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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pats - Cougars Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (22-22-3-4) look for a second straight win tonight at the Brandt Centre when they host the Prince George Cougars (31-20-2-1). Tonight is the first and only meeting between the two clubs, the Pats are 2-1-0-1 against the Cougars in their four previous meetings. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Prince George
Record
22-22-3-4
31-20-2-1
Goals For/Against
162/181 (-19)
196/167 (+29)
Powerplay
15.7% (34/216)
20.0% (44/220)
Penalty Kill
76.6% (169/218)
83.5% (212/254)
Team Save Percentage
0.900
0.910
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-51-78)
Jesse Gabrielle (33-28-61)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Tate Olson (6-35-41)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
53-47-57-7
47-69-80-0
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.00 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats scored 3 minutes in on Friday night and never looked back in a 5-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Brandt Centre. The Pats put 45 shots on goal in the victory. The win put the Pats 7 points ahead of the Tigers who are the closest team outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

The Cougars were in Brandon on Friday night and lost a tough one, 6-3, their second straight defeat. Former Regina Pat Jesse Gabrielle had a goal and two assists for the Cougars in the loss. The Wheat Kings were led by John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Ivan Provorov who had four point nights.

Brooks Back in Front
Pats forward Adam Brooks took back the WHL scoring lead thanks to a four assist night on Friday against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Brooks assisted on all three of the Pats goals in the 1st period and then had the lone helper on Sergey Zborovskiy’s empty net goal late in the 3rd. The four points puts Brooks at 78 on the year, 51 of those assists. He is two points ahead of Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brayden Burke of the Lethbridge Hurricanes who both have 76 points.  

Gabrielle Makes Return
Former Regina Pats forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle makes his lone visit to the Brandt Centre on the season tonight. The 18-year-old Moosomin product was traded to Prince George in the off-season for forward Lane Zablocki. Gabrielle is currently leading the Cougars in scoring on the year with 33 goals and 61 points. With the Pats last year, Gabrielle put up 10 goals and 19 points in 33 games played.

Back to Back Nights
The Regina Pats will look to do something tonight they have not done all season long. The club is looking to win on back to back nights for the first time all year. Nine times this year the Pats have won the first game of a two game in two nights stretch but on the following night they hold a 0-5-2-2 record.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 12, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – February 13, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Pats @ Swift Current – February 15, 2:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)




Friday, February 5, 2016

RECAP: PATS 5 TIGERS 1


The Regina Pats hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night at the Brandt Centre in the biggest game of the season so far for both clubs. The Pats entered the day 5 points ahead of the Tigers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pats were coming off a 7-3 loss to Saskatoon on Saturday while Medicine Hat lost 2-1 at home to Swift Current on Tuesday, their third straight defeat. Regina took a 2-0-0-0 record against the Tigers into Friday night with wins back in October and November, once at home and once on the road. Cole Sanford took on his former team for the first time Friday and the Pats also got forward Jared McAmmond back into the lineup after missing the last 2 games with a concussion. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.


Pats
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Woods-Leschyshyn-Cole
McAmmond-Smith

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Schioler-Freadrich
Hilsendager-Pouteau

Brown
Hollett
Tigers
Gerlach-Butcher-Bradley
Prezuiso-Owre-Williams
Rassell-Mowbray-Fantillo
Hamblin-Jevne

Stanton-Quenneville
Clouston-Schultz
Forrest-Heid

Schneider
Shields

Pats scratches - Williams, Berg, Macklin and Hobbs. 
Tigers scratches - Fischer, Shaw and Kirichenko. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start when Sean Richards tipped a point shot home for his 2nd of the year with assists to Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks at 3:03 to make it 1-0. Then 4 on 4 Austin Wagner tipped another one past Nick Schneider for his 19th. Adam Brooks and Jared Freadrich the helpers at 10:29 and it was a 2-0 game. The Pats powerplay got it to 3-0 at 14:38 when Lane Zablocki buried a rebound for his 11th from Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks. The Tigers powerplay responded at 17:29 when Alex Mowbray scored on a rebound with the lone assist to Brian Williams and it was 3-1. That was the score after 1 with the Tigers leading the shots 15-14.

