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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Thoughts

The off season is here for the Regina Pats and what better to fill my time then to start up a Wednesday column. Hope you enjoy

The WHL playoffs are in full swing and there have been some interesting first few games in the conference semi finals. The Kelowna Rockets in the West going down 3-0 in their series against Seattle on home ice and of course the Saskatoon Blades tough start to their series against Medicine Hat going down 3-0 as well.  I couldnt believe the start for the Blades last night considering the magnitude of the game. I also was surprised that the Portland Winterhawks lost game 1 to the Everett Silvertips. I guess the saying that anyone can win on any night in the WHL is true.
Did you see the OT winner for the Calgary Hitmen last night over the Broncos in Swift Current? Brooks Macek gloves the puck and basically throws it in front of the net where Victor Rask puts it home and the Hitmen took a 3-1 series lead. Somehow the referees missed that one and what a mistake! Shawn Mullin the voice of the Broncos and CTV's Lee Jones will join me on the Cage tonight to talk about it.

Rich Preston was fired as GM and Head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday after 4 years of missing the playoffs. The former coach with the Regina Pats apparently turned down an offer from Darryl Sutter last year to be an assistant in Los Angeles but declined because he wanted  to honor his contract in Lethbridge... I guess that loyalty wasn’t reciprocated. I nominate Pats assistant coach Malcolm Cameron to succeed him as bench boss, Cameron is a great coach and deserves a shot.

A big congrats to just graduated Pat Lane Scheidl who picked up his first assist as a pro on Saturday with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. As well Dyson Stevenson hasn’t changed his game since joining the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL as he dropped the gloves in a game over the weekend. I shared the video on my facebook page and Dyson gives the crowd the ol arms in the air to pump them up, great moment for him. Stevenson will join the Forth Worth Brahmas of the CHL after the Condors season closes.

Jordan Weal has certainly found his niche in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. The former star here in Regina has but up great numbers in the 2013 calendar year with 10 goals and 23 points since January 1st. The lockout ended and Weal get a much bigger role with the club and he’s doing what he does best... put the puck in the net.

Can you believe that the NHL season is only 6 weeks away from being done. The shortened season is flying by and I’m not complaining, there is so much hockey all the time. I am however a little worried as a Leaf fan that we might see them collapse in these final weeks and miss the playoffs again. History isn’t on their side.

How about those Ottawa Senators??? How do they keep winning? No Karllson, Spezza or Anderson and yet they haven’t missed a beat. Paul McLean is among the best coaches in the league.

The Calgary Flames need to trade Jerome Iginla. I know for Flames fans that would be like losing an arm but this is a team that needs a change. Feaster has been trying with this core of guys for too long and its obviously not working. I say Iginla (if traded) ends up in Chicago.

Looking forward to start of football season. Obviously the Regina hosting the Grey Cup will make for a special year. The Regina Thunder will start a little later in the summer and I am looking forward to that as well. I am interested in how the team will shape up under new head coach Scott MaCaulley. He should do a great job in my opinion and the players all seem to love him as a coach.

Well that’s it for today. I am in for Roddy on the Cage starting tonight until next Wednesday, will hear from the Pats in the pros in the coming days. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog! Until next week...

Phil

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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 for the opening week of the CHL Playoffs ending March 24 after posting a 2-0 record with one shutout and a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .988.

Lanigan claims the award for the second time this season after backstopping the seventh seed Tigers to a 2-0 series lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Saskatoon Blades last week. He stopped 42 shots in each of the first two road games of the series and also earned first star honours in both contests. The Tigers grabbed a 4-1 victory over the Blades in Game 1 Thursday night before Lanigan picked up his first career post-season shutout in the 3-0 victory in Game 2 on Friday.

Lanigan, a 20-year-old from Calgary, AB, is playing in his fifth career WHL season. Acquired from the Portland Winterhawks early this season, Lanigan posted a 20-18-1-1 record for the Tigers including three shutouts with a goals-against-average of 3.00 and save percentage of .910.

Also considered for the award this week was Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers who went 2-0 with a shutout win in the first two games of the OHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals against the Guelph Storm posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .977. In the QMJHL, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigres went 1-0-1-0 including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.31 and save percentage of .968 in two games against the Moncton Wildcats in first round playoff action.

2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Cam Lanigan, Medicine Hat Tigers

2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Matt Mahalak, Plymouth Whalers
Mar. 4 РMar. 10: Fran̤ois Brassard, Quebec Remparts
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Zachary Fucale, Halifax Mooseheads
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville Tigres
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Andrey Makarov, Saskatoon Blades
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Alex Dubeau, Moncton Wildcats
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 РSept. 30 : S̩bastien Auger, Saint John Sea Dogs
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23 : John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers

Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Hitmen Sylvester WHL Player of the Month

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Cody Sylvester of the Calgary Hitmen has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for March.

The 20-year-old product of Vernon, B.C. scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points while posting a +10 rating in eight games to lead all WHL players in scoring in the month of March while helping the Hitmen to a 6-3-0 record. Sylvester scored in six of eight games he played during the month while putting up multiple points in five of eight games, including a seven-point performance versus Saskatoon on March 5th. He was named the game’s 1st Star in three of his eight appearances in March.

Sylvester finished the 2012-13 WHL regular season with a career high 41 goals and 90 points in 68 games for the Hitmen, putting him in 10th place in WHL scoring while helping the Hitmen to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Sylvester was selected to the 2013 WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star team for his excellent season.

Selected by the Hitmen in the eighth round, 168th overall, in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, Sylvester has played 315 career regular-season games over five seasons in Calgary, amassing 229 points. The Eastern Conference finalist for 2013 WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Sylvester also captured a WHL championship with the Hitmen in 2010.

His accomplishments make Cody Sylvester a deserving choice as the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for March.

HUSKY – proud sponsor of the WHL Education Program and the Canada West WHL Graduate of the Month.

2012-13 HUSKY WHL Player of the Month
March: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
February: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
January: Nic Petan, Portland Winterhawks
December: Adam Lowry, Swift Current Broncos
November: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
September/October: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

Jeff Hubert
Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Monday, March 25, 2013

Oil Kings Legault WHL Player of the Week

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

Legault collected 8 points, scoring three goals and five assists to go with a +5 rating in two games over the past week as the Oil Kings managed a 1-0-1 record versus the Kootenay Ice in their Husky WHL Eastern Conference quarter final series.

