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Sunday, September 21, 2014

THUNDER 43 RIFLES 20


The Regina Thunder took sole possession of first place in the PFC winning on the road in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon. The win pushes the Thunder record to 4 and 1 and they have now won 3 in a row.

The lone points of the opening quarter came from Winnipeg by way of a field goal and the home team led 3-0 through 1.

The Thunder would get their first points of the game in the second. Jaeden Marwick completed a deep pass to Kasim Ocaya which set up a touchdown pass to Levi Paul and it was 7-0 Regina with 9 minutes left in the half. Chris Tunnicliffe the picked up his second interception in as many games and the Thunder marched to the red zone. William McGee kicked a field goal to make it 10-3. The Rifles would tie it at 10 with a touchdown inside a minute left. Marwick then led the offense down the field and McGee kicked another field goal to make it 13-10 Thunder at the half.

In the third the Rifles conceded a safety to extend the Thunder lead to 15-10. The Thunder defense then scored their first touchdown of the year as Brett Selinger scooped up a fumble and took it to the house and it was 22-10, 5 minutes into the half. Winnipeg marched down and kicked a field goal and it was 22-13. The Thunder put another major on the board with 3 minutes left in the quarter as Jaeden Marwick threw a touchdown pass to Preston Bews and it was 29-13. The Thunder went up 36-13 before the break. Marwick another TD pass, this time to Kasim Ocaya. That was the score heading to the 4th.

In the final quarter the teams traded touchdowns to round out the scoring. Taylor Garrett recorded an interception in the quarter and Regina took the 43-20 victory.

Next action for the Thunder is Sunday home to the Calgary Colts at 1 o'clock at Mosaic Stadium.

A stats recap for Sunday's game is coming soon.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WHEAT KINGS 6 PATS 1


The Regina Pats hosted their home opener on Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Brandt Centre. The team raised the East Division pennant banner in the pre-game ceremony. It was the second straight night the two tams played with Brandon winning at home 4-2 on Friday. The Pats got goals from Braden Christoffer and Jared McAmmond which was his first WHL goal and it cams shorthanded in the 3rd period. Sam Steel recorded his first WHL point in the game while Daniel Wapple made 26 saves on 29 shots and got the start again on Saturday. Tyler Coulter scored the game winner for the Wheat Kings and added an assist for a two point night. Goaltender Jordan Papirny made 23 saves on 25 shots for the win and he started again on Saturday night. The Pats scratches for the home opener were Kyle Burroughs, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximillian Kammerer, Colton Kroeker and Ryan Krushen.


In the first period the Wheat Kings had a lot of pressure going in the early minutes and led the shot clock 9-2. They would get the games first powerplay which the Pats would kill and almost scored shorthanded thanks to Sam Steel but Jordan Papirny made a nice blocker save. The Wheat Kings would get another man advantage and this time they would score as Tim McGauley cut in front and slid the puck through the legs of Wapple for his 1st of the season at 14:07. Peter Quenneville and Ryan Pilon with the assists. The game got heated after that and we saw two fights. First it was Logan McVeigh and Tim McGauley and then Braden Christoffer and Colton Waltz. The Pats would have to kill another penalty and then took their 4th with 35 seconds left in the frame. They would kill the time on the clock with 1:25 carrying over into the second. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 13-4 in the period.

In the second the Pats would kill the remaining powerplay time and then started to take the game to the Wheat Kings. The Blue and White had some great chances and drew two penalties but were unable to beat Jordan Papirny. The Wheat Kings would find the 2-0 goal at 16:38 as Jesse Gabrielle finished on a breakaway for his 1st of the year from Peter Quenneville. Then at 19:18 Gabrielle would score his second of the game and of the season on a broken play off a faceoff in the Pats zone. He would finish on the back hand with an assist to Nolan Patrick and it was 3-0 Wheat Kings. That's how the period would end and the Pats took a penalty as the clock expired and would be down a man for two minutes to start the third. The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 13-10 in the period but trailed overall 23-17.

In the third the Pats would give up the 4-0 goal on the penalty kill as Jesse Gabrielle completed the hattick with his third of the season at 1:15. Nolan Patrick and Ryan Pilon the assists. Then on another powerplay Brandon went up 5-0 as Ivan Provorov slapped home his first WHL goal from the point at 3:30. Rihards Bukarts and Kale Clague the assists. The Wheat Kings would make it 6-0 on the powerplay again as Duncan Campbell scored his first in the WHL at 16:40. Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague the assists. The Pats would get a late powerplay and with 12 seconds left in the frame would break the shutout bid of Papirny as Dryden Hunt scored his first of the season from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer at 19:48 and it was 6-1. That was the final score, the Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-5 in the 3rd and 35-23 overall.

