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Friday, February 28, 2014

PATS 4 BRONCOS 3 OT


The Regina Pats played host to the Swift Current Broncos on Friday for a pivotal East Division matchup. The Pats entered the night six points ahead of Swift for the division lead but the Broncos do hold a game in hand. These two clubs played in Swift two nights before where the shorthanded Pats fell 6-2 and the Broncos improved to 5 and oh against the Pats on the season. The Blue and White called up Sam Steel on Thursday and he played in his first WHL game on Friday while Morgan Klimchuk and Dmitry Sinitsyn returned from illness. Klimchuk was riding a 5 game point streak coming in with 7 goals and 7 assists over that span while Sinitsyn had points in 5 straight as well with 2 goals and 5 assists. Colby Williams was also riding a 5 game streak, tallying a goal and 6 assists. Daniel Wapple got the start in goal on this night as the Pats looked to return to an 8 point advantage in the division with 7 games left to play. The Pats scratches were Tye Hand, Logan McVeigh, Boston Leier, Dryden Hunt, Chase Harrison and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the two teams got off to a fast start and played a very exciting opening frame. The Pats would get the first two powerplays of the game and came close on their first man advantage but the Bronco penalty kill came up big and kept the game tied. The Broncos would get their first man advantage with less than 3 minutes left in the period and on it Jake DeBrusk would put home his 13th of the season from Jay Merkley and Graham Black at 17:31 and it was 1-0 Swift. Then less than a minute later Nathan Burns took a pass up the left wing and drove the goal, he would finish over the shoulder of Wapple for his 23rd of the season at 18:27 and it was 2-0. Dillon Heatherington the lone assist. The Pats would get their third powerplay of the game with 55 seconds left in the frame but would not be able to find a goal before time expired and 1:05 carried over into the 3rd. The Pats outshot Swift Current 14-12 in the opening frame.

In the second the Pats were unable to capitalize with their powerplay time to start the period but got their feet moving again. They continued to press and finally solved Eetu Laurikainen at the 8:34 mark as Dyson Stevenson fired home his 34th from Chandler Stephenson and Dmitry Sinitsyn and it was 2-1. The Two teams continued to go back and forth, the Broncos would get another poweprlay which the Pats killed off. Then playing 4 on 4 in the second half of the frame Morgan Klimchuk came oh so close to tieing the game but rang his back hand shot off the crossbar and the Broncos took the 2-1 lead into the 3rd. The Pats outshot the Broncos 14-11 in the period and led overall 28-23.

In the third the Pats kept pushing and found the tieing goal at the 3:29 mark as Connor Gay made a great move to the middle and finished on the back hand for his 14th of the year unassisted and it was 2-2. Then at the 6:03 mark the Pats would take their first lead as Patrick D'Amico put home his 6th of the season from Braden Christoffer and Jesse Zgraggen and it was 3-2. The Broncos would turn the momentum and would find the tieing goal on a fortuitous bounce. Brett Lernout shot from the line and it bounced off the back wall an in front for Coda Gordon who slid home his 24th at 12:24. Lernout and Natahan Burns the assists and it was 3-3. That would be the score though 60 minutes. The Pats outshot Swift 11-10 in the 3rd and led overall 39-33.

In overtime the Broncos put the first four shots on goal and Daniel Wapple was fantastic including stopping Graham Black on a breakaway. Then with 46.7 seconds left in OT Connor Gay took over and beat two defenders with some great moves and finished on the backhand for his second of the game and 15th of the season and the Pats took the 4-3 victory. Dyson Stevenson got the lone assist at 4:13 and the Pats extended their lead to 7 points atop the East Division.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Daniel Wapple who stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced. The second star to the Bronco netminder Eetu Laurikainen who stopped 36 shots in the loss. The first star to the Pats Connor Gay for his two goal performance.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 3 on the night while the penalty kill was 2 of 3.

The Pats are back in action Saturday night in Moose Jaw against the Warriors at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Broncos PP Goal at 17:31. Jake DeBrusk (13th) from Jay Merkley and Graham Black.

Broncos Goal at 18:27. Nathan Burns (23rd) from Dillon Heatherington.

