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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Broncos - Wheat Kings Trade

SWIFT CURRENT SK  The Swift Current Broncos have traded 1996 born defenceman Jordan Thomson to the Brandon Wheat Kings. In return, 1997 born d-man Mark Taraschuk comes to Swift Current. 

Thomson was acquired last season from Saskatoon along with a 2016 1st round bantam draft pick in a trade deadline deal for Brycen Martin. In 55 games as a Bronco, Thomson had 6 goals, 8 assists and 49 penalty minutes. Thomson was selected 4th overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kamloops Blazers. Brandon will be Thomson’s 4th WHL team.

Mark Taraschuk is a 6’ 192 pound defenceman from Winnipeg. In 50- games over 2 seasons with the Wheat Kings he has 10 assists and 16 penalty minutes. Brandon selected Taraschuk in the 6th round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  

“His style is weighted to the defensive side of the game,” said Broncos coach/GM Mark Lamb of Taraschuk. 

“That’s what we need to help us close out games” added Lamb.

Tarashcuk and the Broncos are preparing for two games this weekend. The Broncos host The Saskatoon Blades Friday night. The annual Teddy Bear toss game is Saturday vs. Price Albert. 

Ryan Switzer, Director of Communications/Digital Media, Swift Current Broncos

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The Regina Pats continued their road trip in Edmonton on Wednesday night against the Oil Kings. The Pats were coming off a 3-2 win in Red Deer on Tuesday night. Adam Brooks, Rykr Cole and Taylor Cooper scored thegoals while Tyler Brown made 33 saves in the win. The Pats took an 8-3-0-0 record against the Central Division into the game. The Oil Kings entered the game looking to get the ship righted. Edmonton had lost three in a row and five of their last six games. The Pats were 2-0-0-0 against their conference rivals on the season with a 5-3 win at the Brandt Centre on October 11th and then 4-2 in Edmonton on October 16th. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Oil Kings



Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Williams, Smith and Elmer.
Oil Kings scratches - Dillon, Yewchuk, Magnes, Mohr, Klatt and Elizarov. 

In the first period the Oil Kings got the first powerplay and opened the scoring. Kole Gable with his 2nd of the season unassisted at 6:43 and it was 1-0. The Pats powerplay responded at 8:59 when Connor Hobbs hammered a slap shot from the point for his 5th from Sam Steel and Adam Brooks and it was 1-1. 29 seconds later the Oil Kings took the lead back off a faceoff in the Pats zone. Jordan Dawson launched a wrist shot from the right point and it got through a mass of bodies and went into the top corner for his first WHL goal at 9:28 and it was 2-1. The Pats got two straight poweprlays after that and on the second Connor Hobbs scored his second of the night, 6th of the season from the slot at 15:37. Adam Brooks the lone assist and it was 2-2. That was the score after 1 with the Pats leading on the shot clock 12-7.

The game really slowed down in the middle period. The Pats had one powerplay and the Oil Kings had two but neither team generated much offensively. At the midway point of the frame both teams had just two shots a piece in the period. The Pats did get breakaways from Colton Kroeker and Austin Wagner but both were stopped. The Oil Kings did find the go ahead goal at 16:25. Lane Bauer was all alone in front, took a pass and scored his 13th from Dysin Mayo and Brett Pollock and it was 3-2. With 14 seconds left in the frame Bauer scored his second of the night, this time on the backhand, his 14th from Luke Bertolucci and Brett Pollock and it was 4-2, that was the score after 2. The Oil Kings outshot the Pats 9-5 in the period but the Pats led 17-16 overall.

In the third the Oil Kings went up 5-2 at 2:25. Tyler Robertson jammed in a rebound for his 8th from Jordan Dawson and Luke Bertolucci. That was it for Tyler Browns night, he was replaced by Jordan Hollett. The Pats got a short handed goal at 2:44 from Austin Wagner, his 8th of the year and it was a 5-3 scoreline. The Oil Kings went back up by three on a breakaway goal from Brett Pollock at 6:33 and it was 6-3. The Pats got another one back when Adam Brooks scored his 12th from Sam Steel and Aaron Macklin at 10:27 and it was 6-4 but that was all the scoring for the night and Edmoton took the two points. The Oil Kings outshot the Pats 14-9 in the period and 30-26 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 3 for 7 in the game while the penalty kill was 5 for 6.

The third star of thegame went to the Pats Connor Hobbs who had two goals in the loss. The second star to the Oil Kings Brett Pollock who scored and had two assists and the first star to Edmonton's Lane Bauer who scored twice and added a helper. 

The Pats play again on Friday in Calgary against the Hitmen with an 8 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Oil Kings PP Goal at 6:43. Kole Gable (2) unassisted.

Pats PP Goal at 8:59. Connor Hobbs (5) from Sam Steel (16) and Adam Brooks (17).

