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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pats - Ice Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-17-3-2) venture into the Central Division for the second time this month, this time to take on the Kootenay Ice (26-22-0-1) at Western Financial Place (8 p.m. CST).  It’s the teams’ third meeting of the season with both squads taking a win on home ice.  The last time the Pats and Ice came together was in Cranbrook with Wyatt Hoflin standing out in a 1-0 shutout win for Kootenay.  Taylor Cooper leads the Pats with three points (2G, 1A) in three games against the Ice as a member of the Hurricanes.  Jaedon Descheneau tops Kootenay with four points (3G, 1A), all of them coming in one game against the Pats.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats try to shake off a five game losing skid (0-3-1-1) including Saturday’s 8-3 loss in Brandon.  The Ice are riding a four game winning streak after a 7-4 win over Prince George.  Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 7:35 p.m. CST

Lead Up: Pats Drop 8-3 Decision in Brandon
The Pats opened the scoring and held a 2-1 lead past the midway point of their final game in Brandon this season.  The lead didn’t hold as the Wheat Kings displayed their explosive offence by putting up seven unanswered goals before Adam Brooks stopped the run in the third.  Pavel Padakin and Rykr Cole had the Pats goals while Morgan Klimchuk (2A) and Jesse Gabrielle (1A) had helpers against their former teams.

Back in Blue
While Pats fans have yet to see Adam Berg in WHL action in Regina, the prospect has been a mainstay for the Blue and White through the Central Division.  The 17-year old forward was called up for the Pats’ recent four game Alberta road swing where he picked up his first WHL point against Calgary.

Hitting Twenty
Adam Brooks is the second Pat to reach twenty goals on the season following Connor Gay who has since moved on to Red Deer.  Brooks is in the midst of a breakout campaign with 43 points (20G, 23A) in 48 games.  The 18-year old’s 23 assists matches the combined point total from Brooks’ first two seasons in the league.  Brooks will not dress tonight due to a lower body injury.

Host Powerplay Be Wary
The Pats are tied for the WHL lead with 12 shorthanded goals.  Breaking those down into home and away, the Pats have four shorthanded markers at home while scoring eight of their shorties on the road.

Upcoming Schedule
at Lethbridge – Saturday, January 31st, 8:00 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Friday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the eighteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.


BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 18



Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Oshawa Generals (37-7-1-1)




Kelowna Rockets (37-8-3-0)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (35-9-0-2)




Brandon Wheat Kings (35-9-3-2)




Erie Otters (33-9-1-2)




Rimouski Oceanic (30-13-2-1)




Medicine Hat Tigers (34-12-1-1)




Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (29-12-2-4)




Moncton Wildcats (30-14-0-3)




Baie-Comeau Drakkar (27-13-5-2)



Honourable Mention:

Everett Silvertips (30-14-3-1)



London Knights (29-14-0-3)



Red Deer Rebels (27-14-3-4)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Pat Canadians 6 Maulers 2

The Regina Pat Canadians travelled to Yorkton on Tuesday, January 27th to play RawTec Maulers.  They got back on the winning track with a come from behind 6 – 2 victory.  They fell behind 0 – 2 after the 1st period.  They scored the next 6 goals on their way to the victory. This is the Pat Canadians 12th victory out of the last 13 games.


Nathan Gelsinger started the comeback with the first goal of the 2ndperiod, his 8th goal of the season.  Also scoring for the Pat C’s were Arthur Miller (26th), Bryce Platt (11th), Owen Sillinger (18th), Conner Chaulk (21st) and Colby Brandt an AP player his 1st as a Pat Canadian.  Owen Sillinger and Tyler Adams added two assists each.


Curtis Meger stopped 20 of 22 shots directed his way in the victory.


Scoring for the Yorkton RawTech Maulers were Cole Keenyside and Carson Miller.


Carter Phair stopped 23 of 29 shots directed his way


This week will prove to be a real test for the Pat Canadians as they travel to Tisdale to play the 2nd place Trojans.  The first game is 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 31st and then they play again on Sunday, February 1st at 2:00 pm.  The Trojans currently trail Regina by 5 points but have three games in hand.


The Pat Canadians only have 8 regular season games remaining before the league begins its playoffs.


