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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ALL DONE

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to say thank you to all the people who visited this blog over the last five plus years. As many of you know I have accepted a new job as the Director of Media and Communications with the Regina Pats Hockey Club and as a result I have not and will no longer be posting to this site. My work is now focused for reginapats.com and you can find all the Pats info you could want there.

Again thanks so much.

Cheers!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

REGINA THUNDER @ EDMONTON WILDCATS GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder (4-4) wrap up the 2016 regular season in Edmonton on Sunday against the Wildcats (0-8). The Thunder are coming off a 30-23 win over the Calgary Colts while the Wildcats lost to Saskatoon 43-9. Sunday is the first and only meeting between the two clubs this season. Depending on other results. the Thunder will play either Saskatoon or Calgary to start the playoffs. Kickoff Sunday at Clarke Field in Edmonton is at 1 p.m.

THUNDER OFFENCE - Regina has scored 219 points on the season, fourth best in the PFC. QB Sawyer Buettner leads the league in passing yards with 2231 and has thrown 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Kristiane Desautels and Kris Calcutt are fourth and fifth in receiving yards with 507 and 470 respectively. Desautels has scored three touchdowns, Calcutt four. RB Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette leads the PFC with 865 rushing yards and is third with seven touchdowns.

WILDCATS OFFENCE - Edmonton has scored a league low, 123 points through eight games on the season. QB Colton Hippe is fifth in passing yards with 1079 and has thrown four touchdowns and nine interceptions. WR Luther Hakunavanhu is sixth in receiving yards with 444 and has caught four touchdowns.  RB Bray Josue leads the team with 231 yards along the ground and has scored once.

THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up the third least points on the season at 165. Paul Toth leads the team with 30 tackles and also has a intertecption return for a touchdown. Marcus Hall is next in tackled with 29 and also has an interception. Polis Koko is tied for the league lead with three interceptions to go along with a forced fumble. Matthew Williams is second in the PFC with 4.5 sacks.

WILDCATS DEFENCE - Edmonton has given up a league high 368 points this year. Jeremy Fagnan leads the PFC with 49 tackles in seven games played. Tony Savchuk is second on the team with 30 take downs and has two interceptions. That is tied sixth in the PFC. Taylor Tangen, Jamie Spears-Turcotte and Matthew Zarowny are tied for the team lead in sacks with one a piece.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC in punt return yards with 321. He has added 152 yards on kickoffs in six games. Tyson Haubrich leads the Thunder with 178 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 64. Quinten Ruckaber has punted 32 times for a 38.5 yard average, 5th best in the league. James Reid has made six of eight field goals attempted.

WILDCATS SPECIAL TEAMS - Isaac Fagnan is first in the PFC with 609 yards in kickoff returns and has one touchdown. He also leads the team with 71 yards on punt returns. Isaiah Brown has recorded 287 yards on kickoffs and has 56 on punt returns. Matthew Zarowny has punted 68 times for a 34.9 yard average, eighth best in the league. James Barnsley has made five of 12 field goals attempted.

Kickoff Sunday in Edmonton is at 1 p.m.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

BROOKS RETURNS - The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced Monday, the 2015/16 Bobby Clarke Trophy winner, Adam Brooks, has been sent back to the team by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brooks, a fourth round pick of the Leafs in 2016 NHL Draft, was reassigned to the Pats after taking part in training camp with both the Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies over the last four weeks. "We are thrilled to have Adam back," said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. "When adding a player like that to any team in the league, he is going to make you better. We look forward to him playing this week." The Winnipeg, MB product led the WHL in scoring last year with 38 goals and 82 assisted for 120 points. He is entering the fifth season of his junior career. Brooks will be in the lineup tonight when the Pats host the Portland Winterhawks, at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.

WILLIAMS REASSIGNED - The Pats also announced Monday that defenceman Owen Williams (00), has been reassigned to the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BCMML. This leaves the roster at 24, 14 forwards eight defencemen and two goaltenders.

POWERPLAY ROLLING - The Pats powerplay has been nothing short of dominant through the first six games of the year. The club is operating at 30.0 per cent in those games, nine for 30. The Pats have scored at least one powerplay goal in every game they have played this year.