Oil Kings Goal at 9:28. Jordan Dawson (1) from Kole Gable (2) and Dario Meyer (6).

Pats PP Goal at 15:37. Connor Hobbs (6) from Adam Brooks (18). 

2nd Period

Oil Kings Goal at 16:25. Lane Bauer (13) from Dysin Mayo (14) and Brett Pollock (16).

Oil Kings Goal at 19:46. Lane Bauer (14) from Luke Bertolucci (5) and Brett Pollock (17). 

3rd Period

Oil Kings Goal at 2:25. Tyler Robertson (8) from Jordan Dawson (2) and Luke Bertolucci (6).

Pats SH Goal at 2:44. Austin Wagner (8) unassisted.

Oil Kings Goal at 6:33. Brett Pollock (10) from Lane Bauer (15).

Pats PP Goal at 10:27. Adam Brooks (12) from Sam Steel (17) and Aaron Macklin (4).

Radio highlights and post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch to come...

Cougars acquire Harrison from Brandon

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced this morning that the Prince George Cougars have acquired 20-year-old forward Luke Harrison (W. Kelowna, BC) from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a ninth round selection in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
Harrison (6’1”, 204 pounds), a veteran of 196 career regular season games comes to the Cougars after spending a majority of his playing career with the Victoria Royals franchise (94 games) and the Kamloops Blazers (89 games). This season Harrison also dressed in seven games with the Spokane Chiefs and six games with the Wheat Kings. In 17 games this season (with Kamloops, Spokane and Brandon) he has tallied four goals. Throughout his career he has scored 21 goals, 13 assists and has notched 125 career penalty minutes. He also appeared in four playoff games with the Victoria Royals in 2012. He was originally selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the third round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft and in 2011 he helped Team BC to a Gold Medal at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, NS.
“We are very familiar with Luke and the style of game he plays and he’s going to be a welcomed addition to our lineup and our dressing room,” said Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He brings experience, leadership, size and speed to our forward corps and we’re excited to get him to Prince George so that he can help contribute to our team’s success.”
The addition of Harrison moves the Cougars roster to 25 players: 14 forwards, nine defencemen and two goaltenders.

Dan O'Connor
Manager, Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations
Prince George Cougars Hockey Club

Pats - Oil Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (11-9-2-0) are in Edmonton tonight looking to put together back to back wins when they take on the Oil Kings (8-14-3-0). It’s the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, the Pats are two and oh winning 5-3 in Edmonton on October 11th and 4-2 in Regina on October 16th. Puck drop is at 8 o’clock with the pre-game at 7:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
65/76 (-11)
66/90 (-24)
13.1% (13/99)
18.8 % (19/101)
Penalty Kill
72.5% (74/102)
80.8% (105/130)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (11-16-27)
Lane Bauer (12-14-26)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Chase Harrison (3-0-13)
Dysin Mayo (1-13-14)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
18.07 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats got goals from Adam Brooks, Rykr Cole and Taylor Cooper to beat the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday 3-2 at the Enmax Centrium. The win snapped a two game slide for the Pats. Regina outshot Red Deer 36-35 in the game and the penalty kill went 6 for 7 including the final 2:50 left in regulation.

The Edmonton Oil Kings were last in action on Saturday in Kamloops and lost 5-3 to the Blazers. The Oil Kings picked up just one win in their 5 games through the B.C. Division. The Oil Kings have dropped 3 in a row and 5 of their last 6.

Beast Mode Brownie
Tyler Brown continues to impress since taking over the teams starting duties after the trade of Daniel Wapple to the Vancouver Giants. Brown made 33 saves in Red Deer on Tuesday and raised his save percentage to .917 on the season. Since the Wapple trade on November 5th, Brown is 3-3-0-0 with a 2.61 G.A.A. and a .933 save percentage.

Brooks on Career Pace
Pats 19-year-old forward Adam Brooks is headed for another career season in the WHL. The Winnipeg product has scored 11 goals and has 27 points in 22 games played. Last season through 22 games Brooks had 18 points and went on to score 30 times and have 62 points. This year Brooks is on pace to finish with 88.3 points, over 26 points in improvement.

Kroeker Breaking Out

Pats forward Colton Kroeker is having a career year. He set a career high in points with an assist in Red Deer last night. Kroeker has 3 goals and 7 points in 21 games this season. Last year the Surrey B.C. product had 3 goals and 6 points in 52 games.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Calgary – November 27, 8:00 PM – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats @ Red Deer – November 28, 8:00 PM – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – December 2, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place (CKRM)

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- The Pats won a huge game on Tuesday night in Red Deer over the Rebels 3-2. What a hockey game it was. Both teams played extremely well and this is a night where you really have to credit the Pats for the game they played. Their were no passengers in the victory. Adam Brooks, Rykr Cole and Taylor Cooper scored while Tyler Brown had another incredible night stopping 33 of 35 shots faced. The Penalty kill was rock solid again going 6 for 7 including down a man for the last 2:50 to hold on for the win. The game was one you want to see every night, fast, physical and exciting. A huge win for the Pats to get two games over the 500 mark with 3 games left on the Alberta road swing.

