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Thursday, September 29, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update



The Thunder were back at practice last night riding a two game winning streak and looking to extend that his weekend against the Calgary Colts. The offense is coming off a 44 point performance led in part by Clay Cooke and his second straight 100 plus yard game. He also added 2 more touchdowns to tie Kolten Solomon for the team lead with 5. I talked with Erwin and he said that Solomon is close to coming back and that it looks like Catley will be back as well at quarterback. A win this weekend and help from the other games could make for an exciting final week of the regular season. A home playoff is not out of the question at his point. I also mentioned to Drew Barss last night that if we could get a second mic for the broadcasts that he could bring the color commentary for the remainder of the season. Nothing definite yet and I haven't even talked to the coaches about it but I can say Drew is definitely in for it. Should be fun. Here's what Clay and Erwin had to say last night.

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Fall Classic Starts A Day Early

No shortage of excitement as teams play their 162nd game of the season. While the divisional leaders are locked in the wildcard spots are far from over. Both the American League and National League spots are deadlocked with one game to play. Lucky for us fans the playoff feel comes earlier than expected, especially since three weeks ago there didn't look like there would be any competition at all. Both the Braves and red Sox have had atrocious Septembers and have allowed the Cardinals and Rays to draw even. Tonight the Rays take on the Yankees while the Red Sox are in Baltimore. The Rays won yesterday as did the Sox and now it comes down to tonight. If the Rays win and Sox lose the Rays are in but if the Sox win and Rays lose the Sox are in. If both teams win they will play in a tie breaker that the Rays would host because they won the season series. In the National League the same scenario will play out with the Braves taking on the Phillies and the Cards taking on Houston. The Braves have lost 17 of their last 25 games and the Red Sox are 7 and 19 in September having lost an 8 and a half game lead in just 23 days. Tonight the Rays send David Price to the mound against New York while the Red Sox will go with John Lester against the Orioles. I think we will see a tiebreaker after today. The Braves will start Tim Hudson against the league leading Phillies and the Cardinals will go with Chris Carpenter against the Astros. The Braves lose the Cardinals win, that's my prediction. Should be a good night of playoff like baseball, I cant wait.

PFC Players of The Week


Here are this weeks recipients.

The Calgary Colts tailback Cuong Thai Lieu is the offensive player of the week after their 49-33 win over the Rifles this weekend. Lieu carried the ball 28 times for 120 yards in the game including a 31 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He sits fourth in the league in rushing with 508 yards through 6 games.

Defensive honors go to the Hilltops Ben Cressman. Even though Saskatoon gave up 49 points in the game Cressman stood out making 7 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, knocked down a pass and recovered a fumble. Finishing with a 20 point night and he jumps into 3rd in the league in defensive points.

The special teams player of the week goes to the Calgary Colts Andrew Fabian. He went 4 for 4 in field goal attempts his longest from 32 yards. He also hit all 5 converts in the game and regains the lead in scoring in the PFC with 58 points. He averaged 44 yards on 6 punts and is the special teams player of the week for the second time this season.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


Last night I stopped by the clubhouse to talk with some of the guys about the weekends big win. The Thunder have won two straight and have put themselves in a much better position with a possible chance at hosting a home playoff game. They will however have to win against the Colts at Mosaic this weekend if that's going to happen. Asher Hastings performed admirably in place of Wyatt Catley this weekend and so I made sure to talk with him last night and I also talked with linebacker Brett Selinger who played well defensively. Here's what they had to say.

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Monday, September 26, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Thunder were big time winners yesterday beating the Edmonton Huskies 42-4 on the road. The Thunder have put together their first winning streak of the season which sits at 2. Yesterday the offense was without both quarterback Wyatt Catley and receiver Kolten Solomon but that didn't slow them down. Asher Hastings got the start and took advantage of his opportunity, completing 18 of 30 passes for 265 yards 3 touchdowns and an interception. Landon Bessel also saw some action throwing 6 for 7, 108 yards and a touchdown. Clay Cooke continued to rack up the yards with his second straight 100 plus yard receiving game. He caught 6 passes for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns, that's 5 now on the season. Camille Lagimodiere and Will Heward also caught touchdown passes in the win. Nick Brown had a big game rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown and adding 53 yards through the air for a total of 125 yards from scrimmage. Another bright spot offensively was Ben Koot who hit both field goal attempts one from 43 and the other from 45. The Thunder defense played lights out keeping the Huskies out of the end zone and allowing just 266 yards total offense. Regina caused two turnovers, one on downs and a fumble that was recovered by Joey Todd. Zach Evans and Brett Selinger led the way with 5 tackles in the game, while Philmon Bairu had 4. I will have audio from practise tonight. Also listen in to the Sportscage tonight on 620 CKRM just after 6:30 and Rod will have Head Coach Erwin Klempner live on the show.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

THUNDER 42 HUSKIES 4



The Thunder did not pull any punches dominating on the road this afternoon in Edmonton. They got their first win on the road this season 42-4 over the Huskies and improve to 3 and 3 on the season. Impressive points put on the board even with back up quarterback Asher Hastings getting the start. In other action the Colts beat the Rifles 49-33 so the Thunder are now tied for 3rd in the PFC. The Colts come to Regina next week and with a win the Thunder can draw within two points of a home playoff game. Then in the last week of the season the Thunder would have to hope for a Rifle win over the Colts and a win of their own over the Wildcats to clinch second place. A very possible scenario based on the schedule. More to come tomorrow when I get a chance to talk with the coaching staff on how today's game went down.