The Pats went 1 for 3 on the powerplay and 5 for 9 on the penalty kill. Daniel Wapple made 29 saves on 35 shots while Jordan Papirny stopped 22 of 23.

The third star of the game went to Brandon's Peter Quenneville who had two assists in the win. The second star to Tim McGauley who scored the games opening goal and the first star to Jesse Gabrielle who had the hattrick.

The Pats are off until Friday when they head to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 14:07. Tim McGauley (1) from Peter Quenneville and Ryan Pilon.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 16:38. Jesse Gabrielle (1) from Peter Quenneville.

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:18. Jesse Gabrielle (2) from Nolan Patrick.

3rd Period 

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 1:15. Jesse Gabrielle (3) from Nolan Patrick and Ryan Pilon.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 3:30. Ivan Provorov (1) from Rihards Bukarts and Kale Clague.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 16:40. Duncan Campbell (1) from Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague.

Pats PP Goal at 19:48. Dryden Hunt (1) from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer.


Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview



Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats (0-1-0-0) host the Brandon Wheat Kings (1-0-0-0) in the first home game of the 2014-15 season.  The squads’ previous meeting came last night in the WHL’s Season Opener in Brandon with the Wheat Kings taking a 4-2 win.  Tonight is the eighth straight time the teams skate in non-exhibition action against each other with Brandon taking the previous seven contests.  Braden Christoffer and Jared McAmmond each have a goal this weekend for the Pats while Duncan Campbell leads Brandon into tonight with two assists.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m.
A&W Home Opener
The festivities get started well before puck drop at the Brandt Centre today.  The 620 CKRM BBQ gets going at 4:30 p.m. with free hot dogs and Coke product.  For older fans, there are beer gardens and live music from band Idol Sons.  For younger fans, Dino Bouncers will be on hand as well as Curbside Games.
Lead Up: Pats Fall 4-2 in Brandon
Braden Christoffer scored the first goal of the WHL’s new season early in the first.  The lead only held up moments as Ryan Pilon squared it up within a minute.  The Wheat Kings took the lead in the second when Taylor Green found the back of the net.  Jared McAmmond got the Pats even in the third with a shorthanded goal, but Tyler Coulter had the answer to regain the lead.  Braylon Shmyr scored and empty netter for the 4-2 Wheat Kings win on Opening Night.
Opening NightPatrick D’Amico registered the first shot of the WHL’s 2014-15 campaign while Braden Christoffer took the first trip to the penalty box and scored the  first goal.  Four Pats made their regular season debut last night in Brandon.  Jared McAmmond scored his first WHL goal (SHG) while Sam Steel got his first assist.  
Man Disadvantage?The Pats head into their second game a +1 on the penalty kill.  The Blue and White killed off all five Brandon powerplays last night and scored a shorthanded goal, courtesy of Jared McAmmond.
Upcoming Scheduleat Moose Jaw – Friday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Saturday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Saturday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

REGINA THUNDER @ WINNIPEG RIFLES GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder and Winnipeg Rifles will play in a first place match-up on Sunday in Winnipeg. Both teams are 3 and 1 on the year, the Thunder are the 2nd ranked team in Canada while the Rifles are number 3. This is the first of two meetings between the clubs with the second coming in Regina. The Thunder won last week 35-14 in Edmonton against the Wildcats and are two and oh on the road. The Rifles have been off since September 7th when they beat the Edmonton Wildcats 27-20, their third straight win.

OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder offense has scored 96 points in 4 games for a 24 per game average. They have put up 100 first downs, 482 rushing yards and 1052 yards through the air. The team has given up 9 interceptions, 3 fumbles lost and 2 turnovers on downs.

QB Jaeden Marwick is 72 of 120 passing for 864 yards, 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Spencer Mack is 13 of 22 for 188 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

The leading receiver is Preston Bews with 20 catches for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Kasim Ocaya has 15 catches for 176. Kristane Desautels has 12 grabs for 157 yards. Matt Frass 11 for 92 yards and 2 TD's. Levi Paul 7 for 84, Justin Bannin 6 for 68, Reuben Viveros 5 for 57, Colton Klassen 3 for 43 and Thomas Bresciani 1 for 8.

The leading rusher is QB Jaeden Marwick who has carried 23 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. RB Colton Klassen has 26 for 127 and 2 scores, Matt Frass 39 for 119 and Justin Bannin 21 for 55 yards and 2 TD's.

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The Rifles offense has scored 112 points in four games for a 28 per game average. They have put up 57 first downs, 591 rushing yards and 855 yards through the air. Winnipeg has thrown 6 interceptions, lost two fumbles and turned it over once on downs.