On Friday, March 22nd, Legault enjoyed a career performance, netting three goals and four assists for seven points along with a +4 rating while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 9-0 victory over the visiting Ice in the series opener. Legault’s seven-point outing equaled the second-highest single-game point total by a WHL player in a playoff game. On Sunday, March 24th, Legault notched an assist and a +1 rating in a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Ice in Game 2 of their Husky WHL Eastern Conference quarter final series.

Legault, a 19-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is in his third full season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The 5’11”, 179-lb left wing currently leads all WHL players in post-season scoring with eight points, and has amassed eight goals and 22 points with a +15 rating in 22 career playoff games for the Oil Kings.

The WHL has also nominated Cam Lanigan of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Lanigan, a 20-year-old from Calgary, AB, posted a pair of victories, including a shutout, in the opening two games of the Tigers’ Husky WHL Eastern Conference quarter final series versus Saskatoon, allowing just one goal on 85 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .988 save percentage in that span.





Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar 18 – Mar 25: Stephane Legault, Edmonton Oil Kings
Mar 11 – Mar 17: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brenden Walker, Saskatoon Blades
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
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

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Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Don Hay to Coach U18's

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Monday that Don Hay (Kamloops, B.C.) head coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, will be the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia.

Hockey Canada also announced that Jody Hull (Petrolia, Ont.) head coach of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, and Yves Sarault (Valleyfield, Que.) have been named assistant coaches.

Don Hay, 59, completed his ninth season as head coach of the Vancouver Giants and 14th as head coach in the Western Hockey League. The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will mark his third appearance behind the Team Canada bench; Hay won a gold medal as head coach with Canada’s National Junior Team in 1995 and a bronze medal as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team in 2012. A two-time WHL coach of the year, Hay has been head coach of three Memorial Cup champions, in 1994 and 1995 with Kamloops and 2007 with Vancouver. He also spent time as a head coach in the NHL, with Calgary and Phoenix.

Jody Hull, 44, will be a member of Canada’s coaching staff for the second time, winning a gold medal as video coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Hull finished his fifth season on the bench with Peterborough, but first as head coach after being promoted from assistant coach in December. He won a gold medal as a member of Canada’s National Junior Team in 1988, before playing more than 800 games over 16 NHL seasons with Hartford, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.

Yves Sarault, 40, will join a Team Canada coaching staff for the first time but has represented Canada in numerous international competitions as a player including the Spengler Cup on three occasions, winning a gold medal in 2007. Sarault graduated from the CHL in 1992 and played parts of eight NHL seasons with Montreal, Calgary, Colorado, Ottawa, Atlanta and Nashville before playing eight years in Switzerland.

“Any opportunity to work with Hockey Canada is a special one, and as a staff we look forward to getting to Russia and getting to work,” said Hay. “We’re excited to get the team on the ice and begin working towards a third under-18 world championship for Canada.”

Canada’s coaching staff, along with Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence, will help select Canada’s roster for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship from players whose CHL teams that either missed the playoffs or are no longer competing in the playoffs.

Canada is a two-time gold medallist at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning in 2003 and 2008. It won bronze at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship opens for Canada on April 18 when it takes on Slovakia. The Canadians will also face Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in the preliminary round.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2013 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will broadcast Canada’s final preliminary round game against Sweden on Tuesday, April 23, as well as both semifinals on Friday, April 26 and both medal games on Sunday, April 28. Check your local listings for game times in your area.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team and the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.

Jeff Hubert
Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pat Chat Mar 25th

Pats Win Bantam Draft Lottery

Pats Pick Second
Luck was on the Pats’ side Wednesday when the WHL held its annual Bantam Draft Lottery in Calgary. With three chances out of twenty-one in the lottery, the Pats ball was selected from among the six other teams involved. The win means the Pats move up two spots to pick second overall at the upcoming WHL Bantam Draft May 2nd. The lottery only applies to the first round of the draft, therefore in subsequent rounds (2-15) the Pats will pick sixth.

Pats to the Pros
Several Pats will continue their seasons with professional teams this year. Lane Scheidl signed his first pro-contract with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks and saw his first action on the weekend, picking up his first AHL point in just his second game. Dyson Stevenson flew south to suit up for the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors. Stevenson chalked up his first fight with the Condors in his second contest with the team. This week, both Colton Jobke and Chandler Stephenson will join professional clubs as Jobke joins the Houston Aeros (AHL) and Stephenson suits up with the Hershey Bears (AHL).


Photos Courtesy of the Bakersfield Condors and Worcester Sharks

Quotes of the Week
“We’re excited our ball fell there and it gives us the opportunity to move up two spots and now select second overall. Obviously we don’t want to be in this position and pick this early, but the fact that we are, there’s no question we’re excited about moving up.” – Pats GM Chad Lang on winning the Draft Lottery

“Definitely a good feeling, something I've been working for my whole life and finally its going right. I'm excited and excited to get down there, I can’t wait.” – Lane Scheidl on heading to Worcester (Courtesy Phil Andrews)

2013-14 Season Tickets
Season Tickets for the 2013-14 Regular Season are on sale now! Current Season Ticket Holders will soon receive their renewal letters outlining some of the great early bird (renew/purchase by April 19th) offers for this offseason season. There will be five draws for Season Ticket Holders to receive a full refund for their tickets, three draws for special Craven County Jamboree VIP packages, two draws for autographed team jerseys, one draw for a complementary foursome entry at the Regina Pats Wickenheiser Golf Classic and one draw for a party limo with ten tickets to a Pats/Warriors game in Moose Jaw. Call the Pats Office at 522-PATS for more details or visit ReginaPats.com.

Coming Soon: Neutral Zone Sale
Pats fans should keep their eyes open for the Neutral Zone’s End of Season Blowout sale in the coming days. More details will be available at a later date.

Important Dates
Friday, April 19th – Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline
Thursday, May 2nd – WHL Bantam Draft

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

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pats Stephenson and Stevenson Headed South



Regina Pat forwards Chandler Stephenson and Dyson Stevenson are headed south to continue their seasons. Chandler who was picked in the 3rd round by the Washington Capitals in 2012 is headed to their AHL affiliate Hershey bears on Monday while Dyson leaves for the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors on Friday morning. The Condors have just 4 games left in their regular season so Dyson will likely play in those before leaving for the Central Hockey League to play for the Fort Worth Brahmas. I had a chance to talk with both Chandler and Dyson and here is that audio.




