Prospect Park: Zborovskiy And Pats Tie Series With Overtime Winner

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Ryan Gropp (Keith Hershmiller/Regina Pats)

Ryan Gropp (Keith Hershmiller/Regina Pats)

Game two of the WHL Championship finals was a different story as Sergey Zborovskiy and his Regina Pats evened up the series at 1-1 after a 4-3 win in overtime. The Pats rallied from down two goals to earn this win after Seattle had taken a 3-1 lead.

Zborovskiy did not score but had a role in helping to keep Seattle’s big line of Ryan Gropp, Matthew Barzal, and Keegan Kolesar to just two assists while earning a +1 for himself. Regina would get on the scoreboard first with a first-period goal just 50 seconds into the contest which was the only goal of the period.

In the second, Seattle would score all of their goals starting with an even-strength goal at 3:56 and then a second goal just 16 seconds later at 4:12 (also even-strength). 40 seconds later with Seattle on the power play, Alexander True cashed in a rebound of a Ryan Gropp shot from the right faceoff circle to make it 3-1.

For Gropp, the assist was his ninth of the playoffs and extended his scoring streak to six games (2-4-6). Overall in 12 games, Gropp is 4-9-13 during the playoffs.

Regina would pull to within 3-2 with a late goal in the second, tie the game up with a goal in the third and earn the win with a power play goal in overtime. Seattle can blame themselves for losing this game as they gave the Pats a total of seven power plays during the game and other than the three goals in 56 seconds could not beat Regina goalie Tyler Brown.

With the series tied now at 1-1 the two teams will share a plane ride back to Seattle for the next three games starting on Tuesday.

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