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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Regina Pats Say Goodbye


The Regina Pats cleaned out their lockers on Saturday afternoon as the off-season starts for the club. For three players, it was for the final time. Forwards Braden Christoffer, Patrick D'Amico and Pavel Padakin played in their last WHL game on Friday night in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Three incredible people and players who will be missed not only for their production on the ice but for the people they were away from the rink.

The team's captain Braden Christoffer who hails from Sherwood Park had a career year. 26 goals and 33 assists, not to mention 147 PIM's and played in all 72 regular season games. He co-led the Pats in scoring in the playoffs with 8 points in 9 games. Christoffer won the Mike Kartusch Community Service Award.



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Winnipeg product Patrick D'Amico had a career year of his own, playing in all 72 regular season games, scoring 20 goals and 50 points. He finished third on the team in plus/minus at +19 and was given the teams Rick Rypien Award as the unsung hero. D'Amico was tied with two others for the second most points in the playoffs with 7.



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Pavel Padakin came over in a trade with the Calgary Hitmen early on in the season. He scored 27 goals which was second only to Adam Brooks during the regular season and he finished with 55 points with was 4th overall. Padakin who was born in Kiev Ukraine was among the best defensive forwards in the league.



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Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock and his thoughts on his first season in Regina.



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Team President Todd Lumbard met with the media as well to recap what was a very successful first year for the new ownership group, Queen City Sports and Entertainment.



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An incredible year with a great bunch of guys. The three graduating players will be missed, It has been a pleasure working with all three.

Up next for the Pats is the WHL Bantam Draft on May 7th in Calgary.



Friday, April 17, 2015

JLB Electric Game 5 Recap: WHEAT KINGS 3 PATS 2 OT


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The Regina Pats (5-3) looked to stave off elimination on Friday night in game 5 on the road against the Brandon Wheat Kings (7-2). The Pats lost game 4 at home in overtime 3-2 to trail in the series 3-1. The Pats were without defencemen Connor Hobbs and Sergey Zborovskiy due to suspension and Chase Harrison and forward Rykr Cole were still out with injuries. As a result Ryan Krushen got into his first career playoff game. The Wheat Kings lineup got a boost as Morgan Klimchuk made his debut in the series and Ryan Pilon played after being hit in game 4 and he did not return with a lower body injury which resulted in the Hobbs suspension. Rihard Bukarts, Jayce Hawryluk and Colton Waltz remained out of the lineup for Brandon for a third straight game. Here are the starters for the game.

Pats                                                      Wheat Kings
Berg-D'Amico-Christoffer                  Klimchuk-McGauley-P.Quenneville

Hilsendager-Williams                          Pilon-Provorov

Wapple                                                 Papirny

Pats scratches - Hollett, Zborovskiy, Harrison, Cole, Elmer, Steel and Hobbs.
Wheat Kings scratches - Taraschuk, Waltz, Hawryluk, Bukarts and Lisoway.

In the first period the Wheat Kings put the first 4 shots on goal but the Pats generated some offense after that and got the games first poweprlay. On it Colby Williams fanned on a pass at centre and Peter Quenneville hit Nolan Patrick going to the goal who scored his 3rd of the playoffs at 12:52 and it was 1-0. Reid Gow was given an assist on the short handed tally. The Pats got another powerplay after that and came close as Pavel Padakin hit the post but the puck stayed out. The Wheat Kings lead 1-0 after 1 and outshot the Pats 16-9.

The Wheat Kings started the 2nd with 1:48 of powerplay time but the Pats killed it off. The game stayed 1-0 until 13:41 when the Pats tied it up. Jake Leschyshyn tipped in his 1st career WHL playoff goal with assists to Nathyn Mortlock and James Hilsendager and it was 1-1. Then on a fast break late in the frame the Pats took their first lead of the game as Taylor Cooper fired off the bar and in for his 4th from Adam Brooks and Braden Christoffer at 18:58 and it was 2-1. Adam Brooks with his first point of the series on the goal. The Pats took the lead to the break. The Wheat Kings outshot Regina 11-10 in the period and led overall 28-20.

In the third the Wheat Kings threw everything at the Pats. Daniel Wapple made the save of the year for the Pats with the glove along the goal line, denying Peter Quenneville to keep the Pats ahead. The Wheat Kings got two straight powerplays but the Pats killed them off. They couldn't keep the lead however as Nolan Patrick snapped home his 2nd of the nigh from the right circle, his 4th of the playoffs from Morgan Klimchuk and Peter Quenneville at 13:39 and it was 2-2. The Pats held on after that and we went to overtime for the second straight game in the series, tied 2-2. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 20-5 in the period and 48-25 in regulation.