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pats GM Chad Lang on Winning Draft Lottery

Photo Courtsey GlobalRegina.com 


Regina Pats Genereal Manager Chad Lang met with the media this afternoon to talk about his team winning the WHL Bantam Draft Lottery this morning. Here is that audio.


WHL East Conference All Stars and Awards Finalists



The Western Hockey League announced today the 2012-13 WHL Eastern Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and the Eastern Conference Finalists for the 2012-13 WHL Awards.
The WHL Eastern Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS
FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels
Defenceman – Morgan Rielly (Vancouver, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors
Defenceman – Darren Dietz (Medicine Hat, AB) Saskatoon Blades
Forward – Adam Lowry (Calgary, AB), Swift Current Broncos*
Forward – Michael St. Croix (Winnipeg, MB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward – Curtis Valk (Medicine Hat), Medicine Hat Tigers

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

 Goaltender – Laurent Brossoit (Surrey, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman – Alex Roach (Quensel, B.C), Calgary Hitmen
Defenceman – Keegan Lowe (Edmonton, AB), Edmonton Oil Kings

Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC),Kootenay Ice
Forward – Cody Sylvester (Vernon, BC), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Hunter Shinkaruk (Calgary, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
* indicates unanimous selection

The WHL announced the Eastern Conference Finalists in the following categories.

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Leon Draisaitl (Cologne, Germany), Prince Albert Raiders

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Patrik Bartosak (Koprivnice, CZR), Red Deer Rebels

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Morgan Rielly (Vancouver, BC), Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Dylan Wruck (Saskatoon, SK), Edmonton Oil Kings

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Prince Albert Raiders

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Ryan McGill, Kootenay Ice

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Bob Green, Edmonton Oil Kings

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Cody Sylvester (Vernon , BC), Calgary Hitmen

WHL Marketing / Business Award
Eastern Conference – Saskatoon Blades

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Portland Winterhawks: GP – 72 W – 57 L – 12 OTL – 1 SL – 2 Pts – 117

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Brendan Leipsic– (Winnipeg, MB) Portland Winterhawks
GP – 68 G – 49 A – 71 Pts – 120 PIM – 103
Nicolas Petan – (Delta, BC) Portland Winterhawks
GP – 71 G – 46 A – 74 Pts – 120 PIM – 43

Courtesy WHL.ca

Regina Pats Win WHL Bantam Draft Lottery



Pats to Pick Second Overall

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Western Hockey League held its annual Bantam Draft Lottery this morning in Calgary.  With three balls out of the twenty-one in the lottery from the six non-playoff teams in the WHL, the Pats won the Draft Lottery meaning they will move up the maximum of two spots to pick second overall at the WHL Bantam Draft May 2nd in Calgary.

The lottery selection only applies to the First Round of the draft so as a result, the Pats will pick sixth in the subsequent rounds (2-15). 

“We’re excited our ball fell there and it gives us the opportunity to move up two spots and now select second overall,” says Pats General Manager Chad Lang.  “Obviously we don’t want to be in this position and pick this early, but the fact that we are, there’s no question we’re excited about moving up.”

The Pats’ previous two First Round selections include Morgan Klimchuk (2010) and Chandler Stephenson (2009).

Chad Lang will be available to speak with the media regarding the Pats’ Draft Lottery results this afternoon at 3 p.m. outside the Pats Office at the Brandt Centre.
 
Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lane Scheidl Signs first Pro Contract

Photo courtesy leaderpost.com

Now former Regina Pat Lane Scheidl signed an AHL contract with the Worcester Sharks late Monday night and will fly out Wednesday morning to join the club. Scheidl after a breakout season with 41 goals and 80 points has been rewarded for his hard work. Scheidl says that hes excited.

"Definitely a good feeling, something I've been working for my whole life and finally its going right. I'm excited and excited to get down there, I cant wait."

Scheidls contract includes a 25 thousand dollar signing bonus and a salary of 45 thousand for next season. I asked Schiedl about the team which is 3 points back of the playoffs and hopefully getting into the lineup.

"That would be pretty exciting to get in the lineup and get my first pro experience under my belt. I am going to do everything I can to do it and hopefully everything will work out for the best."

On the nerves heading down.

"Definitely, I'm sure I will have some nerves my first practice there but I mean its not a bad thing, I will just try and use it in a positive way."

Scheidl will leave Wednesday morning early and join the Sharks for the remainder of their season and for them hopefully the playoffs.

Here is the full interview with Scheidl.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Winterhawks Petan WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Nicolas Petan is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week, for the second time this season.

Petan collected 9 points, scoring one goal and eight assists to go with a +5 rating in three games over the past week, helping the Winterhawks to a 4-0-0-0 record.

On Tuesday, March 12th, the Winterhawks were in Victoria to face the Royals. Petan chipped in one assist in a 4-1 victory. Three nights later, on Friday, March 15th, Petan assisted 3 times in an 8-4 victory over Seattle. Then on Saturday, March 16th, Petan finished up his regular season with a goal and four assists in a 6-5 shootout win, again against Seattle.

The five point night moved Petan into a tie for the league scoring race with teammate Brendan Leipsic, each finishing with 120 points. The Portland Winterhawks ended the season with a six game winning streak to finish tops in the WHL standings with 117 points to claim the Scotty Munro Trophy.

A 17-year-old from Delta, BC, Petan is playing his second full season with the Portland Winterhawks. Originally a 1st round selection in the 2010 WHL Draft, Petan has appeared in 135 career regular season games, gathering 156 points (60 goals, 96 assists).

The WHL has also nominated Corbin Boes of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Boes posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week stopping 78 of 80 shots faced for a 0.975 save percentage and 0.83 goals-against average.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar 11 – Mar 17: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brenden Walker, Saskatoon Blades
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
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

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Director, Communications
Western Hockey League

Pat Chat Mar 18th



Pats Season Comes to a Close

The Week That Was
Tuesday, March 12th – Pats 0 @ Moose Jaw 5
The Pats and Warriors went head to head for the final time of the season with Moose Jaw evening the season series on the strength of five different goal scorers including call-up forward Ben Duperreault who scored his first WHL goal.  Matt Hewitt and Teagan Sacher split the loss for the Pats.  For game highlights, click here.

Friday, March 15th – Swift Current 3 @ Pats 2 SO
The Pats got powerplay goals from Marc McCoy and Lane Scheidl (his 40th) to own a 2-0 lead, but the Broncos fought back to tie the game with replying goals from Adam Lowry and Richard Nedomlel.  After trading goals in the shootout, Coda Gordon scored the winner for the Broncos.  For game highlights, click here.

