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Monday, March 31, 2014

Raiders' Craig Signs in AHL

Prince Albert SK- Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Graeme Craig has signed an American Hockey League Standard Player Contract with the Oklahoma City Barons.

 

Craig played the final 27 of his 330 WHL career games with the Raiders after being acquired from the Saskatoon Blades prior to the WHL trade deadline this season.

 

The Red Deer, Alberta product recorded 11 goals, 60 assists and 373 penalty minutes in 5 WHL seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, Blades and Raiders.

 

The 6’5”, 202-pound blueliner will join the Barons immediately, as Oklahoma City is currently just four points out of a playoff spot in the AHL’s Western Conference.


Courtesy Evan Poitras, Raiders PR

Ice Descheneau WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Kootenay Ice forward Jaedon Descheneau is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 30, 2014.  


Descheneau scored seven goals and added eight assists for 15 points to go with a +4 rating in four games over the past week, helping the Ice to three victories in that span as they eliminated the Calgary Hitmen in the first round of the 2014 WHL playoffs.

On Monday, March 24, Descheneau scored once and picked up five assists for six points while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Hitmen in Game 3 of the series in Cranbrook, B.C.  On Tuesday, March 25, he scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation play, added an assist, and was selected as the game’s 1st Star in a 5-4 triumph over the visiting Hitmen in Game 4.  On Thursday, March 27,Descheneau scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist while earning 2nd Star honors in a 6-5 win in Calgary in Game 5 of the series.  On Saturday, March 29, Descheneau tallied three goals and an assist while claiming 1st Star honors in a 5-3 victory over the Hitmen in Cranbrook, giving the Ice a 4-2 best-of-seven series win.

Descheneau, 1995-born right wing from Edmonton, AB, is in his third season in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice.  The 5’9”, 186-lb forward amassed 44 goals and 98 points in 70 regular-season games for Kootenay this season, and currently leads all players in post-season scoring with seven goals and 17 points in just six games.  A third-round pick, 62nd overall, by Kootenay in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Descheneau has accumulated 77 goals and 190 points in 193 career regular-season games.  He is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Patrik Polivkaof the Victoria Royals for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A product of Plzen, Czech Republic, who just celebrated his 20th birthday, Polivka posted a 2-0 record in two road starts over the past week, allowing just three goals on 55 shots for a 1.50 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage, as the Royals completed a 4-0 best-of-seven series sweep of the Spokane Chiefs in their opening-round series of the 2014 WHL playoffs.  On Wednesday, March 26, Polivkastopped 20 of 21 shots as the Royals skated to a 6-1 victory over the Chiefs in Game 3 of the series in Spokane, WA.  On Thursday, March 27, he turned aside 32 of 34 shots while claiming 3rd Star honors in a 4-2 series-clinching victory in Spokane.  Polivka is in his second season in the WHL with the Royals.  Victoria’s first-round pick, 14th overall, in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Polivka has appeared in 96 career regular-season contests, posting a 56-28-2-5 record with seven shutouts, a 2.92 GAA and a .904 save percentage.  He is a free agent.


Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30: Jaedon Descheneau, Kootenay Ice
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Collin Valcourt, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Morgan Klimchuk, Regina Pats
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Taylor Leier, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Todd Fiddler, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Mike Aviani, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Chandler Stephenson, Regina Pats
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Matt Pufahl, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets 
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos


Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League



Pat Chat March 31st


Pats Season Comes to a Close

The Week That Was
Trailing 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals series against the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Pats didn’t find a friendlier locale in Westman Place.  It looked like the Pats’ fortunes may chance in Game Three when they jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but saw it slip away in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss.  With their season on the line, the Blue and White struggled to muster an offensive attack and would see the game stretch out in the third period as their season came to an abrupt end with a 5-1 loss in Brandon.

What’s New?
Saying Goodbye
The Pats bid three over-age players farewell as they graduate from the WHL.  Recent additions Boston Leier and Jesse Zgraggen along with Dyson Stevenson who played all 252 of his career games with the Pats all step forward to the next stage of their lives.  Congratulations to all three on great WHL careers and good luck in your future endeavours.

Thank You
The 2013-14 Regular Season was an amazing ride that saw the Pats surpass many expectations on the way to clinching the Regular Season East Division pennant.  None of it is possible without our fans, parents, billets, volunteers, sponsors and media partners.  Thank you for your continued support of the Regina Pats and we’ll see you in September!

