Friday, October 31, 2014
The Regina Pats were at home to the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre on Halloween night. It was the first meeting of the season between the East Division rivals. The Pats were coming off a 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday where Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks had three point nights while Daniel Wapple stopped 35 of 36 shots. The Blades beat Moose Jaw on Tuesday 5-2 and sat three points back of the Pats in the standings. The Pats were without Sam Steel on this night as he is in Sarnia, Ontario for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches - Fuhr, Hansen and Steel.
Blades scratches - Coghlan, Sloboshan and Armour.
In the first period the Pats went to the first powerplay early on but were unable to score but shortly after got another man advantage and this time opened the scoring. Patrick D'Amico banged home a rebound for his team leading 7th goal of the year at 6:09. Connor Gay and Chase Harrison the assists and it was 1-0 Pats. Regina kept coming and the Blades had some good scoring chances of their own. Saskatoon picked up their first poweprlay but the Pats killed it off and then went up 2-0. Luc Smith was absolutely robbed by Nik Amundrud but Jared McAmmond followed up and put home the rebound for his second goal of the year at 16:03. Smith with his first WHL point and Colby Williams with the assists. The Pats kept the pressure up for the rest of the period but Amundrud kept the Blades within 2 heading to the break. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 16-4 in the frame.
In the second the Pats picked up another powerplay goal and went up 3-0. Connor Gay with a beautiful toe drag shot off the post and in for his 5th of the season from Patrick D'Amico and Colby Williams. The Blades went to their second powerplay of the game a short time later but on it the Pats picked up a short handed goal as Morgan Klimchuk stole a puck in the offensive zone and centered for D'Amico who put his 2nd of the night into the net and 8th of the year at 10:18. The Pats got into some more penalty trouble and went down 2 men for 31 seconds. On the 5 on 3 the Blades got on the board at 11:49 as Alex Forsberg scored his 7th from Cory Millette and Sam McKechnie and it was 4-1. That's how the period would end with the Pats outshooting the Blades 14-10 in the period and 30-14 overall.
In the third Braden Christoffer drove the Blades net and lost his footing and collided with goaltender Nik Amundrud. Amundrud was forced to leave the game after making 27 saves on 31 shots. Alex Moodie replaced him. The Blades got within 2 as Nick Zajac fired his 3rd of the year into the top corner at 12:59. Brett Stovin and Nelson Nogier. The Blades had two powerplays in the period to the Pats one but neither team would score. The Blades pulled Alex Moodie late but with 0.9 seconds left Morgan Klimchuk fed Pavel Padakin who was all along and scored his 3rd of the year at 19:59 to make it 5-2. Adam Brooks with the second assist. The Pats were outshot in the 3rd 12-9 but outshot Saskatoon overall 39-26.
The Pats powerplay went 2 for 6 on the night and the penalty kill 5 for 6 with a shorthanded goal.
The third star of the game went to the Pats Colby Williams who had two assists in the win. The second star to Connor Gay who scored a goal and added an assist and the first star to Patrick D'Amico who had a three point night with 2 goals and an assist.
The Pats are back in action Saturday night at 7 o'clock against the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre.
Pats PP Goal at 6:09. Patrick D'Amico (7) from Connor Gay and Chase Harrison.
Pats Goal at 16:03. Jared McAmmond (2) from Luc Smith and Colby Williams.
Pats PP Goal at 3:05. Connor Gay (5) from Patrick D'Amico and Colby Williams.
Pats SH Goal at 10:18. Patrick D'Amico (8) from Morgan Klimchuk.
Blades 5v3 PP Goal at 11:49. Alex Forsberg (7) from Cory Millette and Sam McKechnie.
Blades Goal at 12:59. Nick Zajac (3) from Brett Stovin and Nelson Nogier.
Pats EN Goal at 19:59. Pavel Padakin (3) from Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks.
Here are the radio highlights.
