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Monday, March 2, 2015

Winterhawks Bjorkstrand WHL Player of the Month

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand is the WHL Player of the Month for February 2015.

Bjorkstrand, a 19-year-old from Herning, Denmark, amassed 21 points (13g-8a) to go along with a plus-15 rating in nine games played during February. January’s reigning WHL Player of the Month, Bjorkstrand scored a goal in all nine games in February to lead the Winterhawks to a 6-1-2-0 record. Bjorkstrand recorded multiple-point outings on six occasions, including four occasions in which he scored multiple goals, and has scored a total of 18 goals over an 11-game goal scoring streak to tie a franchise record.

Bjorkstrand’s performances in February saw him earn three first stars, two second star selections and one third star nod. The import forward’s efforts also helped Portland draw to within two points of the U.S. Division-leading Everett Silvertips while also clinching a playoff berth.

The 6’0”, 168 lb forward sits second in WHL scoring with 91 points so far this season while Bjorkstrand’s 48 goals and plus-49 rating are league bests. Bjorkstrand is in his third WHL season with the Winterhawks and has tallied 263 points (129g-134a) in 183 career regular season contests. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Bjorkstrand in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bjorkstrand’s accomplishments make him a deserving choice as the WHL Player of the Month for February. 

2014-15 WHL Player of the Month
February: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
January: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
December: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers
November: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
September/October: Cole Ully, Kamloops Blazers

Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Rebels Toth WHL Goalie of the Month

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Rylan Toth of the Red Deer Rebels has been named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for February 2015.

An 18-year-old from Saskatoon, S
K, Toth posted a record of 4-3-0-1 over eight appearances in February along with a 2.46 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. In five of the games he started, Toth held the opposition to two goals or fewer. 

Toth’s play helped the Rebels to a 5-5-1-1 record through February while the Club is currently in a playoff position. The 6’1”, 201 lb netminder earned two first star honours as well as an additional third star selection in February. 

Toth is in his first WHL campaign with the Rebels and has posted a 25-15-3-5 record with one shutout in 49 career regular season contests.

These accomplishments make Rylan Toth a deserving choice as the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for February.  

2014-15 VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month
February: Rylan Toth, Red Deer Rebels
January: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
December: Cody Porter, Vancouver Giants
November: Daniel Wapple, Regina Pats
September/October:  Jackson Whistle, Kelowna Rockets


Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Pat Chat March 2nd

The Week That Was
The Pats battled through a very busy schedule, closing out a seven game in ten day segment this week.  Wednesday saw the Blue and White look to continue a three game win streak against Kootenay.  The game started well for the Pats with a 2-0 lead after one, but the Ice came back in the second to tie the game 3-3 and take the lead in the third.  With time winding down, Connor Hobbs found a tying goal to force overtime and a shootout, but the Ice would capture the 5-4 win.  Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt made their return to the Brandt Centre Friday night.  Tigers defender Ty Stanton scored twice in the middle period to set Medicine Hat up for the win.  Taylor Cooper scored with 90 seconds left in the third to make things interesting, and Adam Brooks almost tied it up when he hit both posts.  The Pats couldn’t find a tying marker after that and fell 2-1.  With two chances to clinch a playoff spot against Moose Jaw, the Pats and Warriors went back and forth Saturday night before the Warriors were able to hold out for a 6-5 win in overtime.  Adam Brooks had a career night, scoring his first WHL hat-trick and adding an assist in the loss.  The following evening, the Pats successfully clinched a spot in the 2015 WHL Playoffs with a 6-2 win in the back-half of the home-and-home against the Warriors.
The Week Ahead
Friday, March 6th – Pats at Edmonton (8:00 p.m. CST)The Pats take on the reigning champs for the final time this season as they travel to Edmonton to start a weekend Central Division swing.  The Oil Kings are in a battle to hold onto playoff positioning as the Pats look to solidify their hold on 2nd in the East.  Don’t miss any of the action with the Pats on the road by tuning into Home Depot Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM or WHL Live Web TV.
Saturday, March 7th – Pats at Red Deer (8:00 p.m.)After battling the 2014 Memorial Cup Champions, the Pats head to Red Deer to face off against the 2016 Memorial Cup Host Rebels.  The Blue and White are 1-1-1-0 against the Rebels this season, winning the last meeting between the teams by a 4-1 score.
Training for Life Dinner
The Regina Pats are pleased to partner with Special Olympics Saskatchewan for the upcoming annual Training for Life Dinner Tuesday, March 3rd at the Double Tree by Hilton.  Pats Head Coach and Sr. VP of Hockey Operations, John Paddock, will be the keynote speaker and members of the team will be in attendance to sign autographs and take photos with attendees.  Tickets are $50 and include a Pats game voucher!  Visit the Pats Office or to purchase tickets.
Playoff Packages
The Pats have earned their spot in the 2015 WHL Playoffs!  Season Ticket Holders can expect their Playoff Ticket Packages to begin arriving early this week, if they haven’t already.  If yours doesn’t arrive by the end of the week, contact Kellin Enslev at 306-337-1538 to get your playoff information.
March 13th Fan Bus to Moose Jaw
Don’t miss out on the excitement as the Pats open a home-and-home with the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday, March 13th.  Get your tickets for the Pats Fan Bus and cheer on the Blue and White on the road against their arch-rivals in one of their final games against the Warriors of the 2014-15 Regular Season.
Weekly Schedule
Monday, March 2nd – No Practice
Tuesday, March 3rd – Practice 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Brandt Centre)
Wednesday, March 4th – Practice 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Brandt Centre) 
Thursday, March 5th – Travel Day 
Friday, March 6th – Pats at Edmonton – 8:00 p.m. CST (Rexall Place)*
Saturday, March 7th – Pats at Red Deer – 8:00 p.m. CST (Enmax Centrium)*
*Broadcast on CKRM
Important Dates
Friday, March 14th – Next Home Game vs. Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17th – St. Pats Night/Western Pizza Poster Giveaway vs. Brandon – 7:00 p.m.

Cougars Harkins named WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince George Cougars forward Jansen Harkins is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 1st, 2015.  

Harkins collected seven points (1g-6a) in two games to help the Prince George Cougars collect a pair of road wins last week. 

On Friday, February 27th against the Seattle Thunderbirds, Harkins registered a four point performance (1g- 3a) including the overtime winner in a 5-4 road victory. The following night, Harkins collected three assists against the Everett Silvertips to help the Cougars to a 5-1 victory while also claiming first star honours.

The 17-year-old North Vancouver, BC native has gathered 76 points (19g-57a) in 61 games played this season. The 6’1”, 180 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Prince George where he has amassed 110 points (29g-81a) in 133 career WHL regular season contests. Harkins was ranked 18th amongst North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Garret Hughson of the Spokane Chiefs for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hughson, a 1995-born netminder from Foremost, AB, registered a 0.67 goals against average and a .973 save percentage, including one shutout, while winning all three of his starts last week. 

On Wednesday, February 25th, Hughson stopped 23 shots to earn a 3-1 win over the Everett Silvertips. On Friday, February 27th, Hughson turned aside all 28 shots he faced against the Tri-City Americans to pick up his first shutout of the season and claim first star honours. The following night, Hughson turned aside 22 shots to lift the Chiefs to an 8-1 victory against the Americans while earning second star honours. Currently in his third campaign with Spokane, Hughson has posted a 37-33-4-2 record with three shutouts in 93 career WHL regular season appearances. 