- Tyler Brown continues to impress since taking over the teams starting duties on November 5th. Since then he has gone 3-3-0-0 with a 2.61 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He has been beyond incredible.

- Adam Brooks is on pace for a career year in points this season. Brooks has 27 points in his first 22 games, projecting an 88 point season. Last year the Winnipeg product finished with 30 goals and 62 points.

- Colton Kroeker set a career high in points last night with an assist against the Rebels. He is up to 3 goals and 7 points in 21 games played. Last season he had 3 goals and 6 assists in 52 games.

- The Pats are in Edmonton tonight looking to start the year three and oh against the Oil Kings. It's the game they have to have on this road swing. Edmonton has lost three in a  row and 5 of their last 6. That being said they play a tough game and are still a tough out no matter what. Should be a good one again tonight.

- Two Regina Pats were among the November Central Scouting Players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. No surprise to see Sam Steel listed as an 'A' skater for a second time as a projected 1st round pick. However there was a bit of a surprise to see Luc Smith get onto the list as a 'C' skater as a projected 4th-6th round selection. Smith says he had no idea it was coming. "To be honest I actually had no idea the list was even out today. Cammy (Jared McAmmond) came up to me and said 'Hey Smitty, you are on the list' I said 'sweet, that's kind of cool'.

Smith was the Pats 3rd round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, he says while it's an honour, he can't change the way he plays as a result. "It feels good obviously, the hard work is starting to pay off here but at the same time it's something that you can't let get in your head and you just got to keep going out there and working hard every day... It doesn't really man anything in the big picture right, you have to focus on the team things first and that is going to lead to success."

Smith has a goal and 2 assists to go along with 46 penalty minutes so far this year and he says it's all about winning as a team going forward. "If the team is having success, obviously I am going to have some personal success. That's something that I really like to focus my play on, everything for the team, for the guys, battling for the guys sitting next to me and they are doing the same for me."

Sam Steel is an 'A' skater for the second time in as many players to watch lists from Central Scouting. Steel has 7 goals and 21 points in 21 games played this season.

- What a weekend in the CFL. The Division Finals were just incredible to watch. Ottawa's win over Hamilton was so full of drama it had me on the edge of my seat. You have to credit Kent Austin and his game plan with Jeremiah Masoli who came so close to getting into the Grey Cup for a 3rd straight year. I was pulling for the RedBlacks however and am glad to see them make the championship game.

The Stamps and Eskimos game was not as nail bitting but still entertaining. Calgary made a game of it late and provided a great game to watch. I think Edmonton is going to win it all but hoping Ottawa can pull it out.

- Be sure to catch tonight's episode of Pats TV on Access 7 starting at 6:30. My guests this week are forwards Austin Wagner and Sean Richards as well as goaltender Jordan Hollett.

That's all I have for today, have a great rest of your week! I'll talk to you from Rexall Place tonight.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The Regina Pats were in Red Deer on Tuesday night to take on the Rebels for the second time this season. The Pats won the first match up at the Brandt Centre on November 13th, 8-5, thanks to a 4 point night from Adam Brooks. The Pats however had lost two in a row entering the game including in overtime on Saturday in Prince Albert 4-3. The Rebels meanwhile had won two straight including 6-1 over Saskatoon on Saturday. This was the first of four games in five nights for the Pats as apart of nine straight games on the road. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Kopeck-W. Johnson-Bleackley
Hagel-de Wit-R. Johnson



Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Williams, Richards and Elmer.
Rebels scratches - Mahura, Doetzel, Pratt and Purtill. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start with some good offensive zone time. The Rebels though generated some great scoring chances but Tyler Brown robbed Colton Bobyk and Adam Musil to keep the game scoreless. The Pats opened the scoring at the 12 minute mark when Adam Brooks scored on his own rebound for his 11th of the season. Adam Berg and Austin Wagner the assists and it was 1-0. The Pats took three straight penalties after that and found themselves down 2 men for 1:06. That's when Ivan Nikolishin skated into the slot and snapped home his 16th from Haydn Fleury and Colton Bobyk and it was 1-1. That was the score through 20 minutes with the Rebels leading on the shot clock 11-10. Both Chase Harrison and Luc Smith left the game for the Pats in the period, Harrison returned to the game but Smith did not.

