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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The Regina Pats were in Prince George on Wednesday taking on the Cougars in the third game of their B.C. road trip. The Pats (13-10-1-0) were coming off a 5-0 loss to the Victoria Royals after beating the Vancouver Giants on Friday 6-2. The Cougars were coming off a 4-3 win against Vancouver on Saturday improving their record to 13-13-0-0. The Cougars got Zach Pochiro back from the St. Louis Blues organization and played in his 4th game of the year Wednesday. Daniel Wapple got the start in goal for the Pats against Tavin Grant of Prince George. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                            Cougars
Hunt D'Amico-Gay                                     Erricson-Harkins-Pochiro
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                         Bethune-Morrison-Soltes
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                         Braid-Hopkins-Mrkonjic
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                            Ross-McDonald-Babych

Burroughs-Williams                                 Ruopp-Bear
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                             Carvahlo-Bobos
Harrison-Hansen                                        Olson-Anderson

Wapple                                                     Grant
Brown                                                       Edmonds

Pats scratches - Kroeker and Reagan.
Cougars scratches - Rathjen, McNulty, Witala, McAuley, Macklin, Collins and Boyd.

In the first period the Pats had the early edge using their speed and Braden Christoffer drew the first penalty of the game in the opening 5 minutes. The Pats would not score on the powerplay but shortly after it expired Adam Brooks scored on a 3 on 1 rush at 9:59 to give the Pats the 1-0 lead. The lone assist to Pavel Padakin. The Pats went up 2-0 at 15:37 as Sam Steel made a great pass to set up Morgan Klimchuk for his 7th, second assist to Braden Christoffer. The Cougars got their first powerplay in the late part of the period but the Pats killed it off and took the 2-0 lead to the break. The Pats outshot the Cougars 10-7 in the period.

In the second the Pats went up 3-0 at 7:01 as Connor Gay put home his own rebound for his 10th of the year with assists to Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico. The Cougars had some better jump in the frame and got on the board on a fast break as Jari Erricson finished on the backhand for his 14th at 9:14 with assists to Zach Pochiro and Martin Bobos and it was 3-1. The Pats got that goal back on another beautiful passing play capped off by Morgan Klimchuks second of the game and 8th of the year at 16:24. Sam Steel again a great feed and a second assist to Colby Williams and it was 4-1. That was it for Tavin Grant in goal allowing 3 goals on 13 shots, Ty Edmonds replaced him. The Pats got a late powerplay and did everything but score, Tyler Mrkonjic blocked 4 shots for the Cougars on the kill and kept the game 4-1. 7 seconds of powerplay time carried over into the 3rd for the Pats who outshot the Cougars 13-9 in the period and led overall 23-16.

In the third the Pats got into some early penalty trouble with two straight short handed situations but were able to kill them off. The Cougars got within 2 at 6:40 as Jared Bethune took a slap shot from the point that handcuffed Wapple and went in off his glove for Bethines 4th of the year. Sam Ruopp the lone assists. The Pats got the three goal lead back on the powerplay as Sergey Zborovskiy put home his second career goal from Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt at 9:07 and it was 5-2. Things got pretty chippy at the end of the game and a line brawl almost broke out but the referees intervened. Jari Erricson of the Cougars came away with a 5 minute major for cross checking and a game misconduct. The Pats came away with the 5-2 win. Prince George outshot the Pats 16-8 in the third at 32-31 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 on the night and the penalty kill went 4 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Kyle Burroughs who was a plus 2 on the night. The second star to the Cougars Josh Anderson and the first star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who scored twice in the win.

The Pats are back at it Friday night in Kamloops against the Blazers at 9 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 9:59. Adam Brooks (10) from Pavel Padakin.

Pats Goal at 15:37. Morgan Klimchuk (7) from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 7:01. Connor Gay (10) from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico.

Cougars Goal at 9:14. Jari Erricson (14) from Zach Pochiro and Martin Bobos.

Pats Goal at 16:24. Morgan Klimchuk (8) from Sam Steel and Colby Williams.

3rd Period

Cougars Goal at 6:40. Jared Bethune (4) from Sam Ruopp.

Pats PP Goal at 9:07. Sergey Zborovskiy (2) from Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt.

Here are the radio highlights:

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Giants fire Troy Ward

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants announced on Wednesday that Troy G. Ward has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach, effective immediately.

“Obviously with where we are in the standings, it just wasn’t working with Troy,” said Giants General Manager Scott Bonner. “This is the unfortunate part of sports, but we thought change was needed. We wish Troy all the best in the future.”

Assistant Coach Matt Erhart has been named the club’s Interim Head Coach while Strength and Conditioning Coach Ian Gallagher and Skills Coach Yogi Svejkovsky will serve as assistants.

The Giants are in action this evening, visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Face-off is set for 6:00pm.