Saturday, March 16th – Pats 2 @ Swift Current 6
The season wrapped up in Swift Current with the Blue and White falling to the Broncos.  Lane Scheidl scored to earn his 80th point on the season while Trent Ouellette tallied to reach the 30 point mark on the year.  Swift Current spread the offence around with goals from six scorers.  For full game recap, click here.

2012-13 Pats Awards
Pats Player of the Year – Lane Scheidl
Torchey Schell Top Scorer – Lane Scheidl
Rick Rypien Memorial Award (Unsung Hero) – Matt Hewitt
Bill Hicke Most Popular Player Award – Matt Hewitt
Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman Award – Kyle Burroughs
Nick Papas Rookie of the Year Award – Teagan Sacher
Hub Bishop Most Sportsmanlike Player – Morgan Klimchuk
Scholastic Player of the Year – Griffin Mumby
Mike Kartusch Community Service Award – Colton Jobke
Molson Cup Three Stars – 1. Lane Scheidl 2. Matt Hewitt 3. Chandler Stephenson

Quote of the Week
“One thing we’ve had here, I will say, these young guys have been fantastic.  We havne’t had one problem with these guys.  Not one problem on or off the ice.  They’ve come every day trying to be the best they can be.  Off the they haven’t caused any problems and it’s good for them.  When you go through a year we have with the ups and downs, it’s easy for some guys to lose sight and run a little stray, especially young guys.  They haven’t, they stayed focused and stayed just as focused on the ice as off the ice.  It goes to show that we had a real group of kids that at the end of the day they came to play each and every day.  I think we got the best effort out of them most nights and they did everything they could off the ice to be the best they could be too.” – Head Coach Pat Conacher on the Pats’ team discipline this season


Important Dates
Friday, April 19th – Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline
Thursday, May 2nd – WHL Bantam Draft

Thank You!
There are so many people who make Regina Pats Hockey great.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who work together to create a great experience for players and fans throughout the year.  Thanks to the billets who open their homes to the Pats players and provide them with a home away from home during the season.  To the Pats corporate sponsors and media partners, the organization appreciates your continued support and coverage.  Finally, thank you to the Regina Pats fans.  None of this happens without your passion and support.  We look forward to seeing you in the stands when the 2013-14 season starts in September!

2013-14 Season Tickets
Season Tickets for the 2013-14 Regular Season are on sale now!  Current Season Ticket Holders will soon receive their renewal letters outlining some of the great early bird (renew/purchase by April 19th) offers for this offseason season.  There will be five draws for Season Ticket Holders to receive a full refund for their tickets, three draws for special Craven County Jamboree VIP packages, two draws for autographed team jerseys, one draw for a complementary foursome entry at the Regina Pats Wickenheiser Golf Classic and one draw for a party limo with ten tickets to a Pats/Warriors game in Moose Jaw.  Call the Pats Office at 522-PATS for more details or visit ReginaPats.com.

 
Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats Year in Review



It’s been quite the season for the Regina Pats in 2012-13; for some good reasons as well as unfortunate ones. From injuries and losses to some incredible games but it ultimately ended in disappointment for the Blue and White. A tough stretch in January in February really sealed the fate of this club and has left them with a bitter taste after missing the playoffs.

The season started with a lot of question marks as to who would fill the voids left by Jordan Weal, Brandon Davidson, Art Bidlevskii, Martin Marincin and the list goes on. However there was some optimism with the return of Colton Jobke on the back end as a 20 year old along with Lane Scheidl up front and Matt Hewitt in goal. There was still the task of bringing in some new players and the Pats started the season with 12 new faces on their roster. The new forwards were Braden Christoffer, Emil Sylvegard, Adam Rossignol, Adam Brooks, Patrick D’Amico, Henry Hardarson and Bryar Ortynski. The new defenseman in 2012-13 were Colby Williams, Griffin Mumby, Cole Hamblin and the Pats took a new back up goaltender in Teagan Sacher for the year. However the roster was far from set as General Manager Chad Lang made a number of moves fromt he start of the year to the trade deadline to try and bolster the lineup. He acquired Stephen Hak, Colten Mayor and Tye Hand early on along with Kade Pilton and by the time the trade deadline came long only Hak and Hand remained with the club. Lang flipped Colten Mayor for Carson Samoridny and a 4th round pick at the deadline and also acquired Marc McCoy from the Red Deer Rebels. Lang also picked up defenseman Alex Theriau early on in the season with all the injuries the team sustained on the back end. A total of 37 players dressed for the Pats during the season which is a very telling stat.

The Pats injury woes started early before the season even got underway. First, second year forward out of Nelson B.C. Dryden Hunt sustained a concussion in a preseason fight in Brandon and then rookie Patrick D’Amico was cut by a skate in practice and he missed the first 30 odd games of the year. The Blue and White got off to a bit a of a rough start losing 7 of their first 9 games in September and then picked up 5 wins in 12 in October. October saw more injuries for the Pats as Chandler Stephenson went down with a cut to his for against Tri City and Dryden Hunt also went out picking up his second concussion of the year in just his second game back into the lineup which eventually resulted in the end of Hunts season. Trent Ouellette a day after being selected to Team WHL for the Subway Super Series took a low hit in the corner in Lethbridge and he missed considerable time including the Super Series game. Ouellette had been off to a career best start with over a point a game pace. However the Pats were able to beat some very good teams headlined by the Portland Winter Hawks where Lane Scheidl scored the OT winner in a 3-2 victory.

November was a much more successful month as the Pats went out to the west coast and beat the Kamloops Blazers who were one of the leagues best at the time. Teagan Sacher made 40 saves in the win. The Pats picked up 6 of 10 points on that trip and were still very much in the race for the playoffs. At the back end of that trip the Pats lost another defenseman in Luke Fenske due to a hand injury and he would not return until after Christmas and with Colton Jobke going down on a freak play that saw his tendons in his hand severed just before the trip the Pats were without their top 2 d men and relied heavily on Alex Theriau for the next month. The team also lost 19 year old forward Dyson Stevenson during the trip as he came down with a pretty serious sickness and didn’t return until 2013.

December was a struggle early on for the Pats and they lost 7 of 9 games before the Christmas break but picked up a huge two points in the road in Lethbridge on their final game before Christmas 3-2 as Morgan Klimchuk scored with 30 seconds left in the game to give the Pats the victory. That seemed to spark some optimism as the Blue and White were close to getting healthy and were looking forward to Chandler Stephenson, Colton Jobke and Luke Fenske returning to the lineup.

