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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The Regina Pats returned home and played their 4th game in 5 nights on Tuesday at the Brandt Centre against the Portland Winterhawks. The Pats were coming off a three game road trip where they went 1 and 2 and sat 5-5-1-0 on the season. Morgan Klimchuk made his home debut on Tuesday and Tyler Brown got his second WHL start in goal and first at the Brandt Centre. The Winterhawks entered the game coming off a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. The Hawks were just 2-8-0-2 on the year coming in. It was the first and only meeting of the season between the two clubs. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                             Winterhawks
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                                       De Leo-Petan-Bjorkstrand
Christoffer-Brooks-Wagner                                           Koules-Turgeon-Bittner
Klimchuk-Steel-Padakin                                             Iverson-McKenzie-Schoenborn
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                               Veloso-Overhardt-Weinger

Burroughs-Williams                                                    Cederholm- Viveiros
Harrison-Zborovskiy                                                     Texeira-Heinrich
Hilsendager-Hansen                                                      De Jong-Czaikowski?/Hanson?

Brown                                                                         Burke
Wapple                                                                        Pouliot

Pats scratches - Fuhr, Zimmer, Kroeker and Reagan.
Winterhawks scratches - Hill, Price, Heid, Predinchuk and Flaman.

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and got the games first powerplay. They had some good pressure but were unable to score. The Winterhawks got the games second man advantage and the Pats almost scored short handed but on the ensuing rush Keegan Iverson took a pass in the slot and fired his 2nd of the yea 5 hole to make it 1-0 Portland. Evan Weinger and Nicolas Petan the assists at 6:33. The Pats went to their second powerplay in the middle part of the period but on it gave up a shorthanded goal to Skyler McKenzie at 12:30, his first in the WHL. Chase De Leo the lone assist and it was 2-0. The Pats had some chances after that but Brenden Burke made the saves he needed to and the period ended with a 2-0 scoreline. The Pats outshot the Hawks 13-11 in the period.

In the second period the Pats found their first goal 36 seconds in as Dryden Hunt spun and fired a backhand into the top corner past Brenden Burke for an unbelievable goal, his team leading 6th of the season. Connor Gay the lone assist and it was 2-1. The Pats got their third poweprlay shortly after and came oh so close to tieing the game as Colby Williams hit the post but it stayed out. Both teams had good chances as they went back and forth in the period but both goaltenders held and made some big stops. The Hawks hit a couple of cross bars but could not restore the 2 goal lead. The Pats got another powerplay late in the frame but Portland killed the time left in the period and 18 seconds carried over into the 3rd for the man advantage. Regina led the shots in the frame 10-8 and 23-19 overall.

In the third the Pats kept coming, they had two powerplays to find a tieing goal but could not out one into the back of the net. Brenden Burke hurt himself making a pad save in the third and was forced to leave after stopping 24 of 25 shots faced. Bolton Pouliot repaced him and shut the door. The Winterhawks got a late 5 on 3 powerplay and on it Chase De Leo banged home his 7th of the year at 18:17 to make it 3-1. Assists to Miles Koules and Nicolas Petan. That was the final score, the Pats outshot the Hawks 12-11 in the period and 35-30 overall. Tyler Brown played well in goal stopping 27 of 30 shots faced.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 7 and gave up a shorty while the penalty kill went 2 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk. The second star to the Winterhawks Brendan Burke who stopped 24 of 25 shots faced and the first star to Keegan Iverson who scored the games first goal.

The Pats are back in action on Friday in Swift Current against the Winterhawks at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Winterhawks PP Goal at 6:33. Keegan Iverson (2) from Evan Weinger and Nicolas Petan.

Winterhawks SH Goal at 12:30. Skyler McKenzie (1) from Chase De Leo.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 0:36. Dryden Hunt (6) from Connor Gay.

3rd Period 

Winterhawks 5v3 PP Goal at 18:17. Chase De Leo (7) from Miles Koules and Nicolas Petan.

Here are the radio highlights.

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Pats - Winterhawks Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (5-5-1-0) welcome the Portland Winterhawks (2-8-0-2) to the Brandt Centre for their lone meeting of the season.  In last year’s game, the Winterhawks took a 5-2 win over the Pats in Portland while the Blue and White grabbed a 3-2 overtime win against the Hawks in Regina in 2012-13.  In last season’s matchup Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt each had goals against the Hawks while Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan led Portland against the Pats with three points (1G, 2A).  The Pats head into tonight’s game after a 5-1 loss to Calgary to round out their road trip.  The Hawks roll into Regina after a 10-3 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings on the weekend. You can listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats End Road Trip with 5-1 Loss to Hitmen
On the final game of their road trip, the Pats didn’t have any trouble earning scoring chances, but struggled to find the back of the net.  That lack of finish caught up to them as the Hitmen started to bury their chances in the middle period with Travis Sanheim scoring twice and Pavel Karnaukhov burying to send Calgary to a 3-0 lead after forty.  Morgan Klimchuk scored in the third, but Radel Fazleev and Carsen Twarynski scored to run the score up for Calgary.
Road TripThe Pats play their first game at the Brandt Centre since October 10th tonight.  They return home after going 1-2-0-0 on a Central Division road swing, playing three games in three nights.  Overall the Blue and White are 3-3-0-0 away from the Brandt Centre.  The Pats have scored 20 of 35 goals on the road.
Klimchuk Back at the BrandtMorgan Klimchuk returned to action on the weekend after missing the first nine games of the season due to injury.  The Calgary, AB has goals in his first two games, scoring against Lethbridge and Calgary.  
Busy ScheduleIt’s one of the busiest times of the year for the Pats as they’re in the midst of playing seven games in eleven nights.  The stretch started with the Pats’ three-in-three the previous weekend and culminates in a second three game set this weekend in which Regina faces Swift Current twice and Lethbridge.
Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Friday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
vs. Swift Current – Saturday, October 25th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)vs. Lethbridge – Sunday, October 26th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Manager Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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Some thoughts on the week that was...

1.) The Regina Pats took on the Portland Winterhawks last night at the Brandt Centre. Doing my game prep it was almost hard to believe the Hawks had just 2 wins on the season coming into the game. The Pats played a solid game and it was nothing short of excitement for 60 minutes. Brenden Burke and then Bolton Pouliot were fantastic in the Winterhawks goal. Tyler Brown was also impressive in just his second start in the league stopping 27 of 30 shots faced. Dryden Hunt scored the lone goal for the Pats and it was a beauty, a spinning back hand shot into the top corner. Yes it's a loss but this team is fun to watch, i'll take it. 

2.) As for the weekend for the Pats, Friday the team played really well but could not beat Wyatt Hoflin and fell 1-0. It was as complete a game as the team had played all year but could not get the bounces. Pavel Padakin was the closest to scoring in the first period when he hit the post. Saturday Regina man handled the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a 6-1 win. Tyler Brown was great in goal making 29 saves while Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay each had three point nights. Morgan Klimchuk made his season debut and scored his first goal of the year. Klimchukw as the lone goal scorer on Sunday in Calgary where the Pats lost 5-1 to the Hitmen. Regina could very well have been up 3 or 4 nothing in the game but missed some wide open nets and then the Hitmen found their game and took over in the second period. Overall it was a 1 and 2 weekend but very well could have gone the other way. 

3.) I don't know whats more impressive, the fact that Sam Steel is a plus 8 or that he has 9 points on the season. 

4.) Daniel Wapples' numbers don't tell the whole story in my opinion, his goals against is over 3 and his save percentage under 900 but he has been good. With the chances teams have had against him, most goalies wouldn't have fared much better. 

5.) Many of you have seen the story on the 180 million dollar lawsuit against the CHL for violating minimum wage laws. This really grinds my gears. Yes the players don't make minimum wage, no one disputes that, HOWEVER: Take into account housing, food, travel, equipment and education. What is the dollar value of all of that? If a judge rules the CHL needs to pay minimum wage, then teams would automatically fold. Yes there are clubs like the London Knights in the OHL that are making money but think of Swift Current, Prince Albert and Lethbridge... Throw any team that isn't in a major market on that list, they would be done. Maybe it could work if they make players pay to travel, eat and for their equipment and accommodations in terms of the teams bottom line but minimum wage wouldn't allow the players to afford it. This has the potential to kill junior hockey and frankly it's maddening. All this lawyer sees is dollar signs and the player he is using as the name behind the lawsuit is Sam Berg. The kid played 8 games in the OHL, yes 8 games. Absolute stupidity. Let's take it one step further, if the CHL is required to pay minimum wage, then shouldn't Junior A? the SJHL can BARELY stay afloat as it is. Again, if by some unbelievable sequence of events this goes through and teams are forced to pay, say good bye to junior hockey as we know it. 

6.) Tough to see the Regina Thunder season come to an end on Saturday in a 20-17 loss to the Calgary Colts. I was unable to attend the game but from the sounds of things when running back Nick Brown went down, the offense struggled. The Colts are riding high and are in Saskatoon for the PFC final against the Hilltops on Sunday. 

7.) Didn't see the Rider game on Sunday as we were on the air in Calgary with the Pats. Four straight losses is tough but not that surprising. Unless Darian Durant does come back I don't think the team will win against Calgary or Edmonton to finish the year. Fingers crossed he comes back. 

8.) The Riders released Will Ford, Eron Riley and DeNarius McGhee on Tuesday. The moves don't make me scratch my head. Anthony Allen and Jerome Messam are more than capable of handling the running back duties. 

9.) The World Series has started, two words: GO ROYALS. Yes the took one on the chin last night, 7-1 to San Francisco but I hope they bounce back. I also hope the time off after the ALCS didn't hurt them. 

10.) Back to the Pats road trip, On Sunday in Calgary I got on the elevator to head down for breakfast. The elevator stopped and this guy who looked really familiar jumped on. A random girl who was riding with me immediately went crazy and got a picture with him. I stood there like an idiot trying to figure out where this guy was from. It bothered me all day. Then We get on the bus to leave for the rink in the afternoon and Pavel Padakin is showing off this picture he just got taken with Thoe Rossi (Juice Ortiz), who was in the elevator with me and Kim Coates (Tig Trager) from the show Sons of Anarchy. Just happens to be my favorite show... Can't believe I couldn't figure out who the guy was. Here is that picture, Rossi is on the left, the girl I don't know, Padakin is the third from the left followed by Kim Coates. Coates was born in Saskatoon. Pretty cool!

Pats TV has been moved to Wednesdays at 7 o'clock on Access 7. Tonight my guests are Sam Steel, Jared McAmmond, Luc Smith, Colton Kroeker and Dave Struch. 

That's it from me today, have a good week. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Silvertips trade Sandhu to Red Deer

EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips and Red Deer Rebels agreed to a trade Monday that will send 18-year-old forward Tyler Sandhu to Red Deer in exchange for a pair of WHL draft picks.  The Silvertips gain fourth-round selections from the Rebels in both the 2015 and 2016 WHL Bantam Drafts.

Sandhu, 18, was in his third season with the Silvertips after coming over from Portland in a May 2012 trade.  The Richmond, BC native has compiled 33 goals and 31 assists for a total of 64 points in 120 career WHL games.  He also has two assists in six playoff games.  Sandhu was originally selected by the Winterhawks in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

Courtesy Silvertips PR

Statement from the Commissioners of the CHL

Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s premier development hockey league and the number one supplier of player talent for the NHL, Canadian university hockey and Canada’s national hockey teams.  Our players are some of the best amateur student athletes in the world and we are proud to provide them with the support, programs and tools to ensure they have the best player experience. 


As the CHL we have worked hard over the last decade to continually review, refine and improve the player experience.  This player experience, funded by our member teams and leagues, now includes:

·        an education program, unmatched in amateur sports, that promotes academic success both during their time in the CHL and after, including post-secondary scholarship programs, 

·        extensive health and safety, anti-doping and mentoring programs that support our players whether they continue with the sport or pursue other careers,

·        a comprehensive mental health program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and 

·        out-of-pocket expense coverage, equipment, billeting and travel costs. 


In all three CHL member leagues, the Commissioners have spent much time dealing directly with players and their parents on team-specific issues.  The Commissioners are always available to respond to any concerns raised by players or their parents.    We will also continue to review and refine our programs through research and talking to our players, their parents, and our teams.  We believe that our players are amateur student athletes. 


In terms of the class action that was filed today in Toronto late last week, the CHL, our member leagues and teams will vigorously defend ourselves against this action which will not only have a negative effect on hockey in Canada but through all sports in which amateur student athletes are involved. 


In addition, despite all mentions to the contrary, recent communications and social media posts by Glenn Gumbley of the CHLPA lead us to believe that the Gumbleys are still actively involved on the fringes of junior hockey in Canada and with this action.  The CHL will once again issue warnings to our players and their parents cautioning them about the Gumbleys.

David Branch, OHL Commissioner

Gilles Couteau, QMJHL Commissioner

Ron Robison, WHL Commissioner

Royals' Hicketts WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals’defenceman Joe Hicketts is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19, 2014.  

Hicketts amassed a goal and six assists for seven points along with a plus-5 rating in four road games over the past week, helping the Royals post a 3-1-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Hicketts recorded three assists in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Red Deer Rebels.  On Wednesday, October 15th, Hicketts scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  On Friday, October 17th, he notched two assists, including setting up the game-winning goal, and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 4-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  On Saturday, October 18th, Hicketts extended his point streak to four games with an assist in a 4-0 shutout win over the Kootenay Ice.

Hicketts, an 18-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., is in his third season in the WHL with the Victoria Royals.  The 5’8”, 186-lb rearguard has amassed 16 goals and 62 points in 115 career regular-season contests, including four goals and 14 points in 11 games to start the 2014-15 season. The Royals’ first round pick, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft,Hicketts recently signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings after attending their training camp in September 2014.

The WHL has also nominated Payton Lee of the Vancouver Giants for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. An 18-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., Lee posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout in two starts over the past week, allowing just one goal on 50 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage in that span.  On Friday, October 17th, Lee stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 3-0 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers.  On Saturday, October 18th, Lee made 26 saves on 27 shots to earn his sixth win of the season in a 9-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars.  Lee is in his third season in the WHL with the Giants, posting a 41-43-4-3 record with three shutouts in 94 career appearances.  He selected by the Giants in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  Lee is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
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

Father David Bauer Arena


Pat Chat October 20th

The Week That Was

A busy stretch for the Pats started on the road as the team went through a three-in-three weekend.  It opened in Cranbrook as Wyatt Hoflin shut the door on the Pats in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Kootenay Ice.  The following evening saw the Pats’ offence make up for lost time as the Queen City Kids rolled to a 6-1 winagainst the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Dryden Hunt, Connor Gay and Patrick D’Amico combined for eight points on the evening.  The weekend came to a close in Calgary where the Pats couldn’t capitalize on early opportunities and the Hitmen powered their way to a 5-1 win.

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, October 21st – Pats vs. Portland (7:00 p.m.)
It’s a homecoming for the Pats who despite just a quick jaunt West, haven’t played at the Brandt Centre since October 10th.  It will be Morgan Klimchuk’s first game on home ice since returning from injury.  The Pats face off against the four time defending Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks.

Friday, October 24th – Pats at Swift Current (7:00 p.m.)
For the second weekend in a row the Pats play three games in three nights.  It starts in Swift Current as the Pats take on the Broncos for the first time this season.  The teams battled it out last year for the East Division crown. Listen to the action with Home Depot Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM at 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, October 25th – Pats vs. Swift Current (7:00 p.m.)
In the back half of the home and home, the Pats go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night.  The Pats have been Funding the Fight for ten years and look forward to fans joining in to help combat cancer and support those who suffer from it. 

Sunday, October 26th – Pats vs. Lethbridge (6:00 p.m.)
A tough stretch of games wraps up as the Pats welcome the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  It’s a rematch of Saturday’s matchup in Alberta in which the Blue and White took a 6-1 win over the ‘Canes.

Klimchuk in the Lineup
Morgan Klimchuk returned to the lineup Saturday in Lethbridge and didn’t waste any time in making an impact.  The sniper scored a powerplay marker against the Hurricanes and followed it up with the Pats’ only goal Sunday in Calgary.

Brown Makes Debut
Call-up netminder Tyler Brown made his WHL debut Saturday in Lethbridge and almost had a perfect night.  The former Winnipeg Wild stopped 29 of 30 shots against the Hurricanes en route to his first win.

Toonie Tuesday
Tuesday’s game against Portland marks the first Toonie Exchange Night for Season Ticket Holders.  Unused Season Tickets can be exchanged at the Brandt Centre Box Office for tickets to the game for just $2.  Only tickets for game dates which have passed may be redeemed.

Funding the Fight for Ten Years
It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Pats Funding the Fight against Breast Cancer.  As in past years, the ice at the Brandt Centre will be turned pink for the game thanks to Imagination Ink.  More of the details for Breast Cancer Awareness Night will be revealed this week.

Weekly Schedule
Monday, October 20th
 – Practice 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 1:50-2:10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21st – Pats vs. Portland – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*

Wednesday, October 22nd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.

Thursday, October 23rd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.

Friday, October 24th – Pats at Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. (Credit Union Iplex)*

Saturday, October 25th – Pats vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*

Sunday, October 26th – Pats vs. Lethbridge – 6:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM                          

Important Dates
Tuesday, October 21st – Next Home Game vs. Portland – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)
Saturday, October 25th – Breast Cancer Awareness Night vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m.(Brandt Centre)


Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club