Early Bird Season Ticket Renewal
Season Ticket Holders’ renewal letters were sent out last week and if they haven’t arrived, should be very soon.  The deadline to renew at the ‘Early Bird’ price is April 30th.  If you renew your tickets by that date, you could be entered to win a refund on your tickets, a pair of Craven Country Jamboree weekend passes or a team autographed Pats jersey!
Important Dates
Wednesday, April 30th – Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline
Wednesday, April 30th – WHL Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 1st – WHL Draft


Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pats say Goodbye Saturday


The Regina Pats saw their season come to an end on Friday night with a 5-1 loss in Brandon. A day later the team cleaned out their lockers and said goodbye, some for the summer but for three and possibly four it was goodbye forever. Dyson Stevenson, Boston Leier and Jesse Zgraggen played in their final game of their WHL careers on Friday and most people will agree we have seen the last of Chandler Stephenson in junior hockey.

I cant say how great it has been to have known Dyson Stevenson and Chandler Stephenson over the last three years and watch them play every game over that stretch. The same is true for Boston Leieir and Jesse Zgraggen this season. An awesome group of guys who will be missed.

From the sounds of things Morgan Klimchuk will join the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL for the remainder of heir season. Chandler Stephenson the Hershey Bears, Kyle Burroughs the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Dmitry Sinitsyn the Texas Stars.

Senior VP and GM Chad Lang, Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Dyson Stevenson, Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs met with the media this afternoon and here is that audio.








Friday, March 28, 2014

WHEAT KINGS 5 PATS 1


The Regina Pats were facing elimination on Friday night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. The Pats dropped game three 5-4 as the Wheaties came back from down 4-1 to win their third straight game to start the series. Daniel Wapple made his series debut in that game and got the start again in game four. Sam Steel dressed for game four in favor of Maximillian Kammerer who played in the last game. The Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk who suffered some shortness of breath and chest pains after the last game suited up and played in game 4. Hawryluk had scored a hattrick and added an assist in the win on Wednesday. A must win game for the East Division Champions if they wanted their season to continue until at least Saturday at the Brandt Centre. The Pats scratches for game four were Tyler Fuhr, Tye Hand, Maximillian Kammerer, Rylee Zimmer, Austin Wagner, Chase Harrison and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats got off to another good start and put the first 5 shots on goal and got the first powerplay in the game but were unable to score. The Wheat Kings then got a man advantage of their own and though they didn't score the momentum shifted. Daniel Wapple made some unbelievable saves to keep the game tied. One on a breakaway from Chad Robinson and another on Tim McGauley on a 2 on oh. Brandon would open the scoring at the 12:31 mark off a turnover as Jesse Gabrielle would put home his 3rd of the series from Jayce Hawryluk and it was 1-0. Brandon kept it coming and on a delayed penalty late in the frame would go up 2-0. Richard Nejezchleb put home his own rebound for his 2nd from Eric Roy and John Quenneville at 19:04. That's how the period would end with the Wheat Kings leading the shots on goal 13-8.

In the second the Pats had another good start in a period but Jordan Papirny made some big stops to keep the game at 2-0. The Wheat Kings would get two straight powerplays which the Pats killed off and the game got very testy in the period. A lot of pushing and shoving after the whistles and Dyson Stevenson dropped the gloves with Taylor Green in a short fight that left Green on his backside. The Pats would get their second powerplay of the game with 14 seconds left in the period. On it they got a break as Klimchuk tried a pass from the right corner back to the point but it hit a skate and redirected passed Papirny and in for his 3rd of the series. Connor Gay and Kyle Burroughs the assists at 19:58 and the Pats were within 1 headed to the third. The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 15-12 in the third but trailed overall 25-23.

In the third the Whewat Kings would restore the two goal lead at 1:53 as Jayce Hawryluk snapped home his 5th from John Quenneville and Jesse Gabrielle. The Wheat Kings kept coming and scored at 13:30 off another tunrover, Ryley Lindgren fireing home his 2nd unassisted and it was 4-1. Then on the powerplay Brandon made it 5-1 as John Quenneville put home his 3rd from Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter at 17:04. That was the final score as the Wheat Kings completed the sweep of the Pats. Brandon outshot the Pats 17-6 in the third and 42-29 overall.

