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Monday, December 31, 2012

Raiders Bardaro WHL Player of the Week

 
 

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders’ forward Anthony Bardaro is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Bardaro collected seven points, scoring four goals and three assists to go with a +4 rating, in two games over the past week, helping the Raiders to a 2-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Friday, December 28, the Raiders played host to the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. Bardaro scored the game winning goal, added three assists and was named the games’ 1st Star, in the Raiders 5-4 win over the Blades. The next night, Saturday, December 29, the Blades welcomed the Raiders to the Credit Union Centre for the back-half of the home-and-home holiday series. Bardaro scored three goals, including the game winner, and was named the games’ 1st Star in the Raiders 4-2 victory over the Blades.

Bardaro currently sits 33rd among all WHL scorers with 36 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games played thus far this season. The Raiders are 6-3-0-1 in their past ten contests and currently sit 1st in the WHL East Division with a 24-11-0-3 record for 51 points.

A 20-year-old from Delta, BC, Bardaro is in his fourth full season in the Western Hockey League. Originally a 6th round WHL Draft pick by Spokane, Bardaro spent two and a half seasons with the Chiefs before joining the Raiders midway through the 2011-12 season.

The WHL has also nominated Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lotz posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 72 of 74 shots faced for a 0.973 save-percentage and 0.98 goals-against average. Lotz, a 17-year-old rookie from St. Adolphe, MB, helped lead the ‘Tips to a pair of victories over the Seattle Thunderbirds on December 28 (2-1, 1st Star) and December 29 (2-1 OT, 2nd Star).



Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Dec. 17 – Dec. 30: Anthony Bardaro, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

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Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pat Chat Dec 31



Week That Was
Thursday, December 27th – Moose Jaw 4 @ Pats 3
The Pats got three key players back in the lineup for their first game back from the Christmas break in Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson and Luke Fenske.  Regina jumped out to a strong start, but was held off the board by Moose Jaw netminder Justin Paulic.  Tanner Eberle put on a show late in the second period as he tallied twice to send the Warriors to the third with a lead.  Moose Jaw built a 4-1 lead in the third, but two late goals by the Pats made things interesting in a 4-3 home loss.


Saturday, December 29th – Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw 1
Returning two more players to the lineup (Colton Jobke and Colby Williams), the Pats put together a strong effort through the full lineup in the back-half of their home and home with the Warriors.  Marc McCoy scored twice, Luke Fenske totaled three assists and Colby Williams added a pair of helpers in a 5-1 Pats victory.

Sunday, December 30th – Saskatoon 2 @ Pats 6
The Pats exited the first period with a one goal lead over the Blades, then blew the contest wide open with five goals in the middle frame.  Three of those came with the man advantage as the Pats went 4/7 on the powerplay in a 6-2 win over Saskatoon.  Chandler Stephenson had a career night with six points (2G, 4A) on the evening while Morgan Klimchuk matched his own season/career high with five points (1G, 4A).

Roster Moves
Pats defenceman Alex Theriau retires from junior hockey due to health concerns

Quote of the Week
“Alex came to the Pats at a time when we were in need of veteran leadership on our blue-line and in our locker room.  His contributions were beyond our expectations and we couldn’t be happier with what Alex brought to the team.  In his short time with the Pats, Alex displayed all of the qualities this organization aspires to uphold.  On behalf of the Pats, I want to wish him all of the best in his future endeavors.” – Pats GM Chad Lang on Alex Theriau’s retirement from Jr. Hockey

The Week Ahead
Friday, January 4th – Medicine Hat @ Pats
The Blue and White kick off 2013 with a contest against the Medicine Hat Tigers.  After visiting the Hat twice in the first half of the season, it’s the Pats’ turn to play host.  Top NHL Draft prospect Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk have been dangerous offensive threats this season and the Pats will have their hands full shutting them down.

Saturday, January 5th – Pats @ Prince Albert
The Raiders and Pats have battled back and forth in the first four games of their season series.  The Pats opened up with a win, followed by a pair of Raider wins before the teams’ latest meeting in which Regina captured a 3-0 win.  The last time Regina traveled to the Art Hauser Centre, the Raiders came away with a 5-3 win.

Sunday, January 6th – Brandon @ Pats
To finish up a three-in-three stretch the Pats host the Wheat Kings for the first time since falling twice to Brandon in the first weekend of the season.  The Wheaties are neck and neck with the Pats in their battle to reach the post season.

Weekly Schedule

Monday, December 31st – Day Off – No Media Availability

Tuesday, January 1st – Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Media Availability 12:20 p.m.

Wednesday, January 2nd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 3rd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Friday, January 4th – Medicine Hat @ Pats – 7 p.m. (The Dome)*

Saturday, January 5th – Pats @ Prince Albert – 7 p.m. (Art Hauser Centre)*

Sunday, January 6th – Brandon @ Pats – 6 p.m. (The Dome)*
*Broadcast on CKRM


Happy New Year!
With 2012 coming to a close, the entire Pats Organization wishes you and yours all the best in 2013!

Voucher Pack Deadline
As the season moves to its late stages, the deadline to purchase Pats Voucher Packs is approaching.  To get your Voucher Packs, visit or call the Pats Office at 522-PATS.

Important Dates
Friday, January 4th – Medicine Hat at Pats – Next Home Game
Friday, January 11th – Voucher Pack Deadline

 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

For Immediate Release December 30, 2012 Alex Theriau Retires from Junior Hockey

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats Hockey Club has announced 20-year old defenceman Alex Theriau is retiring from junior hockey due to health concerns.

The Duncan, B.C. native underwent hip surgery in the off-season before joining the Pats November 14th. Unfortunately, suiting up for 16 games with the Pats aggravated Theriau’s hip and will force Alex to end his junior career in order to heal and pursue professional and CIS opportunities next season.

“Obviously my injury with my hip, it hasn’t gone exactly how I planned. I’ve been digressing the past few weeks and I spoke to Pat and said, ‘hey, I’m concerned about my health,’ and we made the decision from there,” says Alex Theriau. “It was awesome,” continued Theriau about his time with the Pats. “I came in not expecting to get a real look and I got a huge opportunity here which I am still extremely grateful for.”

In his 16 games with Regina, Theriau picked up two goals and two assists to finish his WHL career with a total of 267 games played, 11 goals, 55 assists and 206 penalty minutes. Initially entering the league with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Theriau made stops in Everett and Medicine Hat before coming to the Pats.

“Alex came to the Pats at a time when we were in need of veteran leadership on our blue-line and in our locker room. His contributions were beyond our expectations and we couldn’t be happier with what Alex brought to the team,” says Pats GM Chad Lang. “In his short time with the Pats, Alex displayed all of the qualities this organization aspires to uphold. On behalf of the Pats, I want to wish him all of the best in his future endeavors.”

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats 6 Blades 2



The Regina Pats were home to the Saskatoon Blades Sunday night to wrap up 3 games in 4 nights. The Pats were winners on Friday in Moose Jaw against the Warriors 5-1. Luke Fenske had three assists in the win that saw the return of defensemen Colton Jobke and Colby Williams to the lineup. The Blades came in having lost 3 straight including a home and home with the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday and Saturday nights. The Blades were without their number one goalie Andrey Makarov who is in Ufa Russia for the World Juniors playing for the home country Russians. The Blue and White got Trent Ouellette back from suspension on Sunday but lost Marc McCoy to a lower body injury against the Warriors so they swapped places in the lineup. The Pats came in 3 points back of 8th in the conference and were looking to win their first game against Saskatoon this season. The Blades were 4 and oh versus Regina so far. The scratches for the Pats Sunday were Tye Hand, Adam Brooks, Marc McCoy, Bryar Ortynski, Filip Vasko, Alex Theriau, Dryden Hunt, and Griffin Mumby.

In the first period the Pats did not give the Blades the quick start we had seen in the previous 4 meetings. The shot totals were low and the Pats had the better scoring chances early. Both teams went back and forth for the first little while in a tight checking game. Both Matt Hewitt and Alex Moodie made some good saves early. Then near the end of the period the Blades would take their first penalty of the game and then 47 seconds into it take another so the Pats went up 5 on 3 for 1:13. Though they didn't score up 2 men they did with the 5 on 4 powerplay as Kyle Burroughs sent a puck into the corner for Klimchuk who found a wide open Chandler Stephenson in the slot who one timed it through the legs of Moodie for his 7th of the year with 4.6 seconds left in the period. Stephenson with 3 goals in 3 games since coming back from his foot injury. The Pats outshot the Blades 6-4 in the first period.