QB Tyler Vierra is 46 of 75 passing for 606 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Kurt Goodrich is the leading Rifles receiver with 22 catches for 411 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Niclas Bembenek has 8 for 193 and a touchdown. Colton Smith 2 for 43 and 2 touchdowns, Alexander Tachinski 4 for 39 and 1 TD. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette 6 for 34 and a TD, Cam Penner 4 for 27.

The leading rusher is Colton Smith with 47 carries for 215 yards and a TD. Kurt Goodrich 6 for 114 and a TD, Odun Ogidan 12 for 83.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder defense has given up 74 points in 4 games for a 18.5 per game average. They have given up 67 first downs, 656 rush yards and 654 through the air. The team has 3 interceptions, 6 fumbles recoveries and have forced 3 turnovers on downs. They have three sacks as well.

DL Michael Desjarlais leads the team with 14 tackles this season, he also has 5 assisted tackles.

LB Brandon Whitehouse has 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception and a sack. Terry Giovannetti, 10 tackles, 3 assisted and a knockdown.

LB Brett Selinger has 9 tackles and 7 assisted. DL Ryan Warner, 7 tackles, 6 assisted, a forced fumble and half a sack. DB Royce Hanna has 6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and a knockdown.

DL Taylor Garrett has 3 tackles, 5 assisted and half a sack. DB Chris Tunnicliffe with an interception and 4 knockdowns.

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The Rifles defence has given up 88 points for a 22 per game average. They have allowed 73 first downs, 570 rushing yards and 738 passing. The team has 6 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 turnover forced on downs.

LB Brady Carter leads the team with 17 tackles. He also has a sack.

DB Brooks Fallon has 13 tackles and 2 interceptions. DB Braedy Will has 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Spencer Riche, 7 tackles, 3 sacks and a knockdown.

DB Jason Kelly with 5 tackles an interception and a knockdown. DL Donovan Gregoire has 2 tackles and a sack.

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCH-UP

Kicker William McGee has punted 28 times for 916 total yards and a long of 51. McGee is 8 of 10 kicking field goals for an 80 percent efficiency.

Kristaine Desautels has 178 yards on 18 punt returns and two kickoff returns for 99 yards.

Menedum Menegbo has put up 170 yards on 5 kickoff returns so far this season.

Dustin Erbach has 3 punt returns for 29 yards.

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Kicker Brad Mikolluff has punted 35 times for 1409 yards and a long of 57. He is 5 of 9 kicking field goals for a 55.5 percent efficiency.

Jason Kelly has 138 yards in punt returns on 11 tries. He also has 236 yards in kickoff yards on 10 returns.

Jordan Gauthier with 6 punt returns for 105 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 78 yards.

Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette 6 punt returns for 55 yards and 1 kickoff return for 15.



Kickoff is at 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.




Friday, September 19, 2014

WHEAT KINGS 4 PATS 2


The Regina Pats were in Brandon on Friday night to kick off the 2014/15 regular season against the Wheat Kings. The two teams had played 6 straight games against each other going back to last season, excluding the pre-season. The Pats went 4-2-1-0 in the pre-season while Brandon was 3-1-0-0. The Pats were without forward Moran Klimchuk and defenceman Kyle Burroughs who were at NHL training camps. The Wheat Kings were missing Eric Roy, Jayce Hawryluk, John Quenneville and Richard Nejezchleb who were at pro camps as well. The scratches for the Pats Friday were Kyle Burroughs, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximillian Kammerer, Colton Kroeker and Ryan Krushen. Daniel Wapple got the start in goal for the Pats against Jordan Papirny of the Wheat Kings.

In the first period the Wheat Kings would get an early powerplay and came very close to opening the scoring but Daniel Wapple came up with some huge saves to keep the game scoreless. Just as Braden Christoffer stepped out of the box he led a rush on the right wing. He skated into the right circle and got a backhand away that redirected off a skate and in for his 1st of the season. Sam Steel credited with the lone assist and his first WHL point at 3:34. The Wheat Kings would reply 26 seconds later as Ryan Pilon got a high shot away from the right point that looked like it changed directions and ended up in the back of the net over Wapples shoulder at 4:00 and it was 1-1. The Pats would get their first powerplay shortly after and had some good chances but were unable to score. The Wheat Kings would get their second powerplay with 1:47 left in the frame but the Pats would kill the clock and we went to the break tied at 1. 13 seconds of powerplay time carried into the second for the Wheat Kings. Brandon led the shots on goal 10-9 in the frame.

In the second frame the Pats would kill off the remaining powerplay time. It was a tight checking period in the early goings with not much in the way of scoring chances. Both teams would get two poweprlays in the period but were unable to find the back of the net. The Wheat Kings would find the go ahead goal at 16:13 as Taylor Green put home his first with assists to Duncan Campbell and Tyler Coulter to make it 2-1. That was how the period would end with the Pats trailing in shots 10-5 in the period and 20-14 overall.

