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Sunday, January 25, 2015

WHEAT KINGS 8 PATS 3

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-17-3-2) made their final visit to Westman Place and allowed six unanswered goals as the Brandon Wheat Kings (35-9-3-1) rolled to an 8-3 win.

With the Jesse Gabrielle and Morgan Klimchuk facing off for the first time since being swapped on January 2nd, the Pats opened the scoring in the second half of the frame.  Racing into the Brandon zone, Taylor Cooper fired a pass to the far side of the Brandon net that landed right on the tape of a streaking Pavel Padakin who deflected it past Jordan Papirny at 12:43 of the period.  The Wheat Kings answered with Gabrielle in the box for interference.  Klimchuk sent the puck toward the net and rookie sensation Nolan Patrick tipped the puck in mid-air past Daniel Wapple to tie the game on the powerplay with 2:11left in the period.  Gabrielle didn’t wait long to make up for his penalty.  He hit fellow Moosomin product Rykr Cole with a great stretch pass to break Cole into the zone.  Cole fought off a check and ripped a shot past Papirny to restore the Pats’ lead with just over a minute left.  The Pats took the 2-1 lead into the intermission despite trailing 12-8 on the shot count.

The second period scoring all went to the home side in a span of 4:25.  The Wheat Kings tied the game off a bad bounce for the Pats when Ivan Provorov sent a shot from the point and it redirected into the Regina goal off the skate of Reid Duke 13:40 into the period.  The Queen City Kids found themselves battling the Brandon powerplay again and the Wheat Kings struck as Ryan Pilon ripped a one-timer to the top of the net.  The Wheaties made it 4-2 on another powerplay marker as Klimchuk flicked a quick pass to Patrick who scored his second of the night and 20th of the season.  That score held to the break with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 35-21 through forty minutes.

It only got worse for the Blue and White in the third period.  The Wheat Kings got an early marker from Quintin Lisoway, just 3:01 into the period.  He was followed by Duke, Pilon and Rihards Bukarts.  The Pats stopped the bleeding when Adam Brooks stole the puck in the neutral zone and snapped home his 20th of the season.  That would wrap up the scoring with the Pats dropping an 8-3 decision to the Wheat Kings after being outshot 55-27.

The Pats head into a break from game action before hitting the road for a two game trip to face Kootenay and Lethbridge. Catch those road games on 620 CKRM and WHL Live Web TV.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-16-3-2) head East to face the Brandon Wheat Kings (34-9-3-1) for their final visit to Westman Place (7:30 p.m.) of the 2014-15 season.  The Blue and White hold a 3-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings this season with their last meeting wrapping up as a 5-4 overtime victory in Brandon.  Braden Christoffer leads the Pats with eight points (3G, 5A) in five games against the Wheat Kings.  Peter Quenneville is the top Wheat King with seven points (2G, 5A) in five games versus the Pats.  Coming into tonight’s game the Pats have lost four straight, but have points in two of those losses including last night’s 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of the Warriors.  The Wheat Kings have won five straight after rolling by Prince Albert 5-1 last night.  Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 7:05 p.m.

Lead Up: Warriors Spoil Party with 4-3 Overtime Win
The Pats and Warriors took to the ice in front of a sold out Brandt Centre, and after an initial burst from the Pats the Warriors took over.  Leading 2-1 into the final frame, the Warriors added insurance off the stick of Jaimen Yakubowski and looked to have the game will in hand.  The Pats stormed back with a powerplay marker from Taylor Cooper and tying goal from Pavel Padakin to send the game to overtime.  In the extra frame, Jack Rodewald tallied on the powerplay to send the Warriors to the 4-3 win.

Change Places
Tonight marks the first time a pair of players face former teammates as Jesse Gabrielle and Morgan Klimchuk take on their old teams.  Klimchuk played 224 games in the Blue and White while Gabrielle suited up for 84 games as a Wheat King.  Klimchuk has eight points in eight games for Brandon while Gabrielle has a pair of goals in ten games in Regina.