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Game Day




The Thunder will look to win 2 in a row for the first time this season and try for their first road win. They are in Edmonton taking on the 1 and 4 Huskies. The Huskies got their first win of the season last week over the Wildcats but their record could be a little deceiving. As I said earlier in the week this is a Husky team that has some weapons and if they could put a game together where they don't turn the ball over 5 times they could win more than they lose. There is a possibility that the Thunder could jump into a tie for third with a win depending on what happens between the Rifles and Colts. Should the Rifles lose and the Thunder win they would be tied at 6 points with 3 and 3 records. However I think that A Rifles win would be more beneficial for the Thunder because then Calgary would stay at 4 wins and Regina would be only 2 points back of the Rifles and Colts for second place. With Calgary visiting Mosaic next weekend that would be a chance for the Thunder to tie Calgary in the standings and a home playoff would be close to becoming a reality. Here's how it breaks down, the Rifles have the Colts, Hilltops, Colts left to play, the Colts have the Rifles, Thunder Rifles. The Thunder have the Huskies, Colts, Wildcats. If the Thunder win their final three games and get some help from the teams above them (who have much tougher schedules) they could be hosting a PFC semi Final. However that is not the focus of this team, they will be not looking past the Huskies this afternoon. They will have to battle some adversity today with not only Kolten Solomon remaining out of the lineup but also quarterback Wyatt Catley will not play after getting banged up last week against Winnipeg. Asher Hastings will get the start, and from what I've see of him he looks very capable of running this offense. Again the Thunder are going to need guys to step up and make plays.

I just talked with Head Coach Erwin Klempner from Edmonton, here's what he had to say.

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Game Day by PhilTheThrill18

Heres the offensive stats going into todays game

RUSHING
Thomas Ringlein 70 rushes 379 yards 1 TD
Kolten Solomon 9 rushes 69 yards 1 TD
Wyatt Catley 11 rushes for 34 yards 1 TD
Derek Bell 1 rushes 32 yards
Nick Brown 3 rushes 16 yards
Landon Bessel 1 Rush 12 yards
Asher Hastings 1 rush 2 yards
Justin Bannin 2 rushes 1 yard

RECEIVING
Kolten Solomon 21 catches 271 yards 3 TDs
Clay Cooke 19 catches 247 yards 3 TDs
Mike Shienbein 14 catches 234 yards 1 TD
Jonathan Probe 12 catches 129 yards 1 TD
Thomas Ringlein 9 catches 126 yards
Camille Lagimodiere 12 catches 122 yards
Will Heward 7 catches 114 yards 3 TD’s
Jacob Carr 7 catches 96 yards
Brandon Sieber 3 catches 54 yards 1 TD
Brady Keller 2 catches 34 yards
PASSING
Wyatt Catley 103 for 191 and 1351 yards, 8TD's and 14 INT's

Asher Hastings 3 for 8 and 47 yards
Landon Bessel 2 for 3 and 35 yards

Thursday, September 22, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


It’s amazing what a win can do for a team. Not that these Thunder looked down and out at any point this season but yesterday’s practice was definitely the most enthusiastic I’ve seen so far. They guys were working hard but having a good time which is great to see.  The Thunder have yet to win on the road this season but I think that streak will come to an end on Sunday. Not that the Huskies will be an easy out and from talking with the coaches they are a team that gives a lot of different looks. Coach Erwin said that Kolten Solomon could be back along with Will Kyle for the game which would be a huge boost for the team who need to build on last weekend’s success. He did say that Wyatt Catley was a little nicked up but that he expects that he will play. Looking forward the Thunder have 3 games that are definitely winnable, a 4 and oh finish could see the Thunder host a playoff game depending on what happens with the Rifles and Colts. Don’t count this team out yet.
I talked with the offensive player of the week Will Heward last night as well as Shawn McCall, Stefan Endsin and Erwin Klempner about the win and looking ahead to Edmonton. Here’s what they had to say.



All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Thunder return to the practise field tonight after Sundays big win over the Winnipeg Rifles at Mosaic. Their focus shifts now to the Edmonton Huskies. The Huskies sit in the basement and have yet to win a game this year at oh and 5. Their latest loss came at the hands of the other Edmonton team the Wildcats on Sunday. They have given up the most points of any team at 188 and have scored just 78 in 5 games so far. However despite how they look on paper the Thunder cant take them lightly. Their starting running back Skyler Sargeant has rushed for 241 yards and has the highest yards per rush average in the league at 7.97. Their receiver Sam Schwab in 5th in the league with 311 yards and quarterback Ben Gorniak has put up 1119 yards and 6 touchdowns through 5 games. In other words they have some weapons and the Thunder will have to be sharp like they were in the first half on the weekend. On the other hand turnovers have been a problem for the Huskies, they are minus 12 in the give away take away differential having turned it over 21 times this season. Another note able is that their linebacker Chance Hansen leads the league in tackles with 33. The Thunder if they play like they can should and will beat this team but it could be a bit of a trap game. It is easy to overlook the worst team in the league and then they come up and bite you. That being said the coaches know that and will not let their team get complacent. I expect another win for The Thunder this weekend as they get rolling heading towards the playoffs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


A big congratulations to Thunder receiver Will Heward who was named offensive player of the week. Will caught 3 touchdown passes in the first half of the Thunders 31-29 win over the Rifles and totalled 103 yards on 5 catches. Those were his first ever PFC touchdowns in his 3rd start. He was instrumental in the win especially when the Thunder needed guys to step up with the absense of star receiver Kolten Solomon.