In overtime the Pats got an early powerplay and Patrick D'Amico came oh so close but Papirny made a great pad save. Then at 6:15 the Wheat Kings got the series winner as Peter Quenneville buried his 4th from John Quenneville and Tyler Coulter and Brandon wins 3-2 and wins the series in 5 games.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 5 in the game and the penalty kill went 5 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings Nolan Patrick who scored twice in the win. The second star to the Pats Daniel Wapple who stopped 48 of 51 in the game and the first star to Brandon's Peter Quenneville who scored the game winner and had two assists.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings SH Goal at 12:52. Nolan Patrick (3) from Peter Quenneville and Reid Gow.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 13:41. Jake Leschyshyn (1) from Nathyn Mortlock and James Hilsendager.

Pats Goal at 18:58. Taylor Cooper (4) from Adam Brooks and Braden Christoffer.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 13:39. Nolan Patrick (4) from Morgan Klimchuk and Peter Quenneville.

Overtime

Wheat Kings Goal at 6:15. Peter Quenneville (4) from John Quenneville and Tyler Coulter.


Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with assistant coach Dave Struch.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

JLB Electric Game 4 Recap: WHEAT KINGS 3 PATS 2 OT



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The Regina Pats (5-2) were home to the Brandon Wheat Kings (6-2) on Wednesday night for game four of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series. The Pats won game three 3-2 on the back of a 39 save performance from Daniel Wapple and goals by Jared McAmmond, Taylor Cooper and Braden Christoffer. Stelio Mattheos and Peter Quenneville scored for Brandon in the loss and Jordan Papirny made 28 saves. In game four the Pats were still without defencemen Sergey Zborovskiy and Chase Harrison as well as forward Rykr Cole. The WHL announced that Zborovskiy got a three game suspension for his hit on Jayce Hawryluk in game 2. He missed game 4 and will miss game 5 in Brandon on Friday. The Wheat Kings were missing all the same guys from game 3 as well. Colton Waltz, Jayce Hawryluk, Rihards Bukarts and Morgan Klimchuk all did not play. Here are the starting lineups for the game.

Pats                                                     Wheat Kings
Berg-D'Amico-Christoffer                 J.Quenneville-McGauley-Duke

Hobbs-Williams                                  Pilon-Provorov

Wapple                                                Papirny

Pats scratches - Hollett, Zborovskiy, Harrison, Cole, Krushen, Elmer and Steel.
Wheat Kings scratches - Thompson, Waltz, Hawryluk, Bukarts, Klimchuk and Lisoway.

In the first period both teams came out and skated well. The Pats had some great chances as Austin Wagner fired just wide on a 2 on 1 and then Jordan Papirny robbed Luc Smith on a 2 on oh with the glove. Both Daniel Wapple and Jordan Papirny were really sharp in the period. The Wheat Kings picked up a powerplay late in the frame and while the Pats killed it off, a turnover just after it expired resulted in Brandon taking the lead. Nolan Patrick tipped a shot from the slot into the top of the net for his 2nd with assists to Kale Clague and Peter Quenneville at 19:37 and it was 1-0 after 1. Brandon led the shots on goal 14-8 in the period.

In the second the Wheat Kings picked up their second powerplay of the game but the Pats killed it off and then Colby Williams was sprung on a breakaway as he exited the box. He finished a beautiful move to the back hand for his 3rd of the playoffs from Pavel Padakin at 4:27 and it was 1-1. The Pats then got their first powerplay of the contest and on it Connor Hobbs buried a rebound for his 2nd from Jesse Gabrielle and Taylor Cooper at 6:27 and it was 2-1 Pats. The Wheat Kings thought they had the game tieing goal from Tim McGauley in the second half of the period but it was waived off as Tanner Kaspick hit Daniel Wapple in the crease as the shot went in. The Pats took the 2-1 lead to the break, they outshot Brandon 14-13 in the period but trailed overall 27-22.

In the third the Pats had some great chances in the early going but could not score. Then at 7:22 Connor Hobbs was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a knee on Ryan Pilon. Pilon left the game with the injury and Brandon went to the powerplay. 30 seconds in Peter Quenneville scored on a back door pass for his 3rd to make it 2-2. Eric Roy and Ivan Provorov the assists at 7:53. The Pats killed off the remainder of the powerplay and then generated some offense of their own but could not score and we went to overtime for the first time in the series. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 20-7 in the period and led overall 47-29.

