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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Warriors 3 Pats 2 SO



The Regina Pats were at home Wednesday night with the Moose Jaw Warriors in town looking to snap a 7 game losing skid. The Pats last game was 3-1 loss at the hands of the Kootenay Ice on Saturday where the Pats went oh for 5 on the powerplay and gave up an empty netter late in the game. Matt Hewitt was outstanding in the loss making 35 saves on 37 shots while Lane Scheidl snapped a 5 game goalless streak with his 24th on the year. The Warriors come in losing their last game 5-0 at the hands of the Saskatoon Blades but had won two straight before that. Morgan Reilly has been back with MJ for 5 games coming in after the World Juniors and Toronto Maple Leafs training camp. The two clubs came in tied with 41 points in the standings with the Pats having a game in hand. With 22 games left in the season the Pats needed to start stringing wins together sitting 10 points out of the playoffs. The Pats scratches Wednesday were Colton Jobke, Adam Brooks, Carson Samoridny, Dryden Hunt and Griffin Mumby.

In the first the Warriors came out strong and got right to the forcheck early. The Pats were pinned in their own zone for the first two shifts and got the first penalty of the game. The Warriors were unable to capitalize. The Warriors would get the second powerplay of the game and it was then that they would open the scoring at the 10 minute mark as Justin Kirsch hammered a puck from the point and beat Matt hewitt who was screened for his 17th of the year from Travis Brown and Sam Fioretti and it was 1-0 Moose Jaw. The Pats would get the next two powerplays and had a number of shots and chances but Moose Jaws Justin Paulic made some good saves to keep his team up 1. Then with less than three minutes left in the period Brycen Gore picked up the puck for the Warriors in his own zone and chipped it past Darian Henry and broke in on a half breakaway and beat Matt Hewitt 5 hole for his 6th of the year unassisted and it was 2-0 Moose Jaw at the 17:42 mark. The period would end with the Warriors up 2-0. The Pats were outshot 13-11 in the first.

In the second the Pats started to turn the game in their favour and kept putting puck on goal. The Warriors and Pats would trade powerplays in the period but both teams would kill them off. Kyle Burroughs seemed to spark his team with a big hit and a fight on Josh Uhrich. Burroughs landed a huge right in the fight and the fans in the Brandt Centre were ignited. The Pats would get on the board on a beautiful play by Braden Christoffer who caused a turnover in the Moose Jaw Zone and went to the net left side. He pulled the puck onto his backhand and finished under Justin Paulic for his 4th of the year unassisted at the 15:47 mark. The Pats kept coming and with 1:17 left in the period Stephen Hak would tie it on a shot from the point that went off the skate of Warrior defenseman Braiden Doucette and in for his 2nd of the year and it was 2-2. The assists went to Colby Williams and Chandler Stephenson at 18:43. The Warriors had a glorious chance with less than 10 seconds left in the period as Sam Fioretti looked to have a wide open net to score but somehow the puck stayed out and the period ended tied at 2's. The Pats outshot the Warriors 15-11 in the second and 26-24 to that point in the game.

In the third period both teams would trade scoring chances but cold not find the back of the net. Both Matt Hewitt and Justin Paulic were outstanding in goal to keep the game tied at 2's. The Warriors got the lone powerplay of the period which the Pats were able to kill off. Regulation would end in a 2-2 tie. The Warriors outshot the Pats 11-5 in the third and we headed to overtime.

In the extra frame Morgan Reilly took a hooking penalty and the Pats went to their fourth poweprlay of the game 4 on 3. The Pats had a number of good scoring chances including Morgan Klimchuk who hammered a one timer just wide of the net. The Warriors did a good job blocking shots and Paulic made some nice saves and the Warriors escaped the Pats powerplay. The rest of OT would run its course and the game went to a shootout. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 4-0 in the extra frame and the shots ended 35-35.

In the shootout the Pats shot first and Morgan Klimchuk tried the back hand move but lost the puck and didn't get a shot on goal. Justin Kirsch went first for Moose Jaw and he was stopped by Mat Hewitt. Lane Scheidl was next for the Pats and he tried to go up high but sent the puck just over the cross bar. The second shooter for the Warriors was Brayden Point who tired a move to the backhand but missed the net on the left side. The third shooter for the Pats was Dyson Stevenson and he tried to go 5 hole on Paulic who had the puck go off his skate and miss the net. Then out came Sam Fioretti for the Warriors and he tried to shoot as well but was stoned by the Pats Matt Hewitt and we went to extra shooters. The fourth for the Pats was Chandler Stephenson and he was stopped by Paulic and then out came Jordan Messier for Moose Jaw and he put a beautiful move on Hewitt and scored the game winner on the forehand to give the Warriors the win.

The Pats losing streak hit 8 games in the loss but they did pick up a point on the Kootenay Ice and Medicine Hat Tigers in the standings. Matt Hewitt was outstanding in goal making 33 saves in the loss, as did Justin Paulic in the win for Moose Jaw. The Pats powerplay looked much more dangerous on this night but went oh for 4 and is now 3 for 39 in the losing streak.

The third star of the game went to Moose Jaws Jordan Messier who got the game winner in the shootout. The second star went to Pat netminder Matt Hewitt who made 33 saves and the first star was Justin Paulic who also made 33 saves in the win for Moose Jaw.

The Pats are back in action Friday night home to the Brandon Wheat Kings to kick off a home and home set. 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM with the Press Box Sports Bar pregame show at 6:35.

Pats Warriors Game Day Preview

Game #51
Wednesday, January 30th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (18-27-3-2) Moose Jaw Warriors (16-26-3-6)

Head-to-Head
Tonight marks this season’s fourth chapter in the best rivalry in junior hockey. The Pats hold advantage in the season series, winning two of their first three meetings with the Warriors including their most recent matchup, a 5-1 Pats win in Moose Jaw. Four Pats have enjoyed successful campaigns against their rivals this season with Morgan Klimchuk, Lane Scheidl, Luke Fenske and Chandler Stephenson all holding four points against the Warriors. Three Warriors have two points against the Pats (Tanner Eberle, Sam Fioretti, Colton McCarthy). The Pats look to shake off a seven game losing streak tonight and avoid their making this slide their longest of the season. The Warriors are coming off a 5-0 loss to Saskatoon. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m. for tickets to tonight’s game, visit Ticketmaster.ca or call 522-PATS for more information on Group Tickets.