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 16 – Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Rihards Bukarts, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets 
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings 
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen 
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pat Canadians Round 1 Playoff Schedule

Please note the following schedule for the Regina Pat Canadians round 1 playoff match up versus the Yorkton RawTech Maulers.
                                                                                             Game Time
Wednesday   March 4  Cooperators Arena                          8:00 PM
Thursday      March 5  Yorkton Farrell Agencies Arena     8:00 PM
Sunday         March 8  Cooperators Arena                           3:00 PM
Monday        March 9  Yorkton Farrell Agencies Arena     8:00 PM      if required

Wednesday  March 11 Cooperators Arena                          7:45 PM      if required

Sunday, March 1, 2015

JLB Electric Game Recap: PATS 6 WARRIORS 2

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The Regina Pats (33-20-5-4) hosted the back half of a home and home on Sunday against the Moose Jaw Warriors (26-31-4-1). The Warriors won the opener on home ice Saturday 6-5 in overtime on Jesse Shynkaruk's game winner. Adam brooks had a career night for the Pats scoring his first ever WHL hattrick and first ever four point game. Taylor Cooper extended his point streak to 11 games in the contest with an assist, he has 8 goals and 9 assists in that span. The Warriors Brayden Point and Jack Rodewald led the way in the win with a goal and two assists each. Daniel Wapple got the start in goal for the Pats on Sunday after getting Saturday night off. The Pats needed a win to clinch a playoff spot and sat 10 points clear of Swift Current for second in the East Division with 10 games left on the schedule. The Warriors lost Tanner Eberle to injury in Saturdays game and he did not play Sunday night. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                       Warriors
Cooper-Steel-Padakin                                            Howden-Point-Rodewald
Christoffer-Brooks-D'Amico                               Duppereault-Smejkal-White
Gabrielle-Kroeker-Cole                                          Duperreault-Shynkaruk-Bargar
McAmmonc-Smith                                                  Clouston-Halbgewachs

Williams-Hobbs                                                    Gardiner-Jensen
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                          Perillat-Adam
Harrison-Hansen                                                     Zalitach-Valentine

Wapple                                                                 Willms
Brown                                                                    Sawchenko

Pats scratches - Wagner and Mortlock.
Warriors scratches - Brown, Yakubowski, Gregor, Eberle and Blomqvist.

In the first period the game got off to a slow start and it had the look of two teams that were playing their third game in as man nights. Things started to pick up in the second half of the frame and the Pats opened the scoring on a penalty shot. Pavel Padakin was hooked on a breakaway and then scored on a great move to the back hand on the penalty shot for his 22nd at 16:29 and it was 1-0 Regina. With 1:03 left in the frame the Pats got the games first powerplay and then 7 seconds later Spencer Jensen took a four minute minor for high sticking and the Pats went up twp men. Colby Williams hammered a one timer off the cross bar and that was as close as the Pats came before the period ended. 57 seconds of 5 on 3 powerplay time carried over into the second. The Warriors led the shots on goal 7-6 after 1.

The Pats could not score with their powerplay time to start the second and it remained 1-0. Brody Willms made some big saves for the Warriors after that as the Pats had most of the offensive zone time but did not score. The Warriors picked up two powerplays in the period which the Pats killed off and we went to the third still at a 1-0 hockey game. The Pats outshot the Warriors 14-9 in the period and led overall 20-16.

In the third the Warriors tied it up at 1:29 as Brett Howden scored on a rebound for his 16th from Spenser Jensen and Jiri Smejkal and it was 1-1. Less than a minute later Rykr Cole gave the Pats the lead back with his 8th from Chase Harrison and Colton Kroeker at 2:15 and it was 2-1. The Warriors drew even again at 4:01 as Brett Howden centered for Torrin White who scored his 17th and it was 2-2. Then Braden Christoffer had a centering feed go off his body and in for his 21st. Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs the assist at 9:55 and it was 3-2. Pavel Padakin then scored his second of the game on a scramble in front and 23rd of the year from Sam Steel and Jesse Gabrielle and it was 4-2 at 13:35. They weren't done there as on the powerplay Pavel Padkin made a great move to get in on the breakaway, he was stopped but Jesse Gabrielle scored on the rebound for his 21st to make it 5-2 at 16:39. The Warriors got a late powerplay and pulled Brody Willms and thats when Adam Brooks stole a puck and fired into the empty cage for his team leading 25th of the year at 19:14 and it was 6-2, that was the final score. The Pats clinch a playoff spot with the win and with Siwft Current losing to Saskatoon their lead for 2nd in the division is 12 points with 9 games left. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 18-13 in the period and overall 38-29. The Pats finish their stretch of 7 games in 10 nights with a 4-1-1-1 record and they are 34-20-5-4 on the year.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 5 in the game and the penalty kill went 6 for 6.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Colby Williams who had an assist and was a plus 1 and is up to plus 43 on the season. The second star to the Warriors Brett Howden who had a goal and an assist and the first star to the Pats Pavel Padakin who had two goals and an assist in the game.

