Saturday, September 20, 2014


The Regina Pats hosted their home opener on Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Brandt Centre. The team raised the East Division pennant banner in the pre-game ceremony. It was the second straight night the two tams played with Brandon winning at home 4-2 on Friday. The Pats got goals from Braden Christoffer and Jared McAmmond which was his first WHL goal and it cams shorthanded in the 3rd period. Sam Steel recorded his first WHL point in the game while Daniel Wapple made 26 saves on 29 shots and got the start again on Saturday. Tyler Coulter scored the game winner for the Wheat Kings and added an assist for a two point night. Goaltender Jordan Papirny made 23 saves on 25 shots for the win and he started again on Saturday night. The Pats scratches for the home opener were Kyle Burroughs, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximillian Kammerer, Colton Kroeker and Ryan Krushen.

In the first period the Wheat Kings had a lot of pressure going in the early minutes and led the shot clock 9-2. They would get the games first powerplay which the Pats would kill and almost scored shorthanded thanks to Sam Steel but Jordan Papirny made a nice blocker save. The Wheat Kings would get another man advantage and this time they would score as Tim McGauley cut in front and slid the puck through the legs of Wapple for his 1st of the season at 14:07. Peter Quenneville and Ryan Pilon with the assists. The game got heated after that and we saw two fights. First it was Logan McVeigh and Tim McGauley and then Braden Christoffer and Colton Waltz. The Pats would have to kill another penalty and then took their 4th with 35 seconds left in the frame. They would kill the time on the clock with 1:25 carrying over into the second. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 13-4 in the period.

In the second the Pats would kill the remaining powerplay time and then started to take the game to the Wheat Kings. The Blue and White had some great chances and drew two penalties but were unable to beat Jordan Papirny. The Wheat Kings would find the 2-0 goal at 16:38 as Jesse Gabrielle finished on a breakaway for his 1st of the year from Peter Quenneville. Then at 19:18 Gabrielle would score his second of the game and of the season on a broken play off a faceoff in the Pats zone. He would finish on the back hand with an assist to Nolan Patrick and it was 3-0 Wheat Kings. That's how the period would end and the Pats took a penalty as the clock expired and would be down a man for two minutes to start the third. The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 13-10 in the period but trailed overall 23-17.

In the third the Pats would give up the 4-0 goal on the penalty kill as Jesse Gabrielle completed the hattick with his third of the season at 1:15. Nolan Patrick and Ryan Pilon the assists. Then on another powerplay Brandon went up 5-0 as Ivan Provorov slapped home his first WHL goal from the point at 3:30. Rihards Bukarts and Kale Clague the assists. The Wheat Kings would make it 6-0 on the powerplay again as Duncan Campbell scored his first in the WHL at 16:40. Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague the assists. The Pats would get a late powerplay and with 12 seconds left in the frame would break the shutout bid of Papirny as Dryden Hunt scored his first of the season from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer at 19:48 and it was 6-1. That was the final score, the Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-5 in the 3rd and 35-23 overall.

The Pats went 1 for 3 on the powerplay and 5 for 9 on the penalty kill. Daniel Wapple made 29 saves on 35 shots while Jordan Papirny stopped 22 of 23.

The third star of the game went to Brandon's Peter Quenneville who had two assists in the win. The second star to Tim McGauley who scored the games opening goal and the first star to Jesse Gabrielle who had the hattrick.

The Pats are off until Friday when they head to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 14:07. Tim McGauley (1) from Peter Quenneville and Ryan Pilon.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 16:38. Jesse Gabrielle (1) from Peter Quenneville.

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:18. Jesse Gabrielle (2) from Nolan Patrick.

3rd Period 

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 1:15. Jesse Gabrielle (3) from Nolan Patrick and Ryan Pilon.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 3:30. Ivan Provorov (1) from Rihards Bukarts and Kale Clague.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 16:40. Duncan Campbell (1) from Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague.

Pats PP Goal at 19:48. Dryden Hunt (1) from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer.

1 comment:

Scott S said...

Maybe we should just stop worrying about the ref's and just play hockey......

There was not 1 penalty tonight that we did not deserve. We were lazy at times and very undiscipline all game long. I like Christoffer's game but he has got to channel his emotions better, he is a 20yr old now.. a leader he needs to be on the ice not in the box. His fight was the only penalty minutes that actually tried to get the team going.

Our best player tonight by far was Williams followed by Cole and McAmmond.

Its was only game 2 of the season and if I recall correctly we got our as*es handed to us last year during our home opener against SC 7-2 I believe was the score.

We lack the top end horses (the game changers) and no way do we keep Klimchuk past the trade deadline this year, Paddock will finally do what this franchise hasn't done in the last 20yrs and that's trade away a star player for more quality prospects &/or picks.

Im curious as to why we still have Stephenson listed on the roster where teams like Portland don't list their 20yr olds at pro camps. I for one am not expecting him back but who knows if Paddock can pull the right strings as 30+ yrs in the pro's he has to have made some friends and have some favours coming his way... I mean Kelly McCrimmon always seems to get his top end 20yr olds back and this year is no different in Roy & Peter Quenneville... wont surprise me if Richard Nejezchleb is dropped off infront of his office door next as well which will force him to trade either Nejezchleb or Bukarts then as Provorov can not be traded and not sure why he would ever be involved in trade talks the guy is a cant miss prospect.