The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings Jesse Gabrielle who scored a goal and an assist in the game. The second star to Jayce Hawryluk who also scored once and had an assist and the first star to goaltener Jordan Papirny who stopped 28 of 29 shots.


All the best to the three graduating Pats, Dyson Stevenson, Boston Leier and Jesse Zgraggen.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 12:31. Jesse Gabrielle (3rd) from Jayce Hawryluk.

Wheat Kings DP Goal at 19:04. Richard Nejezchleb (2nd) from Eric Roy and John Quenneville.

2nd Period

Pats PP Goal at 19:58. Morgan Klimchuk (3rd) from Connor Gay and Kyle Burroughs.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 1:53. Jayce Hawryluk (5th) from John Quenneville and Jesse Gabrielle.

Wheat Kings Goal at 13:30. Ryley Lindgren (2nd) unassisted.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 17:04. John Quenneville (3rd) Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter.

Tim Bozon Leaves Hospital

SASKATOON, SK – Kootenay Ice player TimBozon is making remarkable strides as he recovers from meningitis, which sent him to hospital four weeks ago tomorrow. Bozon, who was in a medically induced coma for most of those four weeks, walked into a news conference today to thank everyone.


“From what I have learned since coming out of the coma, the people here at the Royal University Hospital went to amazing lengths to save my life. To them, first and foremost, my heartfelt thanks. But I must also extend gratitude to everyone who sent me their thoughts and prayers, especially my parents, who rushed here from France to be by my side,” commented Tim. 

Tim’s father, Philippe, also expressed his thanks to the medical staff and all the people who signed cards, emailed wishes and donated money. “This has been unbelievable. It’s terrible to have to see your son go through this but the outpouring of support and quality of care at the hospital has been amazing.“

Tim's neurologist, Dr. Gary Hunter, acknowledged Tim has recuperated incredibly well but cautioned there may be months of rehabilitation still ahead. “We are optimistic he will make a full recovery but it will take some time before that possibility could be realized.”

Tim is working on regaining strength and improving coordination. He will have more rehabilitation after he has been discharged from hospital and the medical costs are already far exceeding the insurance coverage.  People are encouraged to make contributions to the Tim Bozon Trust Fund at any Bank of Montreal in Western Canada or through the Western Hockey League Office in Calgary.

Tim is being discharged from Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon today and is planning to travel to Cranbrook, B.C., to be with his Kootenay teammates at their next playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen Saturday night. At the game, Tim Bozon is scheduled to return to the ice to drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off.
 


Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League

Father David Bauer Arena



Pats - Wheat Kings Game 4 Preview

Eastern Conference 
Quarter-Finals Game #4

Friday, March 28th

Puck Drop: 6:30 p.m. CST


Brandon Leads Best of Seven Series 3-0

 

Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats face elimination tonight as they face the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.  Brandon has a 3-0 stranglehold on the series as they look to move out of the first round tonight.  Game Three saw the Pats jump out to an early lead before Brandon fought back and won in the third period.  Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay lead the Pats with five points each in the playoffs while Jayce Hawryluk powered the Brandon attack with eight points (4G, 4A) in the first three games.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m. CST

 

Game Three Recap
After falling behind in the early going the Pats responded with four goals in the first period, two from Dryden Hunt on the powerplay.  That lead wouldn’t hold as Jayce Hawryluk scored twice in the late stages of the period to cut the lead to one.  While on the penalty kill, Chad Robinson’s centering pass deflected into the net off a Pat to square the game in the second.  Hawryluk completed the hat-trick late in the third period, giving Brandon the 5-4 win in Daniel Wapple’s return to the Pats goal and playoff debut.

 

Some Extra Inspiration
The Pats were privileged yesterday to visit CFB Shilo and spend time at one of the homes of their namesake, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  The Blue and White were introduced to some of the soldiers on the base and the equipment they use in defence of Canada.  The team skated for the practice on site at the Gunner Arena.

 

Special Teams
Despite being down in the series, the Pats have been strong on special teams.  Their penalty kill is 13/16 (81.3%) in the series while the Pats’ powerplay is 3/10 (30.0%) and third in the WHL Playoffs through three games.  The Pats have scored one shorthanded goal and allowed one in the series.

 

Even Terms?
Regina’s struggles have been even strength where the Pats are a collective -8 for the series having scored eight goals and allowed 16 while playing 5-on-5.

