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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pats -Royals Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan –The Regina Pats (13-9-1-0) use the ferry today to cross over to Vancouver Island for their lone matchup this season with the Victoria Royals (13-11-2-0).  Last season, the Pats captured a 3-2 win on home ice against the Royals.  Colby Williams leads the returning Pats with a goal in that contest while Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist for Victoria.  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have won five straight games and eight of nine including last night’s 6-2 win over Vancouver.  The Royals got back in the win column last night with a 3-1 win over Everett.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Take Fifth in a Row 6-2 Over Giants
The Pats looked to be in store for a tough start to their B.C. Division road swing when the Giants opened up a 2-0 lead in the early stages of the first period, but Adam Brooks and Dryden Hunt each scored to bring them even before the break.  The Blue and White took it from there, scoring four more unanswered from Kyle Burroughs, Austin Wagner, Hunt again and Braden Christoffer for a 6-2 win.

On for the Goals
The Pats’ five even strength goals last night had one thing in common... James Hilsendager was on the ice for each of them.  The rookie defender was a +5 in the plus/minus category.  That’s the highest single game mark this season for a Pat and in the WHL yesterday.  Hilsendager is +4 on the season.

Check the Scoreboard
Teams haven’t had much luck against the Pats if they head to the intermission trailing the Queen City Kids.  When leading after the first period, Regina is 7-0-0-0 on the year and 8-0-0-0 when leading after forty minutes.  Teams chances of success improve if they hit the first intermission tied when the Pats are 3-6-0-0.  Tied after two periods, though, the Pats are 3-1-1-0.  

Margins of Victory
The Pats have won plenty of games in convincing fashion this season.  The club is 8-2-0-0 in games decided by three or more goals.  They’ve been good in tight contests as well boasting a 5-2-1-0 record in one goal contests.  The area that needs improvement is a 0-5-0-0 record in games decided by two goals.

Upcoming Schedule
at Prince George – Wednesday, November 26th, 9:00 p.m. CST – CN Centre (CKRM)
at Kamloops – Friday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. CST – Interior Savings Centre (CKRM)
at Kelowna – Saturday, November 29th, 9:05 p.m. CST – Prospera Place (CKRM)

Friday, November 21, 2014


The Regina Pats kicked off their B.C. road trip Friday night in Vancouver against the Giants. The Pats were riding a four game winning streak coming in and had won seven of eight. The Pats saw Daniel Wapple start his 11th straight game while Tyler Benson made his return to the lineup. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                        Giants
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                                Hamilton-Popoff-Houck
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                         Benson-Baer-Bellerive
Klimchuk-Steel-Christoffer                                       Strukel-Foster-Sward
Cole-Kroeker-Smith                                                Odgers-Roach

Burroughs-Williams                                               Geertzen-Osipov
Harrison-Reagan                                                      Kirichenko-Brumm
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                           Dosanjh-Mennell

Wapple                                                                    Lee
Brown                                                                      Porter

In the first period the Giants ad all the early jump and opened the scoring at 1:57 as Tyler Benson was sprung on a breakaway and just beat Wapple for his 4th of the year. Matt Bellerive the lone assist and it was 1-0. Then on their second powerplay the Giants went up 2-0 as Jackson Houck put home his 7th of the year and Carter Popoff and Dmitry Osipov. The Pats caught a break a couple minutes later as Adam Brooks centered from below the goal line and hit the back of Payton Lee and it went in for his 9th of the year on the Pats first shot on goal of the game. Pavel Padakin the lone assist at 9:45 and it was 2-1. The Pats drew even at 18:23 as Dryden Hunt tucked home his team leading 11th of the year with assists to Connor Gay and Patrick D'Amico and it was a 2-2 game. The Pats were given their first powerplay of the game with 2 seconds left in the period and 1:58 carried over into the 2nd. The Giants outshot the Pats 15-10 in the period.

In the second the Pats took their first lead at 10:11 as Kyle Burroughs shot from the blue line on the powerplay snuck through Payton Lee for his 3rd of the year. Colby Williams and Patrick D'Amico the assists and it was 3-2. That was it for Lee in goal as he was replaced after allowing 3 goals on 15 shots. Cody Porter replaced him. The Pats went up 4-2 at 16:48 as Austin Wagner scored on a breakaway for his 6th of the year from Adam Brooks and it was 4-2. That's how the period would end with the Pats outshooting the Giants 9-4 in the period and we were tied at 19's overall.

In the third the Pats got a 4 on 4 goal at 5:25 as Dryden Hunt put home his second of the game and team leading 12th of the year. Assists to Connor Gay and Sergey Zborovskiy and it was 5-2. The Pats made it 6-2 at 19:31 as Braden Christoffer banged home his 7th of the year from Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel and that was the final score. Morgan Klimchuk extended his point streak to 9 games with an assist on that last goal. The Pats outshot the Giants 10-8 in the period and overall 29-27.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 4 in the game and the penalty was 3 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Austin Wagner who scored a goal in the game. The second star to the Giants Tyler Benson who opened the scoring and the first star to the Pats Dryden Hunt who scored twice.

The Pats are back at it Saturday night in Victoria against the Royals at 9 o'clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Giants Goal at 1:57. Tyler Benson (4) from Matt Bellerive.

Giants PP Goal at 7:30. Jackson Houck (7) from Carter Popoff and Dmitry Osipov.

Pats Goal at 9:45. Adam Brooks (9) from Pavel Padakin.

Pats Goal at 18:23. Dryden Hunt (11) from Connor Gay and Patrick D'Amico.