Lead Up: Ice Hold Pats to One Goal in Regina Loss
The Pats found themselves in yet another game going down to the wire Saturday night when they hosted the Kootenay Ice. Jon Martin and Lane Scheidl traded goals in the first period to send the game to the middle frame tied at one. On a 5-on-3 powerplay in the second, Sam Reinhart scored to give Kootenay a 2-1 lead which they would hold on to until making it 3-1 on a shorthanded empty net goal by Levi Cable. For game highlights, click here.

Skills Competition
The Pats put their individual skills on display Monday night in the Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition. Chandler Stephenson showed himself to be well rounded winning the fastest skater (12.94 seconds), hardest shot (94 mph)and finishing third in the accuracy challenge (4 for 8). Rookie Adam Brooks won the accuracy challenge hitting four targets in six shots while Lane Scheidl finished second in the fastest skater and Darian Henry was the runner up for hardest shot. For a full recap and interview with Kyle Deck, click here.

Improving on Last Season
Lane Scheidl snapped a five game goalless drought against Kootenay Saturday night. The marker gives him 24 on the season, just three shy of his total last season. It also gives him 55 points, equaling his career high in 20 less games.

Who to Watch on Moose Jaw
It’s hard not to notice Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly on the ice. The fifth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft has four points in six games since returning to the Warriors lineup from Leafs Training Camp.

Quick Hits
- The Pats and Warriors have both participated in only four two goal games, both teams hold 1-3 records in those games
- Dyson Stevenson is two goals away from matching his career high of 15 goals in a season
- In his last nine appearances, Matt Hewitt has only allowed more than two goals twice
- To see Head Coach Pat Conacher’s comments to the media ahead of tonight’s game, click here.

Upcoming Schedule
vs Brandon – Friday, Feb 1st, 7 p.m. (CKRM) – Pats Yearbook Giveaway For tickets click here
at Brandon – Saturday, Feb 2nd, 7:30 p.m. (CKRM)
vs Lethbridge – Tuesday, Feb 5th, 7 p.m. (CKRM/Access 7) For tickets click here

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game Recap


Regina, Saskatchewan – Pats past and present were on the ice at the Brandt Centre Monday night to support former Pats Captain Kyle Deck and his battle against Kidney Disease.  The two-part event featured an alumni game involving many Pats greats and a skills competition with current Pats, alumni and media showcasing their individual skills.

Alumni Game Recap

Despite Team White (featuring Mike Sillinger, Frank Kovacs and Jamie Heward) being touted as the pre-game favourite, it was Team Blue who jumped out to an early lead.  Brad Anderson opened the scoring just 2:30 into the game and Team Blue kept rolling from there.  Mike Kirby scored twice and added an assist in the first half as Team Blue opened up an 8-2 lead through 25 minutes.  Rod Houk was a dominant force between the pipes, stopping 18 of 20 shots in the frame.

After a short intermission, Team White hit the ice on fire looking to get back into the contest.  Martin Smith opened the second half scoring for Team White and the comeback was on.  Jared Jagow led the charge scoring five times in the half to total six goals on the night while adding one assist.  Goaltender Shaun Fleming helped White get back in the game, only allowing one goal on nine shots in the second.  Down 9-7 in the dying minutes, Kelly Markwart and Jagow scored 1:03 apart to tie the game 9-9 and send the game to a shootout.  Team Blue would stave off the comeback and take the game on Kirby’s shootout winner for the 10-9 victory.

Skills Competition Recap

After a quick warm-up and ice resurfacing it was time for the current Pats to join with some of the Alumni and members of the media for the Prairie Mobile Skills Competition.

The Fastest Skater Challenge opened up the events with each current Pats player putting up times under 14 seconds in their preliminary runs.  Chandler Stephenson (Team Blue) posted the best time with 12.94 seconds to complete his lap.  Lane Scheidl (Team White) posted the second best time (13.23) to advance to the Finals.  Stephenson wouldn’t be able to match his first run, but still earned Team Blue the victory.  On the Alumni side of things, Kyle Ross and Jared Jagow posted the best times with Ross outskating Jagow in the final to earn Blue another win and a 4-0 lead after one event.

With Team Blue commanding an impressive early lead, Team White needed a strong showing in the Three Man Breakaway Challenge to bounce back into the contest.  The Team White shooters would sneak the puck behind Blue netminder Teagan Sacher while Team Blue could only beat Matt Hewitt once to make it a 5-3 score after two events.

Up next was the Hardest Shot Competition as skaters attempted to post the fastest slapshot.  Alumnus Jamie Heward showed the kids a thing or two when he stepped into a 95 mph shot on his first attempt.  He followed it up with the hardest shot on the evening, clocking his second attempt at 97 mph to earn Team White another point.  The voice of the Pats, Phil Andrews, stepped up for Team Blue with a 73 mph shot to beat out CTV’s Lee Jones (67 mph) in the media category and even the event score at one point a side.  Chandler Stephenson stepped up again for Team Blue and ripped a 94 mph shot to break the event tie and put Team Blue ahead 7-4 after the third challenge.

Team White’s members showed off their accurate shots in the Accuracy Challenge and brought the score a little closer.  First, Global Regina’s Derek Meyers added to Blue’s lead with an unorthodox strategy of firing one-timers and beating out 104.9 The Wolf’s Ryan Mochoruk in the media category.  Mike Sillinger stepped up and put on a clinic for both Alumni and current Pats when he knocked out four targets in five shots to get Team White back even in the challenge.  Rookie forward Adam Brooks would give Team White the event win when he nearly matched Sillinger’s run, hitting four targets in six shots to move the score after four events to an 8-6 Team Blue lead.