 

Upcoming Schedule
Game Five vs. Brandon – Saturday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. CST – Brandt Centre (CKRM)*
Game Six at Brandon – Monday, March 31st, 6:00 p.m. CST – Credit Union Place (CKRM)*
Game Seven vs. Brandon – Wednesday, April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. CST – Brandt Centre (CKRM)*
*if necessary

 

Streaks
8 – Morgan Klimchuk is on a eight game point streak (reg. season/playoffs) with 10 points (4G, 6A)
6 – Connor Gay is on a six game point streak (reg. season/playoffs) with ten points (6G, 4A)
3 – Dryden Hunt is on a three game point streak with five points (4G, 1A)
3 – Jesse Zgraggen is on a three game point streak with four points (1G, 3A)
3 – Chandler Stephenson is on a three game assist streak with four assists (4A)

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update on Jayce Hawryluk

Brandon, MB. -- The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that forward Jayce Hawryluk continues to undergo medical tests Thursday to determine what may have caused him to have shortness of breath and become lightheaded following Wednesday's playoff game against the Regina Pats.

Hawryluk had just finished the game, in which he had scored three times including the third period game winner, when the situation arose when he left the ice.

"The doctor came and looked at him and they felt that they should take him to the hospital and, basically, rule some things out as much as anything," Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon told CKLQ's Bruce Luebke this afternoon. 

The Roblin, Manitoba product was taken to the Brandon Regional Health Centre but McCrimmon says he's doing well today and feeling fine.

"We haven't been given any feedback as to how any of that has gone, other than to be told that there's no red flags and nothing alarming at this point," McCrimmon went on to say. "We're optimistic that it's not as serious as these things sometimes can be or what you sometimes left your mind fear."

McCrimmon spoke to reporters at Westman Place, as the Wheat Kings continued preparations for game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series scheduled for Friday night.

"Lots of (our) players have been on contact with Jayce today," says McCrimmon. "I think that gives them some peace of mind."

Hawryluk currently leads the Wheat Kings in playoff scoring with four goals and 8 points in three games. He also led the club in scoring during the regular season with 24 goals and 64 points.

Entering Friday night's game, Brandon has a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of seven opening round series.

Courtesy Wheat Kings PR

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WHEAT KINGS 5 PATS 4


The Regina Pats were on the road for game three on Wednesday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Brandon won games one and two in Regina by a combined score of 14-7. The Pats were looking for a bounce back effort on the road and get within one in the series. The Pats got some help as goaltender Daniel Wapple returned from injury and got his first start of the series. The Wheat Kings saw Eric Roy and Peter Quenneville return after missing game two in Regina. The Pats were looking to tighten up defensively and play a more disciplined game after giving up 14 powerplays to the Wheat Kings. The Pats scratches on Wednesday were Dawson MacAuley, Tye Hand, Rylee Zimmer, Austin Wagner, Chase Harrison, Sam Steel and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Wheat Kings would open the scoring at 5:29 as Jesse Gabrielle snapped home his 2nd of the series from John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk and it was 1-0 Brandon. The Pats would tie it up less than two minutes later as Jesse Zgraggen tipped a point shot for his 1st from Logan McVeigh and Dyson Stevenson at 7:17 and it was 1-1. The Pats would kill off their first penalty and then got one of their own. On it A great passing play resulted in Dryden Hunt putting home his 3rd of the playoffs from Connor Gay and Morgan Klimchuk at 12:10 and it was 2-1. Then 30 seconds later the Pats went up 3-1 as Carter Hansen put his 1st passed Papirny at 12:40. Braden Christoffer and Patrick D'Amico the assists. The Pats werent done there as on another poweprlay Dryden Hunt would score his second of the game and 4th of the series at 13:55. Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson the assists and it was 4-1. The Wheat Kings would get within 2 at the 15:39 mark as Jayce Hawryluk skated in on a partial breakaway and beat Wapple on the far side for his 2nd from Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter and it was 4-2. Then with 1:59 left in the period Jayce Hawryluk would get his second of the game as Jesse Zgragen was forced to head to the bench after losing his helmet and Hawryluk was left all alone and scored his 3rd from Jesse Gabrielle and John Quenneville and the Pats lead was 4-3. That's how the first would end with the Pats leading the shots on goal 14-10.

