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Friday, March 27, 2015

JLB Electric Game 1 Recap: PATS 4 BRONCOS 2


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The Regina Pats hosted the Swift Current Broncos in game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at the Brandt Centre on Friday night. The two clubs last met in the playoffs in 2008 when the Broncos won in 6 games. The Pats are playing in the post season for the 3rd time in four years while Swift has made the playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Pats went 3-5-0-0 against the Broncos on the season but did win two of the last three meetings. The Pats outshot Swift 313-252 in the 8 game season series but the Broncos out scored them 24-20. The Pats powerplay was 2 for 28 while the penalty kill was 29 for 36 in the eight games. Even strength that Pats outscored the Broncos 18-15. Jesse Gabrielle led the Pats with 7 points in 7 games against Swift while Jake DeBrusk had 12 points and Colby Cave 10 for the Broncos. Daniel Wapple held a 2-3-0-0 record in the season series with a 2.91 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Landon Bow was 5-2-0-0 against the Pats with a 2.37 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Bow made his playoff debut on Friday night. Neither team provided line combinations prior to the game but here are the starters.

Pats                                                                     Broncos
Cooper-D'Amico-Padakin                                  DeBrusk-Cave-Merkley

Williams-Hobbs                                                  Heatherington-Thomson

Wapple                                                                Bow

Pats scratches - Smith, McAmmond, Krushen, Elmer and Steel.
Broncos scratches - Harris, Ferletak, Johnson, Warkentine, J.Gordon and Sissons.

In the first period the Broncos got off to a great start and after furious pressure opened the scoring at 2:01. Glenn Gawdin took a puck off the end wall and scored his 1st of the post season, snapping an 11 game goalless streak with assists to Andreas Schumacher and Coda Gordon and it was 1-0. The Broncos kept coming but Daniel Wapple stood on his head and kept the Pats within 1. After the media timeout the Pats found their legs and got the game tied. Patrick D'Amico snapped in his 1st from the left circle at 12:38. Nathyn Mortlock and Adam Berg the assists and it was 1-1. Then at 18:34 on a 3 on 2 rush, Taylor Cooper found Patrick D'Amico on the left side and he hit Pavel Padakin on the back door and he scored his 1st to make it 2-1 Regina. 0:59 seconds later the Pats went up 3-1 as Padakin took a bouncing puck in front and finished his second of the game with assists to Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks at 19:33. That was the score after 1 though the Broncos outshot the Pats 18-10 in the period.

In the second the Pats continued to press but they were without their MVP defenceman Colby Williams who did not come out of the dressing room for the period. Landon Bow found his game in the period and kept the Broncos within 2. The Pats got the games first powerplay but did not score. Swift Current got to within 1 at 10:53 after a puck bounced away from Carter Hansen in the corner and right to Jay Merkley who scored his 1st off the post and in short side and it was 3-2. The Broncos got a powerplay of their own after that but the Pats killed it off as well. The period ended with the Pats up a goal, they outshot Swift 14-10 in the period but trailed 28-24.

In the third Colby Williams returned to the game. The Broncos had a lot of offensive zone time but Daniel Wapple made the saves he needed too and the Pats defence corps made some big plays to keep them ahead by 1. Neither team had a powerplay in the frame. The Broncos pulled Landon Bow late but Braden Christoffer scored with 18 seconds left into the empty goal to give the Pats the 4-2 lead and the game 1 victory. The Pats first post-season win since 2012. The Broncos outshot Regina 9-8 in the third and 37-32 overall. Daniel Wapple was fantastic with 35 saves for his first playoff win.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 1 and the penalty kill was 1 for 1.

The third star of the game with the Broncos Glenn Gawdon who scored the games first goal. The second star to the Pats Pavel Padakin who scored twice in the win and the first star to the Pats Daniel Wapple who made 35 saves.

Game 2 is Saturday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Broncos Goal at 2:01. Glenn Gawdin (1) from Andreas Schumacher and Coda Gordon.

Pats Goal at 12:38. Patrick D'Amico (1) from Nathyn Mortlock and Adam Berg.

Pats Goal at 18:34. Pavel Padakin (1) from Patrick D'Amico and Taylor Cooper.

Pats Goal at 19:33. Pavel Padakin (2) from Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks.

2nd Period 

Broncos Goal at 10:53. Jay Merkley (1) unassisted.

3rd Period 

Pats EN Goal at 19:42. Braden Christoffer (1) unassisted.


Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with assistant coach Dave Struch and goaltender Daniel Wapple...