The Breakaway Challenge can make or break a team’s performance in the Skills Competition and it was no different Monday night.  The first five shooters were stoned by the goaltenders before Mike Sillinger (White), Kelly Markwart (Blue) and Jared Jagow (White) scored in a row to make the score 9-8 in favour of Blue.  Darian Henry restored the two point lead, going five-hole on Matt Hewitt.  Morgan Klimchuk responded to pull White back within one before Lane Scheidl finally evened the score at ten a side.  The score remained tied until White fielded a surprise final shooter… Kyle Deck.  The former Pats Captain got Sacher to bite on a quick move then roofed the puck to win the competition for Team White by an 11-10 score.
 
Here are some photos from the night.



 
Team Blue



 
Regina Thunder Head Coach Scott MacAullays kids and I

Team White

 
Taking warmups against goaltender Teagan Sacher


 
Netminder Matt Hewitt and I


Ryan Mochoruk AKA Wolf Boy from 104.9 The Wolf

 
CTV's Lee Jones, Myself and Ryan Mochoruk

 
Globals Derek Meyers, former Pats Jarret Jagow and I

 
Introductions for skills competition

 
And the embarrassing moment when I went into the boards during hardest skater competition. Needless to say I didn't win...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Oil Kings Samuelsson WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings’ forward Henrik Samuelsson is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Samuelsson collected 10 points, scoring two goals and eight assists to go with a +5 rating, in four games over the past week, helping the Oil Kings to a 4-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, January 22, Samuelsson picked up one assist in the Oil Kings 7-0 triumph over the Warriors in Moose Jaw. The next night, Wednesday, January 23, Samuelsson collected a goal, an assist and was named the game’s 2nd Star as the Oil Kings doubled the Blades 4-2 in Saskatoon. On Saturday, January 26, the Oil Kings were back home at Rexall Place in Edmonton playing host to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Samuelsson nabbed three assists and was named the game’s 3rd Star in the Oil Kings 5-2 win over the Wheaties. The next afternoon, the Oil Kings welcomed the Lethbridge Hurricanes to Rexall. Samuelsson scored one goal, added three assists and was named the game’s 2nd Star in the Oil Kings 7-1 victory over the ‘Canes.

Samuelsson currently sits 11th among all WHL scorers with 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 51 games played thus far this season. The Oil Kings have won five straight games, eight of their last 10 and currently sit 1st in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 35-11-2-3 record for 75 points.

An 18-year-old from Scottsdale, AZ, Samuelsson is playing his second season in the Western Hockey League. A list player who joined the Oil Kings mid-way through last season, the Phoenix Coyotes recently selected Samuelsson in the 1st round – 27th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Jarry posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 40 of 42 shots faced for a 0.952 save-percentage and 0.98 goals-against average. Jarry, a 17-year-old from Delta, BC, led the Oil Kings to a 7-0 shut-out road victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors and a 5-2 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Troy Rutkowski, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
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

"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 Jan 28


Prairie Mobile Skills Competition Tonight
The Week That Was
Friday, January 25th – Pats 4 @ Swift Current 5 OT
The Pats got goals fourteen seconds apart to take the lead in the third, but Swift Current would tie things up late before Adam Lowry scored on the powerplay to give the Broncos the overtime victory. For full recap, click here.

Saturday, January 26th – Kootenay 3 @ Pats 1
In another tight game, Sam Reinhart scored on a 5-on-3 powerplay in the second period and it held up to be the game winner as the Ice added an empty netter with the Pats pressing for the tying marker.  For full recap, click here.

Quote of the Week
“Hockey is a small world and Kyle is a dear friend.  As Regina Pats Alumni, Jordan (Eberle), Mike (Sillinger) and I are extremely proud to help out in any way we can.” – Jamie Heward on the Shooting Stars Foundation’s contribution to the Skills Competition and Alumni Game

“What better way to help out?  Let’s play some hockey with friends in front of great fans and at the same time support a fellow alumnus in need with a jersey auction.  Come out and bid!” – Mike Sillinger on participating in the Alumni Game

The Week Ahead
Wednesday, January 30th – Moose Jaw @ Pats – Weiner Wednesday

The Pats look to get back in the win column when they host the Warriors in a mid-week matchup.  The stakes are high for both teams as they fight to gain ground in the playoff battle.  The Pats lead the season series with Moose Jaw, winning two out of three games.  Grab a bite to eat at the rink with 2-for-1 hot dogs on all night.

Friday, February 1st – Brandon @ Pats – Yearbook Giveaway
Pick up your 2012-13 Pats Yearbook when you come through the doors before the Pats take on the Wheat Kings in another pivotal game.  For information on special group ticket pricing, call the Pats Office at 522-PATS.

Saturday, February 2nd – Pats @ Brandon
The back half of the weekend home and home goes at in Brandon.  Catch all the action on 620 CKRM starting at 7:05 with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show.

Weekly Schedule

Monday, January 28th – Alumni Skate – 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Media Availability 11:15 a.m.
                                    – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
                                   – Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30th – Moose Jaw @ Pats – 7 p.m.* (Weiner Wednesday)
Thursday, January 31st – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Friday, February 1st – Brandon @ Pats – 7 p.m.* (Yearbook Giveaway)
Saturday, February 2nd – Pats @ Brandon – 7:30 p.m.*
*Broadcast on CKRM
Important Dates
Monday, January 28th – Prairie Mobile Skills Competition (Brandt Centre, Doors Open @ 6 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 30th – Moose Jaw at Pats – Weiner Wednesday (Tickets)
Friday, February 1st – Brandon at Pats – Yearbook Giveaway (Tickets)

Prairie Mobile Skills Competition
The Pats put their individual skills on display in the Second annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition.  Tonight at the Brandt Centre, the Pats will be split into two teams and compete in multiple events.   The Skills Competition will be preceded by an Alumni Game featuring many names familiar to Pats fans.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event with puck drop at 6:30, admission is with a minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation/Regina Kidney Foundation.  For more information, visit ReginaPats.com.