In the second the Pats kept pushing and had a number of good chances to score. The Wheat Kings would get an early powerplay which the Pats would kill off. Then the Pats got a man advantage of their own but on it a puck got passed Boston Leier a the line and slid back into the Pats zone. Chad Robinson got to it first in the left corner and fired a pass in front that bounced off the sliding Boston Leier and passed Daniel Wapple to tie the game at 4's. Robinson credited with his second of the playoffs with assists to Taylor Green and Colton Waltz at 3:19 and it was 4-4. The Pats would bounce back well from that goal and continued to carry the play but the Wheat Kings did a good job of blocking shots and kept the Pats off the board. Regina would get another powerplay in the frame but were unable to score and the period ended tied at 4's. The Pats outshot Brandon 12-10 in the period and led overall 26-20.

In the third the complexion of the game changed as both teams played a tighter and less risky game. They went back and forth with dump ins and clears. Neither team would get another man advantage. With less than five minutes left the Wheat Kings would take the lead as Jayce Hawryluk would finish his hattrick on a back door play for his 4th of the post season at 15:10. John Quenneville and Eric Roy the assists and it was 5-4. The Pats would pull Wapple late but were unable to find the tieing goal and dropped their third straight game in the series and will face elimination on Friday night in game 4. The Pats outshot Brandon 7-5 in the third and 33-25 overall.

The Pats powerplay went 2 for 4 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 2.

The third tar of the game went to the Wheat Kings John Quenneville who had two assists including one on the game winner. The second star to the Pats Dryden Hunt who scored twice on the powerplay in the first and the first star to Brandon's Jayce Hawryluk who scored the game winner, a hattrick and added an assist.

Game four is Friday at the Westman Place in Brandon with a 6:30 puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Scorime Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 5:29. Jesse Gabrielle (2nd) from John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk.

Pats Goal at 7:17. Jesse Zgraggen (1st) from Logan McVeigh and Dyson Stevenson.

Pats PP Goal at 12:10. Dryden Hunt (3rd) from Connor Gay and Morgan Klimchuk.

Pats Goal at 12:40. Carter Hansen (1st) from Braden Christoffer and Patrick D'Amico.

Pats PP Goal at 13:55. Dryden Hunt (4th) from Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson.

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:39. Jayce Hawryluk (2nd) from Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter.

Wheat Kings Goal at 18:01. Jayce Hawryluk (3r) from Jesse Gabrielle and John Quenneville.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal SH. Chad Robinson (2nd) from Taylor Green and Colton Waltz.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:10. Jayce Hawryluk (4th) from John Quenneville and Eric Roy.

Pats - Wheat Kings Game 3 Preview






























Eastern Conference
Quarter-Finals Game #3

Wednesday, March 26th

Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. CST

Brandon Leads Best of Seven Series 2-0

Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings switch venues as series moves to
Manitoba.  The Wheat Kings hold a commanding 2-0 series lead after dominant showings in Regina. Game Two saw Brandon take an 8-4 win from Regina after the Pats opened the scoring early in the first.  Connor Gay leads the Pats with four points (2G, 2A) in the first two games of the series.  Ryan Pulock is the top Wheat King with four points (2G, 2A) of his own in Regina.  On the special teams front, the Pats are 1/6 (16.7%) on the powerplay while the Wheat Kings are 3/14 (21.4%) with the man advantage in the series.  This evening's game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 5:35 p.m.

Game Two Recap
Connor Gay opened the scoring early in the first period and the Pats looked to be back on track in the early going, leading 5-0 on the shot clock. Things turned in a hurry as the Wheat Kings found the back of the net twice in the frame to lead after the first.  The second period saw Brandon outscore Regina 5-1 with Morgan Klimchuk scoring the lone Pats marker shorthanded.  The Blue and White made a push in the final frame with Dryden Hunt and Boston Leier scoring to cut into the deficit, but Tim McGauley halted any hope of a miraculous comeback with a late powerplay marker in the 8-4 loss.
Finding the Back of the Net
Connor Gay continues to be the hottest goal-scorer in the Pats' lineup.  The Saskatoon, SK product has goals in each of his last five games going back to the Regular Season with six goals over that span.  He leads the Pats with four points in his first WHL post-season.

More Firsts
The Pats added two more names to the list of players earning their first points in the WHL Playoffs. Both Carter Hansen and Adam Brooks picked up assists on Dryden Hunt's goal Sunday night.

