The Regina Pats find themselves tied 1-1 in their first round playoff series with the Swift Current Broncos. The Pats played five very good periods - and one stinker - this weekend. Unfortunately, that one bad period cost the Pats an opportunity to take a 2-0 series lead.
Regina came out flying, and hitting, in game one Friday night. 20-year old forward J.D. Watt put in a terrific performance, and was named the first star of the 2-1 Pats victory.
The next night, the Pats came out strong again and took a 3-2 lead into the third period. That's when the wheels fell off, as the Broncos scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 victory and even the series up. Games three and four are Tuesday and Wednesday in Swift Current.
The Broncos hope to have veteran defenceman Michael Wilson back in the lineup Tuesday. Wilson was hammered by the Pats' Brett Leffler on the first shift Friday night, and left the game with a concussion. The league ordered Leffler to sit out Saturday night, even though no penalty was assessed on the play.
On Saturday, Broncos blueliner Jesse Dudas saw his season come to an end when he was taken into the boards hard, and awkwardly, by Pats sniper Jordan Eberle. Dudas suffered a broken wrist, while Eberle was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Needless to say, it's been a physical series to this point. I can't see that changing when the scene shifts to the iPlex Tuesday.