Wednesday, December 31, 2014


The Regina Pats were in Moose Jaw on Wednesday wrapping up the 2014 calendar year against the Warriors. The Pats were riding a 9 game winning streak over Moose Jaw coming in. The Pats won in Saskatoon on Tuesday 5-3 as Adam Brooks assisted on all three of Morgan Klimchuks hattrick in 4:30 to give the Pats the win. The Warriors entered the game having lost 5 in a row and were 4 points out of a playoff spot. Erik Gardiner made his WHL debut for the Pats on Wednesday as Sam Steel and Austin Wagner both missed the game with minor injuries. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                                Warriors
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                                         Eberle-Howden-Rodewald
Christoffer-Klimchuk-Cole                                           Yakubowski-Smejkal-White
Gardiner-Brooks-Padakin                                               Olynek-Gregor-Shynkaruk
McAmmond-Smith-Kroeker                                           Duperreault-Halbgewachs-Bargar

Burroughs-Williams                                                      Sleptsov-Valentine
Hansen-Zborovskiy                                                         Gardiner-Jensen
Mortlock-Reagan                                                            Perillat-Adam

Wapple                                                                          Sawchenko
Brown                                                                             Paulic

Pats scratches - Hilsendager, Harrison, Wagner and Steel.
Warriors scratches - Brown, Paradis, Jeannot and Point.

In the first period the Pats had a couple of chances in the early going but didn't finish. The Warriors would open the scoring at 3:48 as Dallas Valentine took a pass in front and finished on the back hand for his 1st of the year. Torrin White and Jiri Smejkal the assists and it was 1-0 Moose Jaw. The Warriors then went to the powerplay two straight times but the Pats killed it off and then Colton Kroeker had a glorious chance on a breakaway to tie the game but miss-handled the puck and it slid into the corner. The Pats and Warriors each traded a powerplay after that but did not score and the Warriors took the 1-0 lead to the intermission. The Pats led the shots on goal 9-8 in the period.

In the second the Pats got off to another slow start in the period and the Warriors had some early pressure but Daniel Wapple made some good saves, highlighted by a big glove on a point shot from Dallas Valentine. The Pats had the lone powerplay of the period but did not score. They did tie it up on a very fortuitous bounce as Adam Brooks dumped a puck that was going wide of the Warrior goal but Alexey Sleptsov tried to play it and in the process knocked the puck into his own goal at 9:21 and it was 1-1. Adam Brooks credited with his 16th with the lone assist to Erik Gardiner, his first point in his first WHL game. The Pats found their feet after that and almost took the lead but hit a couple of posts. The Warriors rang the iron twice as well in the frame but we went to the third tied at 1's. Moose Jaw outshot the Pats 12-10 in the period and led overall 20-19.

In the third both teams had two powerplays but did not score. The clubs traded some good chances but the goaltenders were sharp. The Pats outshot the Warriors 11-7 in the period but we went to overtime tied at 1's. The Pats led the shots overall 30-27.

In the extra frame the Pats got the game winner as Dryden Hunt sent a beautiful feed in front for Morgan Klimchuk who tipped in his 14th at 1:06 to give the Pats the 2-1 win. Colby Williams with the second assist as the Pats won their 10th straight game over Moose Jaw. The final shots on goal were 31-27 Regina.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 5 and the penalty kill was 5 for 5 in the game.

The third star went to the Warriors Jack Rodewald. The second star to the Pats Daniel Wapple who stopped 26 of 27 shots faced and the first star to the Warriors Zach Sawchenko who stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in the loss.

The Pats will host the Warriors on Friday at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Warriors Goal at 3:38. Dallas Valentine (1) from Torrin White and Jiri Smejkal.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 9:21. Adam Brooks (16) from Erik Gardiner.

3rd Period 



Pats Goal at 1:06. Morgan Klimchuk (14) from Dryden Hunt and Colby Williams.

Here are the radio highlights and the post game interview with John Paddock.