Road Warriors
The Pats' playoff survival depends on picking up a win or two on the road this week.  The Blue and White featured the best road record in the East Division going 17-17-1-1 on the season.

Who to Watch on Brandon
Wheat Kings Captain Ryan Pulock has made it extremely difficult for the Pats to get going in the offensive zone.  His solid defensive play is matched by his offensive numbers as the New York Islanders prospect leads Brandon in scoring with four points (2G, 2A) in the first two games.  Pulock was named the Denny's WHL Player of the Week for his efforts.

Upcoming Schedule
Game Four at Brandon - Friday, March 28th, 6:30 p.m. CST - Westman Place (CKRM)

Game Five vs. Brandon - Saturday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. CST - Brandt Centre (CKRM)*
Game Six at Brandon - Monday, March 31st, 6:00 p.m. CST - Credit Union Place (CKRM)*
*if necessary

Streaks
6 - Morgan Klimchuk is on a seven game point streak (reg. season/playoffs) with 8 points (4G, 4A)

5 - Connor Gay is on a five game goal streak with six goals (6G)

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

T-Birds Kozun CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of playoff action ending March 23 with a 2-0-0-0 record posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.

 

Kozun earns the weekly award for the third time this season after a pair of first star performances in the opening two games of the WHL’s Western Conference Playoffs between the fourth place Thunderbirds and the fifth place Everett Silvertips.  Kozun stopped 64 shots in total including a 38-save performance on Saturday night as first star of a 2-1 victory, then repeated as the game’s first star with 26 saves on Sunday in the 3-1 victory to give the Thunderbirds a 2-0 series lead.

 

Kozun, a 19-year-old from Nipawin, SK, is playing in his second full WHL season and first with the Thunderbirds after being acquired from the Kamloops Blazers in January.  In 24 games with the Thunderbirds this season, Kozun posted a 14-9-0-1 record with four shutout victories along with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage.

 

Also considered for the award this week was Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Antoine Bibeau who backstopped the Val-d’Or Foreurs to a pair of victories over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan including a shutout win with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .971.  In the OHL, Justin Nichols backstopped the first place Guelph Storm to a pair of victories over the Plymouth Whalers with one shutout win posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .961.

 

2013-14 Playoff Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)

 

2013-14 Regular Season Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)

Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Philippe Desrosiers (Rimouski Oceanic)

Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Jordan DeKort (Kitchener Rangers)

Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Brendan Burke (Portland Winterhawks)

Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)

Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)

Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)

Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Matthew Mancina (Guelph Storm)

Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)

Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Matt Mahalak (Kingston Frontenacs)

Nov. 18 – Nov. 24Patrik Polivka (Victoria Royals)

Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts)

Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets)

Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)

Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)

 

Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications                           
Western Hockey League                                               

 

Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wheat Kings Pulock WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings’defenceman Ryan Pulock is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 23, 2014.  It’s the second Denny’s WHL Player of the Week award of the season forPulock.


Pulock scored two goals and four points to go with a +5 rating in two road games on the weekend, helping the Wheat Kings take a 2-0 lead over the Regina Pats in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

On Saturday, March 22, Pulock tallied a goal and an assist while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 6-3 victory over the Pats in Game 1 of their series in Regina, SK.  On Sunday, March 23, Pulock scored again and set up another for his second straight two-point outing, and was named the game’s 3rd Star in an 8-4 triumph in Regina, giving the Wheat Kings a 2-0 series lead.

Pulock, a 19-year-old from Grandview, MB, is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Wheat Kings, and finished second on the team in regular-season scoring with 63 points in 66 games.  The Wheat Kings’ seventh-round pick, 136th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft,Pulock has played 261 career regular-season contests while amassing 210 points, including a franchise-record 64 goals.  Pulock was drafted in the first round, 15th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A 19-year-old from Nipawin, SK, Kozun posted a pair of victories in two playoff games on the weekend, allowing just two goals on 66 shots for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage in that span as the Thunderbirds opened up a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round series versus the Everett Silvertips.  On Saturday, March 22,Kozun stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the visiting Silvertips.  On Sunday, March 23, Kozun turned aside 26 of 27 shots while again being named the game’s 1st Star in a 3-1 triumph over the Silvertips in Everett, WA. Kozun is in his second full season in the WHL, and first with the Seattle Thunderbirds.  He posted a 14-9-0-1 record with four shutouts in 24 games with the Thunderbirds after being acquired from Kamloops in a trade deadline transaction.  Kozun is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.


Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Collin Valcourt, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Morgan Klimchuk, Regina Pats
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Taylor Leier, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Todd Fiddler, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Mike Aviani, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Chandler Stephenson, Regina Pats
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Matt Pufahl, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets 
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos

Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League


Pat Chat March 24th

Series Shifts to Brandon

 

The Week That Was
The Pats’ didn’t get the start they were looking for in Games One and Two of their Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals series with the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Blue and White faltered in the series opener and allowed four goals in the opening twenty minutes.  The Pats fought back into the contest, but fell short in their comeback bid in the second and third periods for a 6-3 loss.  Regina opened the scoring the next night, but Brandon responded with five unanswered goals and though the Pats would start to battle back again, the deficit was too much to overcome.  The Wheat Kings grabbed a 2-0 series lead on the strength of an 8-4 victory.

Games Three and Four
The Pats head to Brandon in dire need of a Game Three win already trailing 2-0 in the series after opening at home.  Game Three goes Wednesday night at Westman Place in Brandon starting at 6:00 p.m. CST with Game Four following Friday at 6:30 p.m.  Catch all of the action on the road on 620 CKRM as Home Depot Pats Hockey gets started at 5:35 p.m. with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show on Wednesday and 6:05 p.m. Friday.

Following Games
If Necessary 
Game Five - Saturday, March 29th - 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)    
Game Six - Monday, March 31st – (Credit Union Place – Dauphin, MB)    
Game Seven - Wednesday, April 2nd - 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)

What’s New?
All-Star Nod

Chandler Stephenson led the Pats in scoring with 89 points (30G, 59A) and was recognized for his efforts this season as Stephenson was named an Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star. Stephenson led the WHL with 8 shorthanded goals.

 

Marketing/Business Awards Finalists
The Pats’ Front Office was recognized for its efforts this season as the Eastern Conference Finalist for the WHL’s Marketing/Business Award.  The award focuses on raising awareness for the team and league within Regina, media attention, community involvement and promotional activity.

Weekly Schedule

Monday, March 24th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25th – Travel Day

Wednesday, March 26th – Game Three: Pats at Brandon – 6:00 p.m. CST (Westman Place)*

Thursday, March 27th – Practice Day in Brandon

Friday, March 28th – Game Four: Pats at Brandon – 6:30 p.m. CST (Westman Place)*

Saturday, March 29th – Game Five: Pats vs. Brandon – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)* (if necessary)
*Broadcast on CKRM

Important Dates
Wednesday, April 30th – WHL Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 1st – WHL Draft

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, March 23, 2014

WHEAT KINGS 8 PATS 4


The Regina Pats hosted game two of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Sunday night against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats were looking for a bounce back effort after falling in game one Saturday 6-3. Jesse Gabrielle led the way for Brandon with three points while Ryan Pulock and Ryan Pilon both added goals and an assist. Jordan Papirny was solid in the Brandon goal making 31 saves on 34 shots. The Pats saw Tyler Fuhr get the call 17 minutes into the first after Brandon went up 4-0 and he was solid as well stopped 23 of 25. That being said Dawson MacAuley got the start on Sunday between the pipes. Chandler Stephenson, Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay all had two point nights for the Pats in game ones loss. The Powerplay went 1 for 3 and the penalty kill was 5 of 6 on the night. Forward Dyson Stevenson took warmups on Sunday and . The Pats scatches on Sunday were Daniel Wapple, Tye Hand, Griffin Mumby, Rylee Zimmer, Sam Steel and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and took their first lead of the series 1:37 in as Connor Gay fired top corner for his 2nd of the post season. Assists to Boston Leier and Colby Williams and it was 1-0. The Wheat Kings started to find their game after that and got the games first powerplay but the Pats would kill it off. Then at 11:30 Brandon would tie it at 1's as Jens Meilleur found a loose puck in front and put home his 1st from Ryley Lindgren and Tyler Coulter. Then at 14:46 Brandon would take the lead after a turnover in the neutral zone. Tim McGauley would put home a rebound for his 1st of the playoffs from Richard Nejezchleb and Quinton Lisoway and it was 2-1. That's how the period would end with the Pats taking a penalty at the horn and would start the second on the penalty kill. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 16-13 in the opening period.

