Sunday, September 30, 2012



Winnipeg scored on their opening drive as they took 6 plays, all on the ground to pound it into the end zone as Hovi scored on a 3-yard run only 2:19 into the game. The Rifles defense forced a pair of Regina two-and-outs but couldn’t take advantage of excellent field position as they started 2 straight possessions inside the Thunder 50.
The Thunder started their next drive at their 30 and starting pivot Kyle Siemens connected with Mitch Thompson on a 39-yard pass-and-run that had an unnecessary roughness penalty tacked onto it & Nick Brown scored the tying touchdown on a 26-yard dash to even the score at 7.
The Rifles began the sandwich stanza on the Thunder 1 following an Eric Plett 44-yard interception return on the last play of the first quarter. On the first play, Hovi scored his 2nd major to put the Gunners back in front 14-7.
Asher Hastings came in to quarterback the Thunder & he engineered a 7-play, 78-yard drive that wrapped with a Will Heward 29-yard touchdown grab that tied the game for the second time at 14.

The Rifle offense under starter John Kiesman, who would throw for 168 yards on the day moved the ball very well throughout the half, but interceptions would hurt as veteran Thunder defensive back Mark Ingram intercepted Kiesman in the end zone. But the Rifles regained the lead as conference-leading receiver Brett Carter made 2 great grabs on the drive, the first was a one-handed catch inside the Regina 20, followed by a “Look what I got, Ma?” touchdown grab as he somehow came up with the ball despite excellent coverage. The Gunners led 21-14 at halftime.

The Thunder tied the game on the opening drive of the second half as Heward collected his second major of the afternoon on a 24-yard reception from Siemens who returned to the game as Thunder Head Coach Erwin Klempner “platooned” his pivots.
The Rifles took their first drive of the half to the Regina 19 and Brad Mikoluff was good on a 26-yard field goal try to put Winnipeg up by 3. Koot tied the game again with 72 seconds left in the period and the quarter ended in a 24-24 tie.

Mitch Thompson, who caught 4 passes for 112 yards on the day, put Regina in front to stay nearly 3 minutes into the final quarter as Hastings connected with him on a 12-yard touchdown toss to make it 31-24 Thunder. Donovan Gregoire would pull Winnipeg to within 5 as he sacked Hastings in the end zone, but they could get no closer as the Thunder hung on for the victory.

The Rifles close out their season as they head to Edmonton to play the Huskies. The Thunder host the Wildcats to close out their regular season slate.

Thunder 31 Rifles 26 Stats Story

1st Quarter
WPG-TD Hovi 3 run (Mikoluff Convert) 2:19
REG-TD Brown 26 run (Koot Convert) 10:22

2nd Quarter
WPG-TD Hovi 1 run (Mikoluff convert) :11
REG-TD Heward 29 pass from Hastings (Koot Convert) 3:35
WPG-TD Carter 15 pass from Kiesman (Mikoluff Convert) 12:15

3rd Quarter
REG-TD Heward 24 pass from Siemens (Koot Convert) 3:27
WPG-FG Mikoluff 26 6:58
REG-FG Koot 37 13:48

4th Quarter
REG-TD Thompson 12 pass from Hastings (Koot Convert) 2:42
WPG-Safety (D.Gregoire sacks Hastings) 10:36

REG 7 7 10 7-31
WPG 7 14 3 2-26

1ST DOWNS 19 21
YDS RUSH 117 279
YDS PASS 359 168
NET OFF 443 447

Brown REG 18 73 0
Banin REG 4 29 0
Siemens REG 1 9 0
Heward REG 1 6 0

Hovi WPG 24 145 2
Kiesman WPG 8 85 0
Cox WPG 4 44 0
Cox WPG 1 6 0
Sesay WPG 2 5 0

Hastings REG 10 14 210 2 0
Siemens REG 9 15 149 1 1

Kiesman WPG 11 25 168 1 2

Heward REG 7 144 2
Thompson REG 4 112 1
Lagimodiere REG 3 60 0
Bews REG 3 39 0
Cooke REG 2 4 0

Carter WPG 5 82 1
Naujoks WPG 1 37 0
Hovi WPG 2 19 0
Banares WPG 2 16 0
Penner WPG 1 14 0

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tigers 5 Pats 1

The Pats preached discipline coming into their road finale, but found themselves down a man in the early going. The PK came up with a big kill and, like in Kootenay, the Pats fed off that momentum and put forward a pretty strong road period. Hunter Shinkaruk looked dangerous in the opening frame as Teagan Sacher was forced to make a couple breakaway saves on the Tigers speedster en route to his first shutout period in the WHL.

Second Period

The Pats started out a little behind the eight-ball in the second period, but Lane Scheidl got things going. After Teagan Sacher made a huge save, Scheidl grabbed the puck and took it back don the ice, fired a wrist shot and beat Marek Langhamer on the far side. The Pats wouldn’t be able to hold the lead into the third, though as the dangerous Tiger powerplay would go to work. Kyle Becker would get the puck at the top of the zone and lean into a slap shot that beat Sacher high-glove side to even the game. The Pats entered the intermission tied at one, but more undisciplined penalties put the Blue and White down two men for a full two minutes for the second straight night with 1:56 of those penalties carrying into the third.

Third Period

It didn’t take long for the Tigers to cash in on their two man advantage. Forty-five seconds into the final period, Curtis Valk took a cross crease feed and deposited it behind a lunging Sacher, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. The Pats were able to kill off the remainder of the penalties from the second period, but faced another shortly after and surrendered their third PP goal of the evening. The wheels came off from there as Valk and Shinkaruk picked apart the Pats defence and used nice breakaway moves to beat Sacher and charge the lead up to a 5-1 deficit for the Pats and that was how the game would finish.

The Pats took nine penalties in all on the night to maintain their title as the most penalized team in the league and have now surrendered eleven goals while down a man.

The Pats head home after tonight’s game and look to regroup before welcoming the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Brandt Centre Wednesday night.

Next Game: vs. Moose Jaw – Wednesday, October 3rd – 7 p.m. (CKRM)

Next Home Game: vs. Moose Jaw – Wednesday, October 3rd – 7 p.m. (CKRM)

Pats Tigers Gameday Preview

Game #5
Saturday, September 29th
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m.

Regina Pats (1-3-0-0) Medicine Hat Tigers (2-1-0-0)

The Pats have struggled out of the gate, dropping three of their first four, including last night’s game against Kootenay. Meanwhile, the Tigers are out to a respectable start with a two and one record. In last season’s season series, the Pats took three of four from Medicine Hat with two games needing extra time. You can catch tonight’s game at with the Press Box Pre-Game Show starting at 7:05.