Yearbook Giveaway
The Pats’ 2012-13 Yearbook will be hot off the presses Friday when the Brandon Wheat Kings are in town.  Player profiles, articles about the team and an expose on the history of the Pats venerable mascot, K9, are all featured in the Yearbook.  The 2012-13 Yearbook is free for the first 4,500 fans through the doors before the game.

For game recaps, highlights and more Pats news, visit ReginaPats.com.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ice 3 Pats 1



The Regina Pats returned home after an overtime loss in Swift Current on Friday to take on the Kootenay Ice at the Brandt Centre. Saturdays game was a rematch from last Friday when the Ice downed the Pats 2-1 on the back of netminder Mackenzie Skapski. The Pats picked up a single point against the Broncos Friday night and came in 8 points back of Saskatoon for 8th in the Eastern Conference. The Pats were looking to snap a 6 game losing skid and even the season series with Kootenay at 2. The Ice forwards Sam Reinhart and Jaedon Descheneau were riding 12 game point streaks coming in with 20 and 19 points respectively in that stretch. The Pats gave Matt Hewitt his 5th straight start in goal looking for his 12th win of the season. The Pats scratches Saturday were Colton Jobke, Adam Brooks, Carson Samoridny, Dryden Hunt and Darian Henry.

In the first period the Ice were the better team early as they caused a lot of problems for the Pats in the defensive zone. Kootenay would open the scoring 4:33 in as Jon Martin took a pass at the side of the net and finished top shelf for his 6th of the year from Austin Vetterl and Sam Reinhart and it was 1-0 Ice. Reinhart extending his point streak to 13 games with the assist. The Pats would start to get their feet under them after that and got their forcheck going. They would tie it up on an offensive zone faceoff as Chandler Stephenson won it back to Luke Fenske who then shot on goal and it was tipped in front by Lane Scheidl who beat Mackenzie Skapski for his 24th of the year at 14:46 and it was 1-1. Scheidl snapped a 5 game goalless streak with the first period marker. Right after the goal the Pats took two straight minors for boarding but the Pats were able to kill them off with Matt Hewitt making some nice saves as well as some help from the post and the period ended tied at 1's. The Ice outshot the Pats 15-12 in the opening frame.

In the second the Pats and Ice went back and forth for the entire period with the Pats getting two chances on the powerplay and the Ice got three. The Pats went oh for 2 with the man advantage while they killed Kootenays first chance. On their second the Pats took another penalty 30 seconds in and went down 5 on 3 and it was then that the Ice took the lead. Sam Reinhart took a nice cross crease pass from Luke Philp and finished up high for his 25th of the year at 16:05 from Philp and Joey Leach and it was 2-1. The Ice kept coming with 1:30 remaining in their third powerplay and if it wasn't for two beautiful saves from Matt Hewitt the game lead would have been extended. The second would end 2-1 with the Ice outshooting the Pats 12-7 in the frame and 27-19 overall.

In the third the Pats couldn't get much going in an attempt to tie the game. Regina had three powerplays in the frame and didn't get much going on any of them. The Ice had a powerplay of their own which the Pats killed off. The Pats third powerplay came with just over two minutes left in the game and they would pull the goalie but a turnover in the offensive zone saw Levi Cable skate up the right wing and finish into the open net for his 6th of the year from Jagger Dirk at 19:04 and the score was 3-1 and that would be the final. The Pats were outshot 11-4 in the third and 38-23 overall in the game.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 5 in the contest and in the two games over the weekend 1 for 14 and that has been the difference. Netminder Matt Hewitt was stellar in this one making 35 saves on 37 shots but his team only managed one goal and they dropped their record to 18-27-3-2 on the season. Penalties were momentum killers for the Blue and White as it seemed like every time they would start to push a penalty would be called against them and the ice would be tilted in Kootenays favour.

The third star of the game went to Kootenay defenseman Joey Leach who was fantastic in his own end. The second star when to the Pats goalie in Matt Hewitt with 35 saves in the loss and the first star went to Kootenays Sam Reinhart who extended his point streak to 13 games with a goal and an assist. He had 12 goals and 10 assists in that stretch.

The Pats are back in action on Wednesday at the Brandt Centre with the Moose Jaw Warriors in town. 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Pats Ice Game Day Preview

Game #50
Saturday, January 26th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (18-26-3-2) Kootenay Ice (22-25-2-0)

Head-to-Head
The Pats and Ice come together for their fourth and final meeting of the season. The two squads are battling to catch Medicine Hat in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Ice hold a two wins to one advantage in the season series including a 2-1 victory just over a week ago in Regina. Jaedon Descheneau scored twice in the Kootenay win. Sam Reinhart leads the Ice with four points in three games against Regina. Kyle Burroughs and Lane Scheidl each have two points against Kootenay. The Ice had their five game win streak snapped last night when they fell in overtime to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Pats head into this evening’s contest on a six 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 Dumped by Broncos in OT
It was a back and forth affair that saw the Pats leading 4-3 in the late stages of last night’s contest. With the goalie pulled and just over a minute left, the Broncos would score to send the game to overtime. Both teams had an opportunity on the powerplay in the extra frame and Adam Lowry made good on Swift Current’s advantage to give the Broncos a 5-4 overtime victory. For full recap, visit ReginaPats.com.

Picking up the Pace
With a goal and an assist last night in Swift Current, Chandler Stephenson in on a point per game pace (24 points/24 games). This is increased from his 0.76 points per game pace set last season (42 points in 55 games).

Chipping in Offensively
Braden Christoffer also picked up a goal and an assist in the Pats’ loss to Swift Current. It was his second multi-point night in the month of January and of his career. Christoffer has five points this month, his highest total of the season.

Third Period of the Regular Season
Last night was the official start of the final third of the season. Through the first 2/3 of the season (48 games), the Pats held a record of 18-26-2-2. The powerplay had an efficiency rating of 18.5%, the penalty kill was 75.7%. Morgan Klimchuk led the Blue and White with 24 goals and tied with Lane Scheidl for the assist lead with 30.

Who to Watch on Kootenay
Jaedon Descheneau (’95) has been Sam Reinhart’s partner in crime this season. The Edmonton product has 46 points this season and played in his 100th WHL game last night in Moose Jaw.

Quick Hits
- Heading into tonight’s game, Marc McCoy has played in 99 games in his WHL career
- Colby Williams is third on the Pats with 15 assists on the season (1st among defencemen)
- Darian Henry has two points (1G, 1A) against the Ice this season. Both came as a member of the Calgary Hitmen

Upcoming Schedule
Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game – Monday, Jan 28th, 6:30 p.m. – Brandt Centre
vs Moose Jaw – Wednesday, Jan 30th, 7 p.m. (CKRM) – Weiner Wednesday For tickets click here
vs Brandon – Friday, Feb 1st, 7 p.m. (CKRM) – Pats Yearbook Giveaway For tickets click here

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, January 25, 2013

Broncos 5 Pats 4 OT



The Regina Pats were in Swift Current Friday night looking to nap a 5 game losing streak. The Blue and White fell at the hands of the Broncos last Saturday 2-1 in a game where they played well but could not find the back of the net. The Pats had lost 3 straight games by a 2-1 score going into Friday. The Pats were without captain Colton Jobke who was out with a lower body injury. Carson Samoridny was also out after taking a hit from a teammate in last Saturdays game. The Broncos came in having won 6 straight and held the second spot in the East Divsision. Mark Lowry had his 21 game poitn streak halted in Regina last weekend but is still red hot. Swift was without forward Coda Gordon who was handed a 2 game suspension after a boarding call on Pats defenseman Luke Fenkse on Saturday. The Pats came in 9 points out of the playoffs and so a big two points on the line as they kicked off the final third of the regular season. The Pats scratches Friday were Colton Jobke, Bryar Ortynski, Carson Samoridny, Dryden Hunt and Griffin Mumby.

In the first period the two teams went back and forth early with scoring chances but both goaltenders, Eetu Laurikainen and Matt Hewitt looked good early. The Broncos got the first powerplay of the game but it was negated less than 20 seconds in as Adam Lowry took a tripping call in behind the Pat net. The Pats looked to carry the momentum early but after a big hit from Klimchuk down low 4 on 4 the puck slid out to neutral ice where Colby Cave picked it up and cut to the Pats net. Matt Hewitt made the initial save but Ryan Moser followed up and put in the rebound for his 13th of the year and it was 1-0 Swift at the 11:08 mark of the first. Brycen Martin got the second assis on the 4 on 4 goal. The Pats and Broncos showed their dislike for each other in the opening period as Tye Hand fought Tanner LeSann early on and then later in the frame Braden Christoffoer dropped the gloves with Dalton Reum. The Pats would get a powerplay with just over 2 minutes left in the period and they would capitalize as Morgan Klimchuk hammered a shot from the right side for his 25th of the year from Kyle Burroughs and Chandler Stephenson at 18:41 and it was 1-1. The Broncos DEaniel Dale would take exception to a hit with under a minute left in the perioed and ended up taking a roughing call and the Pats would get their 3rd powerplay with 1:59 carrying into the second. The Pats outshot the Broncos 11-10 in the opening frame.

In the second on the powerplay the Pats had some good zone time but couldn't find the back of the net however a short time later they would get the go ahead goal. Braden Christoffer took the puck up the right wing and cut to the slot and fired past Eetu Laurikainen for his 3rd of the year unassisted at the 6:05 mark and it was 2-1. The Broncos would then get a powerplay chance and Brycen Martin would get his first in the WHL as he fired home a puck in front from Graham Black and Ryan Moser at 8:24 at it was tied at 2's. The Pats got two more powerplays after that and couldn't score and at the end of the second the Broncos got a 2 on 1 as it expired and Colby Cave sent a cross ice pass for Chance Lund who got his 11th of the season in his 300th game in the WHL at 19:11 and it was 3-2 Swift Current. The Pats went oh for 3 on the powerplay in the period and went to the third down a goal. The Pats outshot the Broncos 6-5 in the second and 17-15 overall.

In the third the Pats would get the tieing goal from Chandler Stephenson at 7:16 as he threw a pass in front that went off a defenseman and into the bet for his 10th from Braden Christoffer and Jack Rodewald. Then 16 seconds later the Pats would get the lead as Trent Ouellette batted a puck out of midair and in for his 9th from Dyson Stevenson and Lane Scheidl at 7:30 and it was 4-3 Regina. Then with the net empty the Broncos would tie it at 4's as Matt Hewitt thought he had the puck covered but Colby Cave poked it into the net for his 14th from Brycen Martin and Richard Nedomlel with 1:04 left. The Broncos would take a delay of game penalty with seconds left on the clock which carried into the overtime period. The Pats were outshot 11-5 in the third and 26-22 in regulation.

In OT the Pats didn't get much going on the 4 on 3 powerplay which the Broncos killed off and then with under a minute left Chandler Stephenson took a goaltender interference penalty and the Broncos went to the powerplay. With 26 seconds left Jay Merkley found Adam Lowry at the right side an e finished into the wide open net for his 32nd of the year, Reece Scarlett the second assist and the Broncos won 5-4. Swift outshot the Pats 4-2 in OT.

The Pats went 1 for 9 on the powerplay in the game and that was a big difference in the the contest. Head coach Pat Conacher said in the post game show that they had to be happy with the point but that they should have found a way to close out the final minute when they were up a goal.

The third star of the game was the Broncos Brycen Martin who had a goal and 2 assists in the win. The second star went to Chandler Stephenson who picked up a goal and an assist. The first star went to Colby Cave who got the tieing goal in the third plus had two assists in the game.

The Pats are back in action Saturday night at the Brandt Centre home to the Kootenay Ice at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Pats Alumni to Skate Monday Morning

 
 
Regina, Saskatchewan – Before the Pats Alumni face off Monday evening in their Alumni Game as part of the 3rd Annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition, they will be on the ice at the Brandt Centre for a pre-game skate beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The skate will be open to fans who wish to attend and take advantage of the rare opportunity to see former Pats including Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward and Dale Derkatch getting ready for their big game.

The Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game gets going at 6:30 p.m. at the Brandt Centre with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is by a minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation and Regina Kidney Foundation.  Fans also have the opportunity to bid on the game worn Alumni jerseys throughout the night to help support the cause.
The Pats next home game is tomorrow night when the Blue and White face-off with the Kootenay Ice in a key Eastern Conference matchup.  To purchase individual tickets, click here or call 781-9300.  For group tickets, call the Pats Office at 522-PATS

Pats Broncos Game Day Preview


Game #49
Friday, January 25th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (18-26-2-2) Swift Current Broncos (23-20-3-2)

Head-to-Head
It’s been less than a week since the Pats and Broncos last faced off in a 2-1 Swift Current win. Tonight, the Pats look for their second win at the Credit Union I-Plex this season. The Broncos have wins in three of the four meetings between the East Division rivals. Lane Scheidl and Dyson Stevenson hold the most points in the season series among Pats scorers with four each. Graham Black also features four points in his four games against Regina, including a goal in the teams’ previous contest. The Pats come into this evening’s matchup having lost five straight games, the last three by 2-1 scores. The Broncos hold the longest win streak in the Eastern Conference with victories in six straight. 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 to Swift Current in Another Tight Game
For the second game in a row, the Pats opened the scoring when Lane Scheidl found Morgan Klimchuk in front for his 24th goal of the season. The Broncos would strike back with two goals during four-on-four situations with Graham Black and Colby Cave providing the markers. For game highlights click here.

Goaltending Duels
The goaltenders have been front and centre when the Pats and Broncos go head to head. Regina’s netminders Matt Hewitt and Teagan Sacher feature 2.53, 2.05 GAA’s and 0.915, 0.909 Sv%’s respectively while Broncos goalie, Eetu Laurikainen holds a 1.92 GAA and a 0.923 Sv%.

Success Against Swift
Lane Scheidl sits second on the Pats’ scoring list this season with 53 to his name. Four (1G, 3A) of those, have come in four games against the Broncos. Scheidl has 17 points in 16 career games against Swift Current (nine last season).

Who to Watch on Swift Current
Graham Black was a key part of the Broncos’ win over the Pats last week. He scored the Broncos tying marker in the second period and was a threat all night. The Regina native was drafted by New Jersey in the 5th round of last year’s NHL Draft and features 19 goals and 17 assists in 46 games this season.

Quick Hits
- Dyson Stevenson leads the Pats with 10 fighting majors this season
- The Pats have allowed only 2 powerplay goals in their last four games killing 13 of 15 penalties (86.7%)
- 21 of the Pats’ 48 games have been decided by one goal (43.8%)

Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game
The Pats put their individual skills on display in the fourth annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition. Monday, January 28th at the Brandt Centre, the Pats will be split into two teams and compete in multiple events following an Alumni Game featuring many names familiar to Pats fans. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event, admission is with a minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation/Regina Kidney Foundation. For more info, visit ReginaPats.com.

Upcoming Schedule
vs Kootenay – Saturday, Jan 26th, 7 p.m. (CKRM) For tickets click here
Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game – Monday, Jan 28th, 6:30 p.m. – Brandt Centre
vs Moose Jaw – Wednesday, Jan 30th, 7 p.m. (CKRM) – Weiner Wednesday For tickets click here

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scott Niedermayer receives WHL Alumni Achievement Award

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today the recipient of this year’s WHL Alumni Achievement Award in the professional hockey category is former Kamloops Blazer Scott Niedermayer.

The WHL Alumni Achievement Award annually recognizes WHL graduates who pursued professional hockey and achieved a distinguished career in the NHL as well as an alumnus who has obtained a post-secondary education through the WHL Scholarship Program and has moved on to a highly successful business career. The recipients are selected annually by the WHL Alumni Association Executive Committee, which is headed by former WHL and NHL graduate Kelly Hrudey.

Professional Hockey Recipient – Scott Niedermayer

Scott Niedermayer, originally from Cranbrook, B.C., joined the Kamloops Blazers for the 1989-90 season. Over the course of three seasons with the Blazers, Niedermayer accumulated 47 goals and 190 points in 156 games and was named to the WHL West First All-Star team in 1991 and 1992. Following the 1990-91 season Niedermayer was recognized for his efforts off the ice and was the recipient of the WHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award. The defenseman was instrumental in the Blazers’ winning the WHL Championship and capturing the franchise’s first Memorial Cup in 1992.

Following his success in Kamloops, Niedermayer was selected third overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. His NHL career spanned 17 seasons from 1992 to 2010 during which time he played 12 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and five with the Anaheim Ducks. Niedermayer appeared in 1263 NHL regular season games recording 784 points, as well as 202 NHL playoff games gathering 98 points. Over the course of his illustrious NHL career, he captured the Stanley Cup a total of four times, three with the Devils (1995, 2000, 2003) and one with the Ducks in 2007 when was also named NHL Playoff MVP and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Niedermayer is considered one of the most decorated hockey players of all-time. He is the only individual to win every major North American and International Championship including the WHL Championship, Memorial Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship Gold, Stanley Cup, IIHF World Championship Gold, World Cup of Hockey and Olympic Gold.

Currently Scott Niedermayer, together with his brother Rob, are minority owners of the Kootenay Ice franchise, based in his hometown of Cranbrook, B.C.

“Given that Scott’s remarkable career started in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers, it is only fitting that he receives the highest honour the WHL presents to our graduate players, the WHL Alumni Achievement Award,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Scott is not only a future inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame but a great role model to all current WHL players.”

WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be in Kamloops Friday to present Niedermayer with the WHL Alumni Achievement Award as part of the Blazers’ Niedermayer Jersey Retirement pre-game ceremony.

Past Winners

2011
Professional Hockey – Bob Clarke
WHL Scholarship – Jeff Zorn

2010
Professional Hockey – Joe Sakic
WHL Scholarship – Gavin McLeod

2009
Professional Hockey – Trevor Linden
WHL Scholarship – Dan Hulak

2008
Professional Hockey – Lanny McDonald
WHL Scholarship – Blair St. Martin

Cory Flett
Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Former Pats in town for Alumni Game Fundraiser



The Regina Pats will be holding their annual skills competition on Monday January 28th at the Brandt Centre. This year they have added a new component, an alumni game. While it will be a night of fun for both current and former players, as well as the fans there is another component at work. Former Pat captain Kyle Deck is battling Kidney disease and for the second time in two weeks the Pats organization is getting behind their former player with a fundraiser. All the jerseys worn by the Alumni will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to support Deck and his family in his fight with the disease. Names like Ed Staniowski, Mike Sillinger, Dale Derkatch and Jamie Heward will be in attendance and I had a chance to talk to a few of them this morning about the upcoming Alumni game on Monday.

I had the privilege of talking with Kyle Deck this morning for Pats TV and he talked about the struggle hes had and the support hes received since receiving the news. "Its been a long summer, I got diagnosed with kidney disease in May and its been an uphill battle but things are going better now. I started dialysis and I'm starting to feel a little better as the days go on. I'm still really tired a lot but and the support from the Regina Pats and my senior hockey team back home and the shooting stars foundation is overwhelming, it really is."

Mike Sillinger played 17 seasons in the NHL after graduating from the Pats and played in over 100 games in the big leagues. Sillinger said today that this upcoming Monday will be a special night to be apart of. "Kyle is a dear friend and a former Pat captain and is going through a real tough time. I think its excellent what the Pats are doing with the skills competition and incorporating an alumni game. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the guys back on the ice and my least alumni game was against Moose Jaw and now a few years later were playing against each other and obviously its for a great cause and I hope we raise a lot of money for him."

I also caught up with Jamie Heward spent time with 8 different NHL teams after moving on from junior hockey playing for his hometown Regina Pats. Heward says that he "This alumni game means more to us than most. Were coming out here to raise money for a guy who is struggling right now. Hes got a life threatening illness, he was a great captain for the Regina Pats and hes an exceptional human being. Mike (Sillinger) and I and the rest of the alumni are looking forward to going out and having fun but this is a different type of game. This is more about raising money for a guy who is in need right now. The fact that we can come out and have fun and help him out at the same time is great for us."

The skills competition and alumni game will take place on Monday January 28th at the Brandt Centre with the doors opening at 6 o'clock.

Here are the full interviews with Kyle Deck, Mike Sillinger and Jamie Heward which can be seen Thursday night on Pats TV at 7 o'clock on Access 7.



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Royals Gogolev CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Alex Gogolev of the Victoria Royals is the CHL Player of the Week for recording 12 points including three goals and nine assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-2 in four games for the week ending January 20.

Gogolev led the Royals to four wins last week and produced a multi-point effort in each victory. He started the week with a goal and two assists on Tuesday night in a 6-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers, then picked up two assists in the rematch Wednesday night helping the Royals grab a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blazers. Gogolev then claimed second star honours twice to wrap up the week including Friday night after scoring the game-winner with two assists in a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Giants, and Saturday in Kamloops with a goal and three assists in the 5-4 win over the Blazers to extend the Royals’ winning-streak to a season-high five straight games.

Gogolev, a 20-year-old from Moscow, Russia, is playing in his second WHL season and first with the Royals. He is currently 16th in WHL scoring with 55 points including 16 goals and 39 assists in 42 games and is just two points shy of the 57 he posted last season with the Calgary Hitmen.

Also considered for the award this week was Dmitrij Jaskin of the Moncton Wildcats who scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games, and J.P. Labardo of the Erie Otters who scored two goals and five assists for seven points in two games.

2012-13 CHL Players of the Week:
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals
Jan. 7 – Jan 13: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Anton Zlobin, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting
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

Tigers Lanigan CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cam Lanigan of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .982 for the week ending January 20.

Lanigan stopped 54 of 55 shots faced last week and helped the seventh place Tigers earn a pair of wins over top WHL Eastern Conference competition. He made 28 saves including 12 in the third period on Friday to preserve a 2-1 victory over the first place Edmonton Oil Kings and was recognized as second star of the game. On Sunday he was perfect between the pipes against the fourth place Red Deer Rebels stopping all 26 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory claiming second star honours with his second shutout of the month.

Lanigan, a 20-year-old from Calgary, AB, is playing in his fifth WHL season. In 30 games this season with the Tigers, Lanigan has a 13-10-1-1 record with two shutouts and a goals-against-average of 2.98 and save percentage of .907.

Also considered for the award this week was Mathias Niederberger of the Barrie Colts who went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.40 and save percentage of .950, and Alex Dubeau of the Moncton Wildcats who posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .979.

2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Cam Lanigan, Medicine Hat Tigers
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Austin Lotz, Everett Silvertips
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

Thunder Recruitment Weekend in MJ

 

The Regina Thunder held their first recruiting session over the weekend in Moose Jaw. A total of 200 players took part in the practices with a number of high school prospects as well as some of the returning players. The Thunder have 68 of 75 players returning from last years team that went to the PFC finals versus the Saskatoon Hilltops.

I talked with head coach Scott MacAulay today and he said that it was one of the best recruitment weekends they have ever had. "Our coaching staff is very happy with the flow of the practice. We ended up having over 200 kids which is a very high amount of recruits but the thing I was most happy with was the quality of the recruits. I think that if you came out and watched practice and looked at our O-Line, linebackers, running backs, quarterbacks and DB's you would see quite a few guys that were high school all stars or played team Saskatchewan and so were pretty happy with the guys we were able to get out."



I asked Scott if they were focusing on a certain area for improvement. "I think the biggest thing is we only lost 7 guys so we have 68 of 75 spots already taken. We don't have a major focus on one specific position. Our biggest thing right now is that we want to get a little bit taller at linebacker and bigger on the O-Line and we want to make sure we keep bringing in good quality recruits that are going to come in a compete with our veterans for a spot on our roster."

The Thunder will hold another indoor recruitment weekend coming up on February 24th and March 24th.

Here is the full interview with Coach MacAulay.