Defensive Honors went to the Saskatoon Hilltops defensvive end Derrick Sorenson. He ammassed 3 tackles, 3 assisted tackles a pair of special teams tackles and a fumble recovery in their 22-15 win over the previously undefeated Calgary Colts.

Special teams player of the week went to the Edmonton Wildcats kicker Ryan Smith. He hit three of four field goals from 42, 31 and 30 yards in the Cats first win of the season against their hometown rivals the Huskies 30-19. The rookie is now 6 of 10 on the season.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating. Thunder 31 Rifles 29


The Regina Thunder stormed out of the gate at Mosaic Stadium Sunday afternoon scoring 31 first half points while holding the Rifles to just 9 through two quarters. Wyatt Catley threw 4 touchdown passes, three to Will Heward and one to Clay Cooke. Thomas Ringlein also had a successful half running the ball with 63 yards on the ground. Heward had 102 yards at the half and the Thunder looked to be rolling to an easy win up 22 at the half. However the third quarter was quite different. in between three two and outs by the Thunder offense Ryan Marsch threw two touchdowns and Mikoluff kicked a field goal and the Thunder lead was only 5. In the fourth the defense stepped up keeping the Rifles off the scoreboard besides a punt single and a safety given up by the Thunder. With three minutes to play the Thunder lead was just 2. After another Ben Koot punt the |rifles took over looking for a drive to get the win. After two 3rd down conversions and a big completion to Derek Dean the Rifles sat first and ten at the Thunder 35. But the D-line for the Thunder took over, forcing two holding calls then sacking Marsch and the Rifles faced an incredibly long 3rd and 34 with 25 seconds left. An incomplete pass over the middle and the Thunder held on. One kneel down and the game was over 31-29 the final score. Certainly the coaching staff will be happy with the win and the play in the first half but they came out flat in the second and barely hung on. Nonetheless a win is a win and now the Thunder are 2 and 3 and fourth in the PFC. The Rifles fall to 3 and 2 and are third. Next action is Sunday in Edmonton. Audio to come from practise on Tuesday.

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Gameday


The Thunder and Rifles will kick off this afternoon at 1 o'clock at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. The thunder sit at 1 and 3 with the Rifles boasting a 3 and 1 record at the midway point of the season. But the second half starts now and the Thunder believe they have what it takes to not only compete with every team in the PFC but to win it all. As I've said all week this will be a huge test for the defense taking on Ryan Marsch and the best offense in the league. Having Zach Evans play the whole game will be key to getting pressure on Marsch and not giving him the amount of time he had last time these two teams met. The Thunder sit fourth in the PFC While the Rifles are third. Both Calgary and Saskatoon have yet to lose at 4 and oh but face each other this afternoon at 1 as well. The Wildcats beat the Huskies yesterday 30-19 and got their first win of the season, the Thunder need a win to put some room between themselves and the two Edmonton squads below them. Whether or not Kolten Solomon plays will be a game time decision, it would be quite a boost for the offense if he could get into the game. The Thunder are going to need to put some points this afternoon. If you cant make it out to Mosaic this afternoon I will have the call at, 1 o'clock is kickoff.

 www.ustream.tv/channel/regina-thunder-football.

Here are the Thunder offensive stats from the first half of the season.

Passing

Wyatt Catley 89 for 159 and 1083 yards, 8TD's and 10 INT's

Asher Hastings 3 for 8 and 47 yards

Rushing

Thomas Ringlein 273 yards 1 TD
Kolten Solomon 9 rushes 69 yards 1 TD
Wyatt Catley 11 rushes for 34 yards 1 TD
Derek Bell 4 rushes 27 yards
Nick Brown 3 rushes 16 yards
Asher Hastings 1 rush 2 yards
Justin Bannin 2 rushes 1 yard
Receiving
Kolten Solomon 21 catches 271 yards 3 TDs
Mike Shienbein 11 catches 169 yards 1 TD
Clay Cooke 13 catches 144 yards 2 TDs
Jonathan Probe 12 catches 129 yards 1 TD
Thomas Ringlein 9 catches 126 yards
Jacob Carr 7 catches 96 yards
Camille Lagimodiere 10 catches 89 yards
Brandon Sieber 3 catches 54 yards 1 TD
Brady Keller 2 catches 34 yards
Will Heward 2 catches 12 yards