The end of December and the start of January started with a bang for the Pats as they won 5 in a row and jumped up into the 8th spot in the conference and looked to be a team that would be battling for the playoffs. The Pats would have their 5 game winning streak snapped in P.A. on January 9th and then the trade deadline hit. The pats had already acquired Marc McCoy a short time before and then added a big forward in Carson Samoridny from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for Colten Mayor and a fourth round pick. A great trade for the Pats as Samoridny is a year younger and the team get the fourth round pick they originally paid for Mayor back.

That’s when things fell apart for the pats. The team played 7 one goal games in their next 8 and lost all of them. The Pats would not get their next win until early February against Brandon and by that time had fallen back of the pack for the playoffs. The injury bug bit again with Colton Jobke and Luke Fenske going down as well as Jack Rodewald. The Pats lost 6 of 8 to start February before heading out on the road to Alberta where they got back to playing some good hockey. They lost in Calgary to start but picked up a point in Red Deer and then beat the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 as Matt Hewitt made 53 saves but by that time the Pats were running out of games. The Pats went 4 and 4 in their next 8 but in that stretch the Kootenay ice picked up enough points to eliminate the Pats playoff hopes for the season.

The year would end with the Pats in Moose Jaw and then a home and home with the Swift Current Current Broncos. The Pats would fall in MJ 5-0 then in the shootout in their final home game 3-2 before closing the season in Swift with a 6-2 loss. The Pats finished the season with a record of 25-38-4-5 which put them 11th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the East Division.

When you take a look back at this year, while there is the disappointment of missing the playoffs, there were still positives for this club. This was a team that was competitive each and every night playing to one goal decisions in close to 40 of their games. We saw the emergence of Morgan Klimchuk as a star in this league finishing the year with 76 points, 40 more than his rookie total of 36 last year. Lane Scheidl exploded in his 20 year old season picked up career highs in goals (41), assists (39), and points (80). Goaltender Teagan Sacher was named the teams rookie of the year and with Matt Hewitt graduating from the WHL, Sacher will be penciled in as starter for next year. The Pats will also graduate Lane Scheidl who has some options for where he wants to play pro as his careen continues and Colton Jobke is headed to the Minnesota Wild AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I wish all three of them the very best as they head forward in their careers. There were a number of players that emerged this season when you look at Griffin Mumby as a 16 year old defenseman and what he was able to do with a lot of minutes on the back end. Braden Christoffer in the second half of the season was incredible with 11 goals and ended the season with 20 points. Trent Ouellette finished the year with a career high 30 points as did Dyson Stevenson who had 43 points and 120 PIM’s. Kyle Burroughs had a great season on defense and I wouldn’t be surprised if his draft stock went up considerably and Colby Williams played well in his rookie campaign as a 17 year old.

The shift now turns to the WHL Bantam Draft where the Pats will enter the lottery with the other 5 non playoff teams. If everything remains the way the standings look right now the Pats would pick fourth overall but could move up as high as 2nd depending on what happens in the lottery. There is also the Euro Draft to look at as the Pats will have at least one European spot open for next season.  

President and Governor of the Pats Brent Parker said to the media at the year end meetings that “If we were healthy we are a playoff team.” Here’s hoping this team bounces back next year!

WHL Announces Round One Playoff Schedule



Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today the dates and game times for the opening round of the 2013 WHL Playoffs. The 2013 WHL Playoffs are presented by Kal Tire and Husky, Prestige Partners of the Western Hockey League. Please find attached a one page document listing all eight of the 2013 WHL Playoffs round one schedules, plus the 2013 WHL Playoffs logo for use during the first and second rounds.
CLICK HERE for 2013 WHL Playoffs Brackets on the WHL website
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2013 WHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND
Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
EDMONTON vs. KOOTENAY
(Series A)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton
Game 2 - Sun Mar 24 4:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton
Game 3 - Tue Mar 26 7:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay
Game 4 - Wed Mar 27 7:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay
Game 5 - Fri Mar 29 7:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton*
Game 6 - Sun Mar 31 6:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay*
Game 7 - Tues Apr 2 7:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton*
Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
SASKATOON VS. MEDICINE HAT
(Series B)
Game 1 - Thurs Mar 21 7:05 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 2 - Fri Mar 22 7:05 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 3 - Tuesday, Mar 26 7:00pm Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 4 - Wednesday, Mar 27 7:00pm Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 5 - Friday, Mar 29, 7:05 Medicine Hat at Saskatoon*
Game 6 - Sunday, Mar 31 6:00 Saskatoon at Medicine Hat*
Game 7 - Tuesday, Apr 2 7:05 Medicine Hat at Saskatoon*
Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
CALGARY VS. SWIFT CURRENT
(Series C)
Game 1 - Thurs Mar 21 7:00 PM Swift Current at Calgary
Game 2 - Fri Mar 22 7:00 PM Swift Current at Calgary
Game 3 - Mon Mar 25 7:00 PM Calgary at Swift Current
Game 4 - Tue Mar 26 7:00 PM Calgary at Swift Current
Game 5 - Thur Mar 28 7:00 PM Swift Current at Calgary*
Game 6 - Saturday Mar 30 7:00 PM Calgary at Swift Current*
Game 7 - Mon Apr 1 7:00 PM Swift Current at Calgary*
Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
RED DEER VS. PRINCE ALBERT
(Series D)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:30 PM Prince Albert at Red Deer
Game 2 - Sat Mar 23 7:30 PM Prince Albert at Red Deer
Game 3 - Tue Mar 26 7:00 PM Red Deer at Prince Albert
Game 4 - Wed Mar 27 7:00 PM Red Deer at Prince Albert
Game 5 - Fri Mar 29 7:30 PM Prince Albert at Red Deer*
Game 6 - Sun Mar 31 7:00 PM Red Deer at Prince Albert*
Game 7 - Tue Apr 2 7:00 PM Prince Albert at Red Deer*
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Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
PORTLAND VS. EVERETT
(Series E)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:00 PM Everett at Portland (Rose Garden)
Game 2 - Sat Mar 23 7:00 PM Everett at Portland (Rose Garden)
Game 3 - Wed Mar 27 7:05 PM Portland at Everett
Game 4 - Fri Mar 29 7:35 PM Portland at Everett
Game 5 - Sat Mar 30 7:00 PM Everett at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)*
Game 6 - Mon Apr 1 7:05 PM Portland at Everett*
Game 7 - Wed Apr 3 7:00 PM Everett at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)*
*If Necessary
Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
KELOWNA VS. SEATTLE
(Series F)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:05 PM Seattle at Kelowna
Game 2 - Sat Mar 23 7:05 PM Seattle at Kelowna
Game 3 - Tue Mar 26 7:05 PM Kelowna at Seattle
Game 4 - Wed Mar 27 7:05 PM Kelowna at Seattle
Game 5 - Sat Mar 30 7:05 PM Seattle at Kelowna*
Game 6 - Tue Apr 2 7:05 PM Kelowna at Seattle*
Game 7 - Wed Apr 3 7:05 PM Seattle at Kelowna*
*If Necessary
Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
KAMLOOPS VS. VICTORIA
(Series G)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops
Game 2 - Sat Mar 23 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops
Game 3 - Tue Mar 26 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria (Bear Mountain Arena)
Game 4 - Thu Mar 28 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria (Bear Mountain Arena)
Game 5 - Sat Mar 30 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops*
Game 6 - Mon Apr 1 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria (Bear Mountain Arena)*
Game 7 - Wed Apr 3 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops*
*If Necessary
Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
SPOKANE VS. TRI-CITY
(Series H)
Game 1 - Fri Mar 22 7:05 PM Tri-City at Spokane
Game 2 - Sat Mar 23 7:05 PM Tri-City at Spokane
Game 3 - Tue Mar 26 7:05 PM Spokane at Tri-City
Game 4 - Thu Mar 28 7:05 PM Spokane at Tri-City
Game 5 - Sat Mar 30 7:05 PM Spokane at Tri-City*
Game 6 - Tues Apr 2 7:05 PM Tri-City at Spokane*
Game 7 - Wed Apr 3 7:05 PM Tri- City at Spokane *
** - if necessary