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Regina Pats get honourable mention for 3rd week in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fourteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 14

Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:
Oshawa Generals (27-5-1-0)
Kelowna Rockets (29-6-3-0)
Brandon Wheat Kings (27-7-3-1)
Erie Otters (25-7-1-2)
Rimouski Oceanic (24-11-1-1)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (26-8-0-2)
Medicine Hat Tigers (26-9-1-1)
Moncton Wildcats (24-10-0-2)
Saint John Sea Dogs (21-10-1-4)
London Knights (22-10-0-3)
Honourable Mention:
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (20-11-1-4)
Regina Pats (22-12-2-0)
Everett Silvertips (21-11-3-1)

Canadian Hockey League
Paul Krotz
Manager, Media and Information Services

Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (22-12-2-0) finish 2014 on the road against the Moose Jaw Warriors (15-19-2-1).  Tonightmarks the second meeting between the arch-rivals this season after the Pats took the opening contest by a 7-1 score.  Connor Gay led Regina with a hat-trick and added an assist.  Brett Howden scored the Warriors’ lone goal in the game.  Coming into their latest matchup, the Pats have won two straight after last night’s 5-3 win in Saskatoon.  The Warriors have dropped five straight including Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Brandon.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Stun Blades 5-3
After Connor Gay opened the scoring last night in Saskatoon, the Blades came back and scored three unanswered to lead 3-1 early in the third period.  Gay cut into the lead a few minutes later, setting the stage for Morgan Klimchuk to post a natural hat-trick in a 4:30 span to lift the Blue and White to the 5-3 win.  Adam Brooks assisted on all three Klimchuk goals while Braden Christoffer and Dryden Hunt had multi-assist games.
Year in Review
2014 saw plenty of regular season success for the Pats highlighted by 22 wins in the first half of their current campaign.  Combining Regina’s record from the 2014 portions of the last two seasons, the Pats hold a 42-22-4-1 record in 69 games played up until tonight.  Over that time, Morgan Klimchuk was the Pats’ top scorer, putting up 74 points (31G, 43A) despite missing the ten games of the 2014-15 season.
Another StreakAfter making it eleven in a row over the Blades in Saskatoon last night, the Pats look to continue another string of success against a divisional rival.  The Blue and White swept the 2013-14 season series with Moose Jaw and with their previous win 2014-15, have won nine straight games against their nemesis.
Down, Not OutThe Pats have come back from third period two goal deficits twice in their last five games.  Overall, the Pats hold a 4-11-0-0 record when trailing after two periods.  When trailing after one period of play, the Pats are actually above .500 with a 5-4-1-0 record.
Upcoming Schedule
vs. Moose Jaw – Friday, January 2nd, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Calgary – Sunday, January 4th, 6:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Everett – Wednesday, January 7th, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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A look at the stories of 2014 from where I sit. 

January 10th - The Regina Pats acquire goaltender Daniel Wapple and forward Logan McVeigh from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for goaltender Nick Schneider and a 3rd round pick in 2016. 

February 2nd - Jon Ryan and the Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl 48 in convincing fashion over the Denver Broncos. 

February 18th - The Regina Thunder name Dave Jackson defensive coordinator and Jay Smith as receivers coach. (Jackson ended up in Winnipeg with the Blue Bombers before the season started.)

February 19th - The Pats complete the season sweep of the Saskatoon Blades going 8 and oh. The final win coming on the road 4-2. 

February 23rd - Team Canada wins Gold at the Olympics in Sochi Russia. 3-0 was the final over Sweden with Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Jonathan Toews scoring the goals and Carey price made 24 saves for the shutout. 

February 24th - Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk named the WHL player of the week after 6 goals and 3 assists in 4 games. The Pats won all four of those games. 

February 28th - The Pats in the month of February finish with a record of 10-2-1-0, charging to top spot in the East Division. Their first 10 win month since the 2001-02 season. 

March 1st - Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon admitted to Saskatoon hospital and is diagnosed with meningitis.

March 1st - The Pats compete the sweep of the season series over Moose Jaw with a 7-3. 8 wins no losses to their biggest rivals. 