The Pats are off until Friday when they hit the road to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place at 8 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats PS Goal at 16:29. Pavel Padakin (22) unassisted.

2nd Period 


3rd Period 

Warriors Goal at 1:29. Brett Howden (16) from Spenser Jensen and Jiri Smejkal.

Pats Goal at 2:15. Rykr Cole (8) from Chase Harrison and Colton Kroeker.

Warriors Goal at 4:01. Torrin White (17) from Brett Howden .

Pats Goal at 9:55. Braden Christoffer (21) from Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs.

Pats Goal at 13:35. Pavel Padakin (23) from Sam Steel and Jesse Gabrielle.

Pats PP Goal at 16:39. Jesse Gabrielle (21) from Pavel Padakin and Sam Steel.

Pats EN SH Goal at 19:14. Adam Brooks (26) unassisted.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with assistant coach Dave Struch and forward Pavel Padakin.

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Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats (33-20-5-4) close out a three-in-three segment and play their seventh game in ten days when they face the Moose Jaw Warriors (26-31-4-1) at the Brandt Centre
(6 p.m.).  The Pats hold a 3-0-2-0 record against the Warriors through five meetings this season.  Last night saw the Pats and Warriors trade the lead four times in a 6-5 overtime loss in Moose Jaw.  Adam Brooks leads the Pats with eight points (4G, 4A) in five contests against the Warriors.  Tanner Eberle is the top Warrior with six points (4G, 2A) versus Regina.  The Pats have lost three straight, but picked up points in two of those games including last night’s loss.  The Warriors have won two in a row.  Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 5:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Back and Forth Game Goes to Warriors 6-5 in OTAdam Brooks posted a hat-trick and added an assist, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Warriors captured a 6-5 victory in overtime.  Brooks scored twice in the first for the Pats to lead 2-1, but the Warriors stormed back by scoring three times in the middle period and led 4-2 going to the third.  The Pats scored three of their own, with Patrick D’Amico putting the Blue and White ahead.  Brett Howden tied the game on a goal that was initially waved off, but later ruled a goal.  Jesse Shynkaruk rewarded the hosts’ resilience by scoring on a nice move to the middle of the ice for the overtime winner.
Sunday Night Hockey The Pats have played in six Sunday matchups this season and come into tonight’s game with a 2-2-1-1 record on the final day of the week.  Three of those games came as the final game in three-in-three sets where the Pats have a 1-2-0-0 record.
D’Amico Hits 150Over-age forward Patrick D’Amico played his 150th career WHL game last night in Moose Jaw.  D’Amico is in the midst of a career year with 18 goals and 25 assists in 62 games played (also a career high).  The Winnipeg, MB product has 68 points (25G, 43A) over his 150 games played.
Career Night
Adam Brooks saw his career high eleven game point streak come to an end Friday, but exploded back onto the score sheet last night.  The 18-year old posted his first career hat-trick and added an assist for a career high four point night.  Brooks now leads the Pats with 53 points and 25 goals.
Upcoming Schedule
at Edmonton – Friday, March 6th, 8:00 p.m. CST – Rexall Place (CKRM)
at Red Deer – Saturday, March 7th, 8:00 p.m. CST – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Commnications
Regina Pats Hockey Club