From the Regina Pats:
POST GAME WRAP UP
GAME STORY – The Regina Pats clinched their first post season berth in four years with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the arch rival Warriors in front of a sold out Brandt Centre. The Warriors outshot the Pats 43-21 but it was rookie forward Morgan Klimchuk with the only shot that mattered as he beat Luke Siemens from the left faceoff circle with 4 1/2 minutes left in the 3rd period to send the Pats faithful home happy. Regina went 1/4 on the Powerplay while Moose Jaw was 2/5. Playoff tickets will go on sale March 16th at the Brandt Centre Box Office.
1st Period – The Pats jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jordan Weal and Kyle Burroughs before Kenton Miller scored the first of his 3 goals to draw the Warriors within one by the end of the period. Shots were 15-6 for Moose Jaw
Pats – 2 Warriors - 1
2nd Period – The Warriors drew even on Miller’s second goal but Lyndon Martell banged in a pass from Tanner Olstad to give the Pats a 3-2 lead. The Warriors tied it up with under two minutes to go in the 2nd period when James Henry banged in a loose puck to leave things all knotted up after two.
Pats – 3 Warriors – 3
3rd Period – The Warriors grabbed their first lead of the night as Kenton Miller completed his Hat Trick on the power play just past the 5 minute mark of the 3rd but the Pats would not be denied. Matt Marantz on the power play set the table for Morgan Klimchuk to play hero as the Pats clinched a playoff spot with their 4th straight win over the tribe.
Pats – 5 Warriors - 4
1 – Jordan Weal - Regina
2 – Kenton Miller – Moose Jaw – Hat Trick
3 – Matt Hewitt – 39 saves