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Regina Pats, Swift Current Broncos game postponed due to a failure in the ice plant

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The Western Hockey League match between the Regina Pats and the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night was canceled after the ice surface was deemed unsuitable to play.

Before both teams came on ice to warm up, there was a failure in the ice plant system at Evraz Place in Regina.

A brine pipe under the ice surface and concrete sprayed a leak. Brown liquid seeped onto the ice surface at the end of the visitor's arena.

"Unfortunately, if you close that plant to stop the leak, the ice will begin to melt," said Stacey Cattell, chief operating officer for the Regina Pats.

"That would make the ice surface unplayable and unsafe for both teams."

Crews work to clean brine that has leaked onto the ice on Friday evening. Regina Pats chief operating officer Stacey Cattell said the game against the Swift Current Broncos would be moved to a later date. (Dan Plaster / CBC)

He said he was told by Evraz staff that the situation needs to be resolved for the next home match of the Pats on November 16 – which is also Experience Regina evening.

"They know where the leak is, which is great, and they are just going to hammer down and fix the problem, refill it and get to work," Cattell said.

He said it's no secret that the home of the Pats is an old building, but he can't remember anything like that in the past.

Cattell asked fans who attended the game to be patient – there is an advanced ticket system, he said, and fans who have purchased or redeemed a ticket to the game will be provided for the rescheduled game.

An Evraz spokesperson said the facility is likely to be operational sometime on Saturday night.

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