In the second the Pats stormed out of the gate and outshot Medicine Hat 11-1 in the first 5 minutes but Nick Schneider was fantastic, keeping the game 3-1. Regina finally broke through with their 4th goal at 11:05 when Sam Steel scored on another rebound for his 18th, setting a career high in goals. Jared Freadrich the lone assist and it was 4-1. That was hot the game sat after 40 minutes, the Pats outshot Medcine Hat 23-8 in the period and led 37-23 overall.

In the third the Tigers carried the bulk of the play but could not beat Tyler Brown. The Pats added an empty netter with 1:02 left on the clock to make it 5-1 and that was the final score. Medicine Hat outshot Regina 19-8 in the period but the Pats led overall 45-42.

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

The third star of the game went to the Pats Jared Freadrich who had 2 assists in the win. The second star to Tyler Brown who stopped 41 of 42 shots for his 10th victory and the first star to Adam Brooks who had 4 assists. 

The Pats are right back at it Saturday night when they host the Prince George Cougars at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 3:03. Sean Richards (2) from Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks.

Pats 4v4 Goal at 10:29. Austin Wagner (19) from Adam Brooks and Jared Freadrich.

Pats PP Goal at 14:58. Lane Zablocki (11) from Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks.

Tigers PP Goal at 17:29. Alex Mowbray (10) from Brian Williams. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 11:05. Sam Steel (18) from Jared Freadrich. 

3rd Period

Pats EN Goal at 18:58. Sergey Zborovskiy (6) from Adam Brooks.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1PcMFOb

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/23OXkGl

Post game interview with forward Adam Brooks: http://bit.ly/20fukmE






Pats - Tigers Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (21-22-3-4) are back in action on home ice tonight hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers (20-28-3-1). Tonight is the 3rd of 4 meetings between the two clubs, the Pats hold a 2-0-0-0 record against the Tigers on the season.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Medicine Hat

Record
21-22-3-4
20-28-3-1

Goals For/Against
157/180 (-23)
165/208 (-43)
Powerplay
15.6% (33/211)
19.5% (43/220)

Penalty Kill
76.4% (162/212)
76.4% (155/203)

Team Save Percentage
0.897
0.882

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-47-74)
Chad Butcher (17-33-50)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
D. Quenneville (9-26-35)

Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
50-46-56-7
39-55-69-1

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.04 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats were last in action on Saturday in Saskatoon where they dropped a 7-3 decision to the Saskatoon Blades. Robbie Holmes scored his second goal in as many games in the WHL while Adam Brooks contributed with 2 assists in the loss. Connor Gay led the Blades with a goal and 3 assists.

The Tigers were last in action on Tuesday at home to the Swift Current Broncos. Both teams scored in the first and the game remained tied 1-1 until less than a minute left in regulation. That’s when Scott Feser scored to give Swift Current the 2-1 lead and eventually the 2 points. The loss was Medicine Hats 3rd in a row.

It’s a Big One
The importance of tonight’s game at the Brandt Centre cannot be overstated. The Tigers enter the day 5 points behind the Pats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pats have 22 games left on their season while the Tigers have 20 left to play. The Pats are 2-0-0-0 against the Tigers with wins on October 13th and November 17th. These two clubs will play again February 23rd in Medicine Hat.

Familiar Opponent
Overage forward Cole Sanford will take on his former team, the Medicine Hat Tigers tonight as a member of the Pats for the very first time. The Vernon B.C. product spent three and a half season with the Tigers playing in 230 games and tallying 217 points before being traded to Regina in January. Sanford has 3 goals and an assist in 8 games with thePats so far this year.

McAmmond Returns
The Pats will get forward Jared McAmmond back from his upper-body injury tonight. The 18-year-old missed the last two games after taking a hit along the boards against the Brandon Wheat Kings two weekends ago. The Pats were forced to play a forward short against the Saskatoon Blades in their last two contests. Forwards Adam Berg, Aaron Macklin as well as defencemen Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs will remain out of the lineup.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Prince George – February 6, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 12, 7:00 – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – February 13, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)







Thursday, February 4, 2016

Regina Pats Have a Heart Night Celebrates 20 Years

Regina, Saskatchewan- Western Pizza and the Regina Pats want people to “Have a Heart” on Monday, February 8.  It is the 20th Anniversary for the annual fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  “Have a Heart” Night is a partnership between Western Pizza and the Regina Pats. 