In the second period the Pats exploded offensively. The first goal came even strength 5 minutes in as Chandler Stephenson fed Morgan Klimchuk on a 2 on 1 and he finished for his 19th on the year and Kyle Burroughs got his second assist of the game. Then at the 10:15 mark on the Pats made it 3-0 as Colten Mayor was left all alone in front and finished a rebound for his 12th of the year from Lane Scheidl and Chandler Stephenson. Then on the powerplay Kyle Burroughs hammered a shot from the point past Alex Moodie for his 3rd of the year from Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson at 12:24 and it was 4-0. Then on another man advantage the Pats made it 5-0 as Chandler Stephenson took a pass on the right side and hammered home his second of the night and 8th on the season. Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk with the assists at 14:03. Then with yet another powerplay Lane Scheidl made it 6-0 as hit tipped home a pass in the slot at 15:02 from Chandler Stephenson and Morgan Klimchuk. Stephenson with a point on every Pat goal in the game to that point. The Pats outshot the Blades 21-5 in the second and 27-9 overall.

In the third the Blades would get one back 2:50 in as Darren Dietz beat Matt Hewitt for his 10th on the year from Adam Kambeitz and Nathan Burns and it was 6-1. Then with a powerplay of their own the Blades got their second goal as Matthew Pufahl finished a rebound in front from Brenden Walker and Darren Dietz at 8:27 and it was 6-2 Pats. That was all the scoring for the game however as neither team found the back of the net. The Pats were outshot in the frame but the victory was never really in doubt. The Blades got 11 shots to the Pats 4 in the third but the Blue and White outshot the Blades overall 31-20 in the game. Chandler Stephenson finished the game with 6 points and he now has 8 points in his three games since coming back from his foot injury and he was named the games first star. Morgan Klimchuk added 5 points in the win and was the games second star while Kyle Burroughs scored on the powerplay and added 2 assists and got the games third star honors.

The Pats are now just a point out of 8th in the conference but they have played more games than the teams right in the race. They are in action against one of those teams Friday as the Medicine Hat Tigers visit the Brandt Centre for a 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Pats Blades Gameday Preview

Game #40
Sunday, December 30th
Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (14-21-2-2) Saskatoon Blades (19-17-0-1)

Head-to-Head
The first four games of the Blades and Pats season series fell in Saskatoon’s favour, some in convincing fashion. The Blades outscored the Pats 25-5 in four contests. Morgan Klimchuk leads the Pats into the Pats fifth matchup with Saskatoon with four points in four games. Josh Nicholls and Matej Stransky have been red hot against the Pats with ten points in the four games. Nicholls has eight goals against the Pats. Coming into this matchup the Pats split a home and home series with Moose Jaw while the Blades dropped a pair of games to the Prince Albert Raiders. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats at Warriors
Returning two more players to the lineup (Colton Jobke and Colby Williams), the Pats put together a strong effort through the full lineup in the back-half of their home and home with the Warriors. Marc McCoy scored twice, Luke Fenske totaled three assists and Colby Williams added a pair of helpers in a 5-1 Pats victory.

Secondary Scoring
Of the Pats’ five goals scored against Moose Jaw Saturday night, only one came from the top line. Marc McCoy scored twice as a part of the Pats’ second line while Jack Rodewald and Adam Rossignol both tallied on the third line.

Pats Prospects at the Mac’s Tournament
The Pats have ten prospects competing at the Mac’s Tournament with their various Midget AAA teams in Calgary. F Drew Litwin (Tisdale), Austin Wagner (Calgary North Stars), Erik Donald (SSAC), Tanner Burgardt (Prince Albert), Nik Koberstein/Patrick Gora (St. Albert), James Hilsendager (Lloydminster), Rykr Cole (Moose Jaw), Brady Reagan (UFA Bisons) and Liam Finlay (Okanogan).

Under-17 Team West Update
Team West opened the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 4-0 loss to Sweden. Pats forward Adam Brooks was named as West’s player of the game. Team West faces off with Russia in their second contest of the round robin.

Who to Watch on Saskatoon
Matej Stransky and Josh Nicholls sit tied for the Blades scoring lead with 46 points. Of their totals, ten of them are against the Pats in four games. Nicholls sits third among WHL goal scorers with 26 on the season while both players are tied for tenth in league scoring.

Quick Hits
- Lane Scheidl is 1 point away from 150 for his WHL career
- Marc McCoy tallied the first multi-point and multi-goal game of his WHL career last night
- The Pats have six points from players returning off injury in their last two games

Upcoming Schedule
vs Medicine Hat – Friday Jan. 4th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Saturday Jan 5th, 7 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
vs Brandon – Sunday Jan 6th, 6 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pats 5 Warriors 1



The Regina Pats were on the road Saturday night in Moose Jaw for the back half of a home and home with the Warriors. Moose Jaw won the first meeting in Regina 4-3 as Tenner Eberle scored twice in the win. Chandler Stephenson made his return in that game for the Pats and picked up 2 goals for the Blue and White. Dyson Stevenson and Luke Fenske also checked back in for the Pats. Regina got two more players back Saturday as captain Colton Jobke came back from his hand injury and Colby Williams was also back after missing 3 games with an upper body injury. The Warriors had played a game Friday night in Brandon winning 4-3 in a comeback effort so Saturday was their 3rd game in as many nights. The Pats came in 5 points back of the Warriors for 8th in the conference so a big two points on the line for the Blue and White in this one.

In the first period the Pats top line really set the tone with the first shift and hemmed the Warriors in deep. However after that the Warriors would turn the tied a little bit and got 5 quick shots on goal but Teagan Sacher stopped all of them. The Pats were shorthanded for two minutes in that stretch but the PK did a good job and killed it off. Then the Pats started to come on and got a powerplay of their own and while they had some good chances were unable to ind the back of the net. They would find the net however at the 8:46 mark as Colten Mayor walked across the Warrior line and dropped a pass for Colby Williams who went back to Mayor who found Marc McCoy in front who finished into an open net for his 3rd of the season and it was 1-0 Pats. The Blue and White would get a powerplay shortly after that and if it wasn't for a beautiful glove save from Justin Paulic it would have been a 2-0 Regina lead. The Warriors killed for the remainder of the period and kept the game at a 1-0 score. The Pats would have the man advantage for 16 seconds to start the second period. The Blue and White outshot the Warriors 13-7 in the first.

In the second the Pats continued their strong play and took the lead 2-0 at 4:49 as Marc McCoy banged home a rebound for his second of the night and 4th of the season. Luke Fenske and Colby Williams with the assists. Then 54 seconds later the Blue and White made it 3-0 as Adam Rossignol made a beautiful move to get out front and finished on the backhand for his 9th of the year at 5:43 from Luke Fenske. Then at the 12:54 mark Jack Rodewald made it 4-0 as he found a loose puck in front for his 4th of the year. Luke Fenske and Kyle Burroughs got the assists and that was the end of the night for Warrior netminder Justin Paulic who was replaced by Daniel Wapple. The Warriors would get two powerplays in the period. The Pats killed the first and 1:49 of the second to finish the 2nd period. The frame ended with the Pats leading 4-0. Shots on goal were 16-7 Pats in the frame and 29-16 overall.

In the third the Pats would kill off the remaining 11 seconds of the Warrior powerplay and then Morgan Klimchuk cleared a puck off the glass and Lane Scheidl skated onto it and fired home his 19th of the season and it was 5-0 Pats. The Warriors would ruin Sachers shutout bid as Brandon Potomak would score his 3rd if the season from Johnson at 11:52 and it was 5-1. That's how the game would finish. The Pats were outshot 9-5 in the third but outshot the Warriors 34-25 overall.

A big win for the Blue and White who are now just 3 points back of the Warriors in the standings. The three stars in the game were all Pats. 3rd star went to Colton Jobke, 2nd to Luke Fenske with 3 assists and the first star was Marc McCoy who had a 2 goal performance.

The Pats are back in action Sunday at 6 o'clock home to the Saskatoon Blades on 620 CKRM.

Pats Warriors Gameday Preview

Game #39
Saturday, December 29th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.


