Pats' Williams has had long hockey career in Regina

Captain Colby Williams and his Regina Pats are one game away from knocking the Lethbridge Hurricanes out of the WHL playoffs.

Will try out for Washington Capitals in July, September

Regina Pats forward Colby Williams goes in for a scoring chance in game 4 playoff action against the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Regina on March 30, 2013. The Pats won the game 2-0. (Keith Hershmiller Photography)

Captain Colby Williams and his Regina Pats are one game away from knocking the Lethbridge Hurricanes out of the WHL playoffs this year in what will be the Regina-born player's final junior season. 

Williams has played his entire junior hockey career in Regina and will head off to NHL tryouts for the Washington Capitals in July. 

The 2015-2016 season has been a storied one for Williams, who was out for a large chunk due to a wrist injury and surgery,

Now back in the team's line up and five games in to the WHL postseason, he's looking to make a deep push to finish off his career. Williams' mom Lisa joined Sheila Coles on The Morning Edition to reflect on her son's career so far. 

She said that Wednesday night's 2-0 win was a nail biter, because the Pats were up by only one goal until the last minute of the game, when they scored an empty-netter. 

The Regina Pats celebrate their game 4 WHL playoffs win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Regina on March 30, 2016. The Pats now lead the series 3-1. (Keith Hershmiller Photography)

The Pats have had something of a turnaround in the quarterfinal series; they've won three straight games after dropping game one 6-3 to the 'Canes. Williams attributes the string of wins to a wardrobe change.

"I wore a regular Pats shirt [for game one]," she said. "It's navy blue. We didn't do well in that game, and I thought, 'we didn't do well in that game, time for a change.'"

"I try not to get superstitious, but i put on Colby's [red] jersey that we got last fall and it seemed to work. And I'm going to go with it."

Williams cautioned that she's not thinking of a Memorial Cup berth just yet. For now, she's taking the playoffs one game at a time. 

Reflecting on her son's last year, Williams noted how unusual it is for a WHL player to stick with one team in his hometown for his entire career. 

"It's been really great for us," she said. "He was drafted six years ago, and played at least one game in six of those years. He's played full time for the Pats for the past four [years]."

Williams has followed her son's career, often travelling to other cities for away games. "I think I've been to every WHL rink, except for [Medicine Hat and Prince George]," she said. 

The Pats' next game is Friday night in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. If they win, they'll take the series 4-1 and advance to the next round.

With files from CBC's The Morning Edition


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