The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Saturday,February 7th, when the Prince Albert Mintos are in town – puck drop is 6:15 PM.

Courtesy John Smith. Pat Canadians PR

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I had the amazing privileged of spending the last week in Ocho Rios Jamaica at the RIU Resort. My wife's sister Kaitlin got married to Dustin Riley. It was a great week. Above is the view from the balcony in our hotel room. 

The ceremony on the beach outside the resort. My wife is all bleary eyed in the left in the photo. 

Some of the clan.

The poolside view.

Got a chance to play a round of golf at the Sandals course in Ocho Rios. Was in great shape and felt good to swing the sticks in January. You had to employ a caddy for the round and I wish I had one every time I golfed. It was hot but a great time. 

It was a great week, other than the touch of food poisoning we got on the Friday. Always seems to happen on these types of trips to someone involved.

A big thanks to the Pats ownership for allowing me to take the week and go with my family. I missed being in the booth and look forward to Friday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. 


On the to the world of sports. I felt pretty disconnected out there without TV but I've managed to get caught up since. 

-The Pats hit the road today ahead of Fridays game against the Kootenay Ice and then the game Saturday in Lethbridge. A big four points with the Pats having lost 5 in a row. They do have two points in that stretch however. They sit 8 points up on Swift Current for second spot in the East Division with 24 games left on their schedule. 

-Taylor Cooper has been great as a Pat. 7 goals and 4 assists in 9 games. And how about Adam Brooks? 20 goals on the season. What a break out year for the 18-year-old. 

-I would be surprised if James Hilsendager didn't return to the Pats lineup this weekend. He's been out since before Christmas with an upper body injury. 

-I don't care about the NHL All-Star Game. It's pointless. They need to make it mean something like in baseball or scrap it all together. 

-Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement tomorrow in St. Louis and will join the Blues management staff. Is there any doubt he is the best of all time? Not in my mind. 

-I like the Rider trade with the Argos that sent Ricky Foley to Toronto for linebacker Shea Emery. The Riders were and are deep at DE and could afford to give Foley up for Emery who will fill a desperate need in the middle of the defense. Also good to see Tyron Brackenridge re-sign with the club. 

That's it from me today. Be sure to check out tonight's episode of Pats TV at 6:30 on Access 7. My guests this week are defenceman Colby Williams and forward Taylor Cooper. 

Have a great week and talk to you from Cranbrook on Friday. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Logan Flodell returns to Seattle

KENT, January 26, 2015 - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced goalie Logan Flodell has joined the T-Birds for the remainder of the season.
Flodell was playing for the Nipawin Hawks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In 13 games with the Hawks Flodell had an 8-4-0 record with a .901 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average. Last week he was named the SJHL Rookie of the Week after leading the Hawks to two wins by stopping 52 of 55 shots he faced.
Goalie Danny Mumaugh has elected to end his hockey career. In three seasons with the T-Birds Mumaugh had an 18-21-4-4 record with one shutout. He has a career goals against average of 3.76 and a career save percentage of .887.
"Danny came to us recently and told us he did not have the drive to keep playing. To have a player quit this soon after the deadline could have left us in a real bind. We are fortunate that Logan is able to join us. We appreciate the Nipawin Hawks working with us to allow Logan to join the team for the remainder of the season," said Farwell.
Flodell played one game with the T-Birds this year. He made 37 saves on 40 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Prince George Cougars on October 17. Flodell was originally assigned to the Hawks on November 1.
The T-Birds travel to Kamloops to play the Blazers on Wednesday at 7pm. They then have back-to-back games in Prince George against the Cougars on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31. Both games in Prince George start at 7pm. The next home game is Friday, February 6, against the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Center at 7:35pm.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2014-15 season are available online at theT-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
Ian Henry
Director Public and media Relations
Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club

Rockets Goulbourne WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Tyrell Goulbourne is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 25th, 2015.  

Goulbourne tallied seven points (3g-4a), while posting a plus-five rating in just two games over the past week, leading the Rockets to two consecutive victories in that span.