Regina Pats (13-21-2-2) Moose Jaw Warriors (14-17-3-4)

Head-to-Head
For the second time in three nights, the Pats and Warriors go head to head. Moose Jaw took the latest meeting between the teams by a 4-3 count on Thursday. Tanner Eberle scored twice in the second period to lead the Warriors in scoring over the teams’ two contests. Chandler Stephenson also scored twice and leads the Pats with four points in two games against the Warriors. The Pats come into this evening’s contest having with a 2-3-0-0 in their last five games. Meanwhile, Moose Jaw was in action last night, earning a 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Fall Short at Home to Warriors
The Pats got three key players back in the lineup for their first game back from the Christmas break in Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson and Luke Fenske. Regina jumped out to a strong start, but was held off the board by Moose Jaw netminder Justin Paulic. Tanner Eberle put on a show late in the second period as he tallied twice to send the Warriors to the third with a lead. Moose Jaw built a 4-1 lead in the third, but two late goals by the Pats made things interesting in a 4-3 home loss.

Star Players
Through 38 games this season, Lane Scheidl and Matt Hewitt sit atop the Molson Cup standings with 16 points each. Scheidl has nine star selections with seven of them coming as the second star of the game while Hewitt features eight selections with two first star nods. Teagan Sacher holds the most first star selections with four on the season.

Loving the Rivalry
Chandler Stephenson made a strong return to the Pats lineup on Thursday, scoring twice in the loss. The two goals give the Washington 3rd round pick four points in two games against Moose Jaw and ten points in nine games over the last two seasons.

Who to Watch on Moose Jaw
Tanner Eberle has been red hot the past couple of nights. Eberle’s two goals pushed his total to seven before striking again last night in Brandon with a goal and two assists to move up to 20 points on the season.

Quick Hits
- With an assist in his last game, Luke Fenske set a career high for points with twelve (2G, 10A) on the season
- Emil Sylvegard snapped an eight game pointless streak on Thursday
- Lane Scheidl has four assists in his last two games

Upcoming Schedule
vs Saskatoon – Sunday Dec. 30th, 6 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)
vs Medicine Hat – Friday Jan. 4th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Saturday Jan 5th, 7 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Warriors 4 Pats 3



The Regina Pats returned from their Christmas break to host the Moose Jaw Warriors Thursday night. The Pats were coming off a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in their final game before the break. Morgan Klimchuk scored with 32 seconds left to give the Pats the lead and the two points. The Pats got a number of bodies back into the lineup as Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson and Luke Fenske checked in against the Warriors. The Pats came in just a point back of the Warriors in the standings and 2 points back of 8th in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors came in without two of their top three scorers in Morgan Reilly and Brayden Point who were gone to the World Juniors and U17's respectively. A big two points on the line at the Brandt Centre Thursday night.

In the first the Pats came out and had a jump in their step. They had a number of scoring chances and out shot the Warriors 8-1 early on. However Justin Paulic was solid in goal for the Warriors and kept the game scoreless. The Warriors would get the first powerplay of the game but 41 seconds in they took a penalty of their own and that negated the man advantage. The Pats would not score on their abbreviated man advantage after the 4 on 4 and it was still tied at 0's. The Warriors would get a second chance on the powerplay and it came when the two teasm were already playing 4 on 4 so the Pats were down 4 on 3 but were able to kill it off. Then a fight came shortly after as Marc McCoy was leveled by Tyler Bell and Dyson Stevenson took exception and dropped the gloves with the Warriors defenseman. A good tilt where both players landed some punches. The Pats had a few more chances to score but didn't capitalize and then with 14 seconds left in the frame Chandler Stephenson took a cross checking penalty and the Warriors went to their third powerplay of the game. The period would end 0-0 with 1:46 of Moose Jaws powerplay carrying over into the second. The Pats outshot the Warriors 12-6 in the first period.

In the second frame the Pats killed off the penalty to start the period and then got a powerplay of their own but were unable to score. Both teams went back and forth but the Warriors started to turn the tide and started getting some shots on goal. They would get their fourth powerplay of the game with just over 4 minutes left in the period and they would break the deadlock as Tanner Eberle hammered a puck from the slot past Hewitt for his 6th of the year from Andrew Johnson at 17:09. Then at the 19:03 Eberle would get his second of the night as he rushed up the right side and beat Matt Hewitt with a nice move for his 8th from Gore and Morse and it was 2-0 Moose Jaw. That's how the second would end. The Warriors outshot the Pats 12-6 in the second and the teams were tied 18-18 overall.

In the third frame the Warriors made it 3-0 early as Travis Brown hammered a puck from the point that changed directions in front of Hewitt and ended up in the back of the net 30 seconds into the frame. Messier and Fioretti got the assists on Browns 7th of the year. Then playing 4 on 4 the Pats would get on the board as Chandler Stephenson skated up the left wing and cut n front and beat Paulic for his 5th on the year from Lane Scheidl at 4:32 and it was 3-1 Moose Jaw. However the Warriors would get that one back on the powerplay at 7:56 as Colton McCarthy tipped home his first WHL goal from McFaull and Whyton and it was 4-1. The Pats would battle late in the period and Chandler Stephenson got his team within two again with his second on the night and 6th on the year from Luke Fenske at 17:52. Then with the net empty the Pats would get within one as Morgan Klimchuk finished on the wraparound for his 18th of the year from Emil Sylvegard and Lane Scheidl with 27.6 seconds left and it was 4-3. The Pats looked to have a chance as Chandler walked across the lone on the right wing but his shot was blocked and cleared and the Warriors hung on for the 4-3 victory. The Pats outshot the Wariors 11-7 in the third and 29-25 overall.

The three stars in the game were Moose Jaws Jordan Messier (3rd) Regina's Chandler Stephenson (2nd) and Moose Jaw's Tanner Eberle (1st).

A tough loss for the Blue and White after a really good start and they fell to 13-21-2-2 on the season, three points back of 8th in the conference. The Pats are back in action Saturday in Moose Jaw against the Warriors at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Pats Vs Warriors Gameday Preview



Game #38
Thursday, December 27th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (13-20-2-2) Moose Jaw Warriors (12-17-3-4)

Head-to-Head
The Pats and Warriors only met once in the first half of the season, setting the stage for the Highway 1 rivals to clash seven times in the second half. The teams’ first meeting resulted in a Pats 4-1 victory on home ice. Morgan Klimchuk scored twice in that contest while Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly scored the lone Warriors goal. The Pats wrapped up their pre-Christmas schedule with a dramatic 3-2 road win over Lethbridge. Meanwhile, the Warriors fell 4-2 at the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings and find themselves on a three game losing streak. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats vs Hurricanes
The Pats picked up a much needed road win to close out their pre-Christmas schedule. Leading 2-1 late in the third period, the Pats gave up a tying goal off a ricochet from the backboards straight to the stick of Craig Leverton. Just when the game looked to be headed to OT, Morgan Klimchuk put the Pats back in front with just half a minute left on the clock to send Regina to a 3-2 win. Teagan Sacher made 24 saves in a first star effort while Jack Rodewald and Kyle Burroughs scored the Pats first two goals.

Thirsty Thursday
With this today’s Thursday game against the Raiders, fans can enjoy $8 big beers. Individual Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. For more information on Group Tickets call Matt at the Pats Office, 522-PATS.

Divisional Battles
The Pats played most of the first half outside of their division. This sets up a second half to the season where the Pats play 23 of their remaining 35 games within their division. (Moose Jaw -7, Brandon-6, Prince Albert-4, Swift Current-4, Saskatoon-2)

Team West
Assistant Coach Malcolm Cameron and forward Adam Brooks are off to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville/Victoriaville, Quebec. The tournament runs December 29th – January 4th, 2013. In last year’s NHL Draft, 65 U17 Hockey Challenge Alumni were selected including Chandler Stephenson and six other Team West members.

Who to Watch on Moose Jaw
Pats fans got a good look at hot-shot rookie forward Brayden Point in last year’s playoffs when he joined the Warriors lineup as a late season call-up. Now he’s on the main roster and picked up right where he left off. Point sits third on the Warriors in scoring behind Sam Fioretti and Morgan Rielly with 26 points (8G, 18A) in 36 games this season.

Quick Hits
- Jack Rodewald has 99 career WHL games to his name
- Morgan Klimchuk has three goals in the final minute of regulation, two of them game winners
- Since joining the Pats lineup F Marc McCoy has two points (1G, 1A), both of them on the powerplay

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, December 24, 2012

Pat Chat Dec 24th

Merry Christmas Pats Fans!