To date the initiative has raised over $50,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

On Monday, February 8, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. dine-in and take out orders could be delivered by a member of the Regina Pats.  Delivery and dine-in locations are listed below.  Proceeds from delivery fees and tips will be donated to the Regina Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Dine-In or Delivery Service
2820A Avonhurst Dr.
(306) 545-6585

1307 Broadway Ave.
(306) 791-0201

1733 Dewdney Ave. E
(306) 761-0201

20-C Great Plains Rd.
Emerald Park
(306) 924-4000

3847 Albert St. S
(306) 757-9797

Delivery Only

6320 Dewdney Ave.
(306) 781-8600

2430 - Ninth Ave. N
(306) 949-6818

346 University Park Dr.
(306) 347-2212

1032 Devonshire Dr.
(306) 924-2121

Cornwall & 11th Ave.
(306) 359-1555


Along with your pizza, players will also be delivering team posters and autographs.

An announcement regarding the funds raised will be made on Friday March 18, during a pre-game on ice ceremony before the Regina Pats home game against the Swift Current Broncos.







RECAP: CONTACTS 4 PAT CANADIANS 1

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Saskatoon Contacts on Wednesday and were defeated by a 4 to 1 score.  

Alexander Kannok Leipert scored the load Pat Canadian goal. 

Curtis Meger stopped 29 of 32 shots directed his way – the 4th Contacts goal was scored into an empty net.

Scoring for the Contacts was Carson Albrecht with two, Quinton Ong and Tyler Heidt with the empty net goal.  

Issac LaBelle stopped 33 or 34 shots in the victory. 

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is SundayFebruary 14, 2016 vs the Swift Current Legionnaires at 4:45 pm. That will be the last Regular season home game for the Pat Canadians, as the playoffs start on Friday, February 26th 



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League
today announced the nineteenth edition of the
BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 
2015-16 season.  The weekly rankings 
of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected 
by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. 
BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 19
 

Rank:Team:Last Week Rank:Number of Weeks Ranked:
1Erie Otters (39-7-1-0)119
2Val-d'Or Foreurs (38-9-2-1)210
3Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (37-8-3-1)418
4Kitchener Rangers (34-9-4-0)515
5London Knights (34-10-2-1)319
6Kelowna Rockets (35-13-3-0)713
7Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-15-0-0)69
8Shawinigan Cataractes (32-13-3-0)815
9Brandon Wheat Kings (32-15-2-2)99
10Saint John Sea Dogs (31-13-4-0)-2
Honourable Mention:
Victoria Royals (31-15-2-3)-3
Red Deer Rebels (32-16-1-2)-11
Gatineau Olympiques (33-15-2-1)109

Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League





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- CONSISTENCY - If there is a word that that has been used the most when talking about the Regina Pats it is consistency. This past weekend epitomized this season. On Friday the Pats were dominant in a 4-0 win over the Saskatoon Blades. But on Saturday they fell flat and lost 7-3. It's almost unfathomable how different this club can look from night to night.

Goaltender Tyler Brown who turned away 28 shots on Friday for his second career shutout says it's hard to explain what happened the following night in Saskatoon. "Definitely troubling with some consistency issues right now. We came out flat footed, not really ready to play and it ended up costing us in the end. You know four minutes they score four goals. Two minutes into the first, two minutes into the second they scored four goals so that just shows even if we played 56 minutes we still wouldn't have won the game. You gotta play a full 60.... It's puzzling to everyone in the room. They are probably going to be pretty frustrated about it, I know I am. We want to show better for ourselves, the fans and our coaches. We just need to find a rhythm and continue to roll with it every single night."

That being said, the Pats remain just 8 points back of the Moose Jaw Warriors for 3rd in the division and have two games in hand. Brown says they have their sights set ahead and not on the teams chasing them in the Eastern Conference. "We are only a few points behind Moose Jaw and that is our goal, is to gain a solid position in the playoffs and just go ahead into the playoffs rolling here. It's only 20 games left, one third of the season and we still have to find something to keep our consistency up and if we do find that... We showed it last year that we can beat anyone in the league and I think we can do that this year."

The Pats return to action Friday when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.