In overtime the Pats had three good chances early but on a fast break back the other way the Wheat Kings got the game 4 winner. Tanner Kaspick beat Daniel Wapple 5-hole from the right circle for his first career playoff goal from Tim McGauley at 3:36 and 3-2 was the final score. The Pats outshot Brandon 3-1 in OT but trailed overall 48-32.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 3 in the game and the penalty kill was 2 for 3.

Game 3 is Friday night in Brandon at 6:30 Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:37. Nolan Patrick (2) from Kale Clague and Peter Quenneville.

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 4:27. Colby Williams (3) from Pavel Padakin.

Pats PP Goal at 6:27. Connor Hobbs (2) from Jesse Gabrielle and Taylor Cooper.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 7:53. Peter Quenneville (3) from Eric Roy and Ivan Provorov.

Overtime 

Wheat Kings Goal at 3:36. Tanner Kaspick (1) from Tim McGauley.


Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with Head Coach John Paddock and forward Adam Berg.



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Kootenay Ice and head coach Ryan McGill part ways

Cranbrook, BC --  Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club and Head Coach Ryan McGill have mutually agreedto part ways when McGill's contract expires on June 30, 2015. McGill, who just completed his third year as bench boss was also the Head Coach of the Edmonton / Kootenay ICE from 1997-2002.

 

“Ryan is a good coach and we are thankful for all the contributions he has made to our Club. However, at this time, we feel we need a fresh face and voice moving forward to lead our team. We wish Ryan the very best as he moves on in his coaching career,” continued Chynoweth.

 

In eight seasons behind the bench Ryan McGill had a career regular season coaching record of 280-222-53, including back-to-back 100 point seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-2001), two conference titles, two WHL Championships (2000 and 2002) and one Memorial Cup Championship (2002). He was also named the WHL Coach of the Year in 2012-2013 and Western Conference Coach of the Year in 2001-2002. In his seven post-season appearances Ryan posted a 53-33 career playoff record.


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What a game last night at the Brandt Centre as the Regina Pats got back into their second round series against the Brandon Wheat Kings with a 3-2 win. Here are some thoughts on the game from where I sat. 

-Daniel Wapple was outstanding making 39 saves and was deservedly named the games 1st star. 

-Was really good to see Jared McAmmond score his first career playoff goal to open the scoring for Regina. He scored his first ever regular season goal against the Wheat Kings as well. 

- Connor Hobbs, Colby Williams, James Hilsendager, Carter Hansen and Nathyn Mortlock did a heck of a job filling in fore the suspended Sergey Zborovskiy and the injured Chase Harrison. 

- Wheat Kings were without some top players in Jayce Hawryluk and Rihards Bukarts as well as Colton Walts. Not to mention Morgan Klimchuk who hasn't played since game 3 of the first round. Will be interesting to see if any of those guys will be able to go for game 4 tonight at the Brandt Centre. 

- Still no word from the WHL on the length of the suspension to Sergey Zborovskiy. Likely will correlate with the severity of Hawryluk's injury and when he will be able to return. 

- The Pats only took three penalties in game 3, that's the recipe for success, Brandon's powerplay is too good to give them more than that many oportunities. 

- I thought the Pats were the aggressors physically in game 3, Connor Hobbs was a big part of that. Unlike the first game and parts of game 2 where the Wheat Kings seemed to have the edge in physical play. 

- Can't wait for tonight, the crowd was awesome in game 3. If you missed last night you have to be there for tonight. 

Slap Shots

- The NHL playoffs start tonight, a great time to be a hockey fan. Two all Canadian matchups with Ottawa in Montreal and Vancouver home to Calgary. The Canadiens are the favorites against the Senators but I'm not counting out Ottawa who are the hottest team in the league heading in. Can Andrew Hammond out duel Carey Price? I don't know. Should be a fun series. The Canucks and Flames should be a good one as well, experience against youth. I think that one could go the distance. 

- Elsewhere Chicago is in Nashville for game 1. The Blackhawks will get Patrick Kane back for the game. A huge boost to an already dangerous team. I think Chicago pulls that series out but that being said the Predators had a great season. 

