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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

PATS GET FIRST WIN - The Pats got two goals and an assist in Prince Albert on Saturday night and beat the Raiders 4-2 to improve to 1-0-1-0 on the year. The Pats took a 1-0 lead midway through the first only to see the Raiders score two unanswered to go up 2-1. The Pats powerplay drew them even on Lane Zablocki’s first of the year and then Braydon Buziak gave the Pats the 3-2 on a tip. In the 3rd the Pats held off the Raiders and then Jake Leschyshyn scored into an empty net to make it 4-2 and that was the final score. The Pats kick off a five game home stand on Friday when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7 o'clock. The club will then host the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday at 4 p.m.

BUCKING THE TREND - The Pats are off to their best start in five years after picking up three of four points on opening weekend. In 2015/16 the club won one game against Moose Jaw but in the three previous years came up empty, going 0-2-0-0. You have to go back to 2011/12 to find a better opening weekend when the Pats went two and oh against the Swift Current Broncos. In the last 10 years, only two times did the Pats pick up four points in their first two games.

BUZIAK DOES IT AGAIN - Pats forward Braydon Buziak is off to a great start to his WHL career. The 18-year-old from Battleford Saskatchewan has goals in each of his first two games in the league. On Friday last week he scored the game tying goal in the 3rd to force overtime against the Raiders and then scored the eventual game winner the next night in Prince Albert. It's always good to see guys like Braydon succeed. And he is pretty excited about it to: http://reginapats.com/video/10217-2

HOBBS MAKES NHL PRE-SEASON DEBUT - Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs was in the lineup last night for the Washington Capitals in Montreal against the Canadiens. Hobbs logged 23 minutes of ice time, 7 shifts on the PP and 4 on the PK, recorded 1 assist, was -1 and had 2 hits. He also took a dirty hit from behind from Andrew Shaw which led to a fight. Luckily Hobbs stayed in the game. He remains with the NHL club today and it remains to be seen when he will come back to Regina. 

ZBOROVSKIY REASSIGNED - The NHL’s New York Rangers have assigned defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy back to the Regina Pats. Zborovskiy is a signed prospect of the Rangers and was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.The Moscow, Russia product, scored eight goals and added 17 assists in 2015/16 and is entering his 19-year-old season. Four Pats remain at NHL training camps. Adam Brooks (TOR), Austin Wagner (LAK), Connor Hobbs (WSH) and Sam Steel (ANA). We will have to wait and seee how many more make their way back to Regina ahead of Friday. 

SILVERTIPS ADD EUROPEAN - The Everett Silvertips announced  the team has acquired forward Dominic Zwerger from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a third round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The Silvertips also placed Mario Mucka on waivers. Zwerger, 20, was originally selected by Spokane in the second round of the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, and last season led Spokane in goals (27), was second in points (55), third in power play points (14), and tied for third in game winning goals (3) while suiting up in 65 games. He earned 15 multi point games and added four points (1g-3a) in six playoff games. For his WHL career, he has suited up in 189 career games while tallying 119 points (60g-59a) and a +22 rating.nMucka earned an assist in one WHL game. The Silvertips roster still contains two import players, Zwerger and forward Eetu Tuulola (Finland).

GIANTS ACQUIRE RATTIE FROM RED DEER - The Vancouver Giants announced on Friday that the hockey club has acquired 1998-born winger Taden Rattie from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for a sixth round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2017. Rattie, who hails from Airdrie, Alberta, is listed at 6’4” and 191 lbs. The 18-year-old played 25 games for the Rebels in 2015/16, scoring one goal along the way. He is the younger brother of former Portland Winterhawk standout Ty Rattie.

That's all I've got for today, have a great week!

Phil
@Phil_Andrews_

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

HERE WE GO! - The long wait is over, after eight pre-season games, the Pats open the regular season at home to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday at the Brandt Centre. There has been a lot of hype around this team all off-season long and Friday, the club will look to begin what they hope will be a great year. Hope to see you Friday night!

AHL RETURNS - The Pats got one of their six guys gone to NHL camps back on Tuesday. Filip Ahl returned after rookie camp with the Ottawa Senators. He played in all three of the teams rookie games on the weekend but now sets his sights on his WHL debut Friday night. The 19-year-old is hoping to be a big contributor this season and once Sam Steel gets back from Anaheim Ducks camp Ahl will likely play on his wing. He met with the media yesterday: http://reginapats.com/video/filip-ahl-returns-from-ottawa-senators-camp

OTHER NHL GUYS - It is unlikely the Pats will get anyone else back for Friday's home opener, though crazier things have happened. Sam Steel, Adam Brooks, Austin Wagner, Connor Hobbs and Sergey Zborovskiy will all likely be taken forward to main camp with their NHL clubs. The Ducks have already announced that Steel is being taken forward, no surprise for a first round pick. Here is a pretty cool picture of former Pat Cole Sanford being chased by Sam Steel in a rookie game between the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks.