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The Pats got pairs of goals from Braden Christoffer, Patrick D’Amico and Adam Brooks as the Blue and White broke out of their scoring slump in a big way. Morgan Klimchuk and Austin Wagner added singles in the victory while Lenny Hackman scored the lone Hurricanes goal. Daniel Wapple turned aside 35 shots for his fourth win of the year.
Rookie forward Sam Steel won’t be with the Pats the next three games as he joins Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton. The Sherwood Park, AB native leaves the Pats while on a three game point streak and tied for second in team scoring.
vs. Swift Current – Saturday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)vs. Calgary – Friday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Rathjen (6’1”, 187 pounds) has played 74 career games in the WHL with the Victoria Royals and Vancouver Giants. His career record is 20-30-7-1 with a 3.81 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .873. Last season with the Giants,Rathjen posted a record of 13-8-4-1 with a 2.98 goals-against-average, an .898 save percentage and one shutout.
Prior to this season, Rathjen (a former Cariboo Cougar and Prince George minor hockey product) was traded by the Vancouver Giants to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a conditional fifth round selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He dressed in two preseason games for the Tigers but has not yet played in the regular season in 2014-15.
Rathen is en route to Prince George from Medicine Hat and will join the team for this weekend’s home double-header with the Kamloops Blazers.
In order to make room for Rathjen on the Prince George Cougars 25-man roster, the Cougars have placed 20-year-old defenceman Wil Tomchuk (Fort McMurray, AB) on waivers. In the meantime, Tomchuk has been reassigned to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Prince George Cougars wish to thank Wil for his dedication and commitment to the Prince George Cougars, and wish him all of the best in his future endeavors both on and off the ice.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
"The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morningwhile at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.
Anyone wanting to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423"
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club
Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips; Edmonton Oil Kings honourable mention.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth 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 6
Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:
Kelowna Rockets (12-1-0-0)
Erie Otters (11-0-0-1)
Rimouski Oceanic (13-4-0-1)
Medicine Hat Tigers (11-2-1-0)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10-3-0-0)
Brandon Wheat Kings (11-3-1-0)
Saint John Sea Dogs (9-3-0-3)
Oshawa Generals (11-2-1-0)
Sherbrooke Phoenix (12-5-0-0)
Everett Silvertips (8-1-2-1)
Belleville Bulls (9-3-0-0)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-5-0-1)
Edmonton Oil Kings (9-3-0-1)
Canadian Hockey League
Manager, Media and Information Services
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The 18-year old from Inuvik, NWT came to the Hurricanes in the Corbin Boes trade to the Portland Winterhawks prior to last year’s trade deadline. At the time of the trade, the 6’3, 200lb left winger had played 24 games with the Winterhawks where he was a minus-4 plus/minus rating to go along with his 54 penalty minutes.
Alldridge played 15 games with the Hurricanes, before a shoulder injury cut short the 2013-2014 season and he had yet to return to the lineup this season.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes thank Steven for all his contributions to the hockey team both on the ice and in the community. The hockey club wishes Steven all the best in his future endeavors.
Communications & PR Manager
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 26 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .981.
Whistle made 53 saves in two games for the WHL’s top ranked Rockets who improved their record to 12-1-0-0. Whistle earned his second shutout of the season last Wednesday night stopping all 22 shots he faced as third star of a 4-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans. He then earned first star honours on Saturday with 31 saves as part of a 6-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.
Whistle, a 19-year-old from West Kelowna, BC, is playing in his fourth WHL season and third with the Rockets. So far this season he carries an 11-1-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .916 with two shutouts.
Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers with a 2-1-0-0 record and a pair of shutout victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .948. In the QMJHL, Marvin Cupper of the Shawinigan Cataractes won both of his starts with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .926.