2nd Period

Pats Goal at Dyson Stevenson (34th) from Chandler Stephenson and Dmitry Sinitsyn.

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 3:29. Connor Gay (14th) unassisted.

Pats Goal at 6:03. Patrick D'Amico (6th) from Braden Christoffer and Jesse Zgraggen.

Broncos Goal at 12:24. Coda Gordon (24th) from Brett Lernout and Nathan Burns.

Overtime

Pats Goal at 4:13. Connor Gay (15th) from Dyson Stevenson.

Pats - Broncos Game Day Preview


 
Game #65
Friday, February 28th
Puck Drop:7:00 p.m. CST

Game Sponsor: SIAST

Regina Pats (35-23-3-3)                                                        Swift Current Broncos (31-24-2-6)


Head-to-Head

The Regina Pats (35-23-3-3) and Swift Current Broncos (31-24-2-6) wrap up their home and home as well as the season series tonight in Regina.  The Pats are 0-4-1-0 against Swift Current this season with the Broncos being the only team in the Eastern Conference the Pats do not have a win against so far.  The Pats sit six points ahead of Swift Current in the East Division standings with one more game played.  Wednesday’s game saw the Broncos roll to a 6-2 victory over the Pats.  Kyle Burroughs leads the Pats against Swift Current with five points (1G, 4A) in five games.  Coda Gordon leads all skaters in the series with eleven points (3G, 8A) in five games against the Pats.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m. CST.
 
Multi-Cultural Night presented by SIASTFlags adorn the Brandt Centre this evening for Multi-Cultural Night presented by SIAST.  Check out performances by cultural groups on the West End Stage before the game and during the intermissions as Regina’s diversity is put on full display.  Displays from various nations will be set up around the Brandt Centre concourse as well.
 
Lead Up: Pats Stomped 6-2 by BroncosPlaying without four key players and heading to the penalty box seven times contributed to the Pats dropping a 6-2 decision in Swift Current.  The Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals from Colby Cave, Glen Gawdin and Coda Gordon and didn’t look back.  The Pats got on the board in third with goals from Braden Christoffer and Kyle Burroughs.  Daniel Wapple played the first period with Dawson MacAuley coming in for the second and third.
 
Calling Up the ‘Kid’The Pats have recalled forward Sam Steel from the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL.  Steel was the team’s first pick, 2nd Overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  Steel played 14 games in an injury shortened season, but still put up 23 points (7G, 16A) on the season.  He returned for playoff action and scored twice while adding an assist in three games.
 
Christoffer ContributingFebruary has been good to forward Braden Christoffer.  The shortest month of the year sees Christoffer with the most points of his career in a single month with nine (5G, 4A).  Wednesday night, the Sherwood Park product set a new single season career high with his 12th goal of the season and became the 10th Pat this season to reach 30 points on the year.
 
Home Sweet HomeIn their previous game at the Brandt Centre, the Pats took an 8-0 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  That victory pushed the Pats’ home record to 20-8-2-2 on the year.  That’s the sixth best home record in the WHL.
 
Who to Watch on Swift CurrentRookie forwards Jake DeBrusk (28 PTS) and Glenn Gawdin (20PTS) played key roles in knocking off the Pats Wednesday night.  DeBrusk scored twice on the powerplay while Gawdin had a goal and an assist. 
 
Upcoming Schedule
at Moose Jaw – Saturday, March 1st, 7:00 p.m.– Mosaic Place (CKRM)
vs. Edmonton – Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM/Access7)
at Lethbridge – Friday, March 7th, 7:00 p.m. – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
 
 
Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WHL This Week

Calgary, AB – The 2013-14 WHL regular season closes out February and opens March with 22 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

AROUND THE RINKS…

In Calgary, AB, the Hitmen finish off February with a Lunar Celebration at Friday night’s contest versus the visiting Kamloops Blazers.

In Edmonton, AB, the Oil Kings meet the Hitmen for an afternoon tilt in the first game of a Battle of Alberta doubleheader (The Oilers battle the Calgary Flames on Saturday evening in the second game).  The Oil Kings will be Saluting A Pair Of Olympians during the contest.