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the tenth 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 10



Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Oshawa Generals (19-2-1-0)




Kelowna Rockets (21-2-3-0)




Erie Otters (19-3-0-1)




Brandon Wheat Kings (19-5-2-0)




Rimouski Oceanic (18-7-1-1)




Saint John Sea Dogs (15-5-1-3)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (18-5-0-0)




Everett Silvertips (15-4-2-1)




Baie-Comeau Drakkar (17-7-2-1)




Medicine Hat Tigers (17-6-1-1)



Honourable Mention:

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (14-7-1-2)



London Knights (15-8-0-0)



Quebec Remparts (17-9-0-0)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Blades send Moodie to Brandon

The Saskatoon Blades have traded goaltender Alex Moodie to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional 2015 8th round draft pick.  

The 19 year old from Winnipeg began his WHL career with the Blades during the 2011-2012 season. He was dealt to Spokane earlier this year, before being returned to Saskatoon.  

Moodie has played in 11 games for the Blades this season, posting a record of 3-7 with a 0.864 save percentage and a 4.86 goals against average.  

The draft pick is conditional on Moodie being on the Wheat Kings roster on January 10th, 2015

Blair Farthing
Manager, Communications and Community Relations
Saskatoon Blades

Pats - Cougars Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (13-10-1-0) make the trek north to face the Prince George Cougars (13-13-0-0) for their only meeting of the year.  Last season saw the Pats run away with an 8-0 win against the Cougars in Regina.  Morgan Klimchuk led returning Pats with a four point (1G, 3A) night.  Jansen Harkins leads Prince George into tonight’s game with 29 points (7G, 22A) on the year.  Heading into this game, the Pats look to return to their winning ways after a 5-0 loss to Victoria while the Cougars have a 5-5-0-0 split in their last ten contests.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Stumble in 5-0 Loss to Victoria
Jordan Hollett’s WHL debut didn’t go the way the 15 year old prospect would have liked.  After stopping the first nine shots he faced, Hollett faced a number of odd man rushes and the Royals took advantage of their chances.  Travis Brown scored twice while Austin Carroll, Taylor Crunk and Jared Dmytriw added singles.  At the other end, AJHL call-up Jayden Sittler stopped 33 shots for his first WHL shutout.

Facing the North
The Pats have had mixed results taking on Prince George in the teams previous five meetings.  The Blue and White hold a 2-2-0-1 record against the Cougars over the last few years.  Both of Regina’s wins came at the Brandt Centre with the Pats falling in regulation and the shootout in Prince George.  

Stripes Could be Busy
Tonight’s combatants are the most penalized teams in their respective conferences.  Prince George enters tonight’s game with a combined 526 penalty minutes in 26 games for an average of 20.2 minutes per game.  That mark leads the WHL.  Meanwhile the Pats lead the Eastern Conference with 397 penalty minutes in 24 games for an average of 16.5 minutes per game, that number is third in the league.

Tough to Keep off the Sheet
Since returning to the Pats lineup, Morgan Klimchuk has been a consistent presence on the score sheet.  The Calgary Flames prospect has points in all but three games this season, and just came off a nine game point streak over which he amassed 12 points (4G, 8A). In three career games against Prince George, Klimchuk has seven points (2G, 5A).

Upcoming Schedule
at Kamloops – Friday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. CST – Interior Savings Centre (CKRM)
at Kelowna – Saturday, November 29th, 9:05 p.m. CST – Prospera Place (CKRM)
vs. Brandon – Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

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The Regina Pats continue their West Coast road trip tonight in Prince George against the Cougars. The Pats are 1 and 1 so far on the trip having won in Vancouver and lost in Victoria. Was pretty cool to see Jordan Hollett, the teams 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, make his first WHL start. (picture below). He might like to have one goal back but overall he battled hard and looked pretty darn good for a 15 year old. He is back with his midget club now at the OHA. 

Sam Steel taking a shot on Hollett in the pre-game in Victoria.

Here's a look from the broadcast booth at the Pacific Colleseum in Vancouver, the Pats won 6-2 that night. 

And from the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, a 5-0 loss. 

On Thursday in Vancouver, some of the staff took in the Canucks and Ducks at the Rogers arena. A good game to go to, the return of Ryan Kesler who got booed pretty bad by the Canucks fans and got to see Bo Horvat's first ever NHL goal. I came away thinking the Canucks are a pretty darn good team, better than the last two years no doubt. Radim Vrbata looks good playing with the Sedins. 