PATS REASSIGN THREE - The Pats trimmed their roster to 28 players this week reassigning forward Riley Krane to the Cariboo Cougars of the BCMML, goalie Kurtis Chapman to the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL and forward Cole Muir to the Yellowhead Chiefs of the MMHL. There are currently 18 forwards, 10 defencemen and 2 goalies remaining with the team.

BLADES ACQUIRE GOALIE -Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell announced the team has acquired defenseman Anthony Bishop from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for goalie Logan Flodell. Bishop has played five preseason games this season and has four assists. Bishop played 40 games in his rookie season last year with the Blades. He had two assists and 21 penalty minutes. Last season Flodell was 22-13-4-0 with three shutouts in 42 games. He had a save percentage of .904 and a goals against average of 2.68. In 54 games over three seasons with the T-Birds Flodell was 26-17-4-1 with a .899 save percentage, a 2.84 goals against average and three shutouts.

ANOTHER GOALIE TRADE - The Seattle Thunderbirds announced Friday the team has acquired goalie Rylan Toth from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for a third round selection in the 2017 Bantam Draft. Last season Toth appeared in 44 games for the Rebels and had a 26-15-0-1 record with a .912 save percentage, a 2.67 goals against average and five shutouts. In nine playoff games for the Rebels Toth had a 3-5-1 record with a .905 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average. Toth was the Rebels goaltender for all four of their games at the MasterCard Memorial Cup last year. He finished the tournament with a 2-2-0 record, a .901 save percentage and a 2.99 goals against average.
Toth has appeared in 101 games with Red Deer over two seasons and has a 54-33-4-6 career record with six shutouts. His career save percentage is .908 and his career goals against average is 2.75.
Toth is 20-years old and joins centers Scott Eansor and Cavin Leth as the three 20-year olds on the T-Birds roster.

RAIDERS AND T-BIRDS SWAP FORWARDS - The Prince Albert Raiders completed a trade with the Seattle Thunderbirds on Thursday afternoon. The Raiders acquired 1997-born left winger Nic Holowko from the Thunderbirds in exchange for 1997-born forward Layne Bensmiller and a conditional draft pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Holowko, a product of Burnaby, BC, joined the Thunderbirds for the 2014-15 season. In two years in Seattle, he picked up 12 goals and 21 assists in 33 games. During the Thunderbirds run to the WHL Championship, he contributed two goals and four assists in 18 contests.

HURRICANES/WINTERHAWKS TRADE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that they have acquired forward Tanner Nagel from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for the WHL playing rights to goaltender Shane Farkas. Nagel, 18, hails from Mossbank, Saskatchewan. The right-handed winger appeared in 38 games during the 2015-2016 season with the Winterhawks tallying one goal and 32 penalty minutes. He also dressed in 23 games last season with the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (Junior-A) where he registered seven points (6g-1a) along with 21 penalty minutes. Farkas, 17, was drafted in the fourth round (67th overall) in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The unsigned netminder spent the 2015-2016 season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Canadian Sport School Hockey League where he posted a 2.56 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He is currently with the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League (Junior-A).

HURRICANES ACQUIRE NETMINDER - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Tuesday that they have acquired goaltender Ryan Gilchrist from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Gilchrist, 18, is a product of McLaughlin, Alberta. The undrafted netminder appeared in three games in the pre-season with the T-birds posting a 1-0-0-0 record along with a 3.51 goals against average and a .875 save percentage. The 6’4”, 188-pound puck-stopper spent the 2015-2016 season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Canmore Eagles where he appeared in 22 regular season games posting a 9-8-2-0 record with a 3.77 goals against average and a .888 save percentage. Kegler, 19, appeared in two games for the Hurricanes in the ENMAX Pre-Season posting a 1-1-0-0 record with a 4.50 goals against average and a .873 save percentage.