In Everett, WA, the Silvertips will be celebrating Hockey Weekend Across American on Friday night when the Tri-City Americans are in town.

In Prince Albert, SK, it’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Night when the Raiders return home to face the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.

In Prince George, B.C., Cougars fans can bring along their canine companions to Saturday’s Raise The Woof Game on Saturday night in the second of back-to-back weekend meetings versus the Victoria Royals.

In Red Deer, AB, the Rebels fans can catch aPost-Game Fireworks show on Friday night in the final “Light up the Night’ game of the regular season.

In Regina, SK, it’s Multicultural Night on Friday when the Pats battle East Division rival the Swift Current Broncos.

In Saskatoon, SK, the Blades host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night for an evening that will celebrate First Nations Peoples.

In Spokane, WA, the Chiefs will part with theJerseys Off Their Backs at Friday night’s contest versus the Portland Winterhawks.

In Swift Current, SK, a lucky fan will Drive Away In A New Car at Saturday night’s contest versus the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.

WHL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF COMBINE CAMPS…

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today, in partnership with Okanagan Hockey Schools and Sport Testing Inc., they will be launching a series of WHL Combine Camps designed to assist minor hockey players with their skill development by participating in a new state of the art testing system.

The WHL Combine Camps, which will be held throughout Western Canada and the United States beginning in April, will consist of a full day of on and off-ice testing, instructional tips, a player development seminar, and a presentation on the WHL player experience.  The Camps will initially be open to Bantam and Midget-aged players. All WHL Clubs will have access to the test results for scouting purposes.

For more, CLICK HERE


WHL GRADUATES GOLDEN IN SOCHI…

Eight WHL grads helped lead Canada to an Olympic Gold medal in Men’s hockey last Sunday in Sochi, Russia.  The Canadian squad, which claimed its second straight Olympic Gold medal for Canada’s Men’s team.  In addition, Canada’s Women’s team also had a WHL grad – goaltender ShannonSzabados – on its Gold medal-winning roster.  

For more, CLICK HERE


THE ROAD TO THE 2014 WHL PLAYOFFS…


In the Western Conference, the Spokane Chiefs joined the Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks, Victoria Royals and Seattle Thunderbirds among Clubs to have locked up playoff berths.  Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Medicine Hat Tigers, Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen all clinched playoff spots over the past week.

For more, CLICK HERE


KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UP…
Swift Current Broncos @ Regina Pats
Friday, February 28th   

Chandler Stephenson and the Regina Pats host Coda Gordon and the Swift Current Broncos for a key East Division battle on Friday night.

The Pats currently occupy first place in the East Division but saw their lead cut to six points over the Broncos after losing in Swift Current on Wednesday night.  Prior to Wednesday’s loss, the Pats had posted an 8-0-0-1 record in their previous nine outings.  

The Broncos improved to a perfect 5-0-0-0 versus Regina with their victory on Wednesday night, and will aim to sweep the season series and close the gap on the East Division leaders with another win in Regina on Friday.  The Broncos’ win on Wednesday also gave them a healthy seven-point cushion for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Broncos have won 12 of the last 13 meetings versus the Pats, going back to last season.


Portland Winterhawks @ Spokane Chiefs
Friday, February 28th


Mitch Holmberg and the Spokane Chiefs welcome Nicolas Petan and the Portland Winterhawks for an important U.S. Division contest on Friday night.

The Chiefs won their last two games, scoring a whopping 14 goals in the process, and currently sit four points back of the Seattle Thunderbirds for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in what appears to be a likely first-round playoff match-up.  

The Winterhawks, meanwhile, carry a remarkable 20-game winning streak into Friday’s contest in Spokane, leaving them just two wins shy of tying the 47-year-old WHL record of 22 straight single-season wins set by the 1967-68 Estevan Bruins.  The Hawks also need just two more wins to lock up their second straight U.S. Division title.

Friday’s meeting also pits the WHL’s top two scorers against each other.  Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg leads the WHL in scoring with 57 goals and 107 points while Portland’s NicPetan – the defending WHL scoring co-champion – sits just one point back at 106 points.

The Chiefs and Hawks have met up seven times already this season, with the Winterhawks winning all seven meetings.


FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…

Jake Virtanen and the Calgary Hitmen (41-15-3-4) take on Cole Ully and the Kamloops Blazers (13-46-2-3) in Western Hockey League action on Friday night, live on SHAW(7:00pm MST).

The Hitmen have been off since falling 5-4 in a shootout in Regina last Saturday, snapping a nine-game winning streak, and currently sit just two points back of Edmonton for top spot in the Eastern Conference.  The Hitmen boast a 25-5-1-2 record at home.  Virtanen leads the Hitmen with 40 goals.

The Blazers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rebels in Red Deer on Wednesday for their second loss in a row.  Kamloops has already been resigned to 10th place in the Western Conference, and will miss the playoffs.  Ullyleads the Blazers in scoring with 29 goals and 65 points.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Blazers and Hitmen.  Calgary shutout the Blazers 3-0 in Kamloops earlier in February in the first meeting.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season.  For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE


SILVERTIPS HOST AMERICANS ON FRIDAY, LIVE ON ROOT SPORTS…

Josh Winquist and the Everett Silvertips (31-23-7-2) welcome Brian Williams and the Tri-City Americans (27-28-3-5) for a U.S. Division contest for Friday Night Ice, live on ROOT SPORTS (7:30pm PST).

The Silvertips notched their third win in four games with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, moving them into sixth place in the Western Conference.  The ‘Tips have given up just six goals over their last four games.  Winquistleads the team in scoring with 39 goals and 80 points.

The Americans fell 4-3 in a shootout to the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday for their seventh straight setback, and remain in eighth place in the Western Conference – three points up on Prince George.  The Amsare 9-17-2-3 on the road this season.  Williams boasts a team-leading 35 goals.

It’s the seventh meeting of the season between the Silvertips and Americans.  The ‘Tips won four of the first six meetings, including all three meetings in Everett.

ROOT will broadcast eight WHL contests through the end of the WHL regular season in March.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Feb. 28 – Mar. 2
All times local 
WATCH WHL HOCKEY LIVE ON
 WHL LIVE ON DEMAND

Friday, Feb. 28
Kamloops @ Calgary; 7:00 **Live on SHAW**
Tri-City @ Everett; 7:35 **Live on ROOT SPORTS**
Vancouver @ Kelowna; 7:05
Lethbridge @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
Victoria @ Prince George; 7:00
Medicine Hat @ Red Deer; 7:00
Swift Current @ Regina; 7:00
Kootenay @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Portland @ Spokane; 7:05

Saturday, Mar. 1
Calgary @ Edmonton; 2:00
Kamloops @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
Regina @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
Kootenay @ Prince Albert; 7:00
Victoria @ Prince George; 7:00
Brandon @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Portland @ Seattle; 7:05
Tri-City @ Spokane; 7:05
Lethbridge @ Swift Current; 7:00
Kelowna @ Vancouver; 7:00

Sunday, Mar. 2
Saskatoon @ Edmonton; 4:00
Everett @ Seattle; 5:05
Brandon @ Swift Current; 7:00


Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League

Father David Bauer Arena


Pats call up Sam Steel


 
2013 2nd Overall Bantam Pick to Join Team Today
 
Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the organization has elected to recall forward Sam Steel (’98) from the Sherwood Park J. Ennis Kings of the AMHL.  Steel was the Pats’ 2nd Overall pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The skilled forward was made available to join the Pats after Sherwood Park was eliminated from the AMHL Playoffs by the St. Albert Sports Raiders.
Steel played 14 league games and tallied an impressive 23 points (7G, 14A) to be one of the AMHL’s top scorer before injuries hampered the remainder of his season.  In three games at the Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary, Steel totaled five points (4G, 1A) in three games.  Steel returned to the lineup for the AMHL playoffs where he scored twice and added an assist in the best of three series against St. Albert.
Steel is expected to join the Pats today and begin practicing with the club to acclimatize to the WHL.
After a practice day today, the Pats return to action Friday against the Swift Current Broncos as they look to add to their lead atop the East Division Standings.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.ca or the Brandt Centre Box Office.  For Group Ticket information, call the Pats Office at 306-337-1538.
Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BRONCOS 6 PATS 2