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Pats - Broncos Game 1 Preview


Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats (37-24-5-6) and Swift Current Broncos (34-33-1-4) open their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final matchup at the Brandt Centre (7 p.m.tonight.  The Pats held a 3-5-0-0 regular season record against the Broncos, but won the final meeting between the teams by a 4-1 score in Swift Current.  Jesse Gabrielle led the Pats with seven points (3G, 4A) in seven games split between his time with Brandon and Regina.  Swift Currents Jake DeBrusk led all skaters with 12 points (5G, 7A) in eight games versus Regina.  Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.
Brooks Wins Scoring RaceAdam Brooks capped off winning the Pats’ scoring title in style by scoring his 30th goal of the season.  It’s the first time the forward has reached both the 30 goal and 60 point plateaus after 23 points over his first two WHL seasons.  Brooks finished with 62 points (30G, 32A) on the season and was also named the Pats Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Paddock NominatedSr. VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock is the Eastern Conference nominee for WHL Coach of the Year.  He led the team to a 22-12-2-0 record through the first half of the season.  The team finished second in the eastern conference, 37-24-5-6.  This was Coach Paddock’s first time in junior hockey since he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1973-74.  
Williams an All-Star
The accolades continue to pour in for Pats defenceman Colby Williams.  At the Pats’ final home game of the regular season, Williams was honoured as the team’s Player and Defenceman of the Year.  Wednesday saw the Regina, SK native recognized by the WHL being named to the Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team.  
Regular Season Team Comparison
Regina
Swift Current
Record
37-24-5-6
34-33-1-4
Head-to-Head Record
3-5-0-0
5-2-0-1
Goals For/Against
263/238 (+25)
221/245 (-24)
Powerplay 
15.3% (47/308)
21.9% (58/265)
Penalty Kill
80.3% (252/314)
81.2% (199/245)
Shorthanded Goals (For/Against)
2/9
Team Save Percentage
0.903
0.908
Leading Scorer
Brooks (30-32-62)
DeBrusk (42-39-81)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Williams (11-30-41)
Lernout (14-28-42)
Number of 20+ Goal Scorers
7
3
Average Age
17.5 yrs
18.2 yrs
Record When Leading After 2nd
23-0-0-2
25-0-0-1
Record When Trailing After 2nd
7-22-3-1 (18 pts)
3-30-0-1 (7 pts)

Upcoming Schedule
Game Two vs. Swift Current – Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game Three at Swift Current – Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM/Access7)
Game Four at Swift Current – Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM/Access7)
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world operating from its original location.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WHL Western Conference Playoff Preview

CALGARY, AB – The 2015 WHL Playoffs open today as 16 WHL Clubs begin the quest to become the 49th WHL Champions and earn a spot in the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Quebec City, QC.

In the WHL’s Western Conference, the Kelowna Rockets finished first in the B.C. Division and the Western Conference. Can the Rockets go all the way? Will the Everett Silvertips’ stingy defence make a deep playoff run? Will the Seattle Thunderbirds continue their recent success into May? Will the Victoria Royals’ stars shine? Or, will another of the Western Conference’s elite make their statement in the post-season?

Here's a look at the WHL’s Western Conference Round 1 match-ups: 
KELOWNA ROCKETS vs TRI-CITY AMERICANS
2014-15 regular season record 
Kelowna:                      53-13-5-1, 112pts (L10: 5-3-2-0) 
Tri-City:                        31-38-0-3, 65pts (L10: 4-6-0-0)
2014-15 head-to-head record 
Kelowna:                      3-1-0-0, 6pts
Tri-City:                        1-3-0-0, 2pts 
2014-15 head-to-head top scorers 
Kelowna:
Rourke Chartier            4gp-4g-2a-6pts
Tyrell Goulbourne         4gp-4g-2a-6pts
Tri-City:
Beau McCue                 4gp-2g-1a-3pts
Brian Williams              4gp-1g-2a-3pts
The Kelowna Rockets come into the playoffs as the regular season’s B.C. Division and Western Conference champions. Kelowna boasts outstanding depth up front with five players who reached the 20-goal mark and eight players who recorded at least 45 points. Nick Merkley led the Rockets in scoring with 90 points (20g-70a), which placed him sixth overall in WHL scoring. The Rockets scored 90 power play goals en route to posting the league’s best power play efficiency at 26.2%. Kelowna was the best defensive team in the WHL, allowing just 183 goals against. Goaltender Jackson Whistle registered a 2.55 goals against average and a .909 save percentage while earning 34 wins in 50 games. Since Leon Draisaitl was acquired via trade the German import put up 53 points in 32 games. Beyond that, Rourke Chartier just scored 48 goals while Madison Bowey and Josh Morrissey wait for the Americans on the blueline.