Lead Up: Pats Run Into Hot Goalie
The Pats rode into Cranbrook on a high after their first win on Wednesday. Kootenay Ice goalie, Mackenzie Skapski, brought the Blue and White right back down turning out a stellar 19 save performance in his team’s 4-1 over Regina. Despite controlling much of the flow in the first and third periods, penalties got the best of the Pats again as the Ice scored twice with the man advantage.

Loving The Arena?
The Pats weren’t afraid of the Tigers’ den last season, taking two victories from Medicine Hat when on the road.

Pats forward Trent Ouellette is on a three game goal scoring streak. He has four points over that stretch to tie him for the team lead in points. Two more goals and Ouellette will match his total of five last season.

Quality Time in the Sin Bin
Henry Hardarson may only have two WHL games to his name, but it only took one (vs. Kootenay) for him to take over the team lead in penalty minutes. His two fights and surrounding penalties totaled up to fourteen minutes last night.

First Start
The statistics may not show it, but Teagan Sacher had a fairly strong showing in his first WHL start. Sacher made 18 saves, some in spectacular fashion in last night’s game.

Quick Hits
- Rookie defenceman Griffin Mumby (’96) made his WHL debut for the Pats last night in Kootenay
- Dyson Stevenson leads the Pats in the plus-minus category with a +2 rating
- The Pats have faced the most powerplays in the league (26) and given up the most powerplay goals (8)

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Moose Jaw – Wednesday Oct. 3rd, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre
vs. Red Deer – Friday Oct. 5th, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre
@ Swift Current – Saturday Oct. 6th, 7 p.m. – Credit Union i-plex

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ice 4 Pats 1

The Regina Pats were looking to carry momentum into Cranbrook Friday night against The Kootenay Ice. Matt Hewitt came down with a bug the night before which kept him out of the lineup and Teagan Sacher got his first start of the season. Adam Brooks did not play either and Bryar Ortynski checked in at forward while Defenseman Kade Pilton was scratched in favour of Griffin Mumby who played in his first game of the year.

In the opening frame the Pats got off to a hot start and had a number of good scoring chances. Headlined by Morgan Klimchuk who looked to have a whole half of the net to shoot at all alone in front but Kootenay netminder Mackenzie Scrapsky somehow got his glove on the puck and it stayed out. As well a shot from the point from Luke Fenske was tipped in front by Scheidl and it got through Skrapski but didn't cross the line. The Ice would open the scoring 15 minutes into the frame as Erik Benoit stuffed a puck in at the side of the net. 1-0 Kootenay on an unassisted marker. The Pats dominated the first but couldn't score. Shots were 8-4 Pats in the frame.

In the second the penalties started to pile up and on a full 2 minute 5 on 3 the Ice would go up 2-0. With 11 seconds left in the two man advantage Brock Montgomery made a nice move in front and finished top corner. The Pats were short handed 4 times on the period and while the PK looked good they couldn't get much going offensively. The shots were 11-4 Kootenay in the middle frame.

In the third the Pats got things going again but couldn't find the back o the net. The Pats took another penalty which they killed and then they continued to dominate in the offensive zone but the bounces were not going their way on this night. The Ice would make it 3-0 as Sam Reinhart scored with less that 5 minutes left. Trent Ouellette would get the Pats on the board with his third of the season but that was as close as they would get. Reinhart would score with 37 seconds left on the powerplay from the slot and it was 4-1 and that was the final. Shots on goal were 22-20 Ice in the game.

A frustrating game for the Pats who looked like the better team but just couldn't score. Penalties were a problem again on this night with 7 total short handed situations in the game. Teagan Sacher played well in the loss making a number of good saves.

The Pats will look to rebound Saturday night in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. 730 puck drop on



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Pats Ice Gameday Preview

Game #4
Friday, September 28th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (1-2-0-0) Kootenay Ice (0-2-0-0)

Like the Pats, the Ice opened the Regular Season on a down note, dropping games to the Oil Kings and Hitmen. With both games taking place on the road, the Ice will be geared up for their Home Opener tonight. The Pats roll in with momentum after acquiring their first two points on the road in Swift Current. The Pats featured a 2-1-1-0 record against Kootenay last season.

Lead Up: Pats Get First Win
Wednesday’s game in Swift Current certainly didn’t start out looking like an eventual win. The Pats found themselves down 3-0 to the Broncos and outshot 23-7 after one period of play. Regina turned the tables in the second and third, evening the score late in the final frame. Morgan Klimchuk came up with the overtime winner to give the Pats their first victory of the 2012-13 season.

Return Tour
After making his return to Swift Current last night, Adam Rossignol visits his other previous haunt in Kootenay. In his last trip to Cranbrook, Rossignol came up with a game winner for the Broncos.

Big Time Performer
Morgan Klimchuk was key to the Pats victory on Wednesday. The top prospect scored twice in the win to bring his early season goal total to three.

Cashing In on the PP
The Pats have five powerplay goals on the young season, four of the come from two players in Klimchuk and Dyson Stevenson who each have two. Defenceman Cole Hamblin has the other.

Last Line of Defence
Matt Hewitt was stellar in Wednesday’s game making 20 saves in the first period alone. He finished the game with 38 stops including two gems in the third period to keep the Pats within one and then even, late in the game.

Quick Hits
- Defenceman Colby Williams got into his first game of the season Wednesday, the youngster was the catalyst behind the Pats winning goal, even though he wasn’t credited with an assist on the play
- The Pats have yet to outshoot an opponent in the 2012-13 Season, including four exhibition games
- With his four points this season, Dyson Stevenson past the 50 point mark for his career. He now sits at 53.

Upcoming Schedule
@ Medicine Hat – Saturday Sept. 29th, 7:30 p.m. – The Arena
vs. Moose Jaw – Wednesday Oct. 3rd, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre
vs. Red Deer – Friday Oct. 5th, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre

PFC Week 8 Preview

Tom Hallick, PFC Media Coordinator


The Colts head up the road looking to retain top spot in the conference and put a little more room between themselves & the hard-charging Saskatoon Hilltops & pesky Edmonton Wildcats. Calgary recorded a 32-9 win over the Huskies in their first meeting back on September 9th.