LEEDAHL'S FAST START - The Pats are getting great production from forward Dawson Leedahl who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips this summer. Leedahl is tied for the league leading point streak with at least a point in all six games of his Pats career (2G 6A). It's not just the point production that has been so impressive, he is tough to play against, blocks shots and works incredibly hard. He has been a huge part of the early season success.

WAGNER MISSES TWO - Pats forward Austin Wagner will serve the second of hi two game suspension tonight. The L.A. Kings prospect received a five minute major penalty against the Kootenay Ice on Friday night on a hit from behind. He missed Saturday's 5-2 win over Brandon and will miss tonight against the Portland Winterhawks. It will be interesting to see what happens on Friday this week when Wagner returns to the lineup in Kootenay when the Pats play the Ice again.

T-BIRDS GET GROPP - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell announced Monday, the team has been notified left wing Ryan Gropp will be returning to the T-Birds from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. The 20-year old T-Birds are center Scott Eansor, left wing Cavin Leth, goalie Rylan Toth and Gropp when he joins the team. Gropp had 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points last season with the T-Birds. Gropp has played in 192 career games in three seasons with the T-Birds and has 82 goals and 88 assists for 170 points. Gropp was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

GUHLE BACK IN PA - On Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres announced their 23-man opening night roster and that Brendan Guhle had been re-assigned to the Raiders. Guhle was a second-round pick of the Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, the Sherwood Park, AB product played in 63 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists. Following the season, he skated in six games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, picking up a goal and three assists.

DUKE RETURNED TO BRANDON -  The Brandon Wheat Kings received some welcome news Monday night when they learned that veteran Reid Duke was heading back to the defending Western Hockey League Champions. A 20-year old Calgary product, Duke had been skating with the New York Rangers American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. Duke has spent the past two seasons in Brandon. Scoring 53 goals and 113 points in 120 games. While Duke is heading back to the Wheat Kings, the same can’t be said for all star defenceman Ivan Provorov as Philadelphia has announced that the former first round draft choice has made the Flyers roster for the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.

BLUE JAYS! - Man, what a series for Toronto against the Texas Rangers. They looked like the team everyone thought they should be all year long. Timely hitting, great starting pitching and the bulpen was lights out. Cleveland will be tough in the ALCS but they are back and I can't wait for things to get started this weekend.

That's all I have for today, have a great week everybody!

Phil
@Phil_Andrews_

Sunday, October 9, 2016

RECAP: THUNDER 30 COLTS 23

The Regina Thunder snapped a three game losing streak on Sunday afternoon with a 30-23 win over the previously undefeated Calgary Colts. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette had a monster game with 295 yards rushing and scored a touchdown.

The Thunder opened the scoring at 1:47 of the first quarter on a 55 yard interception return touchdown for linebacker Paul Toth. The Colts got three back on a Stephen Fabian field goal and it was 7-3 Regina after 15 minutes.

In the second the Thunder picked up a single to lead 8-3 but then gave up a safety and it was an 8-5 ball game. At 12:46 Stephen Fabian kicked his second field goal of the afternoon and tied it up 8-8. Regina took the lead back at 14:52 on a Levi Paul touchdown catch and it was 15-8 Thunder at the half.

In the third, after a Colts single, Ethan Hautz scored a rushing touchdown and the Thunder went up 22-9, that was the score after three.

In the final stanza, the Thunder picked up an early single but then the Colts' Dylan Minshull scored a rushing touchdown at 6:22 to get them within seven. Regina responded 26 seconds later thanks to Victor St.Pierre-Laviolette and it was a 30-16. The Colts scored another major in the final three minutes from Jesse Kuntz but that was it, 30-23 the final score.

The Thunder defence forced four turnovers in the win, three on interceptions from Taylor Mayer, Marcus Hall and Paul Toth., and one on downs. Toth also led the club with seven tackles. Matthew Williams had the lone Regina sack and is up to 4.5 on the season.

The Thunder (4-4) wrap up the regular season on Sunday in Edmonton against the Wildcats (0-8).

Saturday, October 8, 2016

REGINA THUNDER VS CALGARY COLTS GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder (3-4) look to snap a three game losing streak when they host the undefeated Calgary Colts (7-0) Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder are coming off a 30-26 loss at home to the Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday while the Colts beat up on the Winnipeg Rifles 69-14 on Sunday. The Colts beat Regina in the first two meetings of the year between the clubs back on August 21st 36-17 and then again on September 17th 15-12. Kickoff Sunday is at 1 p.m.