March 14th - The Regina Pats clinch their first East Division title since 2007-08 season. The club got to overtime at home to Brandon and the point secured the top spot. 

March 28th - Tim Bozon leaves the hospital. 

March 28th - Pats swept out of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Brandon Wheat Kings in a 5-1 loss on the road. 

April 8th - Jose Canseco visits Regina for the annual Regina Red Sox Dinner at the Turvey Centre. 

April 30th - The WHL Board of Governors unanimously approve the sale of the Regina Pats to Queen City Sports and Entertainment by the Parker family. 

May 1st - The Regina Pats select goaltender Jordan Hollett in the 1st round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The first time the Pats have ever drafted a goalie in the first round in their history. 

May 2nd - Don Hay named head coach of the Kamloops Blazers. 

May 12th - The Edmonton Oil Kings win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions with a 4-2 win on the road in Game 7 against the Portland Winterhawks. 

May 25th - The Pats sign 1st round pick Jordan Hollett. 

May 25th - The Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Guelph Storm 6-3 to win the Memorial Cup. 

June 1st - Bob Woods named new head coach and GM in Saskatoon with the Blades,

June 13th - The Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 double overtime win in Game 5 over the New York Rangers. 

June 24th - Malcolm Cameron fired as head coach of the Pats after assistant coaches Josh Dixon and Bill McGuigan step down. 

July 2nd - The Pats select Russian defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy in the first round of the CHL Import Draft, 

July 17th - The Moose Jaw Warriors hire Tim Hunter as head coach. 

August 1st - The Regina Thunder open their 2014 training camp for the first time as defending champions. 

August 6th - John Paddock hired as Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach of the Pats. 

August 13th - The Pats hire Dave Struch as assistant coach, 

August 19th - The Pats complete their coaching staff by hiring Darrin McKechnie. 

August 21st - The Pats open their 2014 Training Camp. 

September 6th - The Regina Thunder come back from down 19 points with 1:43 left in the 4th quarter and win 26-25 in Saskatoon over the Hilltops. 

September 23rd - The Pats acquire Pavel Padakin from the Calgary Hitmen for a 3rd round pick in 2017. 

October 1st - Mike Sillinger joins the Pats organization helping with scouting and recruitment. 

October 18th - The Regina Thunder defense as CJFL Champions comes to an end with a 20-17 loss at home to the Calgary Colts. 

October 26th - Gordie Howe suffers stroke in Texas.

October 26th - The Saskatoon Hilltops with the PFC Championship over the Calgary Colts. 

October 29th - The San Fransisco Giants win the World Series in Game 7 over the Kansas City Royals with a 3-2 victory. Madison Bumgarner named MVP. 

October 31st - Cory Cloustin fired as head coach in Prince Albert. 

November 8th - The Riders season comes to an end with a loss in Edmonton in the West Semi-Final. 

November 26th - The Vancouver Giants fire Troy Ward as Head Coach. 

November 30th - Claude Noel replaces Troy Ward as Head Coach in Vancouver, 

December 2nd - Pats goaltender Daniel Wapple named WHL Goaltender of the month for November. He went 8-1-0-0 with a 2.19 GAA and a .931 Save percentage. 

December 9th - Drake Berehowsky done as head coach in Lethbridge. 

December 10th - Brad Robson let go as GM in Lethbridge. 

December 10th - The Regina Pats get honourable mention in CHL Top 10 rankings.  

December 11th - Josh Morrissey traded to Kelowna from Prince Albert. 

December 14th - Morgan Klimchuk cut from Team Canada's World Junior team. 

December 16th - The Past win their 20th game in the first half of the year in a 5-4 OT victory in Brandon over the Wheat Kings. 

December 17th - The Pats get honourable mention in CHL Top 10 for a second straight week. 