The Regina Pats were in Swift Current on Wednesday night in a huge East Division matchup. The Pats entered the game having won 5 in a row and were 8 points up on the Broncos for top spot in the division. However the Pats were without two more key players as Morgan Klimchuk and Dmitry Sinitsyn did not make the trip due to illness and Boston Leier and Dryden Hunt remained sidelined. Daniel Wapple got the start for the Pats in goal while Eetu Laurikainen got the call for Swift Current. The Broncos held a 4 and oh record against the Pats on the season. Tuesday was the first of two straight games between the clubs with the second going Friday in Regina. The Pats scratches were Tye Hand, Dmitry Sinitsyn, Morgan Klimchuk, Boston Leier, Dryden Hunt and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the the Pats held their own in the opening minutes considering their lineup and had some good scoring chances. They got the games first powerplay but it was cut in half because of a tripping call and the Broncos went to their first man advantage. The Pats would kill it off but after the media timeout gave the Broncos a second chance. Colby Cave would circle the net and fire from the left circle and in for his 29th of the year from Nathan Burns and Coda Gordon at 11:57 and it was 1-0. Then at the 14:15 mark Swift Current went up 2 as Glenn Gawdin put home his 8th from Jordan Harris and Nathan Burns. The Pats would get their second powerplay of the period after that and put six shots on goal but were unable to beat Laurikainen. Then in the final minute the Broncos got their third goal of the period as Code Gordon snapped home his 23rd from Glenn Gawdin and Colby Cave at 19:13 and it was 3-0. That's how the period would end with the Broncos outshooting the Pats 16-11 in the frame.

In the second Dawson MacAuley came out for the second period in the Pats goal. The Pats would have a better start to the frame and MacAuley was sharp in the period. The Broncos carried a lot of the play in the frame though the Pats had a great chance to get on the board from Braden Christoffer but Laurikainen made a huge save to preserve the 3-0 lead. Then at the 17:52 mark the Broncos went up 4-0 as Jay Merkley put home his 26th on a great feed from Graham Black. Then on a powerplay late the Broncos made it 5-0 as Jake DeBrusk tipped a point shot in for his 11th from Dillon Heatherington and Coda Gordon at 19:49. That's how the period would end with the Broncos outshooting the Pats 18-9 in the frame and led overall 34-20.

In the third the Pats would get on the board 51 seconds in as Braden Christoffer fired off the post and in for his 12th of the season from Colby Williams and it was 5-1. The Pats went back to the penalty kill shortly after and the Broncos got that goal back as Jake DeBrusk jammed home his second of the game and 12th of the season from Graham Black and Brycen Martin at 1:51 and it was 6-1. The Pats would get two powerplays after that but were unable to score. Then they went down 5 on 3 but the PK came up big and kept the Broncos at 6. The Pats would then get their second of the game as Kyle Burroughs put home a rebound for his 7th of the season from Braden Christoffer and Dyson Stevenson at 13:25 and it was 6-2. The Pats finished strong but the game would end in a 6-2 loss and the Broncos are now within 6 points of the East Division lead. The Pats outshot Swift 9-7 in the period but trailed 41-29 overall.

The shorthanded Pats were over matched on this one and it sets up for a huge matchup on Friday at home to the same Broncos at 7 o'clock from the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Broncos PP Goal at 11:57. Colby Cave (29th) from Nathan Burns and Coda Gordon.

Broncos Goal at 14:15. Glenn Gawdin (8th) from Jordan Harris and Nathan Burns.

Broncos Goal at 19:13. Coda Gordon (23rd) from Glenn Gawdin and Colby Cave.

2nd Period

Broncos Goal at 17:52. Jay Merkley (26th) from Graham Black.

Broncos PP Goal at 19:49. Jake DeBrusk (11th) from Dillon Heatherington and Coda Gordon.

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 0:51. Braden Christoffer (12th) from Colby Williams.

Broncos PP Goal at 1:51. Jake DeBrusk (12th) from Graham Black and Brycen Martin.

Pats Goal at 13:25. Kyle Burroughs (7th) from Braden Christoffer and Dyson Stevenson.

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks, Edmonton Oil Kings, Victoria Royals. 


