Regina, SK – An all-Saskatchewan matchup at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup lived up to expectations as the Regina Pats hung over for an incredible 6-5 victory over the WHL Champion Swift Current Broncos.
The Pats win sets up a semifinal meeting with the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, while the Broncos head home following the round-robin.
Glenn Gawdin, C, Swift Current Broncos
2G-1A, +1, 7 SOG
The 21-year-old prospect of the Calgary Flames put forth a gutsy performance, tallying three points (2G-1A) while playing through a separated shoulder. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound centreman got Swift Current on the board in the second period, cutting into Regina’s lead to make it a 2-1 game. Once again, with the Pats protecting a two-goal advantage, Gawdin spurred his group on, finding the back of the net with only 50 seconds to go in regulation, closing the gap to 6-5, where the score ultimately finished. At the end of the night, Gawdin left the ice with three points (2G-1A), a plus-1 rating and seven shots on goal.
Nick Henry, RW, Regina Pats
3G, E, 7 SOG
The 18-year-old product of the Colorado Avalanche was red hot Wednesday night, registering the first hat trick of the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup. The 6-foot, 191-pound product of Portage la Prairie, MB, opened the scoring 7:36 into the affair with a power-play marker. Late in the second period, Henry added a short-handed tally off a nifty two-on-one effort with Sam Steel. He completed the hat-trick performance 1:26 later, finishing off yet another two-on-one with Steel. Henry rounded out his night with three goals on seven shots.
Sam Steel, C, Regina Pats
5A, -1, 1 SOG
The 20-year-old prospect of the Anaheim Ducks tied a Memorial Cup record with five assists on Wednesday evening. Steel was the ultimate catalyst for the Pats, as each of his five assists were of the primary variety. On each of Henry’s hat-trick markers, Steel was the setup man, including dishing on a pair of two-on-ones. The five helpers boosted Steel’s overall tournament point total to 11 (1G-10A), vaulting him into the tournament lead for scoring. Steel’s five assists tie Dan Hodgson (Prince Albert Raiders – May 14, 1985 vs. Sault Ste. Marie) and Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Moosehead – May 26, 2013 vs. Portland Winterhawks).