The Week That Was
Tuesday, December 18th – Pats 3 @ Lethbridge 2
The Pats picked up a much needed road win to close out their pre-Christmas schedule. Leading 2-1 late in the third period, the Pats gave up a tying goal off a ricochet from the backboards straight to the stick of Craig Leverton. Just when the game looked to be headed to OT, Morgan Klimchuk put the Pats back in front with just half a minute left on the clock to send Regina to a 3-2 win. Teagan Sacher made 24 saves in a first star effort while Jack Rodewald and Kyle Burroughs scored the Pats first two goals.
Quote of the Week
“It has been a tough road and we're a long ways from being out of it, but it would have been easy for them (to mail in the last game before the break). They didn't do that. All the credit goes to the kids. You don't always get what you deserve but they definitely emptied their (tanks) and they got rewarded for it. It was nice to see.”
– Head Coach Pat Conacher on the Pats win (Courtesy Greg Harder – Leader-Post)

The Week Ahead
Thursday, December 27th – Moose Jaw @ Pats (Thirsty Thursday)
After only meeting once in the first half of the season, the Pats and Warriors start the second half with a bang in a home and home starting in Regina. The Pats took the first meeting between the teams, 4-1 at the Dome.

Saturday, December 29th – Pats @ Moose Jaw
As a result of only meeting once in the first half, this will be the Pats first trip to Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. Take the quick jaunt down the Trans-Canada to cheer on your Pats as they face off with their arch-rivals.

Sunday, December 30th – Saskatoon @ Pats
The final contest of a three game in four night stretch out of the gate to wrap up 2012 for the Pats. The Blue and White host the Memorial Cup bound Saskatoon Blades as the Pats look for revenge after being swept in a home and home in the teams’ last meeting.

Weekly Schedule
Thursday, December 27th – Moose Jaw @ Pats – 7 p.m. (The Dome)*

Friday, December 28th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Saturday, December 29th – Pats @ Moose Jaw – 7 p.m. (Mosaic Place)*

Sunday, December 30th – Saskatoon @ Pats – 6 p.m. (The Dome)*
*Broadcast on CKRM

Merry Christmas!
From the entire Regina Pats organization, thank you fans for your support through the first half of the season. Please enjoy a happy and safe holiday season with your friends and family.

Thirsty Thursday
The Pats next home game is Thursday, December 27th against the Moose Jaw Warriors and that means it’s Thirsty Thursday so fans can enjoy $8 big beers. Individual Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. For more information on Group Tickets call Matt at the Pats Office, 522-PATS.

Important Dates
Thursday, December 27th – Moose Jaw at Pats – Thirsty Thursday/Next Home Game

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, December 21, 2012

Raiders McNeill Recalled by Team Canada

Prince Albert SK – Prince Albert Raiders forward Mark McNeill has been recalled by Team Canada for the upcoming 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

The Edmonton, Alberta native leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points in 35 games so far this season, including 3 game winning goals. The Raiders captain has recorded 5 points in 6 games during the month of December.

An 18th overall draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011, McNeill has previously dawned the Red and White, representing Team Pacific at the 2010 Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he recorded 3 points in 5 games.

McNeill and Canada kick off the tournament against Leon Draisaitl and Team Germany on Boxing Day. The tournament will be televised on TSN.

Courtesy Evan Poitras

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Former Pats Captain Stricken With Kidney Disease

Regina, Saskatchewan – Former Regina Pats Captain Kyle Deck has been diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy, an autoimmune kidney disease.

Deck, a father of two young children, played with the Pats for five seasons and was the Pats’ Captain from 2005 to 2007. Kyle is in need of a kidney transplant in short order. Therefore a matching donor needs to be found.

"We want to help Kyle in any way we can and right now we need to find a kidney donor match," says Pats President Brent Parker. "Time is obviously an issue and we're asking for community assistance. Kyle was always a very giving kid when he was our captain and if there's anything we can do, we will."

If you are interested in being tested as a possible kidney match for Kyle or anybody in need of a kidney transplant, please contact Craig at the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at 766-6444

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pats 3 Canes 2



The Regina Pats wraped up their three game road trip in Lethbridge Tuesday night against the Hurricanes. It was teh final game for the Pats before the Christmas break. The Pats had lost two straight coming in against the Calgary Hitmen and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. However even with the Pats struggling to get points they came into Tuesday just 4 points back of 8th spot in the Eastern Conference which is held by the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Pats werwe 1 and 1 versus the Cames coming in, the most recent matchup the Pats shutout them out 4-0 at the Brandt Centre. Teagan Sacher got the start in goal Tuesday and it was his 12th of the season. Brady Reagan also started his second game on defense while the only lineup change from the weekend was that Connor Gay came in for Bryar Ortynski. The Hurricanes came in third in their division and 6th in the conference. The Canes hosted the Pats in their 23rd hoem game already of the season on Tuesday so their second half will be spent largely away from the Enmax Centre.

In the first period the Pats got the good start they wanted and got some good oportunities on Hurricane netminder Ty Rimmer. Trent Ouellete had the best chance to score on a rebound on the left side of the net but the puck bounced on him and he couldnt put it on the empty net. Darian Henry also had some nice chances on shots from the pint but Rimer made the saves. The Pats then got in a bit of pnalty trouple late in the period as they were shorthanded for 4 straight minutes but the PK only gave up 1 shot in that time and the period ended tied at 0's. The shots on goal were 10-10 after 1.

In the second the Canes broke the deadlock early as Jaimen Yakubowski found a rebound in front and shot over the shoulder of Teagan Sacher and in at the 0:19 second mark. Johnston and Blomqvist got the asissts and it was 1-0 Lethbridge. However the Pats would get that back on the powerplay at the 6:38 point as Marc McCoy won a faceoff to Lane Scheidl who fed Kyle Burroughs at the point. Burroughs shot through a screen and beat Rimmer for his 2nd of the season and it was 1-1. The at 8:32 the Pats took the lead as Jack Rodewald fired a beautiful shot from the left side and it went top corner for his 3rd of the year. Braden Christoffer got the lone assist and it was 2-1. The period went back and forth after that but neither team scored and it was 2-1 Regina after 40. The Pats outshot the Canes 10-6 in the 2nd and 20-16 overall.

In the third the Pats and Canes went back and forth. The Canes had one chance with the powerplay but the Pats were able to kill it off. Then late in the period the Pats looked to have cleared the zone when Macoy Erkamps gloved a puck down just outside the Pat line but the linesman didn't call the offiside. The puck was then sent around the back of the net and when Sacher went to play it it took a wierd Boyce an it was turned over and Craig Leverton was able to score his 7th of the year at the 16:10 mark and it was tied at 2's. Then with less than a minute left Burroughs sent the puck up the wing to Ouellette who go it across to Scheidl who dropped it in the slot to Klimchuk who fired home his 17th of the year with 32 seconds left and the Pats took the lead 3-2. That's how the game would finish. The Pats outshot the Canes 27-26 and it was the first time they outshot an opponent in 26 games.

The three stars were Lethbridge's Jaimen Yakubowski (3rd) Daniel Johnston (2nd) and the Pats Teagan Sacher (1st).

The Pats head to their Christmas break and are back in action December 27th at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Cougars Zarowny CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Brett Zarowny of the Prince George Cougars is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 16 after posting a 2-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .968.

Zarowny stopped 91 shots in three games backstopping the Cougars to a pair of wins this past week. Both wins came against the Vancouver Giants including a 6-0 victory on Saturday night where he recorded his second career shutout with 23 saves as the game’s second star, then on Sunday making 35 saves as first star of the 2-1 win. Zarowny also claimed first star honours earlier in the week despite a tough 2-0 loss to the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday where he made 33 saves.

Zarowny, a 17-year-old rookie from Edson, AB, has an 8-7-0-0 record with the Cougars so far this season. He ranks third among WHL rookie goaltenders with a goals-against-average of 2.97 and second in save percentage with a mark of .910.

Also considered for the award this week was Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who went 3-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.65 and save percentage of .938, while Los Angeles Kings prospect Christopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens went 1-1-0-1 with a goals-against-average of 1.63 and save percentage of .940.

2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Brett Zarowny, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: JP Anderson, Sarnia Sting
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Kevin Bailie, London Knights
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Mackenzie Skapski, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28 : Michael Giugovaz, Peterborough Petes
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21 : Jordon Cooke, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7 : Eetu Laurikainen, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 : Sébastien Auger, Saint John Sea Dogs
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23 : John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers

Cory Flett, Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pats Hurricanes Gameday Preview

Game #37
Tuesday, December 18th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. MST

Regina Pats (12-20-2-2) Lethbridge Hurricanes (17-15-1-4)

Head-to-Head
The Pats’ final game before breaking for Christmas brings them to the Enmax Centre for a date with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The teams faced off twice earlier in the season with the Hurricanes running to a 6-1 win on home ice before the Pats returned the favour with a 4-0 victory in Regina. Dyson Stevenson leads the Pats against the ‘Canes after he put up a hat trick and added an assist in the teams’ last meeting. Jamal Watson, Russell Maxwell and Graham Hood each have two points in the season series for Lethbridge. The Pats head into the final game of this swing after losses in Calgary and Edmonton. The Hurricanes come into tonight’s contest after a 4-2 win over Kamloops. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m. MST.

Lead Up: Edmonton Powerplay Burns Pats
The Pats were right in the thick of it with the Oil Kings, trailing 3-1 early in the third period. Penalties and Michael St. Croix would turn things decidedly in Edmonton’s favour. St. Croix totaled four goals on the night, all of them on the powerplay as the Oil Kings went 5/7 with the man advantage en route to an 8-1 victory over the Pats. Stephen Hak scored the lone goal for the Pats.

Halfway Through
The Pats hit the halfway point of the season in Edmonton. Through 36 games, the Pats hold a 12-20-2-2 overall record (8-7-2-0 at home, 4-13-0-2 on the road). On special teams, the Pats are 18.3% on the powerplay and 74.9% on the penalty kill.

Team Leaders
Three players have played in all 36 Pats games this season (Scheidl, Klimchuk, Rossignol). Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk are tied as the teams’ point leaders with 38 points. Scheidl leads with 18 goals while Klimchuk leads the assists category with 22 on the season. Though Darian Henry has the most PIMs on the team, Braden Christoffer has the most penalty minutes with the Pats at 52. Luke Fenske and Dyson Stevenson feature the best plus/minus on the Pats both sitting +1 on the season.

Debut
Pats prospect Brady Reagan saw his first WHL action in Edmonton. The Pats 31st overall selection from the 2012 Bantam Draft saw limited ice time as he gets a taste of Major Junior hockey.

Quick Hits
- Defenceman Stephen Hak scored his first goal of the season Sunday night against Edmonton
- The average age of the Pats defence on Sunday was 17.3 years of age
- Forward Jack Rodewald has two points in his last three games

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Moose Jaw – Thursday Dec. 27th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)
at Moose Jaw – Saturday Dec. 29th, 7 p.m. – Mosaic Place(CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Sunday Dec. 30th, 6 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, December 17, 2012

Blades Nicholls WHL POW

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Saskatoon Blades’ forward Josh Nicholls is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Nicholls collected eight points, scoring three goals and five assists in four games over the past week, helping the Blades to a 4-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, December 11, Nicholls picked up one assist in the Blades 7-5 win over the Wheat Kings in Brandon. On Wednesday, December 12, the Blades were in Moose Jaw to face the Warriors. Nicholls collected one goal, one assist and was named the game’s 1st Star in the Blades 5-2 victory over the Warriors. On Friday, December 14 the Swift Current Broncos were in Saskatoon to take on the Blades. Nicholls netted two goals, added an assist and was named the games’ 2nd Star as the Blades edged the Broncos 4-3. On Saturday, December 15, Nicholls gathered two more assists in the Blades 5-2 triumph over the visiting Kootenay Ice.

Nicholls currently leads all WHL snipers with 26 goals and sits 9th among all scorers with 44 points (26 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games played thus far this season. The Blades have won six straight and currently sit 2nd in the WHL East Division with a 19-14-0-1 record for 39 points.

A 20-year-old from Tsawwassen, BC, Nicholls is in his fifth full season with the Saskatoon Blades. The 7th round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, Nicholls was originally a 2nd round pick by the Blades in the 2007 WHL Draft and has since gone on to appear in 294 WHL games collecting a 117 goals and 272 points.

The WHL has also nominated Brett Zarowny of the Prince George Cougars for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Zarowny posted a 2-1-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 91 of 94 shots faced for a 0.968 save-percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. Zorowny, a 17-year-old rookie from Edson, AB, helped lead the Cougars to a pair of victories over the Vancouver Giants 6-0 (Dec. 15 / 2nd Star) and 2-1 (Dec. 16 / 1st Star), and was also named 1st Star in a hard fought 2-0 loss to the Swift Current Broncos on December 11.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

"Denny's: open 24/7 for all your hunger needs. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night, Denny's has you covered. Open 24/7"

Cory Flett
Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pat Chat Dec 17th

Pats Reach Midway Point of Season

The Week That Was
Thursday, December 13th – Prince Albert 0 @ Pats 3
The Pats needed a big effort from their full lineup to snap a seven game losing streak and they got it Thursday night. Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl each had a pair of assists while Trent Ouellette, Marc McCoy and Adam Rossignol scored to help the Pats to a 3-0 victory over Prince Albert. Matt Hewitt made 23 saves for the shutout.

Saturday, December 15th – Pats 0 @ Calgary 2
A goal off the stick of Greg Chase only 1:46 into the contest would hold up as the game’s only marker until Cody Sylvester scored on the empty Pats net to give the Hitmen a 2-0 victory. The Calgary penalty kill was strong as the Pats were unable to tally a powerplay goal despite ten opportunities with the man advantage. Mack Shields stopped 18 shots to earn his first WHL shutout for Calgary while Matt Hewitt made 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss.

Sunday, December 16th – Pats 1 @ Edmonton 8
The Pats were right in the thick of it with the Oil Kings, trailing 3-1 early in the third period. Penalties and Michael St. Croix would turn things decidedly in Edmonton’s favour. St. Croix totaled four goals on the night, all of them on the powerplay as the Oil Kings went 5/7 with the man advantage en route to an 8-1 victory over the Pats. Stephen Hak scored the lone goal for the Pats.

Roster Moves
Pats acquire Marc McCoy, Filip Vasko and cond. 2015 WHL Bantam Draft Pick from Red Deer for Dominik Volek
Pats acquire Darian Henry from Calgary for 2015 5th Rd. WHL Bantam Draft Pick

Quote of the Week
"It was kind of tough in the first period just adjusting system-wise. But all the guys were really welcoming and the coaches did a great job of trying to get me up to speed. It's obviously tough stepping in without a practice, but I tried my best and I'm glad we got a win." – Marc McCoy after the Pats’ 3-0 over Prince Albert
(Courtesy Greg Harder – Leader-Post)

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, December 18th – Pats @ Lethbridge
The Pats face their final test before the Christmas break in the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The last time the Pats visited the Enmax Centre they were blown out 6-1, but turned the tables in Regina with a 4-0 win on home ice in the teams’ previous meeting.

Weekly Schedule
Monday, December 17th – Day Off in Lethbridge

Tuesday, December 18th – Pats @ Lethbridge – 8 p.m. CST (Enmax Centre)

Wednesday, December 19th – Wednesday, December 26th – Christmas Break
*Broadcast on CKRM

Thirsty Thursday
The Pats next home game is Thursday, December 27th against the Moose Jaw Warriors and that means it’s Thirsty Thursday so fans can enjoy $8 big beers. Individual Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. For more information on Group Tickets call Matt at the Pats Office, 522-PATS.

Neutral Zone Store
Do you have a Pats fan on your Christmas list? Make sure you stop by the Neutral Zone Store at the Dome or online (shop.reginapats.com) and check out all the great Pats merchandise. Look for the Neutral Zone’s holiday hours online.

Important Dates
Thursday, December 27th – Moose Jaw at Pats – Thirsty Thursday/Next Home Game

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oil Kings 8 Pats 1



The Regina Pats were in Edmonton Sunday taking on the Oil Kings for the second of a three game road trip. The first game was a 2-0 loss for the Blue and White in Calgary to the Hitmen. The Pats were down 1-0 from early in the first but couldn't find the equalizer and the Hitmen sealed the victory with an empty netter with 41 seconds left to play. The Pats powerplay went oh for 10 on the night and that was the difference. Matt Hewitt was outstanding making 28 saves on 29 shots and giving his team a chance to win. The Pats had been shut out in three of their previous four games coming into Sunday. The Oil Kings had won 3 straight coming in and boasted the leagues best powerplay and penalty kill. However Edmonton was without some key players in Griffin Reinhart and David Musil on the back end as they are in Russia for the WJHC. The team did get goaltender Laurent Brossoit back from Canada's selection camp and he made the star Sunday against the Pats Matt Hewitt. The Pats called up top 2012 draft pick Brady Reagan for the remainder of the road trip as Colby Williams was injured after taking a hit against the Hitmen. The Pats came in 4 points back of a playoff spot and were looking to pick up points against the Conferences 3rd best team.