It was quite the year in sports, here's to a great 2015. Happy New Years everyone! Thanks for reading. 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014


The Regina Pats headed to Saskatoon on Tuesday for the third meeting of the season with the Blades. The Pats were 2 and oh against Saskatoon on the year and had won 10 in a row against their East Division rivals. The Pats were coming off a 6-1 win over Medicine Hat on Sunday improving their record to 21-12-2-0 while the Blades swept their opening weekend against the Prince Albert Raiders and sat 9-25-2-1 on the year. The Pats were without Chase Harrison after taking a high hit from the Broncos Carter Rigby on Sunday. Rigby received a two game suspension for the hit. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                        Blades
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                               Soshnin-Forsberg-McKechnie
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                                      Graham-Hebig-McCarty
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                        Zajac-Stovin-Uhrich
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                         Braid-Slooshan-Welykholowa

Williams-Burroughs                                              Henry-Coghlan
Hansen-Zborovskiy                                                 Krupic-Thomson
Mortlock-Reagan                                                    Higson-Schacher

Wapple                                                                  Amundrud
Brown                                                                    Martin

Pats scratches - Hilsendager, Harrison and Kroeker.
Blades scratches - Gingras, Armour and Reid.

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and had the early shots lead with some good scoring chances on Nik Amundrud but he looked sharp early. The Pats got the games first powerplay but were unable to score. Connor Gay did find the games first goal at 7:37 as he found a loose puck in front and finished on the back hand for his 17th of the season from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico and it was 1-0 Regina. Gay and Hunt extending their point streaks to 7 games on the goal. The Blades started to find their feet after that and tied it up at 15:27. Brett Stovin found a rebound on the back door with Wapple way out of position and he dive back and got most of the puck with his stick but it bounced just inside the post and Stovin got his 12th of the year. Jordan Thomson and Nick Zajac the assists and it was 1-1. Then in the final minute Saskatoon took the lead as Nikita Soshnin tried to split the D and then dropped the puck off for Sam McKechnie who scored his 13th at 19:42 and it was 2-1. That was the score after 1 with the Blades leading the shots on goal 20-15.

In the second the Pats carried the bulk of the play and had some good scoring chances but could not find the tieing goal. Sergey Zborovskiy and Kyle Burroughs both hit posts for the Pats and Sam Steel had a half breakaway but couldn't finish. The Pats had a powerplay in the period but did not score and gave up their first powerplay with 29 seconds left in the period, 1:31 carried over into the third with the Baldes up 2-1. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 12-7 in the period and we were tied overall at 27's a piece.

In the third the Blades went up 3-1 on that powerplay as Cameron Hebig put home his 8th with the assist to Ryan Graham at 1:28. The Pats got back within 1 at 5:40 as Connor Gay beat Nk Amundrud who came out to poke check him on a breakaway but Gay stickhandled around him and scored his second of the game and 18th of the year to make it 3-2. Moran Klimchuk tied the game at 10:56 on a nice feed from Adam Brooks in front to make it 3-3. Braden Christoffer the second assist. Then 31 seconds later Klimchuk scored his second after Adam Brooks intercepted two lead passes out of the air and then fed Klimchuk back door for his 12th at 11:27 and it was 4-3. At 15:26 Morgan Klimchuk completed the hattrick in a four minute 30 second stretch as he put home his 13th on a rebound to make it 5-3. Adam Brooks and Braden Christoffer the assists. The Blades pulled Amundrud late in the game but were unable to score and the Pats won their 11th straight game over the Blades 5-3 the final. The Pats outshot the Blades 10-6 in the period and 37-33 overall.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 2 in the game and the penalty kill was 1 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Blades Sam McKechnie who scored a goal in the contest. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had three assists and the first star to Morgan Klimchuk with the hattrick and the game winner.

The Pats are back at it in Moose Jaw Wednesday at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

NOTE: Sam Steel and Austin Wagner both left the game with injuries.

Scoring Summary 

1st Period

Pats Goal at 7:37. Connor Gay (17) from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico.

Blades Goal at 15:27. Brett Stovin (12) from Jordan Thomson and Nick Zajac.

Blades Goal at 19:42. Sam McKechnie (13) from Nikita Soshnin and Alex Forsberg.