2nd Period 

Pats PP Goal at 10:11. Kyle Burroughs (3) from Colby Williams and Patrick D'Amico.

Pats Goal at 16:48. Austin Wagner (6) from Adam Brooks.

3rd Period 

Pats 4v4 Goal at 5:25. Dryden Hunt (12) from Connor Gay and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats Goal at 19:31. Braden Christoffer (7) from Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel.

Here are the radio highlights.

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Pats re-assign Fuhr

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today goaltender Tyler Fuhr (’95) has been reassigned to the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL.

Fuhr had a 1-0-0-0 record with the Pats this season, stopping 24 of 25 shots in the Blue and White’s 7-1 win over Moose Jaw on September 26th

The move leaves Regina with 22 players on the roster (14 forwards, 6 defence and 2 goaltenders).

The Pats are in action tonight as they face off with the Vancouver Giants to open their B.C. Division road swing.  Listen in to Home Depot Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM starting at 9:05 CST.

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Giants acquire Thrower from Tri-City

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants Hockey Club announced on Friday that the team has acquired 18-year-old defenseman Josh Thrower from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for blue liner Tyler Morrison and a 2nd round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

"We’re excited to add Josh to our group," said Giants General Manager Scott Bonner. "He’s a gritty defenseman that will bring a different element to our team, and we have a great connection with the Thrower family, so it’s a perfect fit. We would also like to thank Tyler Morrison for his time with our club and wish him all the best in the future with the Americans."

Thrower, who is listed at 6-1, 200 lbs, has tallied three points in 23 games with the Americans this season. The Squamish native has played 124 career games in the WHL and is the younger brother of former Giants captain Dalton Thrower who is a prospect of the Montreal Canadiens.

Thrower is expected to be in the lineup for the Giants when they host the Regina Pats tonight. Face-off is set for 7:30pm. For tickets, visit or call 604-4-GIANTS (604-444-2687).

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

Pats - Giants Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (11-9-1-0) open their B.C. Division road swing against the Vancouver Giants (9-13-0-0) in their lone meeting of the season.  Last year’s matchup saw the Pats outscore the Giants with a 5-4 overtime win.  Kyle Burroughs led the way with four assists on the night for the Pats while Carter Popoff had a pair of assists for Vancouver.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games including a 5-4 OT win against Edmonton.  The Giants are 3-7-0-0 in their last ten including a 6-1 loss to Prince George on Wednesday.    Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 9:05 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Top Oil Kings 5-4 in Overtime
It was a back and forth affair that saw the Pats erase three one goal deficits and have a lead of their own erased.  Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt each had three points in the contest, while Edmonton’s Lane Bauer scored twice.  With sixty minutes not resolving the conflict, Connor Gay pulled the puck away from the board, raced to the net and finished the contest with a back hand marker.  

Making the Grade 
Three Pats players were listed in the Central Scouting Service’s November “Watch List” for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  Dryden Hunt returned to the list after being ranked last season and going undrafted.  Meanwhile Austin Wagner and Sergey Zborovskiy made their first appearances on the list.  Wagner has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 22 games while  Zborovskiy is quickly adapting to the North American game and the smooth skating Russian defender has 7 points (1G, 6A) and is a +8 on the year.

Two per Game
Dryden Hunt’s name comes up on the Watch List at a time where the Nelson, B.C. product is arguably the hottest player on the Pats roster.  Hunt has eight points (4G, 4A) over his previous four outings.  That includes his first career hat-trick against Medicine Hat on Nov. 14th and a three point night (1G, 2A) on Tuesday against Edmonton.  Hunt is second on the Pats with 22 points and tied for the lead with 10 goals.

Into the West
The last two years, the Pats have found points on their annual western road swing.  Last season, the team went 3-2-0-0 through the U.S. Division and in 2012-13, they posted a 2-1-0-2 record in B.C. 

Upcoming Schedule
at Victoria – Saturday, November 22nd, 9:05 p.m. CST – Save on Foods Memorial Centre (CKRM)
at Prince George – Wednesday, November 26th, 9:00 p.m. CST – CN Centre (CKRM)
at Kamloops – Friday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. CST – Interior Savings Centre (CKRM)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giants acquire Odgers from Swift Current

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants Hockey Club announced on Thursday that the team has acquired 18-year-old forward Dakota Odgers from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

"We feel our team has to have more grit," said Giants General Manager Scott Bonner. "Dakota is a tough player who is willing to go to the dirty areas, and we're excited to add him to our group."

Odgers, who is listed at 5-11, 182 lbs, has tallied two goals, one assist and 37 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Broncos this season. The native of Spy Hill, Saskatchewan is the son of Jeff Odgers who played 821 NHL games split between the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.

Odgers is expected to be in the lineup for the Giants when they host the Regina Pats tomorrow evening. Face-off is set for 7:30pm. For tickets, visit or call 604-4-GIANTS (604-444-2687).
Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

Blazers send Shynkaruk to Moose Jaw

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have traded 18-year-old forward Jesse Shynkaruk to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a fourth round WHL Bantam draft pick in either 2015 or 2017. 


Shynkaruk, who hails from Saskatoon, had eight points with the Blazers in 18 games this season. 


“We’d like to thank Jesse for his time with the Blazers and wish him luck in Moose Jaw,” commented General Manager, Craig Bonner.


With the transaction, the Blazers have 24 players on their roster including two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 14 forwards.


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Tim O’Donovan

Director of Hockey / Media Administration

Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club