- WHAT A DEBUT! - The Pats were forwards Adam Berg, Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond all missing both games against Saskatoon. As a result they called up 16-year-old forward Robbie Holmes from the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL. The 11th round pick in 2014 was fantastic, scoring in his first ever WHL game on Friday and then scored again the next night in Saskatoon. What an incredible way to introduce yourself to the league. Especially since in 22 games with his midget club, Holmes had just 4 goals and 7 points. So fun to see a kid succeed like that right off the bat!

- INJURIES? - The Pats should get some relief on the injury front for this weekend. Head Coach and GM John Paddock said on Tuesday Jared McAmmond should be available for Friday's game against the Tigers. He also said Aaron Macklin could play Saturday against his former team the Prince George Cougars. It looks like Adam Berg, Connor Hobbs and Colby Williams will have to wait at least another week to return but a lot can happen between now and this weekend. We will see.

- FAMILIAR OPPONENT - Overage forward Cole Sanford will take on his former team the Medicine Hat Tigers for the first time since being traded to Regina on Friday. The Vernon B.C. product played 230 games in a Tigers uniform, tallying 217 points. He says he is looking forward to Friday night. "Its exciting. I'm a little nervous, it's going to be weird but definitely when I got traded and I looked at the calendar and was excited that I was going to get to play them two times. This is the first one and obviously I want to play good and we want to win the game but definitely going to be a little bit weird... I think looking at the bench and seeing the coaches and all my friends on the other side, especially in warmups, it's going to be different but looking forward to it."

The Pats currently sit 5 points ahead of Medicine Hat who are the first team outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Sanford says the fact it's such a big game will help him get past the fact it's his old club on the other side. "That might help a little bit come game time. it's a bit two points, especially with them on our tails. I got a lot of buddies over there but during the game it's a playoff atmosphere and we are going to do whatever is necessary to win the game."

Sanford says he hopes to help his new team have a bit of an advantage come Friday night. "Obviously I played there for a while and know their tendencies and what they like to do you know special teams and so on. I have a little bit of incite on how they play and we will be leaking a couple strategies that they have." he chuckled.

Puck drops at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre, hope to see you there!

- GABES IS BACK - Former Pats forward Jesse Gabrielle will make his one and only appearance against his former team when the Prince George Cougars visit the Brandt Centre on Saturday. Jesse is having a heck of a season with 32 goals and 58 points for the Cougars who sit 3rd in the B.C. Division, two points back of the Victoria Royals for second spot.

- JOHN SCOTT - What a great story it was for John Scott at the NHL All-Star Game. The stuff he had to go through from the league leading up to the game was so avoidable and I don't need to get into it again. However to see the other players on the ice embrace him and to see him score twice made everything so worth it. He handled the whole situation with class and I hope he finds himself back in the NHL.

- NHL ALL-STAR - I liked the 3 on 3 format. The games were actually entertaining, it was certainly the best all-star game I can remember watching. Yes it wasn't full paced but I didn't expect it to be. I thought the skill was on display and even the goaltenders looked really good. Well done NHL, for a gimmick game, it was as good as it could be.

- McDAVID BACK - What a return to the ice for Connor McDavid last night for the Oilers. The 19-year-old scored an absolute beauty of a goal in the 2nd and then assisted on a powerplay marker in the middle frame and in the 3rd as well. He is so fun to watch, it's really too bad he missed so much time. I'm not an Oiler fan per say but with him in the lineup there is no other team I would rather watch on a night by night basis. He is just incredible and the entire team plays better when he is on the ice. One of the broadcasters on last nights game against Columbus said it best. "The team knows they have the best player on the ice and they all play two inches taller as a result."  After last nights win the Oil are 8 points out of a playoff spot in the Pacific Division.

- SUPERBOWL WEEK - The big game is almost here! The more I think about it the more I think it will be the Carolina Panthers victorious on Sunday over the Denver Broncos. However I think it will be very close. The only way the Broncos win in my opinion is if the defence can keep the Panthers to less than 20 points which will be a tall task. Carolina's defence is almost as good and So Peyton Manning will have to have a game similar to the one against New England where he threw a couple touchdowns and took care of the football. Can't wait for what should be a good game.

- That's all I have for today, be sure to catch tonight's episode on Pats TV on Access 7 starting at 6:30. My guests tonight are forward Rykr Cole, defenceman Chase Harrison and assistant coach Brad Herauf.

Have a great week everybody!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM