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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dale Derkatch headed to the NHL

Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders would like to congratulate Director of Player Personnel Dale Derkatch on being hired by the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs as an amateur scout.


A native of Winnipeg, MB, Derkatch joined the Raiders organization in June of 2009 to head the club’s scouting staff. During his time as the Raiders’ Director of Player Personnel, Derkatch drafted or listed Josh Morrissey, Leon Draisaitl, Mckenze Stewart, Brendan Guhle, Connor Hobbs, and Matteo Gennaro, all of whom were taken in the NHL Draft. The Raiders dressed 13 players last season that were chosen by Derkatch in either the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft or the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.


“I am very excited for Dale and this new opportunity he has with the Maple Leafs,” said Raiders General Manager Curtis Hunt. “His character and track record is second to none and he has left this organization in a great situation moving forward. We wish him the best of luck.”


Assistant Director of Player Personnel Ron Gunville will take over Derkatch’s responsibilities in the interim until a search for a successor can be conducted. Gunville is entering his third year with the Raiders after previously serving as a scout for the Prince George Cougars.


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to


Prince Albert Raiders single game tickets are now available at the Raiders office at the Art Hauser Centre.  For more ticket information, visit www.raiderhockey.comor call 306-764-5348. Season ticket holders who ordered their tickets prior to July 15 are now available for pick up. Orders placed after July 15 will be available Friday, September 18.


Lance Doucet

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WHL Moves to 3 on 3 Overtime

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By: Ryan McCracken

WHL moving to 3-on-3 overtime format in effort to reduce shootouts

The NHL recently opted to change its overtime format to allow a five-minute period of 3-on-3 hockey following a 60-minute stalemate, and its little brother, the CHL, will be following suit.

The CHL has been known to follow the lead of its big league counterpart — like it did with its playoff format last season — and 3-on-3 overtime proves to be no different.

“We kind of mirror the NHL rules as much as possible,” said WHL vice president of hockey operations Rick Doerksen. “Along with our counterparts in Ontario and Quebec, the Canadian Hockey League decided that all three leagues will play the same overtimes rules the NHL is using.”

The reason for the change is simple, to allow more games to be decided in overtime without resorting to a shootout, thus creating a more accurate portrayal of the standings come post-season. While shootouts are ultimately exciting, I’m on the side that would rather see a real goal decide an on-ice contest. If I’m being honest, I’d rather see a tie than a shootout — especially considering the skills contest can play a hefty hand in determining playoff position.

“I think for people that look at it that way, that will certainly be advantageous,” said Doerksen.

Shootouts ultimately remove the team element from the game, reducing the competition to a matter of individual skill, only to take away the shootout when the post-season rolls around. While it’s unanimously agreed that the shootout holds no place in playoff hockey, there are still many supporters of its presence in the regular season due to the excitement it provides.

That said, 3-on-3 hockey always provides a thrill, and it doesn’t remove the team element from the game.

The AHL overtime model features seven minutes of sudden death, starting with three minutes of 4-on-4 and extending into four minutes of 3-on-3 if necessary, and it’s done wonders for the game, with 75 percent of overtime games decided without resorting to a shootout in 2014-15 — while 65 per cent of games extending past regulation required a shootout in 2013-14.  The WHL saw 64 games decided in overtime last season, while 69 went all the way to a shootout. That's a lot of games riding on a single breakaway chance.

 “We’ve been advised that going to 3-on-3, we should have a much higher rate of games being determined in 3-on-3 as opposed to the shootout,” said Doerksen.

I’m personally on the side of doing anything possible to remove the shootout from the equation, as I believe it has the potential to muddle the standings and frankly I find it far less exciting than the game itself.

On that note, I happily support the inclusion of 3-on-3 hockey at the WHL level, and I’m excited to see how things unfold this season.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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I hope this Wednesday is treating you well. What a week it has been so let's get right to it.

I'm going to start with the Riders because it is everything, everyone is talking about right now but I will be brief. Not surprised with the firing of Corey Chamblin. Like every fan and media person who follows this team it was very obvious he had changed since winning the Grey Cup. However, he brought the team to, and won the biggest game in the franchise's history in 2013 and he will be remembered for that. He's a good coach but lost his way in my humble opinion. As for Brenden Taman, I was a little surprised to see him go as well. I don't know what happened behind closed doors but I have always thought BT had done a good job with this team and again he manufactured the 2013 Grey Cup champion squad. I had no relationship whatsoever with Chamblin but with Taman I spent more than a few times sitting in his office just shooting the wind and always appreciated how good of a guy he is. They don't make many guys like that and I wish him all the best.


Now on to the Regina Pats where I have spent the bulk of the last four days covering training camp. First off the new way of doing things is a breath of fresh air. The rookies got a chance to prove themselves over the weekend and into Monday while the vets will not skate until later today. It wasn't the usual long drawn out training camp and it gave the scouts and coaches a chance to see the young guys, decide who to sign and who to carry forward to this weeks rookie showcase at the Cooperators Arena.

There is some really good young talent here in Regina. The guys you would expect to look good have, Jake Leschyshyn and Jake Elmer have taken a step. Jared Freadrich will make this team in my opinion, he was the best defenceman in rookie camp, defenceman Brady Pouteau is not far behind either. I was also really impressed with Lane Zablocki who came over in the Jesse Gabrielle trade, he reminds me of Morgan Klimchuk in the way he skates and has some good skill. He will likely play with Sam Steel to start the year. Gary Haden is the front runner to make the team in the 16-year-old forward group in my opinion. Pretty damn good for a 9th round pick, the kid can skate, he can shoot and seems to have the smarts too. Riley Woods has impressed, the former Pat Canadian is coming off a big year and has a good shot to make the team this year. The Estevan Bruins are hoping he doesn't but I am really pulling for the kid to make the jump to the WHL. He has skill and speed to spare. Russian defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov is a lot better than I expected him to be. Skates very well, has skill with the puck, he is raw but will develop into a good player. Goaltender Jordan Hollett got better as the weekend went on and played very well in the Blue and White game on Monday night, my guess is there will be three goalies with the team to start the year before a decision or a trade is made. Trygve Many Guns and Erik Gardiner are other guys with a chance to stick in Regina this year. Lots of decisions to come and the pre-season will decide who gets the limited spots available. There are currently 35 players still in Regina including the returning guys.

The rookie showcase starts tomorrow night at the Cooperators Arena when the Pats take on the Calgary Hitmen at 7 o'clock. Daniel Fink and I will be broadcasting the game live on 620 CKRM with the pre-game starting at 6:35. Puck drop at 7.


The Regina Thunder had another record setting day on the weekend in Edmonton when they beat the Huskies 76-9. The 76 points set a club record. That after they set a record the week before with 63 points. It sets up a great matchup this weekend Saturday in Saskatoon against the Hilltops who are also 3 and oh and have also beat up on their opposition in the opening three weeks.

Here is a recap of the week in the PFC courtesy of Ryan Watters on


Saturday night the Colts played their second straight game in Edmonton, beating the Wildcats 38-14 using the run game to control the offence.

Six different players carried the rock with Xavier Ramsay carrying the load with 20 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.  Quarterback John Kiesman rushed four times for 68 yards and had a pair to touchdowns.  In all the Colts rushed for 276 yards.

Through the air Kiesman completed just nine passes for 138 yards and threw a 37 yard TD pass to Aaron Roemmele.

The Colts “D” was led by Akida Lewis who had a game high nine tackles and a sack.  Colton Burr had a pair of sacks while Owen Redlick recovered two fumbles, picked off a pass and had two tackles.  Jayden Lawson also intercepted a pass and Reyd Kessler recovered a fumble.  The Colts defence created seven turnovers.

Next weekend the Colts (2-1) will stay on the road and visit the Winnipeg Rifles (0-3) part of the PFC’s Rivalry Week.

The Edmonton Wildcats struggled against the Colts in Week 3, compiling just 81 yards on the ground and 270 yards of total offence.

Quarterback Jordan Olson finished 6 of 17 for just 90 yards and threw an interception, before Colton Hippe’s 11 of 16 for 162 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Ronnie Oling.  The top Cats receiver was Landyn Vick who hauled in four passes for a game high 101 yards.

Kicker Ryan Smith was good on 2 of 3 field goals.

Defensively the Wildcats created five turnovers as Tony Savchuk picked off two passes, Jayden Dalke recovered a fumble, as did Jonathan Harke.

The Wildcats (1-2) will play their city rivals the Huskies (0-3) on Saturday night at 7:00pm part of the PFC’s Rivalry Week.


For the second straight week the Saskatoon Hilltops dominated the Winnipeg Rifles, staying undefeated with a 65-9 victory behind a very balanced attack.

The Hilltops set the tone  very early as Bryant Sackney took the opening kick-off 100 yards the other direction for a touchdown.

Four Hilltop quarterbacks finished 21 of 35 for 226 yards.  Starter Jared Andreychuck did most of the damage finishing 16 of 24 for 211 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Evan Kopchynski and Logan Fischer out of the backfield.  Evan Turkingons and Chad Braun each caught five passes each.

Fischer led the ground game with 10 carries for 85 yards and a score.  Both Des Vessey and Adam Marchart also caught TD passes.

The Hilltops defence also flexed their muscle creating seven turnovers and eight sacks.  Cole Benkic intercepted a pass returning 10 yards for a touchdown while Tom Schnitzler picked up a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a major.  Bobby Ehman had four tackles and an interception to lead the Hilltops.  Blake Hermann collected three sacks and Connor Guillet, Tyrell Hering, Schnitzler, Blake Adams and Matt Kozun each had a sack.

Saturday the Saskatchewan rivalry ignites again as the Hilltops (3-0) host the Regina Thunder (3-0) part of the PFC’s Rivalry Week.

The Winnipeg Rifles got behind the 8-ball early allowing the opening kick-off to go 100 yards the other direction and were down 21-7 after the first quarter.

Quarterback Jamie Ybarra Jr. finished 5 of 8 and threw a touchdown pass to Ian Lee. However he also threw his Conference leading fifth interception. Back-up Jonathan Remple came off the bench and completed 13 of 25 for 160 yards and threw a pick.

On the ground Blair Mattes carried 10 times for 27 yards, while Ybarra scampered three times for 34 yards.

The Rifles defence was on the field for the majority of the day.  Defensive back Brandan Gates finished with a game high nine tackles.  Evan Vitt tallied a pair of sacks and Andrew Ricard picked off a pass.

On Saturday night the Rifles (0-3) host the Calgary Colts (2-1) at 7:00pm part of their Alumni Game.


The Regina Thunder kept pace with the defending champs, staying undefeated blasting the Edmonton Huskies 76-9 in their first road game.

The Thunder compiled 722 yards of total offence, including 418 through the air.  Quarterback Jaeden Marwick had a career game completing 18 of 22 for 289 yards and five touchdowns.  He also ran for a TD. Back-up Sawyer Buettner was a perfect 9 of 9 for 129 yards and threw a TD as well.

Kasim Ocaya hauled in a game high seven passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Kristopher Calcutt also caught two touchdown passes, while Preston Bews and Thomas Bresciani each made a touchdown reception.

On the ground Colton Klassen was a force carrying 16 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns.  Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette rushed 10 times for 83 yards and two majors.

The Thunder “D” created five turnovers highlighted by a 76 yard return on an interception by Marcus Hall.  Dustin Erbach also picked off a pass and Ethan Hautz recovered a fumble.  Erbach and Taylor Mayer each had five tackles.

Saturday night the Thunder (3-0) will lock up with the Saskatoon Hilltops (3-0) at SMF Field at 7:00pm in the PFC Game of the Week.  (#cjflrivalry).

The Edmonton Huskies scored all nine of their points in the second quarter as kicker Cole Sabourin connected on three field goals.  He is now a perfect 5-5 this season.

The Huskies offence was led by quarterback Bradley Launhardt who completed 13 of 29 for 209 yards.   Nine different receivers caught balls, led by Dylan Stanton and his four receptions.  James Aldred had a team high 71 yards.

On the ground Jimmie Airey rushed 10 times for 80 yards.

The “D” was led by Brandon Mellen who had nine tackles and Jassen Brown who had six.  Michael Getzinger intercepted a pass for the lone Huskies turnover and both Stephan Paleniuk and Brown each had a sack.

The Huskies (0-3) will host the Wildcats (1-2) on Saturday night at Clarke Park part of the PFC’s Rivalry Week.



- B-g congrats to the 2015 Regina Sports Hall of Fame Inductees. They include former Regina Pats Rich Preston and Larry Wright. As well our statistician on Rider broadcasts, John Hoffman went in as a builder. A great guy and well deserved. The induction ceremony will take place on October 8th at Evraz Place. Hope you can make it.

- Hearing rumours out of Moose Jaw that the Warriors are not going to be trading star forward Brayden Point any time soon, if at all. I get the team needs to get back to the post season but from my standpoint he is worth more to the Warriors being traded to Red Deer or Brandon than he does to get maybe a 1st, or to stretch things, a 2nd round playoff appearance. Point has played upwards of 40 minutes a night for that team for the last three years and done absolutely everything. He deserves a chance to win. You would think the Warriors want to build around their two top six 1st round picks from this summer. Again it's just a rumour and I'm not a GM but we've seen this same story in Regina before with Jordan Eberle, Colton Teubert, Jordan Weal etc.

- The Toronto Blue Jays found a way to win last night against the red hot Cleveland Indians. Cleveland has done a heck of a job shutting down the Jays bats in the first two games but Toronto generated three runs on sacrifice flies and then got the walk off homer in extra innings from Ryan Goins. It is good to see the team relying on good pitching and manufacturing runs the old fashion way.

- I don't want to hear another word about deflategate. This saga has carried on too long. What a waste of tax payers money having this ordeal go to federal court. My goodness.

- College Football starts this weekend! Enough said.

That's all I've got for today. Talk to you from the rink tomorrow night!


Regina Pats Rookie Showcase Details

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is proud to host the Regina Pats Rookie Showcase opening Thursday, September 3 through Saturday, September 5 at the Co-operators Arena.
Single game tickets are $5 each and available at the door starting one hour prior to puck drop.  A tournament package is available for just $20 and includes access to all five games.  With a Season Ticket Holder VIP Card (part of the Season Ticket Booklet), full access is just $15 for the three day event.  All passes are available at the Pats Office or at the doors ahead of the Pats’ first game of the tournament against Calgary.

Teams attending the Regina Pats Rookie Showcase include the Moose Jaw Warriors, Calgary Hitmen and Prince Albert Raiders.

Regina Pats Rookie Showcase Schedule
Thursday, September 3 - Pats vs Calgary - 7:00pm
Friday, September 4 - Calgary vs Moose Jaw - 3:00pm
Friday, September 4 - Pats vs Prince Albert - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 5 - Calgary vs Prince Albert - 2:00pm
Saturday, September 5 - Pats vs Moose Jaw - 7:00pm

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

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pats Inter-Squad Game Recap: WHITE 5 BLUE 2

The Regina Pats held their annual Blue and White inter-squad game on Monday night at the Cooperators Arena. Team Blue was coached by former Regina Pat Boyd Kane while White had Memorial Cup champion Kim MacDougall behind the bench. 507 fans took in the game.

Ben Laidlaw started in goal for Team White and Max Paddock for Team Blue.

Team White scored the games first goal 3:07 in. Lucas Muenchrath the tally from Zakary Yewchuk and it was 1-0. Max Paddock made some big saves on the penalty kill after that to keep it a one goal game. However Blue took a second minor and on the 5 on 3 powerplay Gary Haden slid one past Paddock to make it 2-0 at 6:42. Assists to Dawson Barteaux and Jack Lenchyshyn. Blue got the games next powerplay and came so close to getting on the board but Ben Laidlaw stoned Dalton Ossman on a tip play in close. Ossman did get on the board after the powerplay expired on a deflection on a point shot at 13:03. Assists to Brendan Mark and Riley Woods and White's lead was cut to 2-1. That was the score after 1, shots on goal 14 a piece.

In the second period Blue came close to tieing it up as Jake Elmer set up Jake Leschyshyn in front but his one timer was denied by the blocker of Laidlaw. At the midway point of the period Jordan Hollett entered the game in goal for Team White and Kurtis Chapman for Team Blue. White then made it 3-1 as Braydon Buziak made a great move and tucked it in past Chapman at 12:07. Adam Sandstrom the lone assist. 16 seconds later however Blue got it back when Garrett Szeremley chipped one over the shoulder of Hollett and in at 12:23 and it was a 3-2 game. Riley Bruce and Seth Benson recorded the helpers. Braydon Buziak then scored another highlight reel goal at 16:31, undressing the defenceman and then the goaltender for his second of the period. Zach Cox the lone assist and it was 4-2 White. That was the score at the break. Blue outshot White 10-4 in the period and led overall 24-18.

In the third Team Blue started with a powerplay right off the hop but failed to score. White then got a powerplay of their own and Erik Gardiner came close to making it 5-2 but Chapman made a nice pad save in tight. White did make it 5-2 at the 12 minute mark. Robbie Holmes took a pass behind the net and fed Gary Haden in front who scored his second of the game. Zach Cox the second assist. The game ended 5-2. Team White outshot Team Blue 13-8 in the period bu Blue led overall 32-31.

Jordan Hollett stopped 14 of 15 shots, Ben Laidlaw 13 of 14 for Team White. Max Paddock made 14 saves on 16 shots for Blue and Chapman 12 of 15.

The Pats will continue camp this week with the veterans hitting the ice for the first time. The roster will he trimmed ahead of the Rookie Showcase at the Cooperators which begins Thursday when the Pats take on Calgary at 7 PM. About 19 players will stay in Regina for the tournament.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rockstar by Royal LePage Recap: THUNDER 76 HUSKIES 9

Colton Klassen ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns and Jaeden Marwick threw for 289 and 5 scores as the Regina Thunder scored a franchise record 76 points in a week 3 win in Edmonton over the Huskies, 76-9 on Sunday.

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Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette continued to find the end zone with two scores and 83 yards on 10 carries.

Kasim Ocaya caught 7 balls for 146 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns of the year to lead the Thunder receiving corps. Kris Calcutt also had a big day with 2 catches for touchdowns and 53 total yards. Preston Bews and Thomas Bresciani caught the other majors in the win. 

Marcus Hall and Dustin Erbach both recorded interceptions, Hall returned his for 76 yards. Ethan Hautz had a fumble recovery in the game. 

In total the Thunder forced 5 turnovers and gave up the ball just once. 

The 3-0 Thunder will head to Saskatoon next weekend to take on the 3-0 Hilltops.

Regina Pats Training Camp Day 2 Recap

Team Red was the first to practice on Day 2 of rookie camp at the Cooperators Centre. The second skate was Team Blue and the third Team White.

I caught up with forward Erik Gardiner and defenceman Brady Pouteau after the skates.

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The afternoon scrimmages began at 3PM. Team Red took on Team Blue. Jordan Hollett is Team Red's goaltender while Ben Laidlaw started for Blue.

In the first period Laidlaw and Hollett matched save for save. Laidlaw made a great stop on a two on oh and then Hollett made a very nice glove save point blank to keep the game tied early on. Team Red did get the first goal as Gary Haden split the D with a nice move and then finished into the top corner to make it 1-0. Very nice goal. Lane Zablocki came so close to tieing the game as he burned past everyone and tried to go 5-hole but was stopped. Zablocki did however have a hand in the game tieing goal a few minutes later. He fed Jared Freadrich in the slot whose shot was stopped but Dalton Ossman scored on the rebound and it was 1-1. Blue took the lead a short time later, Zach Cox found Mackenzie Belinski in front and he made no mistake, it was 2-1 at that point. Jack Lenchyshyn gave Blue the 3-1 lead seconds later on a seeing eye shot into the top of the net from the bottom of the right circle. That was the score after 1 period.

In the second Team Blue went to Nathan Moore in goal and then went up 4-1 in the opening minute. Nikolai Knyzhov circled the net, fed Jared Freadrich in the slot and he ripped it into the top corner far side. Team Red got one back as Colby Brandt found a loose puck in the crease and scored to make it 4-2. Red got to within 1 with just over 7 minutes left when Caleb Riess fed Carson Welke and he made it a 4-3 game. Brendan Mark tied the game at 4 with a penalty shot goal with just over 3 minutes left. Lane Zablocki gave Blue the lead back seconds later on a great move dragging the puck to his back hand and finishing over the goaltender and it was 5-4. That was the final, Red suffering their first loss of Rookie Camp.

I caught up with Jake Elmer after the contest.

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The second game was Team Red Vs. Team White. Kurtis Chapman started in goal for Team White and Max Paddock for Red, filling in for Jordan Hollett who did not skate in the scrimmage.

In the first period it took until halfway through the period before the first goal. Dawson Barteaux's shot from the blue line was stopped but Zakary Yewchuk scored on the rebound to make 1-0. White tied it up 3 minutes later as Jake Leschyshyn skated in on the right wing, shot far pad and Adam Sandstrom was there to put home the rebound to make it 1-1. Red re-took the lead shortly after as Colby Brandt made a great move to get free and fed Ryan Krushen back door, he tapped it in to make it 2-1. Drew Coughlin tied the game late in the period for Team White when he jammed in a loose puck in front. It was 2-2  but Red got one with less than a minute left from Colby Brandt to make it 3-2 and that was where it sat at the break.

In the second stanza Brendan Mark made it 4-2 Red after a turnover in the slot and re rifled it top corner. Red went up by 3 after that when Colby Brandt made a great pass in front to Carson Welke who scored to make it 5-2 early in the 2nd. White got one back when Erik Gardiner fired one from the slot to make it a 5-3 game. White got it to within 1 with 7 minutes left as Braydon Buziak scored on a penalty shot and it was 5-4. White came close at the end bu could not tie it up and it was a 5-4 final.

I caught up with forward Gary Haden after the scrimmage.

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The third and final scrimmage of day 2 was between Team White and Team Blue. Nathan Moore started for Blue, Kurtis Chapman for White.

Riley Woods opened the scoring in the game for Team Blue on a nice pass on the back door and it was 1-0. Blue went up 2-0 and 3-0 after that on goals from Brayden Camrud and Jack Lenchyshyn and then Kyle Forbes scored to make it a 4-0 lead. White got on the board when Jake Leschyshyn made a great spin move in front and finished and it was 4-1. Brayden Buziak scored White's next goal to make it 4-2 but Blue made it 5-2 on a hot shot from the blue line from Garrett Szeremley. White got their 3rd goal late in the period from Eric Otto and it was 5-3 Blue after the 1st.

In the second frame Max Paddock was in goal for Team White and Ben Laidlaw for Blue. It took over half the period until the first goal of the period when Erik Gardiner got a nice tip on a Trevor Woytke point shot and White trailed just 5-4. However Brayden Camrud scored his second of the game a short time later to put Blue back up by two at 6-4. White got back within one with just over a minute left as Erik Gardiner hit Brodie Girod on a 2 on 1 and he scored to make it a 6-5 game. That however was it, White went oh and four in the scrimmages, Blue went 3 and 1. The Pats will cut approximately 20 players Sunday night.

Here is a quick interview with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, GM and Head Coach John Paddock to close things off.

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Rookie Camp will conclude Monday with practices starting at 10 AM and then the Blue and White inter-squad game at 7. Admission is 2 dollars or a non-perishable food item.