THUNDER FALL IN MEDICINE HAT - he Regina Thunder fell to 3-3 on the season Saturday night in Medicine Hat with a 15-12 loss to the still unbeaten Calgary Colts who improved to 5-0. The first quarter scoring summary was just two singles for the Calgary Colts who led 2-0. The defensive battle continued into the second stanza and it wasn't until 30 seconds were left in the half that the Colts scored a touchdown to make it 8-0 and that was the score at the break. In the third the Colts added a field goal and it was 11-0. The Thunder got their first points with 1:33 left in the quarter on a high snap that was kicked out the back of the endzone for a safety and it was 11-2 after 3. In the final frame the Colts added another single to go up 12-2. The teams traded field goals after that to bring the score to 15-5 Calgary. Regina scored their first and only touchdown of the game on a Sawyer Buettner toss to Levi Paul to bring the Thunder within 3 and 15-12. Regina got the ball back late and a hail mary on the final play was caught by Kristiane Desautels at the one yard line but he was stopped short and the Colts hung on to win 15-12 the final. Sawyer Buettner finished the game with 404 yards passing. The Thunder carry a 3-3 record into their bye week. They return to action on October 1st at home to the Saskatoon Hilltops at Mosaic Stadium.

That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@Phil_Andrews_



Saturday, September 17, 2016

RECAP: COLTS 15 THUNDER 12

The Regina Thunder fell to 3-3 on the season Saturday night in Medicine Hat with a 15-12 loss to the still unbeaten Calgary Colts who improved to 5-0.

The first quarter scoring summary was just two singles for the Calgary Colts who led 2-0. The defensive battle continued into the second stanza and it wasn't until 30 seconds were left in the half that the Colts scored a touchdown to make it 8-0 and that was the score at the break.

In the third the Colts added a field goal and it was 11-0. The Thunder got their first points with 1:33 left in the quarter on a high snap that was kicked out the back of the endzone for a safety and it was 11-2 after 3.

In the final frame the Colts added another single to go up 12-2. The teams traded field goals after that to bring the score to 15-5 Calgary. Regina scored their first and only touchdown of the game on a Sawyer Buettner toss to Levi Paul to bring the Thunder within 3 and 15-12. Regina got the ball back late and a hail mary on the final play was caught by Kristiane Desautels at the one yard line but he was stopped short and the Colts hung on to win 15-12 the final. Sawyer Buettner finished the game with 404 yards passing.

The Thunder carry a 3-3 record into their bye week. They return to action on October 1st at home to the Saskatoon Hilltops at Mosaic Stadium.



PRE-SEASON RECAP: WHEAT KINGS 6 PATS 4


The Regina Pats wrapped up the pre-season on Saturday night at the Co-operators Arena against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Leedahl-Leschyshyn-Henry
Woods-Buziak-Cole
Muir-Holmes-Lockner
Krane-Elmer

Hilsendager-Barteaux
Harrison-Freadrich
Schioler-Bruce
Williams

Brown
Hollett
Wheat Kings
Lewis-Gutenberg-Anholt
Campbell-Daley-Bettens
Armour-Reinhart-Mattheos
White-Thompson

Higson-Bukac
Shearer-Wharrie
Ettinger-Sambrook
Jameson

Papirny
Thompson

In the first period the Wheat Kings went to two early powerplays but the Pats killed them off and then went to a man advantage of their own but did not capitilize. The game stayed scoreless until the final 20 seconds. First Stelio Mattheos made it 1-0 Wheat Kings on a great snap shot from the left circle at 19:42. Then with 1 second left Tak Anholt tipped one in from Ty Lewis and Jordan Wharrie at 19:59 and it was 2-0 Brandon after 20 minutes. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 10-7 in the period.

In the second the Pats got on the board at 4:20 on a wraparound for Robbie Holmes. His first of the pre-season from Riley Woods and Rykr Cole and it was 2-1 Brandon. The Wheat Kings got that one back at 8:32 when Duncan Campbell scored on a breakaway unassisted to make it 3-1. Then at 13:00 Ty Lewis scored on a beauty move to the back hand unassisted as well and it was 4-1 Brandon. The Pats went to their third powerplay of the contest late in the period and got back to within 2. Nick Henry scored his team leading 4th of the pre-season on a rebound with assists to Dawson Leedahl and Chase Harrison at 16:56 and it was 4-2. That was the score after 40 minutes, the Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 11-7 in the period and 18-17 overall.

In the third the Pats powerplay scored twice in a row to tie the game. First Braydon Buziak tipped home his 2nd at 4:07 with assists to Chase Harrison and Jared Freadrich to make it 4-3. Then at 12:34 Nick Henry finished off a beautiful passing play with Jake Leschyshyn and Dawson Leedahl and it was a 4-4 tie. The Wheat Kings picked up a powerplay with 5 minutes left and took the lead back. James Shearer beat a screened Tyler Brown short side at 16:01 to make it 5-4 and then Daniel Bukac scored into an empty net in the final minute to seal the Brandon victory, 6-4 the final. The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 12-10 in the period and 30-27 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 3 for 6 in the loss while the penalty kill was 3 for 4. 