Saturday, September 17, 2011

Riders VS Argos


The Riders host the Argos this afternoon at Mosaic. The last time these two teams met Toronto won on home turf 24-18 and put the Riders at a dismal 1 and 7 record. However since then fortunes have changed for the two clubs, the Riders have won two straight over the team that was best in the CFL through the first two months while the Argos lost two straight and let go of their starting quarterback. Not to be taken lightly however, Stephen Jyles is a capable quarterback, arguably more so than Cleo Lemon was but he may need some more time to get acclimated to this Argo offense. Corey Boyd and Chad Owens are always dangerous along with Jermaine Copeland and Andre Durie this team has weapons. You have to think that after two straight games without scoring a touchdown versus the BC Lions they are going to break through at some point,  hopefully its not an explosion. They also play some pretty good defense and so the Riders will have to stay consistent and play like they have the last two weeks to get the win. Some changes on the roster this week but not many, Shawn Lemon is off and Remond Willis is back on, I am happy with this move I thought Remond has played well in all his starts, Brandon West is back on the roster after missing the banjo bowl. I talked with Brenden Taman yesterday and he said that Fantuz will definitely be utilized more this week and that they are putting aside contract talks with him for now. Cary Koch will be the 6th receiver again today but could see some more action with the offense. Also Taman said Wheelwright is close to coming back as well so from a few weeks ago when they didn't have enough quality receivers now there are going to be too many good ones. I guess its a good problem to have. One other minor adjustment was putting Jamie Boreham on the 46 man roster but he wont dress, Miller is sticking with Chris Milo for the time being. Kickoff is at 2 on 620 CKRM, the touchdown drive starts at 1130 so listen in. As always I'm interviewing Brenden Taman during the pregame show will be just after 1 o'clock, but not sure who the half time guest will be just yet.

Friday, September 16, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Thunder are ready to turn their season around on Sunday against the Rifles. They are taking on the best offense in the league and a team that put up 52 points against the Thunder in Winnipeg three weeks ago. Quarterbacks Ryan Marsch and Wyatt Catley put on a show through the air setting PFC records for yards and pass attempts. The Rifles receivers Matt Lariviere and Alex Vitt hold the top 2 spots for yards in the league with over 340 through four games. The Regina defense will be under some pressure to stop these guys who put up almost 500 yards in their previous meeting. However they have only given up 44 points in the three other games they’ve played so the confidence is there. This will be a big test for Zach Evans and the rest of the D Line to put some pressure on Marsch and not let him have time to find his receivers down field. The run game won’t be much of a factor for the Rifles but I expect Thunder O/C Stefan Endsin to try and get Ringlein going on the ground which has proved beneficial for Catley and the receiving core. There is still no decision on whether or not Kolten Solomon will play this weekend but one thing is for sure that Drew Barss will not. Drew had an MRI done on his shoulder this week and will not play for the remainder of the season. Tough loss not only for him but for the team. After practice last night I talked with Receiver Mike Schienbein, O-lineman Nathan Cugnut, defensive back Joey Todd, defensive coordinator Shawn McCall and head coach Erwin Klempner.


All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PATS 4 WHEAT KINGS 0


Picture courtesy Ryan Schultz 620 CKRM Afternoon Host, look for him doing in house announcing at all Regina Pats home games this season.


The Pats hosted their final home pre season game last night with the Brandon Wheat Kings in town. Matt Hewitt in his first start as the bonified starter going forward was a dandy. He saved all 27 shots he faced for a 4-0 shutout win. He made some key saves early in the first and then the Pats capitalized with 2 late goals from Dyson Stevenson and Morgan Klimchuk. Newcomer Dominik Volek was a key part of both those goals and has been impressive all through the preseason. Then in the second the Pats leading preseason scorer Jack Rodewald, another rookie, scored his 5th goal in 5 games to make it 3-0. Andrew Reider would score in the third just after a power play in the third and that would be the final 4-0. Certainly this was a huge confidence boost for Matt Hewitt and I think a lot of Pats fans, there is some very good young talent on this team and if there’s one thing that stands out from last year is that this team works hard. In every interview I’ve done with players and coaches they talk about forming a team identity and I think that we are starting to see that early on. The Pats will be a tough team to play, disciplined and physical. Coach Pat Conacher is instilling a confident winning attitude in his guys and its shown on the ice so far. I know it’s very early but there is reason for optimism moving forward. Next action is tomorrow in Brandon against the same Wheat Kings at 630. I talked with Wheat Kings Head Coach Cory Clouston after the game and also here is what Matt Hewitt had to say after his shutout performance.


