would come back with goal scorers like Sam Steel, Austin Wagner, Nick Henry and the entire cast! Because, that what the Regina Pats do. The injuries that took Adam Brooks out of the line up had the team rally again showing guts and determination and depth.
That was not enough well into the 3rd and then overtime period on Sunday night.
Those moments unfolding when the Thunderbirds rushed Tyler Brown; One save to the left, being pulled out of position, your teammates having your back. the scramble that led to the overtime winner. The puck in the net.
And there it is that sinking, dying feeling that all your dreams are dashed.
Number one to the losing team. The feeling stings.
But, its time to pull it together as we host the MasterCard Memorial Cup and celebrate the Regina Pats 100th year.
You’re invested now! Don’t stop! They were great this year, but now its getting interesting – STAND BY! Stand BACK!
PS Thanks guys! What didn’t we love about you all!