Paying Dividends
Taylor Cooper continues to produce since joining the Pats prior to the trade deadline.  The 19 year old forward has ten points (7G, 3A) in eight games since coming to Regina from Lethbridge.  Overall, Cooper features 38 points (19G, 19A) in 46 games this season.

Battling Back
After fighting back from a 3-1 deficit in last night’s contest, the Pats earned their tenth point of the season in games where they enter the third period trailing in the game.  

Upcoming Schedule
at Kootenay – Friday, January 30th, 8:00 p.m. CST – Western Financial Place (CKRM)
at Lethbridge – Saturday, January 31st, 8:00 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)


Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications 

Regina Pats Hockey Club

WARRIORS 4 PATS 3 OT

Regina, Saskatchewan  Jaimen Yakubowski and the Moose Jaw Warriors (20-24-3-1) spoiled the Regina Pats’ (26-16-3-2) score clock party when they downed the Queen City Kids 4-3 in overtime at the Brandt Centre on Friday night.

With the help of rappelling soldiers, pyrotechnics and a phenomenal light show, the Pats unveiled their brand new score clock prior to puck drop. Fog from the pregame ceremony was still in the air when starting goaltenders Daniel Wapple and Zach Sawchenko traded off monstrous saves mere seconds apart early in the first stanza. Torrin White silenced the loud crowd when he potted the first goal of the contest to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Not surprisingly, the two longtime rivals jousted back and forth on a variety of occasions - often resulting in off-setting minors. The opening frame concluded with the visitors ahead by one in the goal category. They also led 12-10 on the shot clock.

The Blue and White were on their heels for the first portion of the second frame. Wapple had to come up big on multiple occasions - most notably on the Pats’ first penalty kill of the period. Sam Steel rewarded his goaltender’s efforts by scoring his 11th of the season. Unfortunately, Wapple couldn’t hold up on his team’s second kill of the stanza when the towering Axel Blomqvist scored from between the hashmarks. The Pats were able to mount pressure in the latter stages of the second, but their forecheck didn’t result in shots on goal. At the end of 40 minutes, the Pats trailed 2-1, while the Warriors continued their dominance in shots on goal, 24-13.

Midway through the third, a long howitzer from Tanner Eberle fooled Wapple, rang iron, and dropped straight down. The loose puck sat inches away from the goal line. Yakubowski crashed the goal to bury the biscuit while knocking the net off its moorings. Taylor Cooper inched the home team closer to tying up the hockey game when he delivered a power play goal with just under five minutes left in the contest. The comeback was completed all thanks to Pavel Padakin. The Ukrainian-born lit the lamp a minute later to knot the game up at three apiece. Padakin’s goal was big as the Highway One clash went into overtime. At the end of regulation, the shots were 35-21 in favour of the visitors.

In the extra period, the Warriors were given a four-on-three power play when Sergey Zborovskiy sat for a tripping minor.  Former Pat Jack Rodewald cashed in to sink the Blue and White, 4-3.

The Pats will be back in action tomorrow night when they travel back to Brandon to take on Morgan Klimchuk and the Wheat Kings in a 7:30 puck drop.  Tune in with Home Depot Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM or WHL Live Web TV.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-16-2-2) take on the Moose Jaw Warriors (19-24-3-1) in the fourth edition of the 2014-15 Trans-Canada Clash tonight at the Brandt Centre (7 p.m.).  The Pats hold a 3-0-0-0 record against the Warriors this season after defeating Moose Jaw by a 6-4 count January 2nd.  Colby Williams leads the Pats with three points (2G, 1A) in three games against the Warriors this season.  Brett Howden is the top Warrior with three points (2G, 1A) over the balance of the season series.  Coming out of their Alberta road swing, the Pats have dropped three straight including Sunday’s 5-2 loss in Calgary.  The Warriors roll in after a 5-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Tonight’s game will be broadcast on Access7 starting at 7:00 p.m. and 620 CKRM at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Second Period Derails Pats in 5-2 Loss
After heavily outshooting the Hitmen through the first half of their road trip finale in Calgary, the Pats saw the score go the wrong way.  Keegan Kanzig had the Hitmen in the lead, 2-1, after a wrister from the point found the back of the net.  Adam Tambellini followed that with his second and third goals of the game to push the deficit to 4-1.  Braden Christoffer scored to cut the lead to two in the third, but Connor Rankin responded to put the final at 5-2.