- Washington will host the Islanders as well tonight. I'm getting excited just writting this. Alexander Ovechkin with another 50 plus goal season against John Tavares and New York. I think goaltending will be the difference with Brayden Holtby of the Capitals. Great match up though, came down to the final games to decide who would take home ice. 

- I love the Toronto Blue Jays and they are off to a 4 and 3 start. But I'm not really in baseball mode yet. Hockey is all that matters right now. 

- How about Jordan Spieth on the weekend at the Masters? Unreal performance. He played a great four days and really deserved the win. Was good to see the big names push him too. Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and the likes. They didn't have much of a chance but it was fun to watch. I'm eating my words from last weeks column on Tiger Woods. I didn't think he would even make the cut but finished a very respectable minus 5 for the tournament. He looks to be on the road to regaining some of the magic. Too bad the Canadians in the field couldn't make any noise. We need Graham DeLaet back in there. 

- The 2015 Regina Thunder schedule will come out later today so stay tuned for that. Training camp is coming up starting on May 1st as well. Another PFC season is almost upon us. 

Tonight at 6:30 on Pats TV on Access 7, my guests include goaltending coach Rob Muntain and defenceman Carter Hansen. 

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

JLB Electric Game 3 Recap: PATS 3 WHEAT KINGS 2


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The Regina Pats (4-2) hosted game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final on Tuesday against the Brandon Wheat Kings (6-1). The Pats dropped games 1 and 2 on the road, 5-1, and 5-2. The Pats got defenceman James Hilsendager back from suspension for game 3 but did not have Sergey Zborovskiy who was suspended and Chase Harrison and Rykr Cole because of injuries. The Wheat Kings did not have forwards Jayce Hawryluk, Rihards Bukarts and defenceman Colton Waltz in game 3 and Morgan Klimchuk missed a 5th straight game. Patrick D'Amico was riding a four game point streak for the Pats with 2 goals and 3 assists while Pavel Padakin had a goal and 2 assists in a three game point streak of his own.  Here are the starters for both clubs.

Pats                                                       Wheat Kings
Berg-D'Amico-Christoffer                   Coulter-McGauley-Duke

Williams-Hobbs                                    Pilon-Provorov

Wapple                                                  Papirny

Pats scratches - Hollett, Zborovskiy, Harrison, Cole, Krushen, Elmer and Steel.
Wheat Kings scratches - Thompson, Waltz, Hawryluk, Bukarts, Klimchuk and Lisoway.

In the first period the Wheat Kings put the first four shots on goal but Daniel Wapple looked solid from the start. Then the Pats fourth line gave the Pats their first, 1st goal of the series. Nathyn Mortlock hit Jared McAmmond on left wing and he skated in all alone and snapped his 1st career playoff goal past Papirny at 4:45 and it was 1-0. The Wheat Kings got the games first powerplay but Wapple was fantastic and made a huge glove save on Braylon Shmyr to keep Regina up by 1. Brandon did tie it up however at 15:48 as Stelio Mattheos put home arebound for his first playoff goal from Tanner Kaspick and Mark Matsuba and it was 1-1. Brandon went to a second poweprlay with 1:44 left in the period but the Pats killed that time and 16 seconds carried into the 2nd. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 17-12 in the period.

In the second the Pats killed the remaining poweprlay time and then took the 2-1 lead. Braden Christoffer tipped a point shot off the post, off the back of Jordan Papirny and it just slid across the line. Christoffer with his 2nd from Carter Hansen and Adam Berg at 1:57 and it was 2-1. The Pats made it 3-1 at 5:08 as Jesse Gabrielle cut in front from below the goal line and got the puck to go for his 2nd from James Hilsendager and Luc Smith. The Pats almost made it 4-1 on their first powerplay as Braden Christoffer tipped another poitn shot but it hit the post and stayed out. The Wheat Kings got a late powerplay and with 7 seconds left in it, Peter Quenneville one-time a shot from the left circle and scored his 2nd from Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon at 18:32 and it was 3-2. That was the score after 2. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 15-11 in the period and led overall 32-23.

In the third the Pats and Wheat Kings tangled in a back and forth battle. The Wheat Kings threw everything they had at the Pats and came oh so close numerous times including two posts. Daniel Wapple stood tall in the period and denied Brandon the tieing goal, even with the extra attacker and the Pats got back into the series with a 3-2 win. The Wheat Kings outshot Regina 9-8 in the period and 41-31 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 1 in the game and the penalty kill went 2 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Carter Hansen who had an assist in the game and was a plus 2. The second star to the Wheat Kings John Quenneville and the first star to the Pats Daniel Wapple for his 39 save performance.