THUNDER OFFENCE - Regina has scored the fourth most points to this point in the year with 189. QB Sawyer Buettner leads the league with 1784 yards passing and has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. RB Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette is second in PFC rushing yards with 585 and it tied for the lead in touchdowns with six. WR Kristiane Desautels is the leagues second leading receiver with 432 yards and has caught three touchdowns. Kris Calcutt made his return to the lineup last week and he is currently sixth in yards with 350 and also has three touchdown catches. The Thunder have turned the ball over 18 times, second least in the league. 10 on interceptions, 5 on fumbles and 3 times on downs.

COLTS OFFENCE - The Colts have scored a league leading 272 points through seven games. QB Bailey Wasdal is fourth in passing yards with 1151 with seven touchdown passes and three interceptions. RB Xavier Ramsay has 521 yards rushing, good for third in the league and is tied for top spot with six touchdowns. WR Dylan Schrot leads the PFC with 436 yard receiving and has two touchdown catches while Richard Sindano is fifth with 351 yards and has scored twice. The Colts have turned the ball over 11 times on the year, six on interceptions, four times on fumbles and once on downs.

THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up the third least points so far this year at 142. Marcus Hall leads the team with 23 tackles, that is tied for fifth in the PFC. Paul Toth is next with 19 tackles and 15 assisted take downs. Polis Koko is tied for the league lead in interceptions with three and also has a forced fumble. Matthew Williams is tied for second in sacks with 3.5 and also has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The Thunder have forced a league low 12 turnovers on the year, four on interceptions, one on a fumble and seven times on downs.

COLTS DEFENCE - Calgary has given up a league low 81 points through the first seven games of their season. Colton Burr is fourth in tackles with 29 and has a fumble recovery. Burr is also tied for the league lead in interceptions with three. Teammate Jordan Rae also has three interceptions. Christopher Peet-Schwarz is tied for second in sacks with 3.5 and has a fumble recovery. The Colts have forced a league high 34 turnovers, 15 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and nine times on downs.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC with 264 yards on punt returns. He also has 67 yards on kickoffs. Tyler Haubrich leads the Thunder in kickoff return yards with 178. Quinten Ruckaber has punted 15 times for a 37.6 yard average, fourth best in the PFC while James Red has hit three of four field goals attempted.

COLTS SPECIAL TEAMS - Richard Sindani is third in punt return yards with 146 so far on the year. Sindani also leads the Colts with 99 kickoff yards and has scored two touchdowns. Jesse Kuntz has 98 kickoff return yards and has scored a touchdown as well. Stephen Fabian leads the league in average punting distance at 41.3 yards on 46 punts. Fabian has made 10 of 15 field goals he has attempted.

Kickoff Sunday is at 1 p.m. at Mosaic Stadium.




Tuesday, October 4, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER


Happy Wednesday Everybody!

THREE STRAIGHT - The Regina Pats have their season off to a great start picking up seven of eight possible points in four games. The club is coming off a weekend where they beat Edmonton and Red Deer by a combined 13-5. On Sunday against Edmonton the Pats scored three times shorthanded and are up to 20 goals on the season. Only the Swift Current Broncos have more in the Eastern Conference and they have played two more games. The Pats are preparing to host the Kootenay Ice on Friday and the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday at the Brandt Centre. Both games at 7 o'clock!

STEEL SHINES - Regina Pats forward Sam Steel has been named the WHL and CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 2, 2016. Steel registered seven points (4G-3A) in two games to help the Regina Pats go 2-0-0-0 this past week. On Friday, September 30 against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Steel scored twice in his 2016-17 debut while earning second star honours in a 6-3 victory. The 18-year-old product of Sherwood Park, AB, concluded the weekend with a five-point effort (2G-3A), earning first star recognition in a 7-2 triumph over the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday, October 2.
With four goals to his name, Steel is currently tied for third in WHL goal scoring. The 6-foot, 180-pound centre was returned to the Pats from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks last week. A first round pick (30th) of the Ducks at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Steel is entering his third WHL campaign. He has collected 131 points (44G-87A) in 140 career WHL regular season contests.