In the first period both teams were engaged early and it was an exciting start to the game. Matt Hewitt made some saves early and then Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit did the same. The Pats got the first two powerplays of the game including a brief chance up 4 on 3 but again didn't find the back of the net and almost gave up a shorthanded goal but Hewitt made a big save. The Oil Kings got a chance on the powerplay a short time later and on it the Pats had the best chance to score. Morgan Klimchuk led a two on one on the right wing and made a beautiful pass to Scheidl in front and somehow Brossoit got across and made a big save to keep the game tied at 0's. That's how the period would end. The Blue and White were oh for 3 on the powerplay but did some really good things on them and the Oil Kings went oh for 1. Edmonton led the shots on goal 9-6 in the first.

In the second period the Pats got into some penalty trouble and the best powerplay in the league took advantage. The Oil Kings would open the scoring at the 7:20 mark of the second on the PP as Micheal St. Croix picked up his 16th of the season from Dylan Wruck and T.J. Foster and it was 1-0. Then the Pats took another penalty and the Oil Kings extended their lead to 2-0 as T.J. Foster shot from he right side and Hewitt made the initial save but Foster followed up and finished the rebound at 9:54 from Klarc Wilson and Stephane Legaut. The Pats would push back after that and Colten Mayor and Morgan Klimchuk both had some good scoring chances but Broissoit made the saves to keep his team up. The Pats would go down a man with 1:24 left in the second and while the Pats didn't give up a goal, with 2 seconds left of a faceoff Marc McCoy closed his hand on the puck and was assessed a penalty. The Pant would lead to the third down 2 men for the first 36 seconds. Shots on goal were 14-8 Oil Kings in the period and 23-14 overall.
The Oil Kings didn’t cash in on the two man advantage, but would with the Pats still killing off the second opportunity. St. Croix picked up his second of the night and took off from there. The Edmonton forward tucked two more powerplay goals to become just the second Oil King to score four goals in a game. All told, the Edmonton powerplay scored on five of their seven opportunities. Klarc Wilson, T.J. Foster and Brandon Baddock added even strength goals to push the Oil Kings to an eight goal night. Stephen Hak got the Pats on the board as he followed up Jack Rodewald and Braden Christoffer to slam home the rebound for his first on the season to make the final 8-1.

Three Stars
1. Michael St. Croix – 4G
2. Dylan Wruk – 4A
3. T.J. Foster – 2G, 2A

The Pats are back in action Tuesday in Lethbridge at 8 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Pats Oil Kings Gameday Preview

Game #36
Sunday, December 16th
Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. CST

Regina Pats (12-19-2-2) Edmonton Oil Kings (21-7-2-3)

Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting of the season between the Pats and the 2012 WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. Regina found success against Edmonton last season, winning all four meetings between the teams. Morgan Klimchuk totaled six points in the four meetings for the Pats while Michael St. Croix picked up six of his own for Edmonton. The Pats come into this evening’s contest after a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Calgary Hitmen. Meanwhile, the Oil Kings were 5-2 winners on home ice against the Victoria Royals. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 4:35 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Shutout in Calgary
A goal off the stick of Greg Chase only 1:46 into the contest would hold up as the game’s only marker until Cody Sylvester scored on the empty Pats net to give the Hitmen a 2-0 victory. The Calgary penalty kill was strong as the Pats were unable to tally a powerplay goal despite ten opportunities with the man advantage. Mack Shields stopped 18 shots to earn his first WHL shutout for Calgary while Matt Hewitt made 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss.

Stopping the Powerplay
The penalty kill continues to improve for the Regina Pats. They’ve only allowed two powerplay goals in the last five games, killing off 23 man advantages along the way. The Pats PK checks into tonight’s game at 76.3%, 17th in the WHL, climbing two spots last night.

Another Stellar Performance
Matt Hewitt gave his team a chance to win in Calgary. He stopped 28/29 shots in the Pats’ 2-0 loss, many in spectacular fashion. The Pats overage goaltender has stopped 51/52 shots in his last two games.

Homecoming
Much like last night’s game in Calgary, several Pats are visiting their hometown tonight. Marc McCoy, Bryar Ortyski, Braden Christoffer and Colten Mayor all hail from the Edmonton area.

Quick Hits
- With 15 points (7G, 8A) on the season, Trent Ouellette has already surpassed his total for 70 games in 2012-13
- The Pats are 7-0-0-1 when leading after two periods of play
- The Pats have been involved in four straight games with a goaltender registering a shutout

Upcoming Schedule
at Lethbridge – Tuesday Dec. 18th, 8 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
vs. Moose Jaw – Thursday Dec. 27th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)
at Moose Jaw – Saturday Dec. 29th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)

Neutral Zone Store
Do you have a Pats fan on your Christmas list? Make sure you stop by the Neutral Zone Store at the Dome or online (shop.reginapats.com) and check out all the great Pats merchandise. Look for the Neutral Zone’s holiday hours online.

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hitmen 2 Pats 0


The Regina Pats were on the road Saturday night to kick off a 3 game road tip in Calgary against the Hitmen. The Pats were coming off a 3-0 home win over the Prince Albert Raiders where Matt Hewitt picked up his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career making 23 saves in the win. Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl both had two assists in the win and Mark McCoy scored in his first game as a Pat as they snapped a 7 game winless streak. The Hitmen came into Saturday first place in the Eastern Conference and had won 7 of their last 10 games. The Pats and Hitmen faced off once earlier in the season in Regina where Calgary won 4-1 on two empty net goals. However the Hitmen haven't been great at home (9-6-1-2) compared to their road record of 12-1-0-1. The Pats gave Matt Hewitt the start in goal while Calgary went with 17 year old backup Mack Shields. The only lineup change for the Pats from Thursday game was Bryar Ortynski checked in in place of Patrick D'Amico.

In the first period the Hitmen came out on fire and dominated the first couple shifts and got the first goal. After the Pats couldn't get the puck out Cody Sylvester fed Greg Chase on the left side and he walked in from just above the goal line and fired off the post high and in at 1:26 and it was 1-0. However after that the Pats came back and took the game the other way. Morgan Klimchuk had a beautiful chance in the slot but decided to pass it off and the chance was negated. Later Colby Williams took a shot and the rebound came in front to Jack Rodewald who hit the post and it stayed out. The Blue and White had 4 chances on the powerplay in the opening frame but could not find the tieing goal. The Hitmen had two chances with the powerplay of their own, one was canceled by a penalty of their own and the other was killed off by the Pats. The Pats fourth powerplay came with 1:05 left in the first and while they didn't score they had some chances but with less than 20 seconds left in the period Colby Williams stepped up and hammered Jake Virtanen. The Hitmen took exception to the hit and Williams was jumped as the horn sounded to end the opening frame and the Hitmen would be assessed another minor penalty. The Pats would carry 55 seconds of their fourth powerplay into the second period and hat would be spent with the 5 on 3 advantage. The shots on goal were 10-4 Hitmen through the first 20 minutes.

In the second the Pats were up 2 men for the first 55 seconds and again the Hitmen killed it off. Then with 43 seconds left in the second penalty the Hitmen took a delay of game charge and the Pats went up 5 on 3 again. But again the Hitmen killed it off and kept their lead at 1-0. The Pats carried the momentum for almost the entirety of the period but could not solve Hitmen netminder Mack Shields. Emil Sylvegard was absolutely robbed in front on the Pats best scoring chance. The Blue and White would get 2 more powerplays in the frame but the Calgary Hitmen penalty kill was solid on this night going 8 for 8 through 40 minutes. The Pats would kill the lone Hitmen powerplay in the period and it ended still a 1-0 scoreline. The Pats outshot Calgary 8-5 in the period.

In the third the Pats continued to try and get the tieing marker but Mack Ahields had the answer. Colten Mayor had the best chance to score as he walked out front all alone but Shields got across and made the save. The Hitmen had a chance with the man advantage in the third but couldn't find a second goal. The Pats had two chances on the PP and the second came with 2:26 left. The Blue and White pulled Matt Hewitt with just over a minute left but couldn't find the equalizer and then an unlucky play ended up in the back of their net. Cody Sylvester caused a turnover down low and tried a wrap around which was blocked but the puck bounced off the skate of Sylvegard and into the net and it was 2-0 Hitmen with 41 seconds left. That's how the game ended. Shots on goal were 15-6 for the Hitmen in the third and 30-18 overall. The three stars of the game were the Pats Matt Hewitt (3rd), Calgary's Greg Chase (2nd) and Calgary's Mack Shields (1st).