The Pats kick off the regular season on Friday in their home opener against the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:41. Stelio Mattheos (2) unassisted.

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:59. Tak Anholt (2) from Ty Lewis and Jordan Wharrie. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 4:20. Robbie Holmes (1) from Riley Woods and Rykr Cole.

Wheat Kings Goal at 8:52. Duncan Campbell (3) unassisted.

Wheat Kings Goal at 13:00. Ty Lewis (2) unassisted.

Pats PP Goal at 16:5. Nick Henry (4) from Dawson Leedahl and Chase Harrison. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 4:07. Braydon Buziak (2) from Chase Harrison and Jared Freadrich.

Pats PP Goal at 12:34. Nick Henry (5) from Jake Leschyshyn and Dawson Leedahl.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 16:01. James Shearer (2) from Ty Lewis and Tak Anholt.

Wheat Kings EN Goal at 19:33. Daniel Bukac (2) unassisted.







BLADES ACQUIRE FLODELL FROM SEATTLE

KENT, September 17, 2016 - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell this morning announced the team has acquired defenseman Anthony Bishop from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for goalie Logan Flodell. 
Bishop has played five preseason games this season and has four assists. Bishop played 40 games in his rookie season last year with the Blades. He had two assists and 21 penalty minutes. 
"Anthony missed some time due to injury last year but we think he can fill our need for depth on defense," said Farwell. "He is a puck moving defenseman who also plays with some bite to his game which is always welcome."
"We wanted to find a good opportunity for Logan Flodell and with the issue that developed with Jared Pelechaty's health we were left with a big hole on our defense. This move accomplished both of those objectives."
Last season Flodell was 22-13-4-0 with three shutouts in 42 games. He had a save percentage of .904 and a goals against average of 2.68. In 54 games over three seasons with the T-Birds Flodell was 26-17-4-1 with a .899 save percentage, a 2.84 goals against average and three shutouts.
The T-Birds will conclude their preseason schedule against the Everett Silvertips on Saturday at 7:05pm in Everett.
The T-Birds open the 2016-17 season in Portland against the Winterhawks on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00pm.
The T-Birds home opener for the 2016-17 season is Saturday, October 1, against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. 
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans can purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWare Center box office.
T-Birds 2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825

Friday, September 16, 2016

RECAP: WHEAT KINGS 3 PATS 2 SO


The Regina Pats kicked off the final weekend of the pre-season on Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings.

Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Leedahl-Leschyshyn-Henry
Woods-Buziak-Cole
Gardiner-Holmes-Lockner
Krane-Muir-Elmer

Harrison-Freadrich
Hilsendager-Barteaux
Bruce-Schioler

Brown
Hollett
Wheat Kings
Lewis-Gutenberg-White
Campbell-Daley-Mattheos
Armour-Reinhardt-Bettens
Anholt-T. Thompson

Provorov-Bukac
Higson-Wharrie
Shearer-Jameson
Ettinger

Thompson
Arps

In the first period the Pats went to an early powerplay but the Wheat Kings were able to score shorthanded. Connor Gutenberg stole a pass at his own blue line and then buried glove side on the breakaway at 5:48 and it was 1-0 Brandon. The Wheat Kings took a second penalty after that and up two men the Pats tied it up at 6:42. Dawson Leedahl finished from point blank range for his 1st as a Pat from Chase Harrison and Nick Henry and it was 1-1. It stayed that way until late in the period when the Pats went to their 5th man advantage of the frame. Jake Leschyshyn connected with Dawson Leedahl who fed Chase Harrison back door and he scored his 3rd of the pre-season at 18:43 to give Regina the 2-1 lead and that was the score through 20 minutes. The Pats outshot Brandon 11-9 in the period.

In the second the Pats killed off an early powerplay and then the game tightened up. Regina switched goaltenders at 12:29, Tyler Brown stopped 13 of 14 shots faced and gave way to Jordan Hollett. The game stayed 2-1 to the end of the period and with the Pats leading on the shot clock 12-8 in the period and 23-17 overall.

In the final period the Pats took three penalties and on the third the Wheat Kings tied it up. Connor Gutenberg banged in a rebound for his second of the night at 15:51. Provorov and Lewis the assists and it was 2-2, that was the score through regulation. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 18-8 in the period and led 35-31 overall.