The Tri-City Americans head into the WHL playoffs for a 12th consecutive year. Beau McCue led the Americans in scoring with 26 goals and 51 points. Richard Nejezchleb and Lucas Nickles were the other players to reach the 20-goal mark for the Americans. However, the Americans have a proven track record of closing out games as they finished with a record of 20-1-0-0 when leading after two periods of play this season. Goaltenders Eric Comrie and Evan Sarthou will be relied on to give the Americans a chance in defeating the high octane Rockets. Comrie posted 20 wins and a sterling.914 save percentage in 40 appearances, while Sarthou collected 11 wins to go along with a .906 save percentage in 28 appearances this season. By the way, the former boasts a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship while a certain blueliner by the name of Brandon Carlo is expected to be a high-end pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Series Schedule 
Game
Visitor
Home
Date
Time (PST)
1
Tri-City
@
Kelowna
2
Tri-City
@
Kelowna
3
Kelowna
@
Tri-City
4
Kelowna
@
Tri-City
5*
Tri-City
@
Kelowna
6*
Kelowna
@
Tri-City
7*
Tri-City
@
Kelowna
* If necessary

VICTORIA ROYALS vs PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS
2014-15 regular season record 
Victoria:                           39-29-3-1, 82pts (L10: 6-4-0-0) 
Prince George:                31-36-2-3, 73pts (L10: 6-3-0-1)
2014-15 head-to-head record 
Victoria:                           5-3-0-0, 10pts
Prince George:                3-3-1-1, 8pts
2014-15 head-to-head top scorers
Victoria:
Brandon Magee               6gp-6g-4a-10pts
Austin Carroll                   8gp-4g-6a-10pts
Prince George: 
Josh Connolly                  7gp-5g-3a-8pts
Jari Erricson                    8gp-2g-5a-7pts
The Victoria Royals enter the playoffs as the second seed in the B.C. Division, having won 39 games. Royals’ defenceman Joe Hicketts had an outstanding season on both ends of the ice as he recorded 64 points (12g-52a) in 62 games and had a plus-17 rating while, in his off-time, helping Team Canada to a gold medal in Toronto last year. Hicketts’ 64 points was the second-most in the WHL amongst defencemen. Austin Carroll, Brandon Magee and Tyler Soy head up a balanced Victoria offense that saw eight players register at least 55 points and five players score 20 or more goals. Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath enjoyed a solid 19-year-old campaign, posting a record of 28-15-3-1, a .905 save percentage and a franchise-record six shutouts. Vollrath may warrant the starting job in the post-season, but if not, veteran Justin Paulic will be equally as tough. 
The Prince George Cougars qualified for the 2015 WHL Playoffs as the third seed in the B.C. Division after earning points in seven of their last 10 games. Cougars’ leading scorer, and 2015 NHL Draft-eligible forward, Jansen Harkins recorded a team-high 59 assists and added 20 goals in 70 games this season. Defensively, the Cougars will be tested after allowing 295 goals this year. Cougars’ goaltender Ty Edmonds should be making his first career post-season appearance after earning 28 wins during regular season play. Defenceman Josh Connolly posted terrific offensive numbers against the Royals during the regular season as he tallied five goals and three assists for eight points in seven head-to-head meetings. 
Series Schedule
Game
Visitor

Home
Date
Time (PST)
1
Prince George
@
Victoria
2
Prince George
@
Victoria
3
Victoria
@
Prince George
4
Victoria
@
Prince George
5*
Prince George
@
Victoria
6*
Victoria
@
Prince George
7*
Prince George
@
Victoria
* If necessary

EVERETT SILVERTIPS vs SPOKANE CHIEFS
2014-15 regular season record 
Everett:                        43-20-3-6, 95pts (L10: 6-2-0-2) 
Spokane:                      34-34-3-1, 72pts (L10: 3-7-0-0)
2014-15 head-to-head record 
Everett:                        5-3-0-0, 10pts
Spokane:                      3-4-1-0, 7pts
2014-15 head-to-head top scorers
Everett:
Nikita Scherbak            7gp-5g-5a-10pts
Ivan Nikolishin               8gp-3g-4a-7pts
Spokane:
Adam Helewka              8gp-8g-7a-15pts
Calder Brooks               5gp-4g-3a-7pts
The Everett Silvertips enter the post-season having posted a 6-2-0-2 record over their last 10 games of the season. Nikita Scherbak led the Silvertips in scoring with 82 points (27g-55a) while also posting an impressive plus-33 rating. The power play was a key component of the Silvertips’ offense as they executed 24.3% of the time, which was third-best in the WHL. Offensive depth helps the ‘Tips with players such as Ivan Nikolishin, Kohl Bauml and Carson Stadnyk, who each posted 60 or more points. As arguably the best defensive teams in the Western Conference, the Silvertips look to Ethan Bear and Jerret Smith to maintain a steady defensive core. Goaltenders Austin Lotz and Carter Hart, the latter an impressive 1998-born netminder that saw action down the stretch, each finished amongst the top-five in goals against average while both posted four shutouts.