Game 4 goes Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 4:45. Jared McAmmond (1) from Nathyn Mortlock.

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:48. Stelio Mattheos (1) from Tanner Kaspick and Mark Matsuba.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 1:57. Braden Christoffer (2) from Carter Hansen and Adam Berg.

Pats Goal at 5:08. Jesse Gabrielle (2) from James Hilsendager and Luc Smith.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 18:32. Peter Quenneville (2) from Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon.

3rd Period 

NO SCORE


Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with forward Jesse Gabrielle and Assistant Coach Dave Struch.



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Pats - Wheat Kings Game 3 Preview


Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats (4-2) and Brandon Wheat Kings (6-1) move their Eastern Conference Semi-Final Series to the Brandt Centre (7 p.m.) in Regina.  The Wheat Kings carry a 2-0 lead after the opening games of the series.  The Pats held a record of 1-3-0-0 on home ice against Brandon during the regular season.  With points in the first two games of the series, Patrick D’Amico took over the Pats’ playoff scoring lead with seven points (3G, 4A).  Pavel Padakin and Colby Williams lead the Pats, each with two points (1G, 1A), in the series.  Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.
The series reaches a key point as the Pats look to take advantage of their time on home ice.  The Blue and White took both of their games in the friendly confines of the Brandt Centre in their first round sweep of the Swift Current Broncos.  
"Nobody in the room is doubting us at all," Carter Hansen told 620 CKRM's Phil Andrews.  "They're a good home team and they got two games on us, and now we get to play at home and we've been good at home.  Now we get to see if we can tie it up two-two."
After the Pats looked dangerous with the man-advantage in game one, the powerplay woke up in the second game of the series.  The Queen City Kids scored twice in the second period with goals from Colby Williams and Pavel Padakin.
"I think it's great for the confidence of the powerplay guys," Hansen continued.  "I think to get two in the playoffs when we really needed them will pump up their tires, give them a lot of confidence and hopefully we can expect that the rest of the series."
The Pats' defence is in flux heading into game three.  The team returns James Hilsendager to the lineup, but sees Sergey Zborovskiy exit the lineup.  Chase Harrison's status is also in doubt after he left in the third period of game two.  Returning Hilsendager to the lineup gives the Pats some added grit which will come in handy if game three follows game two as a physical affair.
"I think that's been one of our keys this year is when somebody has (been injured) someone else has stepped in and done a very good job for us," said Goaltender Rob Muntain.  "One of (Hilsendager's) strong points is that he likes to hit, and hits hard.  It hurts when he hits.  I think we missed him in the lineup the last couple games and it will be great to have him back."
There are still great tickets available for tonight's game at the Brandt Centre.  Purchase yours at Ticketmaster.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.  Fans can pick up a special edition Pats Playoff Rally Towel at the doors when they arrive at the game.

Game Notes

Playoffs Team Comparison
Regina
Brandon
Record
4-2
6-1
Goals For/Against
19/18 (+1)
28/14 (+14)
Powerplay
15.8% (3/19)
33.3% (9/27)
Penalty Kill
78.9% (15/19)
83.9% (26/31)
Team Save Percentage
0.906
0.944
Leading Scorer
Patrick D’Amico (4-3-7)
Jayce Hawryluk (5-4-9)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Colby Williams (2-4-6)
Ivan Provorov (2-4-6)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
6-8-4-1
6-9-12-1
Average Age
17.4 yrs
17.96 yrs

D’Amico Finding Consistency
Patrick D’Amcio was named the Pats’ Unsung Hero during their end of year awards ceremony and he continues to be the model of consistency in the playoffs.  The over-age forward has points in all but one playoff game, accumulating seven (3G, 4A) in six games.  D’Amico finished the regular season with points in four of the Pats final five games.
Paddock to be Enshrined in Hall of Fame
Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock is going to be enshrined in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (MHHOF).  The head coach is entering the MHHOF in the builder category.  He goes in to the hall along with three other builders, four players, one official, one media and three teams.  Paddock hails from Oak River, Manitoba.
Upcoming Schedule
Wednesday, April 15 - Game Four at Regina - 7:00 p.m. (CKRM)
Friday, April 17 - Game Five* at Brandon - 6:30 p.m. MST (CKRM)
Sunday, April 19 - Game Six* at Regina - 6:00 p.m. (CKRM)
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club