2014-15 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Jackson Whistle (Kelowna Rockets)
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Landon Bow (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Charlie Graham (Belleville Bulls)
Manager, Media and Information Services
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League
Monday, October 27, 2014
Four games this week had the Pats busy as they played their second three-in-three weekend in a row. The Blue and White opened the week against the Portland Winterhawks and ran into some hot goaltenders in a 3-1 loss to the defending Western Conference champs. A trip to Swift Current saw a similar result for the Pats as the Broncos scored a pair of powerplay goals in the second period in a 3-1 win over Regina. The back-half of the home and home saw the teams battle to a draw after forty minutes, but Brett Lernout scored in the third to down the Pats 2-1 at the Brandt Centre. The Queen City Kids wrapped up the weekend with an offensive storm in an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Braden Christoffer, Adam Brooks and Patrick D’Amico each scored twice in the win.
Friday, October 31st– Pats vs. Saskatoon (7:00 p.m.)
Calling all ghosts and ghouls for the Pats Halloween matchup with the Saskatoon Blades. Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume with prizes for the best costumes on the night. Get more information on the Pats Spooktacular Halloween below. On the ice, it’s the first meeting of the season between the Pats and Blades after Regina won all eight contests last year.
The Pats host their second Saskatchewan Roughriders night at the Brandt Centre to kick off the month of November. The Blue and White go green with special edition jerseys that will be up for silent auction throughout the evening. Get the full details below. It’s the third matchup of the season between the Pats and Broncos with Swift Current taking both tightly contested games.
Pats rookie Sam Steel departs Wednesday to join Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton. Steel is tied for 3rd in WHL rookie scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 15 games played and is an impressive +10 in the plus/minus category.
Adam Brooks’ two goals against Lethbridge pushed the third year forward to a new career high in goals with five on the season in just 15 games. The Winnipeg product has ten points (5G, 5A) which is just two away from his career high of 12 points in 2012-13.
After some trick-or-treating, don’t take off your costume! Come down to the Brandt Centre and celebrate Halloween with the Pats. Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume. Add to your candy stash with giveaways at the game and there will be prizes for the best costumes in the rink. To get your free ticket to the game, show off your costume at the Brandt Centre Box Office.
For the second year in a row, green is the colour as the Pats take on the Swift Current Broncos. The Queen City kids don newly designed special edition Riders themed jerseys. The Rider Drum Line will be at the game to get everyone pumped up before puck drop and select Roughriders players will be on hand for an autograph session during one of the intermissions. Lucky fans in attendance will receive green Pats/Riders glow sticks at the doors and game sponsor Mosaic will have a green screen set up to make your very own hockey card!
Monday, October 27th – Day Off – No Media Availability
*Broadcast on CKRM
Friday, October 31st – Pats Spooktacular Halloween vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st – Saskatchewan Roughriders Night vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m.
Bleackley recorded six points on one goal and five assists, along with a +4 rating in two games over the past week, leading the Rebels to a pair of victories in that span.
On Friday, October 24th, Bleackley notched three assists, including drawing an assist on the game-winning goal, while also earning 3rd Star honors in a 6-3 triumph over the visiting Prince George Cougars. On Saturday, October 25th, Bleackley scored the game-winning goal and chipped in two assists for his second straight three-point outing, and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.