Numbers Game
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.

Strong Audition
Pats prospect Adam Berg played in his first four WHL games on the Queen City Kids’ Alberta road swing.  The Calgary Mustangs (AJHL) forward earned his first WHL point in his hometown of Calgary, picking up an assist.  After his stint with the Pats, Berg went to play in the CJHL Prospects Game where Team West picked up a 3-2 win over Team East.

100 Appearances
Starting Sunday night in Calgary, Daniel Wapple made his 100th WHL appearance.  The 19-year old holds a record of 51-36-3-5 with a career GAA of 3.04, a 0.902 SV% and four shutouts.

Upcoming Schedule
at Brandon – Saturday, January 24th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)
at Kootenay – Friday, January 30th, 8:00 p.m. CST – Western Financial Place (CKRM)
at Lethbridge – Saturday, January 31st, 8:00 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)


Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the seventeen 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 17

 

Rank:

Team:

Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:

1

Oshawa Generals (33-7-1-1)

1

14

2

Kelowna Rockets (34-8-3-0)

2

17

3

Brandon Wheat Kings (33-9-3-1)

3

17

4

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (32-9-0-2)

4

17

5

Rimouski Oceanic (29-12-2-1)

5

17

6

Erie Otters (31-9-1-2)

6

16

7

Medicine Hat Tigers (31-12-1-1)

7

15

8

Moncton Wildcats (29-13-0-3)

8

6

9

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (27-12-1-4)

9

4

10

Everett Silvertips (30-12-3-1)

10

14

Honourable Mention:

London Knights (27-13-0-3)

-

2

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (25-13-5-2)

-

3

Barrie Colts (26-14-1-1)

-

0

 

Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wagner, Hobbs, Gabrielle and Zborovskiy in Midterm Rankings for 2015 NHL Draft

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that 51 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Midterm Rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft.

 

Matthew Barzal (Coquitlam, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) is currently ranked ninth amongst North American skaters while Ivan Provorov (#10 – Yaroslavl, Russia / Brandon Wheat Kings), Nick Merkley (#13 – Calgary, AB / Kelowna Rockets), Brandon Carlo (#16 – Colorado Springs, CO / Tri-City Americans), Jansen Harkins (#18 – North Vancouver, BC / Prince George Cougars), and Paul Bittner (#19 – Crookston, MN / Portland Winterhawks) were all ranked in the top 20. 

 

Nick Schneider (Leduc, AB / Medicine Hat Tigers) was ranked eighth amongst North American goaltenders while Adin Hill (Calgary, AB / Portland Winterhawks) followed at ninth.

 

Last year, 37 WHL players were selected in the NHL Draft including nine in the first round.

 

WHL Skaters - NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings (North America):

Rank

Name

Team

Position

Height

Weight

9

BARZAL, MATHEW

SEATTLE

C

5' 11.25"

175

10

PROVOROV, IVAN

BRANDON

D

6' 0.0"

191

13

MERKLEY, NICHOLAS

KELOWNA

C

5' 10.75"

191

16

CARLO, BRANDON

TRI-CITY

D

6' 4.75"

198

18

HARKINS, JANSEN

PRINCE GEORGE

C

6' 0.75"

177

19

BITTNER, PAUL

PORTLAND

LW

6' 4.0"

206

24

DeBRUSK, JAKE

SWIFT CURRENT

LW

5' 11.5"

