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WHL Classics: Seattle Thunderbirds at Regina Pats

 

The final instalment of WHL Classics for 2019-20 takes us to the Brandt Centre in Regina, Sask., the site for Game 6 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series between the Pats and the Seattle Thunderbirds.

A dominant display from Mathew Barzal paced the Thunderbirds to a 7-4 victory in Game 5 back in Kent, Wash., putting Seattle in the driver’s seat with a 3-2 series lead and within reach of the franchise’s first WHL Championship in its 40-year history.

It’s been a fast and physical series to this point with three one-goal decisions, including two overtime contests, through the opening five games. After taking Game 1 with a 2-1 OT victory, the Thunderbirds dropped two straight games to the Pats before turning the tables. Game 4 saw a 6-1 victory for the Thunderbirds, followed by a 7-4 margin in Game 5.

The Pats are down to their last life, with Games 6 and 7 scheduled to be played in the Queen City as a result of the 2-3-2 championship format.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Bear has been a force from the blueline for the Thunderbirds, collecting eight points (1G-7A) in five games. Barzal has done damage of his own with eight points (2G-6A) to this point in the series.

A pair of Anaheim Ducks prospects have had an impact for the Pats, as defenceman Josh Mahura (3G-3A) and centre Sam Steel (2G-3A) lead offensively.

Between the pipes, rookie sensation Carl Stankowski has stood on his head with a 2.56 goals-against average and .908 save percentage through five contests. At the other end, veteran Tyler Brown takes to the blue paint for the Pats.

The action gets underway at 7 p.m. MT at WHL.ca and on YouTube!

 

 

Seattle Thunderbirds Scoring Leaders

Rank Player Goals Assists Points
T1. Ethan Bear 1 7 8
T1. Mathew Barzal 2 6 8
3. Keegan Kolesar 2 5 7
4. Ryan Gropp 2 4 6
5. Donovan Neuls 2 3 5

 

Regina Pats Scoring Leaders

Rank Player Goals Assists Points
1. Josh Mahura 3 3 6
2. Sam Steel 2 3 5
T3. Dawson Leedahl 1 3 4
T3. Connor Hobbs 2 2 4
T3. Filip Ahl 1 3 4

 

2017 WHL Championship Series

Game 1 – Friday, May 5: Seattle 2 at Regina 1 (OT)
Game 2 – Saturday, May 6: Seattle 3 at Regina 4 (OT)
Game 3 – Tuesday, May 9: Regina 3 at Seattle 2
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 10: Regina 1 at Seattle 6
Game 5 – Friday, May 12: Regina 4 at Seattle 7
Game 6 – Sunday, May 14: Seattle at Regina – WHL CLASSICS at 7pm MT
*Game 7 – Monday, May 15: Seattle at Regina

* if necessary

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