PATS 4 WHEAT KINGS 0 by PhilTheThrill18

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Thunder will return to the practise field tomorrow after Saturdays tough 24-10 loss to the Hilltops in Saskatoon. Offensively they struggled to move the ball and in the end couldn't put points on the board. Wyatt Catley coming off a 400 yard plus game threw for just 167 yards in the game, a touchdown and 4 interceptions. he must have had 5 passes knocked down at the line and the rhythm wasn't really there for the whole game. Thomas Ringlein was stuffed running the ball, the Hilltop front four played exceptionally holding the Thunder to just 63 yards on the ground while racking up 237 of their own. Hilltop quarterback Chase Bradshaw struggled in the game as well throwing for only 137 yards and 2 interceptions (Both by Derek Pilon). Regina had a good effort but again those little mistakes and lack of execution at times really cost them in this one. Whether it was a receiver running the wrong route or penalties, a very beatable team in the Hilltops are now 2 and oh versus the Thunder and 4 and oh on the season. Looking ahead the Winnipeg Rifles come to town boasting the best quarterback in the league. Ryan Marsch has thrown 20 touchdowns already and 1486 yards. Catley is the closest in yards with 1083. The Rifles have put up a league high 180 points in four games and will be looking to beat the Thunder for the second time this season. The first match up was at Canada Inns where they won 52-31. The offense definitely missed receiver Kolten Solomon in Saskatoon who sat out with a hamstring injury. Hopefully he heals well this week and can play but if not they will need guys outside of Schienbein and Cooke to step up and make plays. I do need to give a shoutout to Will Heward who caught a ball over the middle on Saturday and got absolutely nailed by the safety but he somehow held onto the ball. Big play for the receiver but unfortunately what would have been a first and goal was negated by a holding call. Those are the kinds of things that will need to be avoided this weekend, when players step up and make plays and penalties make them all for not, it kills drives and momentum. The Thunder sit in fourth place ahead of both Edmonton teams who have yet to win a game. I expect after a week of practise these guys will be more disciplined and more focused, if not they are at risk of falling to 1 and 4 and out of a playoff spot.

Monday, September 12, 2011

PFC Players of the Week


The Winnipeg Rifles dominated the the awards this week in their 54-13 win over the Edmonton Wildcats.

The offensive player of the week went to quarterback Ryan Marsh who continued his dominance on Sunday. He set a new record for touchdown passes in a game with 7. He went 24 of 32 for 392 yards. So far this season he has racked up 1486 yards and 20 touchdowns in four games.

Defensive honors went to the Rifles rookie linebacker Donovan Gregoire. he recorded 9 tackles, 1 assisted tackle and an interception. The Rifles defense gave up just 13 points this weekend.

Winnipeg's Dayton White got the nod for special teams player of the week. He made 3 special teams tackles in only his second game with the Rifles.

Congrats to the winners this week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


The Thunder and Hilltops met for the second time in four weeks to start the PFC season. Saskatoon came out on top 15-10 in week one and came into last night’s game at 3 and oh on the season. A full crowd at Gordie Howe Bowl witnessed a similar game to the one 4 weeks ago in Regina. Defenses played well and the offenses struggled to move the ball.  There were 19, 2 and outs in the game between the two teams so the punters were busy.
The first quarter went by with only 3 first downs and a missed 17 yard field goal for a single point by the Hilltops, Philmon Bairu was back in the lineup and he, Max Amyotte and Brett Wade combined for some good plays early in the game. It wasn’t until 5 minutes into the second quarter that the Thunder would get on the board. After a 34 yard catch and run by Mike Schienbein, Wyatt Catley completed a 17 yard touchdown pass to Clay Cooke and Regina took the lead 7-1.
The very next Hilltop possession Chase Bradshaw drove the offense into Thunder territory on the eighth play of the drive threw up a ball to the end zone but Thunder corner Derek Pilon was up to the task picking up his third interception of the season and snuffing the Hilltops drive. However the offense couldn’t move the ball and after a short punt the Hilltops got two first downs and kicked a 23 yard field goal  7-4 the Thunder led at that point.
Late in the second quarter after another Thunder punt the hilltops scored their first touchdown of the game, on a 3rd down gamble.  With 3rd and less than a yard left with about a minute left in the half, Hilltops running back Regan Schuler busted off a 27 yard touchdown run and Saskatoon took the lead 11-7.
Somehow the ball changed hands three times in the final minute and after a no yards penalty on the Hilltops after a punt, the Thunder set up a 43 yard last play field goal, Ben Koot is money and at the half the Hilltops lead was 11-10.
The Hilltops would kick a 23 yard field goal early in the third quarter to take a 14 -10 lead and the offensive struggles for the Thunder continued, after a two and out Wyatt Catley was picked off by Mike Prebble who returned the ball to the 2 yard line. Regan Schuler would score from a yard out with 5:18 left in the third it was 18-10 Hilltops.
The Thunder just couldn’t move the ball after that, whether it was on the ground or through the air things just weren’t clocking. Catley’s passes were getting batted at the line and that caused an interception early n the fourth quarter. The Hilltops would drive down and Bradshaw threw another pass to the end zone which Derek Pilon would pick off, his second of the night and fourth in 4 games this season. But the offense couldn’t get a first down had to punt again. Regan Schuler ran for 52 yards total on the ensuing drive which was capped off by a 26 yard field goal 21-10 the Hilltops led.
The Hilltops would add another field goal and intercepted Catley twice more in route to a 24-10 victory. It was a tough game against a tough opponent, one which the player’s and coaches would like back because Saskatoon is a beatable team, if not for the lack of execution at times for the Thunder.
It was a defensive battle and the Hilltops made more plays down the stretch, The Thunder fall to 1 and 3 while Saskatoon is now 4 and oh. Regina will host the Rifles on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.
I talked with Derek Pilon and Philmon Bairu after the game, here’s what they had to say.