2nd Period


3rd Period 

Blades PP Goal at 1:28. Cameron Hebig (8) from Ryan Graham.

Pats Goal at 5:40. Connor Gay (18) from Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs.

Pats Goal at 10:56. Morgan Klimchuk (11) from Adam Brooks and Braden Christoffer.

Pats Goal at 11:27. Morgan Klimchuk (12) from Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 15:26. Morgan Klimchuk (13) from Adam Brooks and Braden Christoffer.

Here are the radio highlights and the post game interview with Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock.

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Tigers Trevor Cox CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Trevor Cox of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the CHL Player of the Week for the two-week period ending December 28 after recording 13 points in three games including three goals and 10 assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.


Cox collected three straight multi-point games for the Tigers who lead the WHL’s Central Division with 52 points.  The WHL’s top scorer finished off the first half of the season with a five-point performance on December 17 with a goal and four assists as second star of a 7-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers.  After returning from the holiday break, Cox picked up two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday, then produced a career-high six points with two goals and four assists on Sunday as second star of an 8-4 victory over the Hurricanes.


Cox, a 19-year-old from Surrey, BC, is playing in his fourth WHL season with the Tigers.  So far this season, Cox has 14 goals and a league-high 48 assists for 62 points in 36 games played after recording 82 points in 70 games last season.


Also considered for the award this week was Cameron Askew of the Moncton Wildcats with one goal and seven assists for eight points in two games, and Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack with two goals and five assists for seven points in two games.


2014-15 CHL Players of the Week:

Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)

Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin (Calgary Hitmen)

Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)

Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Mitch Marner (London Knights)

Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)

Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)

Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Mitch Marner (London Knights)

Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Cole Cassels (Oshawa Generals)

Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting)

Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)

Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Christopher Clapperton (Rimouski Oceanic)


Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (21-12-2-0) reach the true midway point of the season tonight against the Saskatoon Blades (9-25-2-1). Tonight marks the third of six meetings between the clubs with the Pats winning both matchups.  The Pats’ won 5-4 in their last trip to Saskatoon.  Patrick D’Amico leads the Pats with five points (2G, 3A) in the two games while Ryan Graham and Brett Stovin each have two points (1G, 1A).  Coming into this evening’s game, the Pats are bck in the win column after a 6-1 drubbing of the Broncos while the Blades opened the second half with a pair of wins over the Raiders.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Beat Up Broncos 6-1
After losing three straight to the Broncos, the Pats had a point to prove Sunday night.  The Blue and White came out of the first tied with Swift Current before pumping five unanswered goals into the Broncos net.  Jared McAmmond opened the scoring in the first before Colby Cave replied.  Patrick D’Amico, Dryden Hunt, Adam Brooks, Austin Wagner and Rykr Cole accounted for the rest of the scoring while Daniel Wapple made 23 saves for the win.
Rolling the Lines
The Pats balanced attack was highlighted by six different goal scorers Sunday night.  Breaking the goals down by lines, the Blue and White got two markers from three different trios with only Christoffer/Steel/Klimchuk held goalless.   
Youthful ContributorsAmong those groupings was the fourth line which bookended the scoring with tallies from Jared McAmmond (4th) and Rykr Cole (4th).  Excluding 19-year old import Dmitry Sinitsyn, both McAmmond and Cole have each outscored last year’s rookies combined.  Six of the Pats’ seven full time rookies have goals this year with four scoring at least three.
Impressive StreakRegina heads into Saskatoon riding a ten game win streak against the Blades.  After posting a 1-4-1-0 record against Saskatoon in the 2012-13 season, the Queen City Kids won all eight matchups of the 2013-14 season and the first two meetings of 2014-15.  Despite the streak, the contests have been closely fought affairs with six of the ten matchups by two goals or less along the way.
Upcoming Schedule
at Moose Jaw – Wednesday, December 31st, 7:00 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
vs. Moose Jaw – Friday, January 2nd, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Calgary – Sunday, January 4th, 6:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tigers Trevor Cox WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigersforward Trevor Cox is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week (December 15th- 28th, 2014).