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the twenty-third edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 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 23

 

Rank:

Team:

Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:

1

Kelowna Rockets (49-9-0-4)

1

18

2

Guelph Storm (46-10-2-1)

2

23

3

Portland Winterhawks (46-12-2-3)

3

20

4

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (42-15-1-3)

7

20

5

Erie Otters (44-13-2-0)

4

17

6

London Knights (42-12-1-4)

8

17

7

Edmonton Oil Kings (44-15-1-1)

6

7

8

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (37-14-4-5)

5

22

9

Victoria Royals (43-17-1-3)

10

3

10

Rimouski Oceanic (37-15-3-4)

-

6

Honourable Mention:

Calgary Hitmen (41-15-3-4)

-

5

Oshawa Generals (39-16-0-5)

-

11

Halifax Mooseheads (39-18-0-3)

-

9

 

Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications                           
Western Hockey League                                               

 

Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Pats - Broncos Game Day Preview

Game #64

Wednesday, February 26th

Puck Drop:7:00 p.m. CST



Regina Pats (35-22-3-3)                                                        Swift Current Broncos (30-24-2-6)


Head-to-Head

The Regina Pats (35-22-3-3) and Swift Current Broncos (30-24-2-6) begin a pivotal home and home tonight in Swift Current.  This is the fifth of six meetings between the two clubs this season.  Their last saw the Broncos take a 4-3 win in the shootout despite being outshot 49-33 by the Pats.  Kyle Burroughs leads the Pats with four points, all assists, in the season series.  Three Broncos (Cave, Honka, Gordon) have eight points against the Pats this season with Colby Cave having found the back of the net three times.  Coming into this contest, the Pats hold an 8 point lead on the Broncos for the top spot in the East Division having won five straight games and ten of their last twelve.  The Broncos are 4-6-0-0 in their last ten games including Saturday’s 5-3 win over Red Deer.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m. CST.

 

Lead Up: Pats Blow Out Hurricanes 8-0
After an evenly matched opening eleven minutes, the Pats started to take over after the media time out.  Dyson Stevenson blew the game wide open with a hat-trick in the first and the Pats didn’t look back.  Stevenson went on to tally four while Morgan Klimchuk posted a five point night.  Patrick D’Amico scored twice with Braden Christoffer picking up a single.  Dawson MacAuley made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season in the 8-0 win.

 

A Positive Goal Differential
Since the 18:44 mark of the first period of their home opener against Swift Current on September 19th; the Pats were in the negative in the goals for/against category (including shootout winners).  That changed when the Pats won in a shootout Saturday against Calgary.  Yesterday’s game against Lethbridge was the first of the season the Pats entered with a positive goal differential (215 GF, 214 GA).  After their big victory last night, the Pats are now a +9 on the season (223/214).

 

Keep Calm and Stevens-On
Dyson Stevenson set a new career high putting four goals on the board against Lethbridge last night.  Three of them came in a 6:08 span in the first period for his second career hat-trick against the Hurricanes and third overall.  The four goals brought the Shaunavon, SK product into the Pats lead for the season (33) with 11 of those coming in February.

 

Chasing Warren Fisher
Dawson MacAuley picked up his fourth shutout of the season last night against the Hurricanes.  That puts him one behind Warren Fisher’s mark of five in the 1967-68 season.  Pats goalies have combined for six shutouts in the 2013-14 season.

 

Who to Watch on Swift Current
Eetu Laurikainen was the difference maker the last time these two teams met.  He made 46 saves, then stopped all three Pats shooters in the shootout to hand Swift Current the victory.  The Finnish netminder has a 2.83 GAA and 0.918 SV% on the season to go with four shutouts.