Bleackley, an 18-year-old from High River, AB, is in his third season in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels, and currently sits tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points in 11 games. The Rebels’ first-round pick, 21stoverall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Bleackley has amassed 43 goals and 100 points in 164 career regular season games.Bleackley was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets for theVaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. A 19-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., Whistleappeared in two games over the past week, posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout, allowing just one goal on 54 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage in that span. On Wednesday, October 22nd, Whistle stopped all 22 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, and was named the game’s 3rd Star in a 4-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans. On Saturday, October 25th, he made 31 saves on 32 shots while claiming 1st Star honors in a 6-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. Whistle is in his fourth season in the WHL, and third campaign with the Kelowna Rockets. He has posted a 45-14-1-3 record with five shutouts in 76 career regular season games. A fourth-round pick, 79th overall, by the Vancouver Giants in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Whistle is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
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
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Regina Pats played their 3rd game in as many nights on Sunday with the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were looking to snap a 4 game losing streak. The most recent loss came at home to Swift Current on Saturday night 2-1 where the Pats outshot the Broncos 40-27 but could not find more than one goal. In their four game losing streak the Pats have scored just once in each game. The Hurricanes on the other hand were riding a 3 game winning streak going into the game coming off a win in Prince Albert over the Raiders on Saturday 3-1. Their last loss came against the Pats 6-1 in Lethbridge last weekend. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches -
Hurricanes scratches -
In the first period the Pats had the early jump and led the shots on goal 4-1 but did not score. The Hurricanes got the games first powerplay but the Pats killed it off. Luc Smith dropped the gloves in the opening frame with the Hurricanes Carter Folk and they both sat for 5. The Pats foudn the opening goal at the 12:36 mark as Morgan Klimchuk gloved a bouncing puck past the Canes D and skated in on a breakaway, he finished 5 hole for his 3rd of the year, unassisted and it was 1-0. Lethbridge went to the man advantage for the second time with 1:24 left in the period but the Pats killed the time on the clock and took the 1-0 lead into the break with 36 seconds of shorthanded time carrying over in the 2nd. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 16-13 in the period.
In the second the Pats got their first powerplay of the game and with 11 seconds left in it went up 5 on 3. They wouldn't score with the two man advantage but on the 5 on 4 powerplay Braden Christoffer would make a nice move in front to the back hand and finished his 5th of the year at 10:44 and it was 2-0. Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel the assists. 17 seconds later Adam Brooks was gifted a pass in front from the Hurricanes Kord Pankewicz and Brooks would finish on the forehand for his 4th of the year to make it 3-0 Regina at 11:01. An unassisted marker that ties Brooks career high in goals. The Pats kept coming and at 15:44 Austin Wagner fired home his 3rd of the year with assists to Pavel Padakin and Adam Brooks to make it 4-0. The assist for Padakin was his 100th point in the WHL. That was it for Stuart Skinner in the Hurricnaes goal as Zac Robidoux replaced him. Skinner made 26 saves on 30 shots. The Pats would add another goal at 18:32 as Patrick D'Amico put a loose puck into the open cage for his 5th with assists to Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs and it was 5-0. The Pats got a late powerplay but 1:10 would carry over into the 3rd. The Pats outshot the Canes 20-12 in the period and led overall 33-28.
In the third the Pats went up 6-0 at 1:41 as Braden Christoffer put home his second of the night and 6th of the year from Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs. Then at 3:57 Patrick D'Amico scored his second of the night and 6th of the year to make it 7-0. The lone assist to Dryden Hunt. The Canes would break up the shutout bid at 9:36 as Lenny Hackman scored his 1st of the year from Tyler Wong and it 7-1. The Pats made it 8-1 with a powerplay goal at 12:55. Adam Brooks with his second of the night and set a new career high in goals with his 5th with assists to Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner. That was the final score, the Pats outshot the Canes 13-8 in the final frame and 46-36 overall.
The Pats powerplay was 2 for 4 on the night and the penalty kill was 2 for 2.
The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who scored twice and had an assist. The second assist to the Pats Daniel Wapple who stopped 35 of 36 shots faced and the first star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who scored once and added two helpers.
The Pats are off until Halloween Friday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre.
Pats Goal at 12:36. Morgan Klimchuk (3) unassisted.
Pats PP Goal at 10:44. Braden Christoffer (5) from Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel.
Pats Goal at 11:01. Adam Brooks (4) unassisted.
Pats Goal at 15:44. Austin Wagner (3) from Pavel Padakin and Adam Brooks.
Pats Goal at 18:32. Patrick D'Amico (5) from Dyden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs.
Pats Goal at 1:41. Braden Christoffer (6) from Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs.
Pats Goal at 3:57. Patrick D'Amico (6) from Dryden Hunt.
Hurricanes Goal at 9:36. Lenny Hackman (1) from Tyler Wong.
Pats PP Goal at 12:55. Adam Brooks (6) from Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner.
Here are the radio highlights from the game.
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