Cox tallied 13 points (3g-10a), while posting a plus-six rating in three games over the span as the Tigers posted a 2-1-0-0 record.

On Wednesday, December 17th, Cox scored the insurance marker and set up four others while earning second star honours in a 7-3 triumph over the visiting Kamloops Blazers. After returning from the holiday break, he chipped in with two helpers in a 6-5 loss to the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday, December 27th. On Sunday December 28th, Cox notched six points (2g-4a) and was selected as the game’s second star in an 8-4 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Cox, a 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., has notched 62 points (14g-48a) along with a plus-26 rating in 36 games so far this season. Cox leads the WHL in scoring and his 48 assists is also good for first in the league. The 5’8”, 164 lb. forward is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Tigers where he has amassed 197 points (65g-132a) in 235 career regular season contests. 

The WHL has also nominated Cody Porter of the Vancouver Giants for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Porter, a 17-year-old North Vancouver, B.C. product, registered a 1.00 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage in two starts during the past two weeks. On Tuesday, December 16th, Porter made 24 saves while also claiming third star honours as the Giants edged the visiting Everett Silvertips 2-1. On Saturday, December 27th, Porter turned aside 21 of 22 shots and was named the game’s second star in a 1-0 setback to the host Everett Silvertips in overtime. Now in his first WHL campaign with the Vancouver Giants, Porter has posted a 5-6-1-0 record with two shutouts in 18 career regular season appearances. 

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers 
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen 
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Corey St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Pat Chat December 29th

The Week That Was
WHL action resumed this past weekend following the Christmas break and the Pats found mixed results.  After leading Swift Current 2-0 through twenty minutes Saturday night, the Broncos stormed back to
beat the Pats 5-3 to start the second half.  The Pats outshot the Broncos 20-7 in the third period, but couldn’t find a tying goal late.  Having lost three in a row to their rivals from Swift Current, the Blue and White vented their frustration Sunday at the Brandt Centre where they scored five unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 drubbing of the Broncos.  The Queen City Kids got goals from six different scorers.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday, December 30th – Pats at Saskatoon (7:05 p.m.)
A busy week opens on the road as the Pats try for their eleventh win in a row over the Blades in Saskatoon.  The teams’ previous meeting saw the Pats sneak out of the SaskTel centre with two points when Braden Christoffer scored with 3.3 seconds left in regulation for the win.
Wednesday, December 31st – Pats at Moose Jaw (7:00 p.m.)
Regina’s 2014 schedule comes to an end with the Pats’ second meeting of the season against Moose Jaw.  The Blue and White will have plenty of support with a pair of fan busses heading to Mosaic Place for the game. Can’t make it to Moose Jaw?  Tune in to the action on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.
Friday, January 2nd – Pats vs. Moose Jaw (7:00 p.m.)
2015 opens with a bang at the Brandt Centre featuring the calendar year’s first edition of the Trans-Canada Clash as the Pats welcome the Warriors in the back half of their home-and-home set.  Purchase your tickets at before Dec. 31st for just $8 (plus applicable fees).
Sunday, January 4th – Pats vs. Calgary (6:00 p.m.)
The second contest of a five game home stand sees the Calgary Hitmen make a stop at the Brandt Centre.  Bring the family out for this 6 p.m. game and like Friday’s contest, be sure to snag $8 tickets (plus applicable fees) at before 11:59 p.m. on December 31st.
Roster Moves
Pats recall defenceman Nathyn Mortlock from Melville (SJHL)
New Year’s Eve Fan Bus
Ring in the New Year with the Trans-Canada Clash!  Due to popular demand, the Pats have chartered a SECOND fan bus to Moose Jaw for the Pats/Warriors matchup Wednesday, December 31st.  Your seat on the bus is just $40 which includes a ticket to the game and transportation to and from Moose Jaw.  Seats are limited so call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287 to reserve yours today!
Mac’s Midget Tournament
Six Pats prospects are participating in the prestigious Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary, AB this week.  The UFA Bisons feature four prospects and started out 2-0-0, Riley Woods and the Regina Pat Canadians are off to a 2-0-0 start as well with Erik Gardiner and the Prince Albert Mintos falling to a 0-2-0 record to open the tourney.  Get all the Pats prospects stats a
Second Half Season Tickets
Don’t miss a second of the action on the ice in the second half of the season with the Pats’ new Second Half Season Ticket.  Purchase yours before January 15th and be in the stands for all the game changing moments still to come this season and enjoy the new fan experience coming in 2015.  For more information, contact Kellin Enslev in the Pats Office at 306-337-1538 or visit
WHL Live Half-Season Pass
The Western Hockey League has revealed a set of half-season passes for WHL Live Web TV powered by NeuLion.  With All-Access, Team Pass and Away Pass options you’re always in the action.  See all the Pats road games for just $49.95.  For more information, check
Weekly Schedule
Monday, December 29th – Team Meeting/Video Session 12:00 p.m. – No Media Availability
Tuesday, December 30th – Pats at Saskatoon – 7:05 p.m. (SaskTel Centre)*
Wednesday, December 31st – Pats at Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. (Mosaic Place)*
Thursday, January 1st – TBD
Friday, January 2nd – Pats vs. Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
Saturday, January 3rd - Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – No Media Availability
Sunday, January 4th – Pats vs. Calgary – 6:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM                         