Prairie Mobile Skills Competition Monday



Former Pats Face-Off in Alumni Game

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Pats take a break from their push for the playoffs to showcase their individual talents in the third annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition.  Monday, January 28th at the Brandt Centre, the Pats break into two teams and compete in the Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shooting and the Breakaway Relay challenges.

New for this year, the Skills Competition will be preceded by a Pats Alumni Game.  Fans get a chance to see former Pats return to the ice featuring Ed Staniowski, Mike Sillinger, Dale Derkatch, Jamie Heward and many more.  Fans have the opportunity to take a piece of the game home with them as the Pats Alumni jerseys will be auctioned off in support of former Pats Captain Kyle Deck and the Kidney Foundation.  To build on the money raised, the Shooting Stars Foundation and its founders Jordan Eberle, Jamie Heward and Mike Sillinger are pledging to match the funds earned through the Alumni Jersey Auction.

“Hockey is a small world and Kyle is a dear friend,” says Heward.  “As Regina Pats Alumni, Jordan, Mike and I are extremely proud to help out in any way we can.”

Sillinger adds, “What better way to help out?  Let’s play some hockey with friends in front of great fans and at the same time support a fellow alumnus in need with a jersey auction.  Come out and bid!”

After competing in the Alumni Game, former Pats join current members of the Blue and White along with a select group of local media to go head to head in the four challenges with each player’s points affecting the team total.

“Every year we strive to put together new and exciting events for our fans to enjoy and this season’s Prairie Mobile Skills Competition being held in the Brandt Centre will be like no other,” says Pats V.P. of Business Operations, Cliff Mapes. “These events don’t take place without our important corporate partners and once again I would like to thank Shea Paisley of Prairie Mobile Communications for taking a lead role in this event for the third time along with Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward and Jordan Eberle of the Shooting Stars Foundation for supporting the Alumni Game fundraiser for Kyle.”

The Brandt Centre doors open at 6 p.m. on Monday and admission is by minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation/ Regina Kidney Foundation.  The event will be hosted by the Wolf Morning Show with Chad and Ballsy from 104.9 The Wolf as well as Ryan Schultz from 620 CKRM.

For more information on the Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game, visit ReginaPats.com or call the Pats Office at 522-PATS.


Alumni Game Rosters

 

Team Blue
Team White
Kyle Ross
Jordan McGillivray
Brad Anderson
Mike Sillinger
Nevin Markwart
Martin Smith
Dale Derkatch
Jamie Heward
Doug Trapp
Kurt Wickenheiser
Mike Kirby
Jarrett Jagow
Ryan Bender
Justin Bernhardt
Rod Houk
Frank Kovacs
Selmar Odelein
Ed Staniowski
Troy Vollhoffer
Tony Vogel
Chad Wilchynski
Darrin McKechnie
Al Dumba
Gord Wappel
Jon Hammond
Kelly Markwart
Ron Babchuk
Brett Leffler
Coach: Ballsy
Coaches: Chad and Schultzie

 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pat Chat Jan 21st


Pats Face Week of Rematches

The Week That Was
Friday, January 18th – Kootenay 2 @ Pats 1
Jaedon Descheneau scored twice to lead the Ice to their tenth win in eleven games.  The Pats put 30 shots towards Mackenzie Skapski, but only Dyson Stevenson would tally for Regina in a 2-1 loss.  For game highlights, click here.

Saturday, January 19th – Swift Current 2 @ Pats 1
Morgan Klimchuk opened the scoring for the Pats, but two goals scored during 4-on-4 situations and 30 saves from goalie Eetu Laurikainen pushed the Broncos to a 2-1 victory over the Blue and White.  For game highlights, click here.

Quote of the Week
“Obviously you want to get the win but they had a good team over there. It was an eye-opening experience to see how good some of these guys are and how hard they work. It was just a great experience overall and I was happy to be a part of it.” – Morgan Klimchuk on his experience at the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game.
(Courtesy Greg Harder – Leader-Post)

The Week Ahead
Friday, January 25th – Pats @ Swift Current

In a rematch of Saturday’s tilt, the Pats visit the Broncos in Swift Current.  The Broncos find themselves on the longest winning streak in the Eastern Conference and the Pats will look to derail them while cutting off their own losing skid.  The road game can be heard on 620 CKRM with the Pre-Game Show starting at 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, January 26th – Kootenay @ Pats
In another rematch from last week, the Kootenay Ice visit Regina for the second time in a week.  A busy road schedule hasn’t deterred Sam Reinhart and his teammates as they continue to make a push for the post-season.  Individual tickets for the Pats next home game can be found here.

Weekly Schedule
Monday, January 21st – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22nd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23rd – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 24th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Friday, January 25th – Pats @ Swift Current – 7 p.m.*

Saturday, January 26th – Kootenay @ Pats – 7 p.m.*
*Broadcast on CKRM


Prairie Mobile Skills Competition
The Pats put their individual skills on display in the Second annual Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition.  Monday, January 28th at the Brandt Centre, the Pats will be split into two teams and compete in multiple events.   The Skills Competition will be preceded by an Alumni Game featuring many names familiar to Pats fans.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event, admission is with a minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation/Regina Kidney Foundation.

Yearbook Giveaway
The Pats’ 2012-13 Yearbook will be hot off the presses February 1st when the Brandon Wheat Kings are in town.  Player profiles, articles about the team and an expose on the history of the Pats venerable mascot, K9, are all featured in the Yearbook.  The 2012-13 Yearbook is free for the first 4,500 fans through the doors before the game.

For game recaps, highlights and more Pats news, visit ReginaPats.com.
Important Dates
Saturday, January 26th – Kootenay at Pats – Next Home Game
Monday, January 28th – Prairie Mobile Skills Competition (Brandt Centre, Doors Open @ 6 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 30th – Moose Jaw at Pats – Weiner Wednesday
Friday, February 1st – Brandon at Pats – Yearbook Giveaway


Ticketing Information
Individual Tickets

Ticketmaster.ca/1-855-985-5000
Box Office: 781-9300
Group Tickets
Pats Office: 522-PATS