All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Follow Derek @pylon03, while you at it follow @brewdarss, @tking_63, @toddski21, @reginathunder. I am sure there are more Thunder on twitter but I just don't know it because they don't follow me. More to come from practise on Tuesday.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Gameday


The Thunder hit the road this afternoon for Saskatoon and the second game of the season against the Hilltops. In week 1 the Thunder welcomed Saskatoon to Mosaic and after holding them to just 15 points and none in the second half a few mistakes in the red zone cost them the win. 15-10 was the final score. Both defenses were able to turn the ball over at will in that game but it was week one and the rust was still there, I expect a much different effort from both clubs tonight. Coming into the game the Hilltops are 3 and oh tied for first place with the Calgary Colts and for the moment the Winnipeg Rifles who beat the Wildcats already this week and improved to 3 and 1. The Thunder sit 4th at 1 and 2 and are in need of a win if they have any designs on hosting a home playoff game. A win tonight will be no easy task, the Hilltops boast an explosive offense led by quarterback Chase Bradshaw who has thrown for over 700 yards and 6 touchdowns so far this season, however he has thrown 7 picks as well so that is an area the Thunder may be able to exploit. Derek Pilon has 2 INT's to lead the team so far this season. Hilltops runningg back Regan Schuler sits third in rushing yards with 255, 35 yards ahead of Thomas Ringlein who I expect will get more touches this week. I believe that the Hilltops are a very beatable team, their offense isn't as good as the Rifles and if Wyatt Catley can continue to play well I think they have a very good chance to escape Gordie Howe bowl with a win tonight. I know the guys will be itching to get out there and prove that what happened in Winnipeg wasn't what the Thunder are about. Unfortunately there is no internet connection at the field so I will be unable to broadcast the game, follow the live tweets @PhilTheThrill18. Kickoff is 7 o'clock.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Sports

Well what a way to kick off the 2011 NFL season. It helps that i am a die hard Packers fan and they came out on top but nonetheless that was a great football game to watch. Green Bay won 42-34 over the Saints who didn't go away in the game. It came down to the last play of the game on the Packer 1 yard line and the defense stuffed rookie running back Mark Ingram for the win. Both Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees played exceptional last night, throwing for 3 touchdowns each and no interceptions. Both teams mirrored each other last night, Sproles and Cobb returning kicks for touchdowns, quarterbacks lighting it up. Ryan Grant got his first start since week one last year for the Packers when he suffered a broken ankle. He and James Starks shared carries all night. A fun game to watch and I think that the Saints and Packers will both finish at the top of the NFC this year.

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Tonight the Stamps and Eskimos play there rematch from Labour Day where Edmonton handled Calgary quite easily. Fred Stamps is back in the lineup and the Eskimos should be able to get back to offensive form from earlier in the season. However I don't think they will win tonight. Henry Burris always seems to bounce back from bad performances and this time it wont be his own fans booing him.

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I was looking forward to calling the Thunder game in Saskatoon tomorrow but unfortunately there is no internet connection at Gordie Howe Bowl so I will just be live tweeting the game @PhilTheThrill18.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update


So I better get the air cleared right away, about a week back there was some discussion about who had the best hair on the team and I thought I had done a good job pointing out the winners. However as I was walking into the club house after practice last night I realized I made a mistake and left what is arguably the best of them all off of my list. My apologies to Joey Todd, his golden locks are definitely in the running for tops on the team. Now that I got that off my chest let’s move on to some football. After practice yesterday I talked with Wyatt Catley and offensive Coordinator Stefan Endsin about the running game or lack thereof in Winnipeg.  I thought that the week before when Thomas Ringlein was getting the ball regularly it added that extra dimension to the offense and caused more problems for the opposing defense. Not to mention they put up 44 points. In the teams two loses this year they have focused heavily on the pass game but to be fair, against the Rifles they fell behind early and needed to pick up yards and points so automatically the pass game becomes the focus.  Wyatt threw the ball 59 times, which was 3rd all time in PFC history; he would probably like to see closer to 30 a game. In talking with both Wyatt and Stefan the consensus was that they would try to implement a bigger run game this weekend in Saskatoon. Here’s what they had to say.


All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update

The Thunder resumed practice last night after the bye weekend and their focus turns to Saskatoon and the Hilltops.  The team has already played and lost to Saskatoon in week one of the season, a game that they could have won and one could argue should have won with how well the defense played. However they sit with a 1 and 2 record and in need of a road win at Griffiths Stadium on Saturday.  Though the guys did have a week off there are still some injury concerns. Kolten Solomon is day to day with his hamstring injury that he suffered in Winnipeg late in the game. Coach Erwin said that he isn’t going to push anything and that they need him late in the season. Also Linebacker Philmon Bairu is close to coming back but is also day to day. Defensive Lineman Zach Evans is still waiting to see if the league is going to take any disciplinary action for his incident in the first quarter against the Rifles. So this team isn’t without some adversary this week, if their best receiver and best d lineman are unable to play this weekend against arguably the best team in the league, they will need some guys to step up and step up big.  On a positive note Wyatt Catley is coming off a record setting performance in terms of yards, pass attempts and completions. He will be looking to continue that and cut down on the interceptions. There are receivers in this lineup that are quite capable and I don’t think this team is automatically going to tank offensively without Kolten. This weekend will be a big test for this team who don’t want to fall to 1 and 3 in the first half of the season.  I talked with Head Coach Klempner, Linebacker Will Kyle and D Lineman Zach Evans after practice last night, here’s what they had to say.