The Calgary club played their best game of 2012 in all facets of the game as they routed the Winnipeg Rifles 63-22 last Sunday. Quarterback Derek Cooper launched himself into the top 3 thanks to his 16 for 22 afternoon. The Colts defense made an even bigger contribution as PFC Defensive Player of the Week Jermaine Gabriel, who also laid claim to Special Teams honors had a pair of interceptions that set up touchdowns, while defensive back Patrick Macdonald returned a Tyler Vieira interception back 58 yards for a 4th quarter score.

The Huskies offense with Trevor Erdmann at the controls has really picked up steam over the last 2 weeks as they’ve put up 36 & 34 points respectively. Erdmann has surged into first among PFC passers with 1290 yards and thrown for 6 majors, all of those coming in the last 2 games.
However, you need a good defense to match a good offense to go places and giving up 410 yards along the ground and 630 yards in addition to 48 points won’t get things done as the Huskies still share last in the conference with Winnipeg.


The teams meet for the first & only time this season as the Hilltops play their second of three in a row on the road to finish up the season, while the Wildcats see the contest as a golden opportunity to move into a tie for second with Saskatoon with an eye toward the unbeaten Calgary Colts who sit alone on top.

Matt Karpinka has regained the starting pivot spot and led his club to their two best offensive efforts of 2012 as they put up 43 in their home finale against Winnipeg in addition to scoring 42 last Saturday against Regina. Karpinka had a workmanlike game as he tossed for 248 yards & 3 touchdowns in the win. John Trumpy was Karpinka’s prime target in the win over the Thunder as he caught 3 passes for 97 yards, but if Trumpy is Karpinka’s number 1 target, then Graham Unruh is making a serious case to be 1A as he’s found the end zone 4 times in the last 2 contests. Saturday’s contest features the two best ground attacks in the conference. The Hilltops own one of the CJFL’s best run games with a pair of legitimate first string rushers in Andre Lalonde and Brendon Gryba who hold down 4th & 6th respectively in the top 10. Lalonde has ran for 440 yards, while Gryba has rumbled for 387.

On the other side, Jordan Samoil feasted on the Edmonton Huskie defense in the Cats 48-34 win last Friday as he ran for a conference & CJFL record 365 yards on 33 carries, scoring 4 times. With the latest gargantuan performance, he leads the land with 1279 yards along the ground and a baker’s dozen in the touchdown column. However, the offense isn’t all Samoil, all the time. Quarterback Jordan Olson occupies 3rd spot in the conference in passing yardage with 1169. Olson’s go-to-guy is Brad Quartel who sits 7th in the conference with 368 yards on 30 catches with 2 touchdowns.

The Thunder head to Winnipeg back at the .500 mark after a home loss to the Saskatoon Hilltops, while the Rifles playoff hopes were dealt the death blow in large part to Calgary’s CJFL record-breaking 35-point 4th quarter last Sunday. The Thunder downed Winnipeg 39-16 in their first meeting on August 26th.

As of this writing, Thunder boss Erwin Klempner has not designated a starter at quarterback on Sunday. Asher Hastings returned to the lineup & struggled against Saskatoon as he completed 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards. Kyle Siemens answered the call from the bullpen for the second half and passed for a pair of touchdowns, but the game was well out of reach.
Look for the Thunder to shape up their run game in time for the playoffs as they only ran for 86 yards in last Saturday’s game.

The Rifles as previously mentioned, saw their playoff hopes go down for the count last Sunday. But give them credit as they played the Colts tough for three quarters before the fourth quarter meltdown.

Tyler Vieira, who came in for an injured John Kiesman early in last week’s contest, had a solid effort as he completed 13 of 20 passes for a pair of touchdowns, but 3 interceptions, including 2 that led to 14 of the Colts 35-point output, proved to be his undoing. Brett Carter expanded on his conference receiving lead as he made 8 grabs for 113 yards, giving him 38 catches for 642 yards.

Rifles Head Coach Greg Graceffo looks upon his club’s final two games as a chance to make the most of their opportunities and learn from the defeat against Calgary as well as pressing hard to achieve success. But penalties & mistakes have been the Rifles Achilles all season long.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pats 4 Broncos 3 OT

The Regina Pats hit the road for three games Wednesday starting in Swift Current against the Broncos. The Pats were looking for their first win of the season and some new faces got into the line up. With the departure or Brandon Underwood, Colby Williams suited up on the back end while forward Henry Hardarson checked in up front in place or Bryar Ortynski. Matt Hewitt made his third start in goal looking to lead his team to a win.

In the first period the Pats got off to a slow start and gave up the first goal just 5:01 in as Josh Derko got his first of the season on the power play from Reum and Craig and it was 1-0. The onslaught continued and at the 7:50 mark Zac Mackay scored off a turnover unassisted and it was 2-0. Still in the first Justin Spagrud made it 3-0 on the power play from Black and Moser at 16:45. Pat netminder Matt Hewitt was under siege in the frame facing 23 shots but he was terrific keeping it at 3-0. The Pats managed just 7 shot in the frame.

In the second things started to turn around with a Pats penalty kill. The momentum started to swing in the Pats favour after a great third line shift where the Broncos were pinned deep for what seemed like an eternity. Then the Pats got on the board with Lane Scheidls' first of the year from defenseman Cole Hamblin at 10:03. The Pats really continued their good play and got within a goal with a power play marker from Morgan Klimchuk. His second on the season at 16:55. Chandler Stephenson and Emil Sylvegard got the assists and it was 3-2 Swift Current after 2. Shots were 11-7 Pats in the middle frame.

In the third things tightened up a bit but the Pats battled with a good penalty kill in the frame and then tied it up with 5:05 to play. A face off in the offensive zone was win forward by Dyson Stevenson and he fed it in front to Trent Ouellette who put home his second of the year. 3-3 the score after regulation.

In OT both teams traded chances but the Pats would get the winner 2:09 in to the extra frame. Colby Williams took a shot from the point that was blocked and Dyson Stevenson took the puck down low and fed Klimchuk at the left half boards and he fired the game winner through Eetu Laurikainen and the Pats got their first win of the season.

A huge win for the Blue and White coming back from down 3-0. Matt Hewitt was outstanding making 38 saves in the win. The guys really came together and battles hard for a well deserved 2 points.