The Spokane Chiefs finished the campaign with 34 wins and claimed the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings. Overage defenceman Jason Fram enjoyed a huge season for the Chiefs, posting 62 points (9g-53a) to finish second in team scoring and third overall amongst WHL defencemen. Special teams were a significant reason for the success of the Chiefs as they were the only Club to finish in the top-five rankings in both power play and penalty kill. The Chiefs executed on 23.7% of their power plays, fourth-best in the WHL, while their penalty kill worked 82.6% of the time, also ranking fourth. Adam Helewka gave the Everett Silvertips a tough time this season, recording 15 points (8g-7a) in eight meetings. Veteran goaltender Garret Hughson gets his first chance to lead the Chiefs throughout the post-season. Veteran forward Adam Helewka (44g-43a, 87pts) and rookie Kailer Yamomoto (23g-34a, 57pts) round out a balanced attack from a hard-working team. 

Series Schedule
Game
Visitor

Home
Date
Time (PST)
1
Spokane
@
Everett
2
Spokane
@
Everett
3
Everett
@
Spokane
4
Everett
@
Spokane
5*
Spokane
@
Everett
6*
Everett
@
Spokane
7*
Spokane
@
Everett
* If necessary

PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS vs SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS
2014-15 regular season record 
Portland:                       43-23-2-4, 92pts (L10: 6-3-0-1) 
Seattle:                         38-25-4-5, 85pts (L10: 7-2-0-1) 
2014-15 head-to-head record
Portland:                       5-5-0-2, 12pts
Seattle:                         7-4-1-0, 15pts
2014-15 head-to-head top scorers 
Portland:
Oliver Bjorkstrand         7gp-13g-2a-15pts
Paul Bittner                   12gp-4g-6a-10pts
Seattle: 
Ryan Gropp                  10gp-10g-4a-14pts
Mathew Barzal              8gp-3g-8a-11pts
The Portland Winterhawks come into the 20145 WHL Playoffs as four-time defending Western Conference champions. The Winterhawks were the second-highest scoring team in the Western Conference this year, having scored a total of 287 goals. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Nicolas Petan and Chase De Leo lead a high-impact offense, combining for 117 goals and 291 points. Bjorkstrand led all WHL players with 118 points to earn the Bob Clarke Trophy this year. The reigning three-time WHL Player of the Month also led the league in goal scoring with 63 markers and a plus-60 rating. The Winterhawks were fifth in the WHL in power play efficiency, converting on 22.5% of their opportunities. Rookie goaltender Adin Hill posted 31 wins and a .921 save percentage, but will get his first taste of playoff hockey. Did we mention Oliver Bjorkstrand had 118 points in 59 games?

The Seattle Thunderbirds enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, having won four straight and earning points in eight of their previous 10 contests. Defensively, the Thunderbirds allowed the third-fewest goals against in the WHL, due in part to the play of their team defence and outstanding goaltending. Shea Theodore leads a blueline that cut their goals against by 48 from one season ago. Veteran goaltender Taran Kozun carried the load for the Thunderbirds as he collected 33 wins, a 2.41 goals against average and a .915 save percentage while playing in 60 games this season. The T-Birds’ defensive unit will have to focus on Winterhawks’ top scorer Oliver Bjorkstrand, who netted 13 goals in seven head-to-head meetings this season. But just like the ‘Hawks, the Thunderbirds boast depth in forwards Donovan Neuls and import Roberts Lipsbergs. Although their pair of NHL Draft-eligible forwards in Mathew Barzal and Ryan Gropp still provide the biggest threats up front. 
Series Schedule
Game
Visitor

Home
Date
Time (PST)
1
Seattle
@
Portland
2
Seattle
@
Portland
3
Portland
@
Seattle
4
Portland
@
Seattle
5*
Seattle
@
Portland
6*
Portland
@
Seattle
7*
Seattle
@
Portland
* If necessary

Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League