EDMONTON, AB - It's the 100th Memorial Cup.
It's also the 14th time the Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos have met this season.
This one, though, under the direst of circumstances for Swift Current, who needed a win to stave off elimination from the tournament and force a tiebreaker against Regina.
Oilers prospect and Pats' first-liner Cameron Hebig nabbed a goal and assist in a wild 6-5 Regina victory. Hebig runs his point-total up to three goals and two assists in three matches, getting a chance to add to that Friday versus the Hamilton Bulldogs.
"We made it a little bit harder for ourselves than we could have in the last ten minutes there," said Hebig post-game.
Four goals were scored in the final six minutes of Wednesday's meeting, with Pats forward Sam Steel dishing five assists and Nick Henry netting a hat trick as Regina held on to the lead.
"They ended our (season) in Game 7 (of the playoffs). So, I guess we did get our payback," continued Hebig, referring to Swift Current's seven-game series win over the Pats in Round 1 of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
Oilers goalie prospect and Broncos 'tender Stuart Skinner made 22 saves in the loss. The 78th-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft stopped 111 of 123 shots in three games at the event, owning a 0-2-1 record, 4.02 goals-against average and .902 save percentage as his season comes to an end.
Skinner had the performance of a lifetime in Monday's game against the Bulldogs, turning aside 54 of 56 shots to keep his club in the reach of a slight 2-1 edge.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will face the winner of Regina-Hamilton in the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Final on Sunday at 5:00 PM MDT.