The Pats went oh for 10 on the powerplay and that was the difference Saturday night. The Pats were shutout for the third time in 4 games as Mack Shields made 18 save for his first shutout of the season. Matt Hewitt was outstanding in goal for the Pats making 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss.

The Blue and White continue their road trip Sunday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at 5 o'clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Pats Hitmen Gameday Preview

Game #35
Saturday, December 15th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. MST

Regina Pats (12-18-2-2) Calgary Hitmen (21-7-1-3)

Head-to-Head
The Pats and Hitmen come together for their second meeting of the campaign. Calgary took the teams’ previous contest in Regina 4-1, with two of the goals coming on an empty net. The Pats visit the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time this season, Regina won both games in Calgary last year. Colten Mayor leads the Pats with a goal against the Hitmen as a member of the Red Deer Rebels while Brooks Macek tallied three points in Calgary’s win over the Pats in November. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m. MST.

Lead Up: Pats Get Back on Winning Track
The Pats needed a big effort from their full lineup to snap a seven game losing streak and they got it Thursday night. Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl each had a pair of assists while Trent Ouellette, Marc McCoy and Adam Rossignol scored to help the Pats to a 3-0 victory over Prince Albert. Matt Hewitt made 23 saves for the shutout.

The Real McCoy
Marc McCoy got into his first action in a Pats uniform last night since being acquired from Red Deer. The big forward picked up his first goal as a Pat, scoring a third period powerplay goal. McCoy came as advertised, giving the Pats a physical presence as well as winning key faceoffs throughout the night. Darian Henry also got into his first action and the big defenceman made an impact as well with a couple of scoring chances and a thunderous hit in the third period.

Getting Some Help
Only allowing 23 shots against Prince Albert, the Pats held their opponents under 30 shots for the first time since they shut out Kootenay, 19 games ago, on October 24th. Matt Hewitt appreciated the “light” night as he turned away all 23 attempts in his second shutout of the season. The goose-egg is the sixth of his WHL career.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?
The Pats roster features two Calgary products in Morgan Klimchuk and Griffin Mumby who make their first trips to the Stampede City this season. Pats from nearby communities also include Trent Ouellette (Drumheller) and new Pat Mark McCoy (Strathmore).

Quick Hits
- Trent Ouellette’s goal in the second period Thursday broke the Pats’ 206 minute 52 second goalless drought
- Marc McCoy’s powerplay goal Thursday was the first of his WHL career
- Defenceman Darian Henry faces his former team tonight just days after being traded to Regina

Neutral Zone Store
Do you have a Pats fan on your Christmas list? Make sure you stop by the Neutral Zone Store at the Dome or online (shop.reginapats.com) and check out all the great Pats merchandise. Look for the Neutral Zone’s holiday hours online.

Upcoming Schedule
at Edmonton – Sunday Dec. 16th, 5 p.m. CST – Rexall Place (CKRM)
at Lethbridge – Tuesday Dec. 18th, 8 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
vs. Moose Jaw – Thursday Dec. 27th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pats 3 Raiders 0



The Regina Pats were home to the Prince Albert Raiders on Thursday night looking to put their 7 game losing streak to bed. The Blue and White were coming of a tough weekend against the Saskatoon Blades where they were outscored 16-0 in two losses. The Pats however saw some new blood in the lineup after General Manager swung two different trades. The Pats picked up Marc McCoy and Filip Vasko from the Red Deer Rebels and Darian Henry from the Calgary Hitmen. Both McCoy and Henry were n the lineup Thursday while Vasko say out but is expected to suit up on the weekend coming off an injury. The Raiders on the other hand were without some of their top players who were tied up with the World Juniors. Forwards Mark McNeill, Leon Draisaitl and Jonas Knutsen were all gone for Thursday nights game. The Raiders came into the game in first place in the East Division and second in the Eastern Conference while the Pats were tied for 5th in the division and 10th in the conference, 5 points out of a playoff spot. The Blue and Whites scratches Thursday were Tye Hand, Colton Jobke, Bryar Ortynski, Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson, Filip Vasko, Dryden Hunt and Luke Fenske.

In the first period the Pats came out and played their est period of hockey in a little while. The Blue and White were able to sustain some good pressure in the offensive zone and almost found the games first goal. Darian Henry took a puck at the right point and threw a shot on net through a screen which hit the post and stayed out. Morgan Klimchuk also had a chance on a rebound in the slot but passed off to Scheidl who was tied up at the last second and was unable to get a shot away. The Raiders also had their chances. Anthony Bardaro skated up the right wing and fired a shot off the outside of the post. P.A. had their best chance with less than two minutes left in the frame when Mike Wither passed a puck out front to Josh nMorrissey who had a wide open net to shoot at but Matt Hewitt made an unbelievable save reaching back with his stick and kept the game scoreless. The first period ended 0-0 with neither team getting a chance with the man advantage. Shots on goal were 10-5 Raiders in the first.

In the second period the Pats continued their strong play and got their first powerplay of the game. While they were unable to finish they created some good momentum for themselves. They would get another chance with the man advantage and it was the same as the first, lots of zone time but no goals from the Blue and White. However the Pats stuck with it and at the 14:30 mark would break the deadlock. Morgan Klimchuk played a puck for Scheidl in the slot and he made two nice moves to get to the net and tried to go 5 hole on Siemens who made the save but the puck came to Ouellette who was able to finish his 7th of the year and first since coming back from his injury and the Pats took the lead 1-0. It was the Pats first goal in over 200 minutes and what a relief it was for the club. The Raiders would get a powerplay of their own with 1:12 left in the second but the Pats would kill that off to end the period with 48 seconds carrying over to the third. The Pats outshot the Raiders 9-7 in the frame.

In the third the Pats kept the momentum going by killing the remaining time on the Raider powerplay and then got a man advantage of their own. The Pats moved the puck well and this time they were able to find the back of the net as Mark McCoy took a pas sin front and put it home past Siemens for his 2nd of the year and 1st as a Pat in his first game. Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl got the assists at the 2:09 mark and it was 2-0. Then at the 8:28 mark the Blue and while made it 3-0 as Adam Rossignol took a pass up the right wing and cut to the net and finished on the backhand for his 8th of the year at the 8:28 mark. Jack Rodewald and Colby Williams with the assists on the goal. Other than one breakdown after that the pats were solid in their own zone and had a few more chances to score themselves. The Raiders would get a powerplay in the period but the PK came up big again and kept the puck out of the net and the game ended 3-0. Matt Hewitt made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and the shots on goal finished in a 23-23 tie. The three stars were all Pats as Lane Scheidl picked up the third, Matt Hewitt the second and Morgan Klimchuk the first star.

A huge win for the Pats in their final home game before the Christmas break. Mark McCoy and Darian Henry both looked good in their first games. The Pats after giving up 21 goals in their previous 3 kept the Raiders off the board and played very well defensively. Morgan Klimchuk said it best in the post game show. "Its not just about the win, its about how we won." The Pats came out with one of the best 60 minute efforts of the season and held a team under 30 shots for the first time in 19 games. Ironically that last game was in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice where teagan Sacher made 28 saves for his first WHL shutout.

The Pats are back in action Saturday night in Calgary against the Hitmen. 8 o'clock puck drop Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Pats Raiders Gameday Preview

Game #34
Thursday, December 13th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (11-18-2-2) Prince Albert Raiders (21-10-0-2)

Head-to-Head
The Pats and Raiders come together for their fourth meeting of the 2012-13 season. With Prince Albert winning the previous two contests by 5-3 and 8-2 scores, the Pats sit 1-2-0-0 against PA this year. Colten Mayor leads the Pats with four points (three of them goals) against the Raiders while Mike Winther and Anthony Bardaro each have five points against Regina. The Pats look to break out of a seven game slump while the Raiders are coming off a 7-0 win over the Tigers. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Wrap Tough Weekend
The Blades scoring spree carried over to Sunday’s game as they put up three goals in the first and second periods once again. Matej Stransky continued to pour in the points with three on the night while Josh Nicholls scored two in the game for the fourth time against the Pats to push the total to 7-0 on the afternoon. At the conclusion of the game, Pats fans opened fire, tossing teddy bears to the ice surface to be distributed to some very deserving kids this week.

Thirsty Thursday
With this today’s rare Thursday game against the Raiders, fans can enjoy $8 big beers. Individual Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. For more information on Group Tickets call Matt at the Pats Office, 522-PATS.