All - Rite Plumbing and Heating - Regina Thunder Update by PhilTheThrill18

ROUGHRIDER TRANSACTIONS

The Roughriders have made the following roster moves:

TRANSFER TO 9 GAME INJURED           IMP     K/P      Eddie Johnson
ADD TO ROSTER                                        NIP      K/P      Jamie Boreham
DELETE                                                        IMP     WR      Aaron Fairooz
DELETE                                                        NIP      DB       Elliott Richardson

·         Non-import slotback Andy Fantuz has officially reported to the team
·         Defensive back Graig Newman has left the team and returned to the Saskatoon Hilltops (Jr).



Saskatchewan Roughrider linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been named the CFL’s Gibson’s Finest Defensive Player of the Week.

In the Riders 27-7 Labour Day victory over the Blue Bombers, Freeman recorded seven defensive tackles, one forced fumble, one quarterback sack and one interception.

So far this season, Freeman has tallied a career high 49 defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks, three special team tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Freeman joins teammate Chris Getzlaf who was also named a CFL player of the week earlier this season.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lemon Released


Well this probably should have happened a long time ago but finally the Argos have realized Cleo Lemon is not a good CFL quarterback. Lemon was released after being benched in the Argos loss to the Lions 29-16 this weekend. Lemon threw 11 for 15 and just 57 yards before giving way to Dalton Bell who was picked off 4 times in the second half. Stephen Jyles is set to come off the 9 game injured list so he and Dalton Bell will be the quarterbacks moving forward. I imagine Bell will get the start next week but if he plays poorly then this will be Jyles team. Lemon in two seasons as a starter was 11 and 14 including 2 playoff games. Unfortunately for Toronto he is not their only problem and I can tell you that Bell and Jyles will not miraculously turn this around. I think everyone including the management and staff overestimated the quality of this team. Sure they beat Saskatchewan three weeks ago but were a catch away from losing to the Riders who didn't even show up in the first three quarters. That's not all on a quarterback.

Tuesdays Sports


Well this week has a much better feel to it than the previous ones. It seems that the Riders are back, at least this week they are. The hope would be that this would not be a one week wonder and that they can get on a role. The Bombers came out and in the words of Barrin Simpson got punched in the mouth on Sunday. Darian played very well and didn't throw any interceptions while tossing 3 touchdowns in the game. The Winnipeg defense looked like any other defense on Sunday. They only got to Darian once for a sack after tallying 30 in the first 8 games of the season. This was as huge test for the o-line and they performed admirably. Remond Willis had his best game of the season so far causing some serious problems for Buck Pierce and his offense. I believe that because the Bomber offense is so inconsistent that they are a very beatable team. Sure the defense will win SOME games but they sure aren't going to win you a championship if the offense scores less than 20 every game. The Riders held them out of the endzone, a defense that averaged over 30 points against coming in. Buck Pierce is an average quarterback, its as simple as that. On the other side I thought Craig Butler played very well in the safety spot along with the rest of the secondary. Chris Getzlaf caught two touchdowns on two passes and Dressler made a huge catch in the endzone as well. I thought that Dallas baker looked good in his first start, he led the team in receiving yards in the game. The Labour Day Classic wasn't without emotions at the end with what I saw as some poor sportsmanship on behalf of the Bombers. I thought that they were sore losers in this one and that's all I will say about that. The rematch comes quick on Sunday, I'm sure we will see a different Winnipeg Squad, lets hope the Riders aren't.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Its Labour Day (sort of)

The Riders and Bombers are set to go head to head this afternoon. The wait is finally over after the bye week and the post Greg Marshall era begins today at Mosaic. The Riders will have a few changes in the lineup, namely Wes Cates makes his return which is huge, not only with his offensive abilities but also in his pass protection. Cates brings those intangibles to the backfield that ill be especially important against such a potent Bomber pass rush. Hugh Charles will also be back in the lineup after missing the Toronto game with an injury. Also on offense Dallas Baker will get his first start at wide out. We haven't seen him in game action yet but hopefully he can bring a down field threat for Darian. He will be matched up against Javon Johnson of the Bombers. On the defensive side Remond WIllis is back in on the end and will get the start looking to get pressure on Buck Pierce. Certainly that will be key in this game, snuffing out a mediocre offense. Some changed positionally in the secondary with Craig Butler getting the start at safety while James Patrick moves to the outside linebacker position, in front of Sean Lucas. Barrin Simpson will play after there was questions about the health of his ribs after the Argos game. No Andy Fantuz in this one, he will be waiting out his 10 day window to see if any NFL squad has interest in him. Also John Chick was waived yesterday by the Colts but was offered a practise roster spot. Sort of a wait and see game with him. Also this years draft pick Matt O'Donnell was released by the Bengals yesterday, who knows whats next for him. Kickoff is at 2 o'clock at Mosaic, listen live at 620 CKRM, I will be joined by GM Brenden Taman in the pregame show just after 1PM. Not sure who my half time guest will be just yet. Throw the records out the window, Labour Day is here and get set for a great game of football, I cant wait.

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I, along with some other Harvard Broadcasting employees made the trek out to Moose Jaw last night to get a look at the bran new Mosaic Place for the Pats and Warriors. It was nice to see Jordan Weal and Quinton Howden on the ice for the game even though it was a preseason match up. The Pats did have the lead twice in the opening frame but ended up losing 6-3. The building was impressive, center hanging clock, bran new everything and a very nice atmosphere for hockey. I will definitely have to find my way up to the upper level of seating for a game because they look like the best seats in the house. Also I caught a puck during the game, my friends were laughing their heads off as I reached for the puck and almost fell over the seats in front of me. Every time a puck went over the glass for the rest of the game I was told to run and get it. Though I'm sure the 5 year old sitting behind me was happy I grabbed the thing because he got a nice souvenir. Bunch of jerks I know. Here are a couple of pictures I snapped with my cell.




Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Sports

I had a chance to check out both the Pats game and the end of the Rams game last night. The Pats played their pre season opener at the Cooperators Center against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Warriors spent pretty well the entire first period shorthanded and even had a player ejected in the frame. The Pats jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and never looked back winning 5-2. They head to Moose Jaw today and will be the first opponent in the new Mosaic Place. I am excited to go and check out the new rink. Unfortunately Dan Plaster will be unable to call the game as was originally planned because, get this, there isn't a phone line ran to the building yet, unbelievable I know. Anyways the Pats looked good last night for a pre season game without most of their stars playing.

The Rams on the other hand lost in a tough game 21-10 to the UBC Thunderbirds at Mosaic Stadium. Quarterback Marc Mueller was knocked out of the game on the first offensive series for the Rams. He suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder, no diagnosis as to how long he will be out but Ballsy said on the broadcast that they are hoping its only a couple weeks. The Rams better hope its only 2 weeks because without Marc this season could be a write off. However the Rams did hang around and had chances late to put the ball in the end zone but some serious flubs by the referees and some mistakes cost them late. I still am pondering a call made after a 2nd and 5 play for the Rams. The receivers foot was out of bounds but he came back into play reestablished himself, made the catch and picked up about 15 yards and a first down. A flag was thrown on the play and after the refs talked for what seemed like 30 minutes they signalled first down UBC??? Now I know that the CFL adopted the new rule that if a receiver goes out of bounds he can come back onto the field of play, reestablish himself and still catch the ball. I don't know if the CIS has adopted the rule but nonetheless, even if they haven't the penalty is a loss of down which should have brought up a 3rd and 5 for the Rams. However the Refs gave the ball to UBC from where the ball was spotted after the first down. A head scratcher to say the least. If the Rams had been able to kick a field goal there they would have only trailed by a single possession and had a chance to tie the game late.  Unfortunately the offense couldn't get it done and they fall to 0-1 on the season. Next is the Huskies at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.

The Riders will hold their walk through today preparing for tomorrows game with the 7-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Much has been made of swaggerville and the Bomber defense but I see this team as beatable. Sure they have the most sacks in the league and their secondary has played unreal but at the same time Hamilton almost beat them last week and put up 27 points against them. I think that if the Riders D can shut down Buck Pierce and the offense, which is very possible in my mind, then they will win this game. Barrin Simpson said at practise this week that he will play even though he suffered a rib injury last week. Tough to say no to a guy who wants to play so badly, he also said that the team wasn't concerned with swaggerville and that they were coming into swagtropolis. Ken Miller also wrote off the term as just some players having fun and that it would have no bearing on the outcome in the game. Wes Cates will play for the first time after missing 3 games with a lower body injury. When asked on Wednesday how key it was for him to come back for this game he said jokingly, "yeah I could have come back two weeks ago but wanted to save myself for Labour Day." That seems to sum up the mood of this team, loose, it seems Ken Miller has breathed a little fun back into this team, whether that will translate into better performance on the field is yet to be seen but at least the guys look happy and ready to play. Yesterday the news came, quite expectedly, that Andy Fantuz was released by the Chicago Bears. He was placed of waivers which he has 24 hours to clear and then has a 10 day waiting period for another NFL team to pick him up and then he would have to report to the Riders. However, Arash Madani said yesterday on the sportscage that should both Andy and the Riders want him to play tomorrow that the league would probably let that happen. Now in theory he said it is possible but there are a plethora of hurdles that need to be bypassed in the meantime. First the Bombers would probably challenge Andy being placed on the 46 man roster that has already been sent to the league for this weeks game. Then the commissioner would have to review and Arash says that he would probably say yes to letting him play. Then one that was all out of the way Coach Ken Miller would have to want him on the field. Whether or not he feels that would help the team is the question. So lots could happen before tomorrow and I personally think that bringing him in would only help whats been a struggling offense looking for answers. The plot continues to thicken in a game that needs to be won to keep up with BC who improved to 3 and 6 last night.