Important Dates
Wednesday, December 31st @ 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for $8 tickets (+fees) for Jan. at
Friday, January 2nd – Next Home Game vs. Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 15th – Deadline to Purchase Second Half Season Tickets

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, December 28, 2014


The Regina Pats hosted the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday in the back half of a home and home set. The Pats lost Saturday in Swift 5-3 with a tough second period being the difference. Colby Williams made his return to the lineup in that game after missing 7 with a wrist injury and Tyler Brown got the start in goal. Saturday Daniel Wapple got the nod for the Pats in between the pipes as they looked for their 21st win of the year. The Broncos entered the game just two points back of the Pats for 2nd spot in the East Division but had played two more games. Swift held a 4-0-0-1 record over Regina in the first 5 meetings of the season. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                   Broncos
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                            Rigby-Cave-DeBrusk
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                                 C.Gordon-Gawdin-Merkley
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                 LeSann-Mackay-Schumacher
McAmmond-Kroeker-Cole                                Leth-Steenbergen-Ferletak

Burroughs-Williams                                         Martin-Lajoie
Harrison-Zborovskiy                                          Nikkel-Lernout
Reagan-Hansen                                                 J.Gordon-Foulk

Wapple                                                             Bow
Brown                                                               Child

Pats scratches - Hilsendager and Smith.
Broncos scratches - Heatherington, Harris, Penner and Johnson.

In the first period the Pats got an early goal as Jared McAmmond stole a puck just across the Bronco blue line and fired his 4th of the year past Landon Bow at 2:23. An unassisted marker and it was 1-0 Regina. The Pats continued to press and had two straight powerplays but were unable to score. The Broncos on their first powerplay scored quickly as Colby Cave tipped his 18th through the legs of Daniel Wapple at 10:51 and it was 1-1. Max Lajoie and Jake DeBrusk with the assists. Tempers really flared after a couple of big hits and we saw a couple of fights. First Patrick D'Amico fought Tanner LeSann and then Braden Christoffer dropped the gloves with Ayrton Nikkel. Two great tilts with some big punches landed. The period would end with the two teams tied at 1. The Pats outshot the Broncos 14-6 in the period. Chase Harrison left the game in the period after taking a hit up high below the goal line and did not return.