Klimchuk to Top Prospects Game
Morgan Klimchuk will be off to Halifax for the Home Hardware Top Prospects game coming up January 16th, 2013. Tied for the Pats points lead, Klimchuk is ranked fifth among WHL skaters by Central Scouting for the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Three New Faces
The Pats completed a trade with the Red Deer Rebels Wednesday, acquiring forwards Marc McCoy and Filip Vasko. McCoy (’94, 6’2”, 192 lbs) has six points in 28 games while Vasko (’93, 5’11”, 172 lbs) brings eleven points to the lineup. The Pats then acquired defenceman Darian Henry (’94, 6’4”, 185 lbs.) from the Calgary Hitmen.

Down But Not Out
The Pats have had their struggles over the past string of games, but are still positioned to gain a playoff spot. They only trail 8th place in the conference by five points and are just seven points away from 6th spot.

Quick Hits
- Four Pats are in double digits in the goal column: L. Scheidl (18), M. Klimchuk (16), C. Mayor (11), D. Stevenson (10)
- With 29 games played in the WHL and 65 in the QMJHL, Emil Sylvegard is six games from 100 in his CHL career
- Matt Hewitt is eighth in the WHL with 854 saves in 24 games played

Upcoming Schedule
at Calgary – Saturday Dec. 15th, 8 p.m. CST – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
at Edmonton – Sunday Dec. 16th, 5 p.m. CST – Rexall Place (CKRM)
at Lethbridge – Tuesday Dec. 18th, 8 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pats add D Man

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club has completed a trade with the Calgary Hitmen, acquiring eighteen year old defenceman Darian Henry in return for a 5th Round WHL Bantam Draft Pick in 2015.

The 6’4”, 185 lbs. defender suited up in 30 games for the Hitmen this season picking up six points (1G, 5A) and accumulating 77 penalty minutes. Henry was originally selected in the seventh round (139th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Everett Silvertips.

Henry will join the Pats immediately and suit up for tomorrow’s game against the Prince Albert Raiders. Individual tickets are still available for the game through ticketmaster.ca, calling 1-855-985-5000 or through the Box Office. Group Tickets can be purchased by calling Matt at the Pats Office, 522-PATS.

Name: Darian Henry
DOB: 08-05-94
Hometown: Strathmore, AB
Position: D
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 185 lbs

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats Trade Audio



Here are the comments from Pats General Manager Chad Lang and Head Coach Pat Conacher regarding the aquisition of Marc McCoy and Filip Vasko from Red Deer. McCoy is expected to play tomorrow versus Prince Albert. Vasko is coming off an injury and may play over the weekend.


Klimchuk to play in Top Prospects Game



Regina, Saskatchewan – The Canadian Hockey League has announced the rosters for the upcoming CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects game and Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk will skate for Team Cherry at the January 16th showcase.

Klimchuk, a 6th overall Bantam Draft pick of the Pats in 2010, is ranked fifth among WHL skaters by Central Scouting for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The Calgary native has 36 points (16G, 20A) in 33 games for the Pats this season, already matching his total through 67 games as a rookie last season.

“It’s really exciting.  You get to play with and against some of the best players in your age group,” says Klimchuk.  “It’s a good chance to see where you stack up when it comes to the draft and like I said against the best players in your age group and the CHL.”

The Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game features 40 of the CHL’s top draft eligible players for the 2013 NHL Draft.  This annual showcase features the next wave of NHL talent from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Home Hardware for the 14th straight year, along with associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Subway, Old Dutch, and Post.  The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 8:00 pm Atlantic.
I talked briefly with Klimchuk today at practice and here's what he had to say.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hurricanes Jakubowski CHL POW

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jaimen Yakubowski of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 9 after scoring six goals and three assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Yakubowski claims the award after receiving back-to-back WHL Player of the Week honours. His week was highlighted by an impressive five-goal performance where he was named first star despite an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night. He also led the Hurricanes to a pair of victories with multi-point efforts including Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings where he picked up two assists as second star of the 6-2 win, and on Saturday against the Kootenay Ice where he scored once and added an assist as second star of the 6-1 win.

Yakubowski, an 18-year-old from Dalmeny, SK, is playing in his second full WHL season with the Hurricanes. In 35 games so far this season, he ranks 29th in WHL scoring with 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points.

Also considered for the award this week was Phillip Danault of the Victoriaville Tigres who scored one goal and seven assists for eight points in two games, and defenceman Ryan O’Connor of the Barrie Colts who scored four goals and three assists for seven points in two games.

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Josh Currie, PEI Rocket
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Raphaël Bussières, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Philippe Maillet, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Hunter Garlent, Guelph Storm
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Jean-Sébastien Dea, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads

Cory Flett, Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Canadian Hockey League
Paul Krotz
Manager, Media and Information Services

Conacher and Klimchuk Tuesday Comments



The Regina Pats were back at practice today looking to get back to the basics to try and end this 7 game losing streak. First off a big happy birthday to goaltender Matt Hewitt who turns 20 years old today. The Pats have just one point in that stretch after picking up 6 of 8 in their previous 4. All that being said the Blue and White are still right in the think of things and when you look at the Eastern Conference standings the team is just 4 points back of 6th. A lot of people I've talked to have been pretty down after the tough weekend the team had against the Saskatoon Blades but when you look at all the injuries this team has sustained it is amazing that they've been able to stay in the race.

Head Coach Pat Conacher was asked at practice today if there was anything in the 'coaches handbook' that gets his team out of this stretch?

"You gotta go back to hard work and back to the fundamentals. When things do go wrong you have to take it back to the fundamentals and look at our systems and our structure and what were doing right and what were doing wrong. And of course our work ethic, it all goes hand in hand....Its all of those things together so that's what were looking at (today)."

He was asked whats the mood like around the room?

"Well lets face it, they are beaten down theres no two ways about but you know what the cabaret ain't coming, this is all we got so you gotta pick your heads up and get ready to go back to war again and that's what the attitude is. Going into today's practice, me going in there today and beating the heck out of them isn't going to help them. I have to go out there and be up and ready to go; we need a starting point for where we are going to change things, where we are going to get better. I need to give them answers, I cant give them Hell. Its the same old thing, everybody looks at you and working just to work them is not the answer. So we have to go out with a distinct plan and work them in the right direction."

Forward Morgan Klimchuk said much of the same things.

"Were trying to stay positive, trying to  figure out where were making our mistakes and where we can improve. Were trying not to look back on it too much because today is a new day but were also trying to back and see where we made our mistakes and where we can get better."

I asked Klimchuk if he could put his finger on whats happening offensively for this club in this dry stretch.

"No not really, were getting chances, we haven't been scoring the last couple games but we've had some chances that we haven't that we've missed on, myself in particular. We just got to stay calm and put the puck in the back of the net when we do get those chances."

The Pats play one last home game before the Christmas break with the Prince Albert Raiders in town before heading out for a three game road trip in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.

Here are the full audio files from Pat Conacher and Morgan Klimchuk.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hurricanes Yakubowski WHL Player of the Week



CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes’ forward Jaimen Yakubowski is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Yakubowski collected nine points, scoring six goals and three assists to go with a +5 rating, in three games over the past week, helping the Hurricanes to a 2-0-0-1 record in that span.

On Wednesday, September 5, the Hurricanes welcomed the defending WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings to the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge. Yakubowski collected a pair of assists and was named the game’s 2nd Star in the ‘Canes 6-2 victory over the Oil Kings. On Friday, December 7, the Hurricanes hosted their biggest rivals, the Medicine Hat Tigers. Yakubowski scored five goals and was named the game’s 1st Star in the Hurricanes 8-7 shoot-out loss to the Tigers. The next night, Saturday, December 8, the Kootenay Ice were in town to face the ‘Canes. Yakubowski gathered one goal, one assist and was named the game’s 2nd Star in the Hurricanes 6-1 triumph over the Ice.

Yakubowski currently sits 29th among all WHL scorers with 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists) in 35 games played thus far this season. The Hurricanes currently sit 4th in the WHL Central Division with a 16-14-1-4 record for 37 points.

An 18-year-old from Dalmeny, SK, Yakubowski is in his second full season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The ‘Canes selected Yakubowski in the 4th round in the 2009 WHL Draft and has since appeared in 103 games gathering 60 points (35 goals, 25 assists) and 189 PIM’s.

The WHL has also nominated Cole Cheveldave of the Kamloops Blazers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Cheveldave posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 38 of 39 shots faced for a 0.974 save-percentage and 0.50 goals-against average. Cheveldave, a 19-year-old from Calgary, AB, helped lead the Blazers to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos and a 3-0 shut-out win over the visiting Prince George Cougars.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

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Western Hockey League