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.
Hunt D'Amico-Gay Erricson-Harkins-Pochiro
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.
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.
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.
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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“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.
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club
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)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (14-7-1-2)
London Knights (15-8-0-0)
Quebec Remparts (17-9-0-0)
Canadian Hockey League
Manager, Media and Information Services
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.
Manager, Communications and Community Relations
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).
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)
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club