Former Portage Terrier & MJHL Rookie of the Year Nick Henry scored a hat trick as the Regina Pats eliminated Western Hockey League rival the Swift Current Broncos from the 2018 Memorial Cup with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday night.
Regina’s victory concluded round-robin play and means the Pats will face the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs in Friday’s semifinal.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, meanwhile, advanced to Sunday’s championship game.
Cameron Hebig, Bryce Platt and Libor Hajek also scored for the Pats (2-1), who got five assists from captain Sam Steel. Josh Mahura tacked on two helpers.
Glenn Gawdin struck twice with Beck Malenstyn, Aleksi Heponiemi and Giorgio Estephan rounding out the attack for Swift Current (0-3), which won the WHL championship.