The Regina Pats got their captain back Friday night, but it didn’t translate into a victory.
Adam Brooks returned to the ice after not playing in the last 5 games of the Swift Current series, but he did not fare in the scoring as the Lethbridge Hurricanes walked into the Brandt Centre and recorded a 3-1 win.
Austin Wagner got Regina off on the right foot as he sent a sold-out crowd into a frenzied state with a goal just 70 seconds into the hockey game, but a goal by Giorgio Estephan midway through the second tied it with Jordy Bellerive getting the winner on the power-play early in the third.
Estephan capped off the scoring with an empty-net goal to secure the win.
Game 2 goes Saturday night at the Brandt Centre in a 7 o’clock start.
620 CKRM has the game starting at 6:35
Regina – Austin Wagner (11) from Filip Ahl and Sergey Zborovskiy – 1:10.
Lethbridge – Giorgio Estephan (9) from Egor Babenko and Igor Merezhko – 13:23.
Lethbridge – Jordy Bellerive (5) from Zak Zborosky and Igor Merezhko – 1:59 PP.
Lethbridge – Giorgio Estephan (10) unassisted – 18:38 EN.
Shots on Goal
Regina 14-12-11-(37) Lethbridge 8-10-7-(25)