In the second the Pats took the 2-1 lead 1:18 into the period. Rykr Cole carried into the offensive zone on the left wing and fired one off a stick and in for his 3rd of the season from Chase Harrison.  A minute after that Rylan Toth was pulled after allowing 2 goals on 13 shots and Trevor Martin replaced him. However Martin who did not face a shot was taken back out of the game and Toth went back in. The Rebels tied it up at 4:59 when Connor Bleackley scored on a rebound with assists to Presten Kopeck and Austin Strand and it was 2-2. 13 seconds later the Pats took the lead back. Taylor Cooper shot from the left circle and beat Toth for his 3rd with assists to Sam Steel and Colton Kroeker at 5:12 and it was 3-2. The Pats had 2 powerplays after that but did not score and then the Rebels turned it up in the final two minutes but the Pats held on and took the 3-2 lead to the break. The Pats outshot the Rebels 20-15 in the period and led 30-26 overall.

In the third the Pats had two powerplays but couldn't find the 2 goal lead. The Rebels picked up a powerplay as well but the game stayed 3-2. With 2:50 left on the clock the Rebels got their 2nd and 3rd powerplays of the frame on a 4 minute high sticking penalty. The Pats penalty kill came up huge and Tyler Brown made a huge save on Ivan Nikolishin and they held on to win 3-2 and improve to 2-0-0-0 against the Rebels on the season. The Rebels outshot Regina 9-6 in the period but the Pats led 36-35 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 4 in the contest while the penalty kill went 6 for 7.

The third star of the game went to the Rebels Connor Bleackley who had a goal in the loss. The second star to the Pats Taylo Cooper who scored the game winner and the 1st star to Tyler Brown who made 33 saves for the win. 

The Pats are right back at it Wednesday night in Edmonton against the Oil Kings with an 8 o'clock puck drop Regina time on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 12:00. Adam Brooks (11) from Adam Berg and Austin Wagner.

Reels 5v3 PP Goal at 18:04. Ivan Nikolishin (16) from Haydn Fleury and Colton Bobyk. 

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 1:18. Rykr Cole (3) from Chase Harrison.

Rebels Goal at 4:59. Connor Bleackley (3) from Presten Kopeck and Austin Strand.

Pats Goal at 5:12. Taylor Cooper (3) from Sam Steel and Colton Kroeker. 

3rd Period 


For the radio highlights and post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf click here:

Pats - Rebels Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (10-9-2-0) are on the road tonight in Red Deer looking to snap a two game losing skid when they take on the Rebels (16-7-0-0). It’s the second meeting of the season between the two clubs, the Pats won at home 8-5 in the first contest two weekends ago. Red Deer is the 5th ranked team in the CHL. Puck drop is at 8 o'clock with the pre-game at 7:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
62/74 (-12)
91/64 (+27)
13.7% (13/95)
23.7 % (22/93)
Penalty Kill
71.6% (68/95)
78.9% (75/95)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (10-16-26)
Ivan Nikolishin (15-18-33)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Chase Harrison (3-9-12)
Bobyk/Fleury (15 pts)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
18.29 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats got 2 point nights from Adam Brooks, Austin Wagner and Connor Hobbs on Saturday but Reid Gardiner scored 11 seconds into overtime to give the Prince Albert Raiders the 4-3 victory. Jordan Hollett stopped 41 shots in the OT loss but for the second time this season the Pats took a point from the East Division leading Raiders.

The Rebels were last in action on Friday at home to the Saskatoon Blades and won 6-1. Ivan Nikolishin scored a hattrick, Evan Polei put up 3 assists and Rylan Toth stopped 28 of 29 shots. The victory was the second in a row for the Rebels, they are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 contests.

Goaltending Strenth
The Regina Pats may have only picked up 1 of a possible 4 points over the weekend but goaltenders Tyler Brown and Jordan Hollett put on a show in the two games. On Friday in Brandon, Brown put up a career high 51 saves while Hollett followed that up with 41 saves in Prince Albert on Saturday. Brown has seen his save percentage jump to .915, that is tied for 9th in the WHL.

Wagner Producing
Pats 18-year-old, L.A. Kings product, Austin Wagner is playing his best hockey of the season. The Calgary product has 2 points in 4 of his last 5 games. The 8 points, 4 goals and 4 assists, have Wagner up to 16 points in his 21 games played.

Family History
Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn and Rebels forward Ivan Nikolishin have some interesting family history. Back on November 2nd 1996, Jake’s dad, Curtis Leschyshyn was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Washington Capitals. 7 days later Washington flipped Curtis to the Hartford Whalers and in return acquired Ivan’s father Andrei Nikolishin. Curtis Leschyshyn played one season in Hartford before the club moved to Carolina while Nikolishin played 4 seasons in Washington. Both their sons will meet on the ice tonight.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Edmonton – November 25, 8:00 PM – Rexall Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Calgary – November 27, 8:00 PM – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats @ Red Deer – November 28, 8:00 PM – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)