The Seattle Thunderbirds earned their 20th victory of this Western Hockey League season, beating the Regina Pats 5-2 last night in front of 3,595 at the Agridome.,,

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REGINA, Saskatchewan — The Seattle Thunderbirds earned their 20th victory of this Western Hockey League season, beating the Regina Pats 5-2 last night in front of 3,595 at the Agridome.


The T-birds (20-8-0-0) are second in the U.S. Division. Kootenay is the only other WHL team with 20 victories.


Ryan Gibbons put Seattle up 1-0 early in the first period with an unassisted wraparound goal at the left post at 1:33.














Thunderbirds at Brandon Wheat Kings


4 p.m. today at Keystone Centre


What: Western Hockey League game.


Radio: KKNW (1150 AM).


Records: Seattle is 20-8-0-0, second in the U.S. Division; Brandon is 14-10-5-1, second in the East Division.


Bottom line: On the third stop of its six-game road trip, Seattle will have to contain the high-scoring Brandon duo of Ryan Stone (45 points) and Eric Fehr (44 points), who have combined for 45 goals.




Regina (9-20-2-3) tied the score 1-1 at 18:04 of the first on a goal by Jordan McGillivray.


Seattle took a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left in the first when Ladislav Scurko beat Regina goalie Kevin Nieszner with a shot off his pads for his seventh goal.


Tyler Metcalfe gave the Thunderbirds a 3-1 lead at 6:31 of the second period.


Seattle took a 4-1 lead when Derek Couture put in a rebound from the left crease for a power-play goal at 19:07 of the second. Scurko’s second goal completed the Thunderbirds’ scoring.


Seattle goalie Bryan Bridges made 15 saves on 17 shots and improved his record to a league best 17-5-0.




THUNDERBIRDS 5, PATS 2


















Seattle 2 2 1 5
Regina 1 0 1 2
First — 1. Seattle, Gibbons 8 1:33. 2. Regina, McGillivray 14 (Hill, Waschuk) 18:04 (pp). 3. Seattle, Scurko 7 (Jackson, Gagnon) 19:45. Second — 4. Seattle, Metcalfe 9 (Hansen) 6:31. 5. Seattle, Couture 9 (Scurko, Hansen) 19:07 (pp). Third — 6. Regina, Waschuk 8 (Schira, Ross) 8:29 (pp). 7. Seattle, Scurko 8 (Farmanara, Gagnon) 13:26. Shots on goal — Regina 4-4-9 — 17. Seattle 12-13-7 — 32. Goalies — Seattle: Bridges (W,17-5-0); Regina: Nieszner (L,0-2-0). Power play — Seattle: 1-2; Regina: 1-5. Referee — Todd Sharpe; Linesmen — Nathan Wieler, Chad Marshall.. Attendance — 3,595.