First Round Match-Ups are based on Conference Rankings with Division Champions seeded #1 and #2.
1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th and 4th vs 5th.

Second Round Match-Ups are based on Conference Rankings. 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd

All Series in the 2013 WHL Playoffs are best-of-seven formats.
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Western Hockey League

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pats Year End Audio



The Regina Pats held their exit meetings this morning and the players packed up their gear and left the Brandt Centre for the final time this season. The Pats wrapped up their regular season Saturday in Swift Current against the Broncos in a 6-2 loss. The Pats graduated a defenseman a forward and goaltender this year in Colton Jobke, Lane Scheidl, and Matt Hewitt. Those three along with President and Brent Parker, GM Chad Lang, Head Coach Pat Conacher and Forward Klimchuk also addressed the media. Here is the audio.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Broncos 6 Pats 2



The Regina Pats wrapped up their season Saturday in Swift Current against the Broncos in the back half of a home and home set. The Broncos came back to win the first half Friday in Regina 3-2 in a shootout. The Pats took a 2-0 first period lead as Marc McCoy picked up his 8th and Lane Scheidl his 40th both on the powerplay but Swift Current scored once in the 2nd and once in the 3rd to force OT. That would solve nothing and in the shootout in the 5th shooters the Broncos Coda Gordon got the game winner. The Broncos came in 2 points back of Prince Albert for 5th in the conference and needed a win over the Pats and a Raiders loss to Saskatoon to jump into the 5th spot to face the Red Deer Rebels in the first round of the playoffs. The Pats gave Teagan Sacher the start in goal on Saturday a day after being named the teams rookie of the year. The Pats scratches on Saturday were Tye Hand, Colby Williams, Bryar Ortynski, Dryden Hunt, Griffin Mumby and Luke Fenske.

In the first period the the Broncos got off to a good start and put the games first 6 shots on goal but Sacher looked good in goal and kept the game tied at 0's. The Broncos got the games first powerplay and the Pats killed off the first 1:49 but then took a delay of game penalty and the Broncos went up 5 on 3 for 11 seconds. However the Pats penalty kill came up big led by Teagan Sacher. The Broncos kept the pressure coming however and got the games first goal at the 6:50 mark as Chance Lund fired top corner form the slot for his 16th from Reece Scarlett and Chance Lund and it was 1-0 Swift. Then at the 12:12 mark the Broncos made it 2-0 as Tanner LeSann took a puck that bounced past Kyle Burroughs and skated in on a half breakaway and scored his 5th unassisted. The Pats would seem to find their feet after that and started to get some chances of their own but Eetu Laurikainen stopped every puck he faced and the Broncos took the 2-0 lead to the break. The Pats were outshot 9-4 in the opening frame.

In the second period the Pats got within one early on as Lane Scheidl put home his 41st goal of the season and 80th point from Chandler Stephenson at 3:27 and it was 2-1 Broncos. At the 14:38 mark the Broncos restored their two goal lead as Levis Bews picked up his 21st of the season from Daniel Dale and Dalton Reum and it was 3-1 Swift. The Broncos made it 4-1 less than 2 minutes later on the powerplay as Reece Scarlett hammered a slap shot from the point past Sacher for his 9th, Richard Nedomlel the lone assist at 16:24 and it was 4-1 Swift. The Pats would get it back late in the frame however as Trent Ouellette tipped home his 11th of the season from Darian Henry and Connor Gay at 17:52 and they got within 2. That's how the period would end with the Broncos ahead 4-2 and leading the shots on goal 21-12.

In the third period the Broncos scored twice more. The first came at the 10:58 mark from Ryan Moser with the assists from Brycen Martin and Dillon Heatherington. The second at the 16:56 mark as Colby Cave scored on a breakaway for his 21st unassisted and the Broncos won the game 6-2. The Pats were outshot 32-17 in their final game of the season as they finished with a 25-38-4-5 record.

The third star of the game went to the Broncos Dalton Reum, the second star to Swifts Chance Lund and the first star to the Broncos Ryan Moser.

Thanks to everyone who listened and supported this team this year and I will see you all next season.

Pats Broncos Game Day Preview

Game #72
Saturday, March 16th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (25-37-4-5) Swift Current Broncos (35-29-3-4)

Head-to-Head
The Pats and Broncos finish the 2012-13 Regular Season with the back half of their home and home. The Pats hold a 1-3-2-1 record against Swift Current this season. Lane Scheidl and Dyson Stevenson lead the Pats with seven points each in the season series. Adam Lowry is the top Bronco with six points (3G, 3A) in the season set. The Pats come into this evening’s contest on a three game slide, though they have points in two of those games including last night’s shootout loss to Swift Current. After their shootout victory in Regina last night, the Broncos are on a three game winning streak. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Edged by Broncos 3-2 in Shootout
The Pats opened up a two goal lead in the first period with Marc McCoy netting a powerplay goal and Lane Scheidl following up with his fortieth goal of the season, also on the powerplay. The Broncos would reply in the second and third periods with Adam Lowry and Richard Nedomlel scoring before Swift Current would eventually take the game in a shootout with Graham Black picking up the winning tally. For full game recap, click here.