 

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Swift Current – Friday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Moose Jaw – Saturday, March 1st, 7:00 p.m.– Mosaic Place (CKRM)
vs. Edmonton – Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM/Access7)

 

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PATS 8 HURRICANES 0


The Regina Pats were home to he Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday looking to extend their winning streak to five games. The Pats were coming off a massive weekend where they beat both the Victoria Royals and the Calgary Hitmen and sat six points up on the Swift Current Broncos for top spot in the East Division. The Hurricanes on the other hand had lost 5 in a row coming in but had split the first two games of the season series so far with the Pats. Teagan Sacher got the start for the Hurricanes against his former club. Pat forward Morgan Klimchuk was riding a four game point streak coming into Tuesday night with 6 goals and 3 assists in that span and was named the WHL Player of the Week. Dyson Stevenson had a 5 game streak going with 4 goals and 3 assists. Dawson MacAuley got the start in goal for the Blue and White on Tuesday who had a chance to go 8 points up on Swift with a victory on home ice. The Pats scratches were Tye Hand, Griffin Mumby, Boston Leier, Rylee Zimmer and Dryden Hunt.

In the first period the Hurricanes were the better team in the first 10 minutes and thought they had opened the scoring at the 6 minute mark but the goal was waived off as it was knocked in with a glove. After the media time out the Pats found their legs and scored the games first goal. Dyson Stevenson tipped home his 30th of the year from Colby Williams and Morgan Klimchuk at 12:20 and it was 1-0. Then at the 14:23 mark Dyson Stevenson got his second of the game and 31st of the year from Morgan Klimchuk and it was 2-0. Dyson wasn't done there as he completed the hattrick at the 18:28 mark and overtook the team lead in goals with 32. Colby Williams and Chandler Stephenson the assists and it was 3-0. That was the score after 1 with the Pats leading the shots on goal 11-9.

In the second the Pats would make it 4-0 at the 5:-04 mark as Morgan Klimchuk put home his 26th of the year from Jesse Zgraggen. That would be it for Teagan Sachers night in goal as he allowed 4 goals on 18 shots, his replacement, Jonny Hogue. The Pats kept coming and Braden Christoffer put home his 11th from Logan McVeigh at 12:13 and it was 5-0. The Hurricanes would have 3 powerplays in the period including a double minor to Morgan Klimchuk but the Pats would kill it off and then would find the 6-0 goal. Just as Klimchuk stepped out of the box the puck came to him on the left wing and he skated in on a breakaway. He had Jonny Hogue beat but the puck rolled on him and he missed the net. He would find the puck off the back wall however and centered for D'Amico who put home his 4th of the year at 19:23. Dmitry Sinitsyn the second assist. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 14-12 in the period and we were tied overall at 23's.

In the third the Pats went to the powerplay in the early going and would find the 7-0 goal. Dyson Stevenson banged home his 4th of the game and 33rd of the season from Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson at 3:23. The Pats would get the 8-0 goal on a 5 on 3 poweprlay in the late stages as Patick D'Amico put home his 2nd of the game and 5th of the season from Connor Gay and Chandler Stephenson at 17:57. That's how the game would end with the Pats outshooting Lethbridge 12-6 in the period and 35-29 overall. Dawson MacAuley stopped all 29 shots he faced for his 4th shutout of the year and 23 victory.

Dyson Stevenson extended his point streak to 6 games with his 4 goal performance and it up to 8 goals and 3 assist in that stretch. He was named the games first star. The second star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who had a 5 point night and extended his point streak to 5 games with 7 goals and 7 assists. The third star to Pat netminder Dawson MacAuley who picked up the shutout.

The Pats powerplay went 2 for 5 on the night and the penalty was a perfect 5 for 5. Regina now sits 8 points clear in the East Division lead ahead of the Swift Current Broncos.

The Blue and White head into Swift Current on Wednesday for a 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 12:20. Dyson Stevenson (30th) from Colby Williams and Morgan Klimchuk.

Pats Goal at 14:23. Dyson Stevenson (31st) from Morgan Klimchuk.

Pats Goal at 18:28. Dyson Stevenson (32nd) from Colby Williams and Chandler Stephenson.

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 5:04. Morgan Klimchuk (26th) from Jesse Zgraggen.

Pats Goal at 12:13. Braden Christoffer (11th) from Logan McVeigh.

Pats Goal at 19:23. Patrick D'Amico (4th) from Morgan Klimchuk and Dmitry Sinitsyn.

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 3:23. Dyson Stevenson (32nd) from Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson.

Pats 5v3 PP Goal at 17:57. Patrick D'Amico (5th) from Connor Gay and Chandler Stephenson.