Overtime solved nothing and in the shootout the Wheat Kings got goals from Ivan Provorov and Ty Lewis to win 3-2. 

The Pats and Wheat Kings wrap up the pre-season Saturday night at the Co-operators Arena at 7 o'clock on 620ckrm.com. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Brandon – Connor Gutenberg (2) unassisted – 5:48 SH.

Regina – Dawson Leedahl (1) from Chase Harrison and Nick Henry – 6:42 5v3 PP.

Regina – Chase Harrison (3) from Dawson Leedahl and Jake Leschyshyn – 18:43 PP.  

2nd Period

NO SCORE

3rd Period

Brandon - Connor Gutenberg (3) from Ivan Provorov and Ty Lewis - 15:51 PP. 

Overtime

NO SCORE





REGINA THUNDER @ CALGARY COLTS GAME PREVIEW



The Regina Thunder (3-2) head to Medicine Hat on Saturday for their week 6 matchup with the first place Calgary Colts (4-0). The Thunder are coming off a 20-18 loss in Saskatoon on Saturday to the Hilltops while the Colts were on a bye. Calgary was last in action on September 3rd when they beat the Edmonton Wildcats 43-4. Kickoff is at 7 o'clock from Medicine Hat Saturday.

THUNDER OFFENCE - Regina has scored 151 points in their first 5 games, second most in the PFC. Quarterback Sawyer Buettner leads the league with 1380 passing yards and with a 67.6 % completion percentage. Buettner has thrown 8 touchdowns (2nd most) and 6 interceptions. In week 5 against Saskatoon, Buettner set a CJFL record with 43 completions as a part of a 442 yard passing night. Kris Calcutt who missed last week with injury still leads the PFC in receiving yards with 350 and has 3 touchdowns. Kristiane Desautels has put up 245 yards (5th most) and has 3 majors. RB Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette leads the PFC with 583 rush yards and a league leading 6 touchdowns. The Tunder have turned the ball over 11 times this season, 6 on interceptions, three times on fumbles and twice on downs.

COLTS OFFENCE - Calgary has put up 138 points in four games, 3rd most in the PFC. QB Bailey Wasdal is 5th in passing yards with 783 and has 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Richard Sindani is 3rd in receiving yards with 286 and has caught two majors. RB Xavier Ramsay has accumulated 405 rushing yards this season, 4th most, and has scored 5 touchdowns. Teammate Dylan Minshull has 302 yards along the ground which is 5th in the PFC and has scored once. Calgary has turned the ball over 6 times this season, 4 on interceptions and twice on fumbles.

THUNDER DEFENCE - The Thunder have given up the second least points through five weeks at 97. Marcus Hall is tied for 2nd in tackles in the PFC with 18, he has added 4 assisted take downs and a blocked kick. LB Paul Toth and DB Polis Koko are next on the team with 15 tackles each.  Koko is tied for the league lead with 3 interceptions and also has a forced fumble. Matt Williams is second in sacks in the league with 3.5 and has a fumble recovery. In total the Thunder have forced 8 turnovers, 3 on interceptions, 1 on a fumble and 4 on downs.

COLTS DEFENCE - Calgary has given up a league low 45 points through four games this season. Colton Burr leads the team with 17 tackles (T-4th in PFC) and is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 3 and has 1 fumble recovery. Ankamah Kendrick, Dylan Niedermaier and Austin Daisey are next on the club with 12 tackles each. Niedermaier also has 2 interceptions while Daisey has a fumble recovery. Christopher Peet-Schwartz leads the club with 2 sacks (T-3rd) while Justin Keys and Michael Bright each have 1. The Colts have forced a league leading 22 turnovers, 12 on interceptions, 5 on fumbles and 5 on downs.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC with 228 yards on punt returns and has another 58 on kickoffs. Tyson Haubrich leads the club with 178 kickoff return yards and has 26 on punts. Quinton Ruckaber replaced the injured Kris Calcutt last week and punted 6 times for a 36.5 yard average and James Reid made 1 of 2 fields goals attempted against Saskatoon, he is 1 for 3 on the year.

COLTS SPECIAL TEAMS - Richard Sindani leads the team with 80 yards in punt returns, that is 5th best in the PFC. he also leads the Cots in kickoff return yards with 99. Jesse Kuntz has recorded 98 yards in kickoff returns and has 55 more yards on punt returns.

Kickoff from Medicine Hat on Saturday at 7 o'clock.