Award Winners
The Pats presented their 2012-13 Awards last night. Lane Scheidl was awarded the Player of the Year, Kyle Burroughs took Top Defenceman honours, Matt Hewitt was named the Unsung Hero as well as Most Popular Pat, Teagan Sacher is the Pats Rookie of the Year, Colton Jobke was presented with the Community Service Award and Griffin Mumby was the Scholastic Player of the Year.

Molson Cup Three Stars
The Molson Cup is going right down to the wire. The top three are already decided with Chandler Stephenson occupying the third slot while Matt Hewitt and Lane Scheidl battle it out for top honours. Hewitt and Scheidl entered the final weekend of the season tied with 35 ‘star points’ on the season. Lane Scheidl grabbed a two point lead in the standings with his second star selection last night in Regina.

Who to Watch on Swift Current
Colby Cave didn’t have a point last night in Regina, but was a factor in the game as he created numerous chances in the Pats’ zone. Eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Cave is in the midst of a 20 goal/20 assist season and is ranked 140th among North American Skaters by Central Scouting.

Quick Hits
- The Pats are looking to break a five year streak of not winning their final Regular Season Game (Last win in 2006-07)
- Matt Hewitt crossed reached the 4,000 save mark for his career last night (4013)
- Lane Scheidl is two assists away from 100 for his WHL career

Important Dates
Friday, April 19th – Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline
Thursday, May 2nd – WHL Bantam Draft

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, March 15, 2013

Broncos 3 Pats 2 SO



The Regina Pats were home to the Swift Current Broncos on Friday for the last time at the Brandt Centre for the 2012-13 season. The Pats were coming off a tough effort in Moose Jaw on Tuesday where they were shutout 5-0 by the Warriors. The Pats Morgan Klimchuk, Kyle Burroughs, Chandler Stephenson and Lane Scheidl all had their point streaks snapped in the loss. The Broncos came in having won 2 in a row and were two points back of the Prince Albert Raiders for fifth in the conference so they were playing for their playoff positioning in the home and home with the Pats to close the year. Matt Hewitt got the start in goal for the Pats in his final game at the Brandt Centre while the scratches were Tye Hand, Colby Williams, Bryr Ortynski, Dryden Hunt, Griffin Mumby and Luke Fenske.

In the first period the Pats looked good early and were skating well with the Broncos. The Pats did a good job transitioning from their zone to the offensive zone which didn't allow the Broncos to get their forecheck established. The Pats got the games first powerplay in the first 5 minutes and on it Marc McCoy picked up his 8th goal of the season from Trent Ouellette at the 4:17 mark and the Pats went ahead 1-0. The battle continued and the Broncos got the next powerplay but the Pats were able to kill it off. The Pats got their second man advantage late in the frame and on it Lane Scheidl scored his 40th goal of the season on a pass in front. Dyson Stevenson and Morgan Klimchuk the assists at the 16:24 mark and the Pats went up 2-0. That's how the period would end with the Broncos leading the shots on goal 9-7.

In the second frame the Pats continued to play well and didn't give up much in terms of scoring chances. The Pats had another chance on the powerplay in the period but could not start 3 for 3 on the man advantage as the Broncos killed it off. The two teams went back and forth until the Broncos picked up 2 straight powerplays but the Pats penalty kill came up big blocking shots and kept their 2-0 lead. However shortly after the second penalty expired Adam Lowry picked up a puck and fired from the right side past Matt Hewitt for his 45th of the year from Coda Gordon at 17:35 and the Broncos got to within 1, 2-1 the score. That's how the period would end with the Pats outshooting the Broncos 8-6 in the second and the shot clock was tied at 15's after 2 periods of play.

In the third the Broncos came out strong and got the tieing goal 2:48 in as Richard Nedomlel walked across the Pats line on the right wing and fired off the glove of Matt Hewitt and in for his 7th unassisted and we were tied at 2's. The Broncos kept coming in the final frame but Hewitt made some big stops and the Pats kept the game even. The Broncos had the lone powerplay of the third but the Pats killed it off and the PK went 4 for 4 on the night. Regulation would end with the game tied at 2's. Swift outshot the Pats 14-3 in the 3rd and 29-18 through regulation.

In overtime both teams had decent chances but were unable to finish and we went to a shootout at the Brandt Centre. The Broncos outshot the Pats 3-2 in the extra frame and overall 32-20. In the shootout the Broncos shot first and Adam Lowry came on and made the move to the 5 hole beating Hewitt to give his team the 1-0 lead. The Pats Lane Scheidl came on next and he was stopped on a beautiful glove save from Eetu Laurikainen. Swift sent Heatherinton out next and he was stopped by Matt Hewitt, then came the Pats Chandler Stephenson and he was unable to score so we went to the third shooters with the Broncos still up 1-0. Colby Cave had a chance to win it for Swift but Hewitt stopped him and it was up to Kyle Burroughs to extend it for the Pats. Burroughs skated in and did an around the world fake stickhandled and then fired top shelf on the backhand and the shootout went to extras. Graham Black came on and scored for Swift Current as did the Pats Connor Gay on a nice move to the backhand and then came shooters number 5. Coda Gordon scored for Swift and it was up to Morgan Klimchuk to extend it again for the Pats but he was stopped by the stick of Laurikainen and the Broncos took the victory 3-2.

The third star of the game went to the Broncos Coda Gordon who had an assist and the shootout winner. The Second star to the Pats Lane Scheidl who picked up his 40th goal on the night he was named the season MVP and the first star went to Swift Currents Adam Lowry who got his 45th goal in the win.

The Pats wrap up their season Saturday in Swift Current against the Broncos, 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Pats Announce End of Year Award Winners

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced its End of Year Award Winners this evening ahead of the final home game of the season against the Swift Current Broncos. The Pats presented ten awards recognizing the individual accomplishments of members of the team.