In the third period the Pats would go shorthanded for the 5th time but on it would find the tying goal. Jared McAmmond led a 2 on 1 and fired into the right corner at 4:15 for his first WHL goal and it was 2-2. The goal was assisted by Chase Harrison. Brandon would re-take the lead at 6:36 as Tyler Coulter scored on a 2 on 1 to make it 3-2. Duncan Campbell and Jordan Papirny the assists. The Pats would pull Wapple late and Brandon would make it 4-2 as Braylon Shmyr scored into the empty net at 19:11. That was the final score. The Pats outshot Brandon 11-10 in the period but trailed overall 30-25.

The Pats went oh for 4 on the poweprlay but were 5 for 5 on the penalty kill with a short handed goal. Daniel Wapple stopped 26 of 29 shots faced in the loss.

The third star of the game went to Brandon's Jordan Papirny who made 23 saves on 25 shots. The second star to the Pats Braden Christoffer who scored a goal in the game and the first star to the Wheat Kings Tyler Coulter who scored the game winner and added an assist.

The two teams will meet again Saturday at 7 for the Pats home opener at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 3:34. Braden Christoffer (1) from Sam Steel.

Wheat Kings Goal at 4:00. Ryan Pilon (1) unassisted.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 16:13. Taylor Green (1) from Duncan Campbell and Tyler Coulter.

3rd Period

Pats SH Goal at 4:15. Jared McAmmond (1) from Chase Harrison

Wheat Kings Goal at 6:36. Tyler Coulter (1) from Duncam Campbell and Jordan Papirny.

Wheat Kings EN Goal at 19:11. Braylon Shmyr (1) from Quinton Lisoway.


Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview


Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats (0-0-0-0) open the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season tonight against the Brandon Wheat Kings (0-0-0-0).  This meeting marks the seventh consecutive game the teams face off (non-exhibition) going back to the final two games of the 2012-13 Regular Season.  Of the players in action tonight, Connor Gay led the Pats with nine points (4G, 5A) in eight games against Brandon while Peter Quenneville was the top Wheat King, totaling 15 points (7G, 8A) in seven games.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m. CST
Lead Up: Pats 4-2-1-0 in Pre-SeasonThe Blue and White got off to a hot start in the WHL’s exhibition season, going undefeated in the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament with wins over Moose Jaw, Calgary and Lethbridge.  They proceeded to split a home-and-home set with Brandon before dropping a pair of games to Prince Albert to close the pre-season.  Sam Steel led the Pats and WHL with ten points (6G, 4A) in four games played.
Youth MovementThe Blue and White have seen a significant infusion of young talent to the roster this season with eight rookies to start the season.  All eight are 17 or younger with five of them coming from the 1997 birth year.  The Pats 2012 WHL Bantam Draft is well represented with seven players on the team from that draft year (Regan, Cole, Zimmer, Wagner, Kroeker, Hilsendager, McAmmond).
Develop from Within
Regina is showing a new commitment to developing from within and that shows in the breakdown.  23 of the Pats’ 26 players on the roster were drafted (WHL/Import) or listed by the team.  Logan McVeigh, Daniel Wapple and Carter Hansen represent the only players acquired through trades. 
Upcoming Schedulevs. Brandon – Saturday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM) A&W PATS HOME OPENERat Moose Jaw – Friday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Saturday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WHL announces new Playoff Format


Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League will have a new playoff format for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. The new format mirrors that of the National Hockey League and is designed to enhance Divisional rivalries in the First Round of the WHL Playoffs. 

The Western Hockey League’s Eastern and Western Conferences will use a Divisional/Conference hybrid playoff format, with the inclusion of Wild Card qualifiers, for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. All playoff series are still best-of-seven affairs.

The new format will see the top three Clubs in each Division make up the first six playoff qualifiers within each of the two WHL Conferences. The remaining two spots per Conference will be filled via Wild Cards, with the next two highest-placed Clubs in each Conference earning playoff berths based on their regular season record, regardless of Division.

In the First Round, the Division winner with the best record in each Conference will be matched against the wild card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other Division winner. The second and third-place teams within each Division will also meet in the First Round.

First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round with the four winning Clubs advancing to the Conference Championships. Home ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the Club that placed higher in regular season standings.

The two Clubs winning second round series in each Conference will advance to the third round (WHL Conference Championships), where they will be ranked in order of regular season points.

The Eastern and Western Conference Champions will advance to the best-of-seven WHL Championship Series, with the Club having the most regular season points receiving home ice advantage.


Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
Father David Bauer Arena