On Friday, January 23rd, Goulbourne scored the opening goal and set up another in a 5-3 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips. In the rematch on Saturday, Goulbourne contributed with a five-point effort (2g-3a) and finished the game with a plus-four rating while earning first star honours in a 9-3 triumph over the ‘Tips.

The 21-year-old from Edmonton, AB has notched 33 points (17g-16a) along with a plus-14 rating in 39 games this season. The 6’0”, 200 lb forward is in his fifth WHL season with the Rockets and has amassed 113 points (55g-58a) in 252 career regular season contests. He was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round, 72nd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Mack Shields of the Calgary Hitmen for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Shields, a 19-year-old Saskatoon, SK native, posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .957 save percentage, including one shutout, in two starts during the past week. On Friday, January 23rd, Shields made 24 saves and was named the game’s second star as the Hitmen blanked the visiting Swift Current Broncos 7-0. On Saturday, January 24th, Shields turned aside 21 shots in a 5-2 victory over the host Edmonton Oil Kings. Now in his third campaign in the WHL with the Hitmen, Shields has registered a 50-23-0-3 record with four shutouts in 87 career regular season appearances. 

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets 
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings 
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks 
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen 
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
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

Pat Chat January 26th

The Week That Was
Friday was a historic night at the Brandt Centre as the Pats dropped the curtain on their new centre ice score clock and lighting system ahead of the Pats taking on the Moose Jaw Warriors.  It looked like the visitors had everything well in hand, up 3-1, but the Pats stormed back to tie the game and send it to overtime.  In the extra frame, former Pat Jack Rodewald scored on the powerplay to end the Pats 11 game win streak over Moose Jaw in a 4-3 OT loss.  The Pats hit the road the next day to play in Brandon.  Regina was up 2-1 midway through the game, but the Wheat Kings exploded for seven unanswered to win 8-3.  Both Jesse Gabrielle (1A) and Morgan Klimchuk (2A) had points against their former teams.
The Week Ahead
Friday, January 30th – Pats at Kootenay (8:00 p.m. CSTThe Pats make their final trip to Cranbrook to face off with the Ice.  The teams split the first two games of their season series with both squads taking wins on home ice.  It’s the first time the Pats face Sam Reinhart since his return from the Buffalo Sabres and World Junior Championships.
Saturday, January 31st – Pats at Lethbridge (8:00 p.m. CST)It’s the final time the Pats and Hurricanes meet this season.  The Pats lead the season series, winning two of the three matchups after falling 5-4 in OT to Lethbridge in their last matchup.  Adam Brooks leads the Pats with 5 points (2G, 3A) against the ‘Canes this season.  Catch both road games on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 7:35 p.m. CST and on WHL Live Web TV.
Ranked by CSS
Four Pats made the newest set of Central Scouting Rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  Austin Wagner is one of the fastest risers among ranked skaters, going from off the list to 43rd among North American Skaters over the season.  Jesse Gabrielle is up next at 61st among North American Skaters.  Connor Hobbs sits at 100th and import defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy is 197th on the list.  Pats prospect Liam Finlay holds down 189th in North America.
February 28th Fan Bus
The Pats fan bus hits the road for Moose Jaw again in February.  Come cheer on the Pats in another great edition of the Trans-Canada Clash.  Your seat on the bus is just $40 which includes a ticket to the game and transportation to and from Moose Jaw.  Seats are limited so call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287 to reserve yours today!
Home Depot on the Bench
Win the chance for your minor hockey team to practice with a Pats coach.  It’s easy to enter, just fill out the ballot at
General Paint Colouring Contest
Colour a page in the General Paint Colouring Book and you could be entered to win an autographed Pats jersey!  Pick up your colouring book at your nearest General Paint retailer or the Neutral Zone Store.
Weekly Schedule
Monday, January 26th – Practice 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre)
Tuesday, January 27th – Practice 10:30–12:00 p.m.(Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28th – Travel Day
Thursday, January 29th – Practice in Cranbrook
Friday, January 30th – Pats at Kootenay – 8:00 p.m. CST(Western Financial Place)*
Saturday, January 31st – Pats at Lethbridge – 8:00 p.m. CST(Enmax Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM                          
Important Dates
Tuesday, February 3rd – Next Home Game vs. Prince Albert – 7:00 p.m.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club