Player of the Year – Lane Scheidl
Pats overage forward Lane Scheidl led the team in scoring for most of the 2012-13 campaign while providing the Pats with exemplary leadership on and off the ice. Through 70 games this season, the Saskatoon, SK product set new career highs with 39 goals and 39 assists.
2011-12 Award Winner: Jordan Weal

Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman – Kyle Burroughs
With injuries to key members of the defence, the Pats needed someone to step up and Kyle Burroughs did just that. The second year player out of Langley, B.C. leads the Pats blue-line with 33 points (5G, 28A) in 68 games. Burroughs’ strong play in his own end helped anchor the Pats defence, especially in the second half of the season.
2011-12 Award Winner: Brandon Davidson

Rick Rypien Memorial Award (Unsung Hero) – Matt Hewitt
With a young team in front of him, Matt Hewitt was called upon to be at his best every night and the Pats goaltender rose to the challenge. Appearing in 53 games so far this season; Hewitt faced over 1,700 shots while battling his way to a 3.37 GAA, a 0.903 SV% and two shutouts on the season.
2011-12 Award Winner: Art Bidlevskii

Nick Papas Rookie of the Year – Teagan Sacher
Rookie netminder Teagan Sacher proved early on in the season he was a good option for the Pats to give Matt Hewitt some games off. Sacher’s play on the Pats’ West Coast trip helped the Blue and White to a pair of victories on the long swing and he heads into the final games of the season with a 3.77 GAA, 0.887 SV% and a shutout on the year.
2011-12 Award Winner: Morgan Klimchuk

Hub Bishop Most Sportsmanlike – Morgan Klimchuk
Morgan Klimchuk enjoyed a breakout season in his second year in the WHL. Through 70 games, 18-year old forward tallied 36 goals and 39 assists to sit second on the Pats in scoring. While working his way up the 2013 NHL Draft Rankings; the Calgary, AB native stayed out of the penalty box with only 20 PIMs on the campaign.
2011-12 Award Winner: Chandler Stephenson

Mike Kartusch Community Service Award – Colton Jobke
Despite an injury shortened season, Pats Captain Colton Jobke made his presence felt around the community of Regina. The Minnesota Wild prospect spent time at the Food Bank, visiting schools and participating in many other projects making a difference around the Queen City. On the ice, Jobke totaled 18 points (3G, 15A) in 29 games.
2011-12 Award Winner: Tanner Olstad

Bill Hicke Most Popular Player – Matt Hewitt
Voted on by Regina Pats fans last week, Matt Hewitt was the overwhelming choice among the Pats’ faithful. The New Westminster, B.C. product played for three seasons in Regina (2010-2013) appearing in nearly 150 games in his time with the Pats organization.
2011-12 Award Winner: Jordan Weal

Scholastic Player of the Year – Griffin Mumby
Pats 16-year old rookie Griffin Mumby was solid on the ice playing in a role larger than his age would normally warrant. He also excelled in the classroom with an average of 92% to be the Pats’ Scholastic Player of the Year.
2011-12 Award Winner: Jack Rodewald

Torchey Schell Top Scorer Award
Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk were neck and neck the whole season when it came to their point totals. Scheidl pulled away in the final weeks of the season displaying the play that earned him the Pats Player of the Year award. Coming into the final two games of the season, Scheidl leads the scoring race with 78 points with Klimchuk right
2011-12 Award Winner: Jordan Weal

Molson Cup Award
The Molson Cup has been a back and forth battle right to the end with Lane Scheidl and Matt Hewitt tied heading into the final two games of the season. Chandler Stephenson took third place in the Molson Cup Race.
2011-12 Award Winner: Jordan Weal
The Pats wrap up the 2012-13 Regular Season tomorrow night against the Swift Current Broncos. Tune in to 620 CKRM to catch the action starting at 6:35 p.m. with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show.

Pats players and personnel will be available to speak with members of the media Sunday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats Broncos Game Day Preview

Game #71
Friday, March 15th
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.
Game Sponsors: Canadian Tire and 620 CKRM

Regina Pats (25-37-4-4) Swift Current Broncos (34-29-3-4)

Head-to-Head
The Pats wrap up their home schedule tonight with their seventh contest of the season against the Swift Current Broncos. The Pats are 1-3-2-0 against Swift Current this season. Lane Scheidl and Dyson Stevenson lead the Pats with six points each in the season series. The Broncos have shared the scoring load with four players featuring five points in six games against Regina. Coming into this evening’s game, the Pats have dropped their past two contests while the Broncos are winners of their last two. The Pats look to hold off the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings in the standings as the Broncos try to jump into fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Fall 5-0 in Moose Jaw
The Pats took a couple of periods to get going and it would be the first forty that sunk the Blue and White. The Warriors scored twice in the first and three times in the second and held the Pats off the board in the third despite Regina bringing the pressure. Moose Jaw defenceman Morgan Rielly had three assists in the Warriors victory while Justin Paulic made 31 saves in the shutout effort. For game highlights, click here.

Fan Appreciation Night
Canadian Tire and CKRM present the Pats’ final home game of the 2012-13 Regular Season. The evening starts with the Pats End of Year Awards Ceremony as the Blue and White acknowledge the individual performances of their top players. There will be prizes given away through the night including $1,000 dollars at the end of the game (620 CKRM) as well as shoot-to-wins for a new RV (Traveland RV) and a hot tub (Sunset Bay Leisure). In addition to the special events of the night, it’s Footlong Friday when footlong hot dogs are just $4. One hour before puck drop, it’s Happy Hour when drinks are just $4. Two-for-One Tickets for the Pats’ final home game are available at the Brandt Centre Box Office. For more details on Fan Appreciation Night, visit ReginaPats.com.

Final Home Game
The Pats come into their last home game of the 2012-13 Regular Season with a 15-17-2-1 record on the year. Their powerplay at the Brandt Centre sits at 19.3% (12th) and the penalty kill is 77.6% (19th). The Pats have scored 96 of their 189 goals on home ice while allowing 118 of their 260 goals against at home.

Saying Good-Bye
Three Pats will play their final game at the Brandt Centre tonight in Lane Scheidl, Colton Jobke and Matt Hewitt. With two games remaining in their WHL careers, Scheidl has 275 games to his name with 184 points (86G, 98A). Jobke suited up for 220 games totaling 65 points (14G, 51A). Matt Hewitt appeared in 145 games with a 61-60-6-7 record with a 3.25 GAA and a 0.901 SV%.

Quick Hits
- All six games between the Pats and Broncos have been decided by one goal
- Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl are the only two Pats to have played in every single game this season

Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Saturday, March 16th, 7 p.m. – Credit Union I-Plex (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club