The road trip continues Friday night in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICe. 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Pats Broncos Game Day Preview

Game #3
Wednesday, September 26th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. (620 CKRM)

Regina Pats (0-2-0-0) Swift Current Broncos (1-0-1-0)

The Pats struggled off the off the hop in the WHL’s Opening Weekend dropping their first two games of the season to Brandon by 3-2 and 7-4 scores. The Broncos, meanwhile, grabbed three out of four points against the Warriors including a 7-1 drubbing of Moose Jaw. The Broncos and Pats play eight games against each other this season opposed to the six last year where Regina went 5-1-0-0 against Swift Current

Lead Up: Pats
After an up and down pre-season, the Pats looked strong in their Regular Season debut despite a 3-2 loss on the road in Brandon. In their Home Opener, however, the Pats fell back to old ways, falling 7-4 to the Wheaties in a fashion that prompted Coach Pat Conacher to call out his team after the game and single out his top scoring line.

Triumphant Return?
Less than a week after being traded to the Pats by the Broncos, Adam Rossignol makes his return to Swift Current. Playing on the Pats second line, Rossignol has one assist to his name in two games as a Pat.

Do The D-Shuffle
GM Chad Lang continues to tinker with this defence, trading overage defenceman Brandon Underwood to the Red Deer Rebels in return for a 4th Round Bantam Pick in 2013. The move also brings the number of 20 year olds on the Pats roster down to four.

Picking Up Where He Left Off
Dyson Stevenson was brilliant in the playoffs for the Pats, picking up three goals and two assists in four games. Stevenson hasn’t missed a beat, already scoring in each of the Pats first two games.

Quick Hits
- Brandon Underwood’s departure opens the door for the possibility of Griffin Mumby (’96) making his WHL debut
- Adam Brooks scored his first WHL goal Saturday vs. Brandon while Ty McLean picked up his first assist on the goal
- The Pats powerplay is off to a blistering 30.8% success rate, but they still rank 7th in the league on the PP

Important Dates
Jordan Eberle Night – October 9th vs Portland – 7 p.m.

Upcoming Schedule
@ Kootenay Ice – Friday Sept. 28th, 7 p.m. - Cranbrook Recreation Complex
@ Medicine Hat – Saturday Sept. 29th, 7:30 p.m. – The Arena
vs. Moose Jaw – Wednesday Oct. 3rd, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pats Without Head Coach this Weekend

Regina Pats Head Coach Pat Conacher will not be with the team this weekend as they head out on a three game road trip in Swift Current, Cranbrook and Medicine Hat. Assistant Coaches Malcolm Cameron and Josh Dixon will lead the team for the time being.

Here's General Manager Chad Lang with the explanation.

"I met with Pat (Conacher) early this week at which time he informed me that he needed to return back to Calgary to help deal with a family matter. Out of respect to his wish he has returned back to Calgary to assist with that family matter and we provide him with our full support during this time. Its a situation now where we've got two capable individuals in Malcolm Cameron and Josh Dixon to lead our group until which time Pat is able to return to our hockey club." 

The details of Coach Conacher's the situation will not be released at this time.

Pats Trade Underwood

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have completed a trade with the Red Deer Rebels, acquiring a 4th round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, sending 20-year old defenceman
Brandon Underwood to the Rebels.

The move brings the number of overage players on the Pats roster down to four including Matt Hewitt (G), Lane Scheidl (F), Andrew Reider (F) and Colton Jobke (D).

Underwood suited up for 54 games with the Pats last season as well as their first two games of the 2012-13 campaign.  He totaled thirteen points in 2011-12 and featured a combined plus-8 plus/minus rating during his time in Regina.

“It’s always tough when you have to move a veteran player.  Especially one who has been a tremendous teammate and leader within our locker room,” says General Manager Chad Lang.  “Given our 20-year old situation we wanted to provide Brandon an opportunity to continue his career in the Western Hockey League.”

Underwood makes his return to the Brandt Centre Friday, October 5th when the Rebels visit the Pats to start off Thanksgiving Weekend.   Tickets for that game as well as any Pats home game are available through Ticketmaster by calling 543-7800.  For information on Group and Season Ticket sales, call the Pats Office at 522-PATS or visit

PFC Players of the Week

The rookie tailback and product of Bev Fahey continued his incredible 2012 season in the Wildcats 48-34 shootout win over their Clarke Park co-tenants Edmonton Huskies on September 21. Samoil set new PFC & CJFL standards with a 365-yard, 4-touchdown effort as he broke Tristan Jones PFC record of 344 rushing yards set in a 2006 game and bested the previous CJFL single game best of 355 yards set by Craig Carter of the Windsor AKO Fratmen in 1999. Samoil leads the PFC in rushing with 1279 yards.

Gabriel doubled his interception total to 4 on the season, thanks to a pair of picks in Calgary’s 63-22 win in Winnipeg on September 23. He travelled a total of 94 yards on those 2 interceptions. A 63-yard return in the 4th quarter set up a Chucks Okafor 3-yard touchdown run. Gabriel is currently tied for eighth in the defensive points standings with 62.

Gabriel becomes the first PFC player to claim 2 Players of the Week awards in the same week. In addition to his pair of interceptions in the Colts 63-22 victory in Winnipeg, he returned 2 kickoffs for 93 yards, including a 58-yard return. He also returned a pair of punts for 47 yards, one of those being a 35-yard run back.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pat Chat

The Week That Was
Friday, September 21st – Wheat Kings 3 Pats 2
The Pats opened the Regular Season on the road in Brandon.  The Pats powerplay was clicking as it came up with two goals on the evening, courtesy of Morgan Klimchuk and Dyson Stevenson.  The Wheat Kings, though, were equally efficient with two powerplay goals of their own.  The difference ended up being one even strength goal scored by Taylor Cooper when he broke in all alone after Quintin Lissoway blocked a shot in the Brandon Zone.


Saturday, September 22nd – Wheat Kings 7 Pats 4
Looking for revenge the next night in their own Home Opener, the Pats jumped to an early lead when Trent Ouellette came streaking out of the penalty box to finish a great feed from Lane Scheidl.  Regina and Brandon then traded goals into the second period where Adam Brooks scored his first WHL goal on Ty McLean’s first WHL assist.  The Wheat Kings took over from there, though, with four in the second and cruised to the 7-4 win to spoil the party at the Brandt Centre.  Alessio Bertaggia was the stand out for Brandon with a three point night.


The Moves Continue
With significant injuries to two forwards (Dryden Hunt, Patrick D’Amico), Chad Lang added some depth up front in acquiring Adam Rossignol from the Swift Current Broncos.  It looks like a pretty good deal, sending a conditional twelfth round pick the other way as Rossignol picked up an assist in his second game and was a key point in the Pats offence on Friday.


Additional Roster Moves
Pats reassign goaltender Adam Beukeboom (TBD)
Pats reassign defenceman Nathan Zimbaluk to Melfort (SJHL)


Quote of the Week
“Almost to a man we just played soft, too much stick checking, soft plays, not getting the puck deep, not finishing our checks. Our defencemen were not even looking to play one on one (and) battle hard out of the corner. They’re just hoping and hoping and hoping we get it out. Our forwards (were causing) turnovers in the neutral zone going to the middle (instead of chipping it deep along the boards).” – Head Coach Pat Conacher on the Pats play Saturday 
(Courtesy Greg Harder – Leader Post)


The Week Ahead
Wednesday, September 26th – Pats @ Swift Current

The Pats get on the bus for their first real road trip of the 2012-13 Season.  The swing starts in Swift Current when the Pats take on the Broncos for the first time this season.  The Broncos picked up three points on Opening Weekend with a 4-3 OT loss on the road to Moose Jaw, followed with Swift Current beating down the Warriors 7-1.


Friday, September 28th – Pats @ Kootenay
Like the Pats, the Ice came out of their opening weekend with a pair of losses to the Oil Kings and Hitmen.  Kootenay doesn’t play again until its home opener so the Pats will need to bring their best to spoil the party in Cranbrook.


Saturday, September 29th – Pats @ Medicine Hat
The Tigers split their first games of the season and will play another before hosting the Pats.  Medicine Hat visits Red Deer the night before the Pats arrive for their final game of the road trip.


Weekly Schedule

Monday, September 24th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26th – Pats @ Swift Current – 7 p.m. (Credit Union Iplex)*

Thursday, September 27th – Travel Day

Friday, September 28th – Pats @ Kootenay – 7 p.m. (Cranbrook Recreation Complex)*

Saturday, September 29th – Pats @ Medicine Hat – 7 p.m. (The Arena)**
*Broadcast on CKRM
**Broadcast on

Season Tickets Still Available
The Home Opener may be past, but season tickets are still available.  You can be at every Regina Pats home game for as low as eight dollars a ticket.  For more information, call 522-PATS or visit


Pats TV
The debut of the 2012-13 Season of Pats TV airs Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Access 7. 


Important Dates
Wednesday, October 3rd – Next Home Game vs. Moose Jaw (Weiner Wednesday)

Tuesday, October 9th – Jordan Eberle Jersey Retirement Night vs Portland


The Saskatchewan clubs met for the second and final time in the regular season with the Shrine Bowl up for grabs.

The Thunder opened the scoring as Ben Koot chalked up a 40-yard punt single in the game’s 4th minute, but from there, it was the Hilltops in charge as they scored a pair of majors. Graham Unruh hauled in a 15-yard Matt Karpinka pass to make it 7-1, then Tom Shockey scored on a 1-yard dive to make it a 14-1 Saskatoon lead after 1.

The Hilltops blew it wide open in the second quarter as they scored 17 points. First, Zach Schmidt connected on a 38-yard field goal, and then 2 plays later after the Hilltops recovered a Regina fumble, Karpinka found Evan Turkington for an 8-yard touchdown, then in the final minute of the half, Unruh picked up his 4th major in 2 games as Karpinka fired a 10-yard strike less than a minute after Schmidt conceded a safety. Saskatoon had a four score lead at halftime. Karpinka threw for 248 yards and 3 majors.

Asher Hastings started at quarterback for the Thunder, but only was able to complete 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards before Head Coach Erwin Klempner made a “call to the bullpen” and PFC Offensive Player of the Week Kyle Siemens trotted out to start the second half. Siemens got the Regina offense going and found Clay Cooke for a 13-yard touchdown for the lone score of the third frame, but the Hilltops were still very much in charge, leading 31-10 after 3.

The Hilltops went on a 10-0 run as Schmidt was good on his second try of the night and fullback Andre Lalonde, who ran for 116 yards scored on an 11-yard touchdown gallop.

 Camille Lagimodiere hauled in a 20-yard touchdown toss from Siemens with less than 4 minutes left and Schmidt would end up wide on a 21-yard try to round out the scoring. Siemens completed 14 of 22 passes for 138 yards.

The Hilltops continue their season-ending 3 game road swing in Edmonton against the Wildcats, while the Thunder take on the 0-6 Rifles at Canad Inns Stadium as both games take place next Sunday.



REG-SG Koot 40 3:44

SASK-TD Unruh 15 pass from Karpinka (Schmidt Convert) 8:55 SASK-TD Shockey 1 run (Schmidt Convert) 14:55
SASK-FG Schmidt 38 6:40 SASK-TD Turkington 8 pass from Karpinka (Schmidt Convert) 7:05
REG-Safety (Schmidt concedes)  13:42 SASK-TD Unruh 10 pass from Karpinka (Schmidt Convert) 14:40
REG-TD Cooke 13 pass from Siemens (Koot Convert)


SASK-FG Schmidt 20 4:25

SASK-TD Lalonde 11 run (Schmidt Convert) 9:36 REG-TD Lagimodiere 20 pass from Siemens (Koot Convert) 11:11 SASK-SG Schmidt 41 14:12

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wheat Kings 7 Pats 4

The Regina Pats were looking to rebound from losing their first game of the regular season tonight against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats went with the same lineup as game 1 with Matt Hewitt getting his second start in goal. The coaching staff talked about staying out of the box in this game after giving up 7 powerplays in the first game. Scratches for the game were Colby Williams, Griffin Mumby, Henry Hardarson, Patrick D'Amico, Andrew Reider and Dryden Hunt. 

In the first period the Pats got the first goal of the game from Trent Ouelette 8:18 into the frame. Scheidl and Rossignol with the assists. However the Wheat Kings would get it back on the powerplay 3 minutes later. Tyrel Seaman got his first of the season from Bertaggia and Pulock at 11:45 and it was 1-1. But with 3 and a half minutes left in the frame Cole Hamblin scored from Trent Ouellette and Braden Christoffer and the Pats took a 2-1 lead to the break. Shots on goal were 9-6 What Kings in the first.

In the second the Wheat Kings would tie it up again as Alessio Bertaggia scored a beautiful goal out waiting Matt Hewitt at 1:55 and it was 2-2. The Pats would retake the lead on Adam Brooks first WHL goal, Ty McLean had the assist at 3:25 and it was 3-2. Thats when the Wheat Kings started to take over starting with Nick Buonassisi who got his first goal of the year. 2 minutes later Daniel Asham made it 4-3 from Maguire and Pulock at 12:17. Before the period closed the Wheat Kings would make it 5-3 as Tyrel Seaman got his second of the game at 18:53. 5-3 after 2.Shots on goal 13-8 Brandon.

To start third the Pats put Teagan Sacher in the net looking for a spark. The Pats would get one back on the powerplay as Dyson Stevenson got his second on the season from Chandler Stephenson and Morgan Klimchuk at 6:01. That was as close as they would get as The Wheat Kings Justin Swyripa would score from an impossible angle and then Tim McGauley would get an empty netter. 7-4 the final score and the Pats fall to oh and 2. Next action is Wednesday in Swift Current against the Broncos, 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Pats Gameday Preview

Game #2
Saturday, September 22nd
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (0-1-0-0) Brandon Wheat Kings (1-0-0-0)

The Pats opened their 2012-13 Regular Season on the road last night in Brandon with a 3-2 loss to the Wheat Kings. The game put special teams on display with 13 powerplays distributed between the squads. Jens Meilleur gave the Wheaties the victory with a third period powerplay goal, the fourth powerplay goal on the night. Matt Hewitt made 30 saves in the loss.

Lead Up: Pats Look Strong in Loss
Despite the loss, the Pats showed a lot of jump in their first game of the 2012-13 season. Returning Pats Dyson Stevenson and Morgan Klimchuk both scored goals in the contest. The powerplay featured a five forward set on the first unit and it paid dividends with the Pats cashing in twice on the man advantage. Braden Christoffer garnered praise for his solid two way play while youngsters like Adam Brooks and Bryar Ortynski showed they belong in the WHL.

Big Debut
Of all the players making their Pats debut last night, Emil Sylvegard was the only one to tally any points, his two powerplay assists.

Another New Face
The day of their 2012-13 debut, the Pats added yet another new player to the fold. Adam Rossignol comes to Regina from the Swift Current Broncos after he split 2011-12 with the Broncos and Kootenay. Rossignol had an immediate impact despite not practicing with his new linemates. The 6’0” forward could be a great sleeper pick up by Chad Lang.

Waiting to Make a Debut
There are still three new Pats who have yet to take to the ice. Henry Hardarson, Griffin Mumby, and Patrick D’Amico (injured) all sat out the Pats first game of the season.

Quick Hits
- The Pats have yet to outshoot an opponent in five games including the pre-season
- The Pats went 1-3-0-0 against Brandon at the Brandt Centre last season
- First round draft hopeful Morgan Klimchuk scored his first goal of the season in Friday’s loss

Important Dates
Jordan Eberle Night – October 9th vs Portland – 7 p.m.

Upcoming Schedule
@ Swift Current – Wednesday Sept. 26th, 7 p.m. – Credit Union IPlex
@ Kootenay Ice – Friday Sept. 28th, 7 p.m. - Cranbrook Recreation Complex
@ Medicine Hat – Saturday Sept. 29th, 7:30 p.m. – The Arena

All-Rite Plumbing and Heating Regina Thunder Game Day Preview

The 3 and 2 Regina Thunder are home to the 4 and 1 Saskatoon Hilltops tonight at Mosaic Stadium. It is a rematch from two weeks ago in Saskatoon where the Thunder fell 24-9. In that game Regina played a solid first half causing plenty of problems for the Hilltop offense but couldn't put the ball in the end zone off four turnovers.

Last week the Thunder were winners in a close one 39-36 where quarterback Kyle Siemens in his first start threw for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on his way to the PFC offensive player of the week. Clay Cooke led the way receiving with 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Will Heward had another solid game with a touchdown and 59 yards. He sits third in the PFC with 353 yards through 5 games.Clay Cooke is just behind him at 336 and Mitch Thompson has 334. Thompson is also second in return yards and in yards per return in the PFC. This kid can play football. Mark Ingram and Brett Selinger both had interceptions in last weeks game. It looks like Drew Barss will play at defensive end tonight coming off another shoulder injury. The Thunder defense has been solid in the last weeks and will need to be again tonight against a good Saskatoon team.

The Hilltops are coming off a 43-9 win over the Winnipeg Rifles in which they spread the ball around more than Ive ever seen. 8 different players had at least one carry, 12 different players had at east one catch and 4 players threw and completed at least one ball. The Hilltops defense has been the best in the league as far as giving up points with only 80 scored against them. The next closest is Calgary who has given up 115.

This is a bog game in terms of the standings with just three games left to play. Should the Thunder win the two teams would be tied. If they win by 16 or more than the Thunder would hold the tie breaker heading into the final two weeks against the Rifles and Wildcats. We could be talking a home playoff game is the Thunder manage to win their final 3 games of the season. It starts tonight! Kickoff at 7 o'clock at Mosaic.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wheat Kings 3 Pats 2

The Regina Pats opened their regular season in Brandon hasn't the Wheat Kings tonight looking to spoil their division rivals home opener. All thee newest Pats were in the lineup in defensemen Kade Pilton and Tye Hand as well as Forward Adam Rossignol who was just acquired Friday Morning. Matt Hewitt got the start in goal coming off a 38 save winning performance over the Saskatoon Blades last Saturday. Henry Hardarson, Colby Williams, Griffin Mumby were the scratches along with the injured Andrew Reider, Patrick D'Amico and Dryden Hunt.

The Pats had their best start of the young season and grabbed the momentum early it seemed but the Wheat Kings would get the first goal after a blocked shot from the point sent Brandon's Taylor Cooper on a half breakaway and he beat Matt Hewitt tip shelf. The Pats would get it back 6 minutes later on the power play as Emil Sylvegards shot from the point was saved but Morgan Klimchuk put home the rebound and it was 1-1 halfway through the first. The Wheaties had four power plays in the first and took the lead on their fourth one as Eric Roy beat Hewitt from the point and it was 2-1 after the first period. Both teams put 12 shots on goal in the opening frame.

In the second the Pats would tie it at twos with their second power play goal which was a carbon copy of their fort marker. Again Sylvegard with the point shot but this time Dyson Stevenson put the rebound past Boes and it was 2-2. The shots in the second were 10-10 and 22-22 after 40 minutes. Brandon carried 30 seconds of their fifth power play into the third period.

In the Final frame the Pats killed the remaining 30 seconds of that penalty but took another 4 minutes later and this time Brandon would get the go ahead goal. A shot from Jens Meilleur squeaked through Matt Hewitt and just barely crossed the line. It was 3-1 at that point. The Pats would get a push back but Brandon goaltender Corbin Boes shut the door. Chandler Stephenson on a partial two on one fed Lane Scheidl in front and the whole building thought the Pats had scored but the puck stayed out. The Pats would finish the game with 3 minutes of power play time after a high sticking penalty but couldn't find the back I the net and 3-2 was the final. The shots on goal finished 33-29 in favor of the Wheat Kings.

In the post game show head coach Pat Conacher said that he was happy with the effort o his guys but thought that they gave the puck up to easily in their break outs. He added that on the powerplay where they implemented a 5 forward unit or Stephenson, Stevenson, Klimchuk, Scheidl and Sylvegard that there wasn't enough pucks out there for them, meaning he would have liked to see some more movement. I asked him to evaluate the play of the new players and he said he thought Tye Han played well in all the situations he was put in. On Kade Pilton he said he looked good but still needs to adjust to the Pats style of aggressive hockey. Conacher said that he comes from a program in Victoria that plays a little more laid back and that with time it will come. On Rossignol he was impressed with how he came in and played in the top 6 forward group and seemed to fit in well. Pat also thought the fourth line on Brooks, Ortynski and McLean played well in their first official WHL games.

The Pats and Wheat Kings face of in the rematch Saturday night at the Brandt Centre. 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM with the pre game at 635.

Pats Gameday Preview

Game #1
Friday, September 21st
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. (CST)

Regina Pats (0-0-0-0) Brandon Wheat Kings (0-0-0-0)

The Pats and Wheat Kings have already faced each other twice in the infancy of the 2012-13 season albeit in exhibition action. The Pats took the first pre-season meeting at the Cooperators Centre by a 3-1 score, and the Wheat Kings struck right back with a 5-3 victory the next night in Brandon. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at
6:05 p.m. (MST) with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show.

Lead Up: Pats Split Pre-Season
As already mentioned, the Pats split their pre-season opening weekend with the Wheat Kings, but still had a weekend set with the Blades to take care of. In an intense contest at the Brandt Centre, the Blades got a late third period goal to snag a 2-1 win last Friday. The teams travelled up Highway 11 for a second date at the Credit Union Centre where the Pats shocked the Blades scoring three goals on three shots in the final minutes of the third period to steal a 4-3 win.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Players haven’t given the Pats coaching staff any easy decisions. One of the toughest was the goaltending tandem that would take the team into the new season. Teagan Sacher (’94) emerged during the pre-season with a brilliant performance to supplant incumbent back-up goaltender Adam Beukeboom (’94) who was reassigned Wednesday afternoon. Once again, Matt Hewitt (’92) looks to carry the load in net.

New Faces
The Pats defence went through an evolution over the Pre-Season with multiple additions being made. Two new players have yet to see game action with the Pats in 6’5” Kade Pilton (’94) and defensive standout Tye Hand (’95). Pilton adds a much needed big shot to the Pats defence while Hand will fill a shutdown roll after being named to the AJHL South Division’s All Rookie Team last season while only recording one assist.

Quick Hits
- Teagan Sacher dominated the pre-season in net, only allowing one goal in 91 minutes. (0.66 GAA, 0.980 Sv%)
- First year forward Patrick D’Amico led the Pats in pre-season scoring with four points (1G, 3A) in four games
- Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs were both ranked in Central Scouting’s preliminary list. Klimchuk in the “A” Group and Burroughs in the “C” Group.

Important Dates
Habitat for Humanity Home Opener presented by Mosaic – Saturday, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Brandon – Saturday, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre
@ Swift Current – Wednesday Sept. 26th, 7 p.m. – Credit Union IPlex
@ Kootenay Ice – Friday Sept. 28th, 7 p.m. - Cranbrook Recreation Complex
@ Medicine Hat – Saturday Sept. 29th, 7:30 p.m. – The Arena

Pats Add Depth Up Front

Regina, Saskatchewan – Ahead of their Regular Season Opener in Brandon, the Regina Pats have completed a trade with the Swift Current Broncos, adding forward Adam Rossignol (’93) in return for a 12th round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6’0”, 180 lbs. forward comes to the Pats with WHL Championship experience having raised the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2011 with the Kootenay Ice.  Rossignol split last season between Kootenay and Swift Current, totaling 21 points in 71 games in 2011-12.

“Adam brings experience along with speed and skill to our lineup,” says GM Chad Lang of the 2008 7th round Bantam Draft pick.  “Given the two significant injuries (Hunt and D’Amico) in our lineup, we felt we needed to add a player to create some depth up front and is why we made the move to acquire his rights.”

Rossignol could see his first action in a Pats uniform tonight when the Blue and White hit the road to face off with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the team’s Regular Season Opener broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 MST.

The Pats return home tomorrow night for the Habitat for Humanity Home Opener presented by Mosaic.  Tickets for the 7:00 game are still available through Ticketmaster.


Name:              Adam Rossignol
DOB:               10-16-93
Hometown:      Surrey, BC
Position:           Forward
Height:             6’0”
Weight:            184 lbs


Kootenay/Swift Current
Kootenay Ice

Thursday, September 20, 2012

PFC Week 7 Preview

Tom Hallick, PFC Media Coordinator


Another edition of the “Black & Blue Bowl” between the Clarke Park co-tenants takes place on a rare Friday night.
The Huskies remain tied for last in the conference with Winnipeg following a 39-36 home defeat against Regina that nearly saw Edmonton rally from a 36-14 deficit thanks to Trevor Erdmann’s first three touchdown passes of the year and record a 22-point 4th quarter in the process. But as head coach Rick Walters told his club afterwards, moral victories are pointless as the most meaningful stat in the standings still reads zero.

Receiver Anthony Barrett led the Huskies with 6 catches for 103, with a 40-yard touchdown connection from Erdmann being the Huskies first touchdown via the overland route.
Veteran defensive back Kevin Francis had a huge night against the Thunder with 5 tackles and a pair of quarterback sacks for 16 points while linebacker Brandt Kolybaba had 7 tackles in the loss.

The Wildcats come into Friday’s game following their loss in Calgary. It was a game where the Cats possibly deserved a better fate. The Cats had a wide edge in first downs, 31-17 and as well in net offense, putting up nearly 500 yards of it, but when the opposing defense allows only field goals as Special Teams Player of the Week Ideen Samadi, who had 4 of them, you’ll end up on the wrong end of the stat that counts most. However, when talking about the Cats offense, tailback Jordan Samoil is the first topic of discussion. Samoil, who can just about lay claim to the PFC rushing title as he owns a 500+ yard lead, ran for 161 more and has 9 touchdowns on the season.


The second half of this year’s Shrine Bowl series will have a lot more than bragging rights up for grabs between the Saskatchewan sides. If Saskatoon wins on Saturday evening, they’ll keep pace in the chase for first in the conference. Should Regina win, add to that a Wildcats win on Friday and friends, you’ll have a logjam for second spot in the conference with only 2 weeks remaining in the season.
The Hilltops looked like a finely tuned machine in their 43-9 whipping of Winnipeg last Sunday at Gordie Howe Bowl as Head Coach Tom Sargeant utilized 4 different passers who completed at least one pass to 12, that’s right, 12 receivers on their way to amassing 451 yards of offense.
Matt Karpinka made his first start since returning from a shoulder injury a successful one as he passed for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns with Graham Unruh being his favorite target as Unruh had 7 catches for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of things, veteran linebacker Dylan Kemp had a great afternoon against Winnipeg with 3 tackles, 2 assisted stops and recording 3 special teams tackles.

The Thunder got back to their winning ways with a victory in Edmonton in a contest where the Huskies nearly rallied from 22 points down to grab the win. Kyle Siemens, who has been a relief ace of sorts, picked up a win in his first start, throwing for 409 yards and 4 touchdowns and claimed Offensive Player of the Week honors to boot. Clay Cooke was Siemens’ favorite target, as he recorded 7 catches for 145 yards and found the end zone on two occasions.
Yianni Cabylis, who was Defensive Player of the week in Week 5 leads the PFC in defensive points with 79.

The Hilltops took the front end of the season series by a 24-9 score on September 8th.


The Colts will be aiming to keep their perfect record intact against a struggling Rifles club.
Calgary grinded out a home win against the Wildcats last week, however, Head Coach John Stevens wasn’t very pleased.
The Colt offense despite putting up 31 points, did struggle as quarterback Derek Cooper completed just 9 of 19 passes for 152 yards. But tailback Cameron Fox undoubtedly turned some heads as he dashed for 81 yards on 6 carries and added 1 catch as well.
The heart of the Colts is its defense, led by Stephen Dereniwski who currently sits 3rd in the defensive points race with 69.5. He added another 7 tackles last Sunday, upping his conference leading total to 28. Defensive Player of the Week Spencer Cole had 5 tackles and added 7 assists and chalked up a forced fumble as well last Sunday.
The Rifles playoff hopes may officially be dashed by game time on Sunday. Winnipeg dropped their fifth straight in Saskatoon and quarterback John Kiesman struggled mightily at times as he completed only 11 of 33 passes on the day. Running back Choe Sesay, in the lineup for an injured Martin Hovi, ran for 79 yards & receiver Brett Carter made 6 more grabs for 123 yards to stay in the conference lead. But for the Rifles, they’ll need all hands on deck to dent the Colt defense which is one of the best & toughest in the PFC.
Defensive Back Donovan Gregoire had his usual stellar effort against the Hilltops as he had 5 solo tackles and assisted on 3 others, however the defense needs to shore itself up in a hurry as they surrendered 43 points and 451 yards of net offense last week.

Thunder Siemens Offensive POW


Siemens who has been a “relief pitcher” over the season’s first half earned himself a start in last Saturday’s 39-36 win over the Edmonton Huskies. His first start turned out to be a great evening as he threw for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. Siemens is currently 6th in passing yards in the conference with 639.

Cole was a very busy defender in Sunday’s home victory over the Edmonton Wildcats. He would be in on a dozen tackles as he recorded 5 solo tackles along with 7 assisted stops. He would also force a Wildcat fumble as he racked up 19 defensive points on the day.

Samadi was a perfect 4 for 4 in the field goal department in Sunday’s road loss to Calgary. Among the 4 he made was a PFC season-longest 50 yard in the fourth quarter. Samadi has been good on 14 of 19 attempts in his first season in the PFC and leads the conference scoring race with 61 points.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pats Make Goaltending Decision and Reassign One Other

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats decided on the goaltending tandem for the 2012-13 season Wednesday by reassigning goaltender Adam Beukeboom.  Also reassigned Wednesday was defenceman Nathan Zimbaluk who will join the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs.

Beukeboom (’94), appeared in nineteen games for the Pats last season compiling a 5-6-2-0 record while featuring a 3.08 goals against average, 0.898 save percentage and tallying one shutout.

He suited up for one pre-season game in 2012, coming out on the wrong end of a 5-3 decision against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Zimbaluk (’93), dressed for 16 games with the Pats last season before joining the Melfort Mustangs in Junior-A for another fifteen where he tallied three assists in those games.  In 2012, he played in three preseason games without notching any points.

Zimbaluk will rejoin the Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL.  Coached by Gavin Holcolmb, the Mustangs can use the 6’3” defender’s size to aid a goaltending tandem that faced the most shots in the SJHL last season.

The Pats roster currently features 15 forwards, 9 defencemen and 2 goaltenders ahead of Friday’s Regular Season Opener in Brandon.  That game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at

Tickets are still available for the Habitat for Humanity Home Opener presented by Mosaic through Ticketmaster.  For group sales and season ticket information call the Pats Office at 522-5604 or visit


Two Pats Among Top NHL Draft Prospects.

The preliminary rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft are out and Regina Pats Forward Morgan Klimchuk and Defenseman Kyle Burroughs are both listed among the top prospects.

Morgan Klimchuk is one of 7 players listed as 'A' skaters in the Western Hockey league while Kyle Burroughs is listed as a 'C' skater ahead of next years draft.

I read today that Klimchuk is already being given first round considerations and scouts expect him to put up some outstanding draft year numbers.

However that's not the focus for either player heading into this season. Here's what Morgan Klimchuk had to say about the whole thing.

"You try not to read into it too much. It a nice compliment to see that some of your hard work is paying but but there's still a long way to go and you gotta focus on the task at hand and that is to start winning some games and get the team going into the right direction. When that starts happening then I can start worry about that a bit but I just don't worry about it too much right now."

Kyle Burroughs said much of the same.

"Its obviously an honor and its good to be on the list. Its great to be among those guys and some of the players that are there are fantastic players and its good to be on that list. You just gotta play your game and you know things will happen the way they are supposed to happen. If you play your game good things will happen but if you thinking about it too much you might over think things and second guess yourself so that's not really what you want to be doing."

Both Kyle and Morgan both said that it is definitely a confidence booster heading into the season.

The Pats open the regular season on Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings at 630 o'clock on 620 CKRM. Saturday is the home opener at the Brandt Centre 7 o'clock puck drop.