In the second the Pats went ahead by 2 as Patrick D'Amico led a two on 1 and tried to feed Connor gay on the right wing but it went off the stick of Griffin Foulk and through the legs of Landon Bow for D'Amico's 13th and it was 2-1. An unassisted marker at 4:27. Christoffer got in his second fight of the game after Brett Lernout hit Morgan Klimchuk in the corner. Then at 8:01 Dryden Hunt snapped an 11 game goalless streak as he snapped home his 13th from the left side, Connor Gay the lone assist and it was 3-1. The Pats kept it coming and at 11:30 Austin Wagner blocked a shot at his own blue line, skated up the right wing and fired his 9th off the shoulder of Bow and it and it was 4-1. That was it for Landon Bow in the Bronco goal after allowing 4 goals on 23 shots. Travis Child replaced him. The Pats went up 5-1 at 14:34 after a great shift from Adam Brooks and he spun and turned, beat three players and cut to the slot before finishing 5-hole for his 15th from Colby Williams. That was the score after 2 with the Pats outshooting Swift Current 18-9 in the period and 32-15 overall.

In the third the Pats scored the lone goal of the frame at 18:45. Rykr Cole burying his 4th with the lone assist to Jared McAmmond. That made it 6-1 and that was the final. The Pats outshot the Broncos 14-9 in the period and 46-24 overall en route to their 21st win of the year.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 7 on the night while the penalty kill went 6 for 7.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Dryden Hunt who snapped his 11 game goalless streak with his 13th. The second star to the Pats Kyle Burroughs who was a plus 3 and the first star to Colby Williams who was a plus 5.

The Pats are back at it on Tuesday in Saskatoon against the Blades at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 2:23. Jared McAmmond (4) unassisted.

Broncos PP Goal at 10:51. Colby Cave (18) from Max Lajoie and Jake DeBrusk.

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 4:27. Patrick D'Amico (13) unassisted.

Pats Goal at 8:01. Dryden Hunt (13) from Connor Gay.

Pats Goal at 11:30. Austin Wagner (9) unassisted.

Pats Goal at 14:34. Adam Brooks (15) from Colby Williams.

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 18:45. Rykr Cole (4) from Jared McAmmond.

Here are the radio highlights and the post game interviews with defenceman Colby Williams and goaltending coach Rob Muntain.

Check this out on Chirbit

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Pats - Broncos Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats (20-12-2-0) play the back half of a home-and-home versus the Swift Current Broncos (18-14-0-4).  The Pats are 1-4-0-0 against Swift Current this season including last night’s 5-3 loss on the road.  Sam Steel continues to pace the Blue and White against the Broncos with four points (2G, 2A) in four games.  Jake DeBrusk leads all scorers in the season series with ten points (5G, 5A) in five games.  The Pats have dropped two in a row while the Broncos have won two straight.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 5:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Broncos Run Down Pats in 5-3 Loss
After stumbling out of the gate, the Pats got out to a two goal lead in Swift Current.  The Broncos turned things around by scoring four straight to carry a 4-2 lead into the third.  Kyle Burroughs scored early in the frame to cut into the lead and the Pats outshot the Broncos 20-7, but they fell short.  An empty net goal from Jay Merkley sealed the 5-3 loss.

Streaks at an End
Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer saw their nine game point streaks come to a close last night in Swift Current.  Steel’s was the longest run by a rookie this season over which he accumulated 14 points (6G, 8A).  Christoffer’s was the longest of his career and also included a five game goal streak.  Overall he amassed 12 points (6G, 6A).

Helping Hand
Dryden Hunt is in the midst of an 11 game goal drought, but is a regular feature on the scoresheet over that stretch.  The Nelson, B.C. product is on a four game assist streak with five helpers in that run and has 14 assists over the full eleven games.  Leading the Pats with 38 points (12G, 26A) in 32 games, Hunt is just two points away from matching his 62 game career high total of 40 points from 2013-14.

Key Defender Returns
The Pats blue-line got closer to full strength last night as Colby Williams played his first game since recovering from an upper body injury.  Williams missed seven games after totaling 15 points (3G, 12A) in his first 27 games.  

Upcoming Schedule
at Saskatoon – Tuesday, December 30th, 7:05 p.m. – SaskTel Centre (CKRM)
at Moose Jaw – Wednesday, December 31st, 7:00 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
vs. Moose Jaw – Friday, January 2nd, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club