171

31

PILON, RYAN

BRANDON

D

6' 2.0"

206

32

MUSIL, ADAM

RED DEER

C

6' 2.5"

198

37

GAWDIN, GLENN

SWIFT CURRENT

C

6' 0.75"

188

38

JUULSEN, NOAH

EVERETT

D

6' 1.25"

175

43

WAGNER, AUSTIN

REGINA

LW

6' 1.0"

178

46

WOTHERSPOON, PARKER

TRI-CITY

D

6' 0.25"

171

61

GABRIELLE, JESSE

REGINA

LW

5' 10.75"

205

62

GROPP, RYAN

SEATTLE

LW

6' 2.0"

184

66

STRAND, AUSTIN

RED DEER

D

6' 3.25"

194

69

NIELSEN, ANDREW

LETHBRIDGE

D

6' 3.0"

207

76

GUHLE, BRENDAN

PRINCE ALBERT

D

6' 1.5"

184

93

PAWLENCHUK, GRAYSON

RED DEER

LW

5' 11.5"

183

94

KOLESAR, KEEGAN

SEATTLE

RW

6' 1.25"

217

97

ZBOROSKY, ZACHARY

KOOTENAY

RW

5' 11.0"

175

100

HOBBS, CONNOR

REGINA

D

6' 0.5"

187

101

BETHUNE, JARED

PRINCE GEORGE

C

6' 0.0"

174

104

GARDINER, REID

PRINCE ALBERT

C/RW

5' 10.5"

187

106

OLSON, TATE

PRINCE GEORGE

D

6' 2.25"

174

108

STEPHENS, DEVANTE

KELOWNA

D

6' 1.25"

171

110

SIDEROFF, DEVEN

KAMLOOPS

RW

5' 11.0"

171

114

FORA, MICHAEL

KAMLOOPS

D

6' 2.5"

210

133

BEAR, ETHAN

SEATTLE

D

5' 11.0"

200

134

GATENBY, JOE

KELOWNA

D

6' 0.25"

176

137

DAVIS, KEVIN

EVERETT

D

5' 11.75"

183

140

KARNAUKHOV, PAVEL

CALGARY

LW

6' 2.5"

194

144

BRADLEY, MATTHEW

MEDICINE HAT

C

5' 11.25"

187

150

MORRISON, BRAD

PRINCE GEORGE

C

5' 11.5"

154

152

SOY, TYLER

VICTORIA

C

5' 11.5"

172

160

HUNT, DRYDEN

REGINA

C/LW

6' 0.0"

199

164

JENSEN, KADE

LETHBRIDGE

D

6' 1.5"

191

169

COMRIE, TY

TRI-CITY

C

5' 11.5"

169

179

PFEIFER, TRISTEN

EVERETT

D

6' 4.0"

180

184

OVERHARDT, ALEX

PORTLAND

C

5' 11.0"

181

190

BUKARTS, RIHARDS

BRANDON

LW

5' 8.5"

190

191

PHILP, LUKE

KOOTENAY

C

5' 9.25"

180

197

ZBOROVSKIY, SERGEY

REGINA

D

6' 3.0"

198

199

REDDEKOPP, CHAZ

VICTORIA

D

6' 3.25"

219

 

WHL Goaltenders - NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings (North America):

Rank

Name

Team

Hand

Height

Weight

8

SCHNEIDER, NICK

MEDICINE HAT

R

6' 1.75"

160

9

HILL, ADIN

PORTLAND

L

6' 3.5"

198

12

TOTH, RYLAN

RED DEER

L

6' 1.5"

195

13

MCBRIDE, NICK

PRINCE ALBERT

L

6' 3.5"

179

25

PAPIRNY, JORDAN

BRANDON

L

6' 0.5"

173

31

PARENTEAU, RYLAN

PRINCE ALBERT

L

6' 0.5"

191

33

INGRAM, CONNOR

KAMLOOPS

L

6' 0.5"

212

 



Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

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