ADAM BROOKS - The wait and see what happens continues for the Pats and their potential captain Adam Brooks. The fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer was sent to the Toronto Marlies yesterday and will play in Newfoundland this weekend in an exhibition series. Brooks has yet to sign a contract so where he will play has yet to be decided but my guess is we will find out early next week.

BUZIAK - How about the start to the year for Pats forward Braydon Buziak. The 18-year-old from North Battleford sent a letter to the Pats just to come to camp and now here he is having scored a goal in each of his first four games in the WHL. Add to that, yesterday the NHL's Central Scouting Service listed his as a 'C' skater as a potential fourth to sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Just an incredible story!

CSS RANKINGS - Four other Pats were recognized on the CSS Players to Watch List on Tuesday. Forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Lane Zablocki came in as 'B' skaters as potential second or third round picks while forward Nick Henry and goaltender Jordan Hollett were ranked as 'C' ckaters.

FREADRICH TRADED - The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today they have acquired a fourth round pick, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for defenceman Jared Freadrich (98). The pick was originally Swift Current’s, which the Rebels acquired in a trade for Scott Feser in 2015. Freadrich, was a fourth round pick by the Pats in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He has suited up for 61 games in his career, scoring five goals and adding 16 assists for 21 points. “Jared has been a solid, reliable player for us,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “It is just a matter of a lot of bodies on defence and working some younger players into the lineup.” The Pats roster now sits at 26 players, 15 forwards, nine defencemen and two goaltenders.

COACHES POLL - Coaches around the WHL have named the Pats favorites to represent the league in the 2016 Memorial Cup in Wondsor. Have a look here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2016-17-pre-season-whl-coaches-poll-nolan-patrick-mathew-barzal-ivan-provorov-2017-nhl-draft-memorial-cup/

COUGARS START STRONG - Anybody else take notice of the start for the Prince George Cougars this year? PG played six games in the first nine days of the season, and won them all. An absolutely incredible run in a such a short period of time. They are true contenders out West.

BLUE JAYS - Thank god they won last night! I could barely watch at times. But man did the pitching look good and Edwin came through in the 11th. Huge win and now I can't wait to watch the ALDS against the Texas Rangers. A lot of history between the two clubs over the last year. Might have to make my way to Toronto for games three and four next week.

That's all I have for today, Have a great week!

Phil
@Phil_Andrews_




Saturday, October 1, 2016

RECAP: HILLTOPS 30 THUNDER 26

The Saskatoon Hilltops won a classic Shrine Bowl at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night, 30-26 over the Regina Thunder. With the win the Hilltops improve to 6-1 while the Thunder fell to 3-4.

Regina got on the board first thanks to a James Reid field goal but then gave up a safety and a punt and it was 3-3 after 1.

In the second the Hilltops took the lead on a touchdown from Logan Fischer to make it 10-3. Reid then made his second and third field goals of the game and the Thunder trailed 10-9, that was the score at the half.

It stayed that way until with 3:25 left in the 3rd, the Hilltops scored on a touchdown catch by Sam Mike to make it 16-9. Kris Calcutt responded for the Thunder on offense with a beautiful grab for a touchdown at 13:42 and the game was tied at 16.

In the fourth the Thunder took the lead on James Reid's fourth field goal in as many attempts and it was 19-16. Brock Sich then scored on a one yard touchdown run to put Regina ahead 27-16. The Hilltops stormed back in the final two minutes with a touchdown with 1:37 left from Sam Mike, his second of the night and then with 48 seconds to play Joshua Ewanchuk ran one in to give Saskatoon the 30-26 lead and the victory.

QB Sawyer Buettner threw for 319 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Kris Calcutt led the team with 80 yards receiving and Ethan Hautz recorded 100 yards along the ground. Defensively the Thunder forced two turnovers on downs and LB Paul Toth led the club with 4 tackles and 3 assisted take downs.

For the Hilltops, QB Jared Andreychuk tossed for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jason Price went off for 159 yards receiving and Logan Fischer amassed 53 rushing yards. The Hilltops defence picked up two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

The Thunder (3-4) are back at it on Sunday October 9th when they host the Calgary Colts at Mosaic Stadium at 1 p.m. The Colts take their 6-0 record into their home game against Winnipeg Sunday.