Now on the the Cougars tonight. Prince George leads the WHL in penalty minutes, while the Pats lead the Eastern Conference. Should be a tough, physical affair tonight. The Cougars are 13-13-0-0 on the year, the only team yet to go past regulation this season. They have some top end talent in Jensen Harkins who sits tied for 14th in league scoring and are a dangerous team. The Pats will be tested tonight and you have to think it's a must win game before closing out the trip against Kamloops and Kelowna. The team will play against their former teammate Logan McVeigh in Kamloops Friday, he has 3 goals and 6 assists in 15 games with the Blazers and in talking with him on Tuesday, he is enjoying playing for Don Hay in his final year in the WHL. The Blazers head to Everett today for a day trip against the Silvertips, a 7 hour drive. One thing is for sure, the travel in the East Division is a heck of a lot easier than here out West. 

The Prince Albert Raiders new mascot is no more. The team unveiled the mascot and immediately were met with criticism for resembling a Middle Eastern caricature. It was a throwback to on old Raiders logo. The team did not mean any offense by it and I totally believe that. But in todays day and age you just can't get away with anything like that. 

I know everyone says this but how bad are the Edmonton Oilers... They have lost 7 in a row and are losing in convincing fashion. We were on the air in Victoria Saturday and I glanced up at the TV to see the Blackhawks were up 6-0 late in the 2nd. I don't know what or how but something has to give. The organization needs to make some kind of major change. 

Rest in peace Pat Quinn, as a Leaf fan he is one of my all time favorites as coach and GM from when I was a younger man. He was one of the best. Thought's and prayers with his family and friends. The hockey world lost a good one. 

On to the CFL playoffs, is it just me or has the post season just epitomized the entire year? Sat down and watched the West and East Finals on the weekend and while the Alouettes were in it for a while in Hamilton they got blown out and then Calgary absolutely dominated Edmonton in the West. Where has the exciting, down to the wire games gone? I thought the Eskimo defense was going to put up another great showing and book a ticket into the Grey Cup but they played the opposite of the West Semi-Final game against the Riders. Or maybe was the Rider offense just that bad? I don't know. Here's hoping the Grey Cup offers some type of entertaining football. 

In the NFL, Robert Griffin's comeback has been less than pleasurable for Washington Redskins fans. The skins are reportedly starting Colt McCoy at QB come Sunday. My how Griffin has fallen from his all-star rookie season. 

So I'm growing a mustache for Movember as a part of the Regina Pats Movember team. Have a look at our page!

Be sure to check out tonight's episode of Pats TV on Access 7. We have a special feature done by Daniel Fink recapping the players who took part in the Project First Goal in East Hastings Vancouver. I also caught up with Austin Wagner and James Hilsendager. 6:30 it starts. 

That's it for me today, talk to you from the rink tonight with our pre-game at 8:35 from Prince George. 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warriors to Retire Ryan Smyth's #28

The Moose Jaw Warriors are excited to announce that on Friday, February 6th they will retire Ryan Smyth’s number 28, making his the fourth jersey retired in franchise history.

“On behalf of the Moose Jaw Warriors Board of Directors, Management, Coaches, Players, Staff, and our fans, we would like to congratulate Ryan Smyth on the retiring of his Warriors number,” comments Moose Jaw Warriors Governor and President Chad Taylor.  “Ryan played the game with heart, determination, and character, all of which are what we feel best describes what it takes to be a Moose Jaw Warrior.  February 6th will be a memorable and special night Ryan Smyth and his family, the Moose Jaw Warriors, and the fans.” 
“I’m extremely honoured and ecstatic about this, it’s where my roots started,” said Ryan Smyth.  “Junior hockey is a huge stepping stone to the pros and Moose Jaw was a huge part for me.  Thank you.”

Smyth was drafted by the Warriors in the 2nd round, 21stoverall, in the 1991 WHL Bantam Draft.  He went on to play for Moose Jaw from 1992 to 1995, in 188 regular season games he had 110 goals, 114 assists, finishing with 224 points, and sits 12th on the Warriors All-Time scoring list.  His best season was 1993-1994, in 72 games he had 50 goals and 105 points.  He is one of ten players in Warriors history to score 50 goals in a season, and one of 13 players to record 100 or more points in a season.  In 1994 he was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, he is the second highest Warrior drafted to the NHL.
After leaving Moose Jaw, Smyth went on to play 1270 games in the NHL with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles.  He retired from professional hockey after the 2013-2014 season, he finished with 386 goals, 456 assists, and 842 points.  

Smyth earned the nickname “Captain Canada” for the many times that he represented our country in international competitions.  He won gold medals at the 1995 World Junior Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2003 and 2004 World Championship, and the 2004 World Cup.  He served as captain of Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years (2001-05 and 2010), he is Canada’s all-time leader in games played at the tournament.  He played 90 games for Hockey Canada and is the only player in hockey history to win gold at the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships, World Juniors, and Spengler Cup.

Smyth joins Kelly Buchberger, Mike Keane, and Theoren Fleury as the only Warriors to have their numbers retired.

James Gallo

Manager, Communications/Hockey Administration 
Moose Jaw Warriors