In the second the Pats would kill off the poweprlay but at 2:35 the Wheat Kings went up 3-1 as Ryley Lindgren put home his 1st from Tyler Coulter. Then at 4:17 Richard Nejezchleb made it 4-1 with his 1st from Tim McGauley. The Pats would get one back with a shorthanded goal from Morgan Klimchuk at 12:40 and it was 4-2. Chandler Stephenson and Jesse Zgraggen the assists. The Pats got into more penalty trouble after that and down 2 men would go down by 3 again. John Quenneville fired home his 2nd of the post season from Ryan Pulock and Jayce Hawryluk at 15:39 and it was 5-2. Then late in the fame Ryan Pulock would score his 2nd of the playoffs at 18:15 to make it 6-2. 30 seconds later They would get their 7th goal of the game as Nolan Patrick put home his 1st career post season goal from Chad Robinson at 18:45 and it was 7-2. That's how the period would end with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 18-9 in the period and overall 34-22.

In the third the Pats would get their thrid goal of the game at the 7:38 mark as Boston Leier slid home his 1st of the playoffs from Jesse Zgraggen and Connor Gay and it was 7-3. Then at the 10:18 mark the Pats got within 3 as Dryden Hunt put home his 2nd of the post season from Adam Brooks and Carter Hansen and it was 7-4. That was as close as the Pats would get. Brandon would add a powerplay goal at 15:36 as Tim McGauley put home his second of the game unassisted and it was 8-4. That was the final score with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 10-9 in the third and 44-31 overall. The Wheat Kings take the 2-0 series lead with game three coming up Wednesday in Brandon.

The Pats powerplay went oh for three on the night and the penalty kill was six of eight.

The third star of the game to the Wheat Kings Ryan Pulock who scored a goal and added an assist in the game. The second star to Richard Nejezchleb who scored once and had two assists. The first star of the game to Brandons Tim McGauley who scored twice and had an assist in the win.

Game three goes Wednesday at the Westman Place in Brandon at 6 o'clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 1:37. Connor Gay (2nd) from Boston Leier and Colby Williams.

Wheat Kings Goal at 11:30. Jens Meilleur (1st) from Ryley Lindgren and Tyler Coulter.

Wheat Kings Goal at 14:46. Tim McGauley (1st) from Richard Nejezchleb and Quinton Lisoway.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 2:35. Ryley Lindgren (1st) from Tyler Coulter.

Wheat Kings Goal at 4:17. Richard Nejezchleb (1st) from Tim McGauley.

Pats SH Goal at 12:40. Morgan Klimchuk (2nd) from Jesse Zgraggen and Chandler Stephenson.

Wheat Kings 5v3 PP Goal at 15:39. John Quenneville (2nd) from Ryan Pulock and Jayce Hawryluk.

Wheat Kings Goal at 18:15. Ryan Pulock (2nd) from Richard Nejezchleb.

Wheat Kings Goal at 18:45. Nolan Patrick (1st) from Chad Robinson.

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 7:38. Boston Leier (1st) from Jesse Zgraggen and Connor Gay.

Pats Goal at 10:18. Dryden Hunt (2nd) from Adam Brooks and Carter Hansen.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 15:36. Tim McGauley (2nd) unassisted.

Pats - Wheat Kings Game 2 Preview

Eastern Conference 
Quarter-Finals Game #2

Sunday, March 23rd

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CST


Brandon Leads Best of Seven Series 1-0

 

Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings head into the second game of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals with Brandon having jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the road in this best of seven series on the strength of a 6-3 win.  Three Pats had two point nights (Gay, Hunt, Stephenson) in the contest.  Rookie Jesse Gabrielle was the top point getter last night posting a goal and two assists for the Wheat Kings.  Both powerplays tallied on with the Pats going 1/3 and the Wheat Kings going 1/6 with the man advantage.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Rock the Red – Series presented by Fries Tallman Lumber
Last night’s sellout was a great way for Regina to “Rock the Red”.  Fans are encouraged to wear red to home games throughout the playoffs.  Lucky fans at both home games this weekend will receive a Pats noisemaker they can bring with them to both games.  If you were at Saturday’s game, remember to bring yours back to add to the atmosphere!

 

Game One Recap
The Pats started the contest with early jump and nearly opened the scoring when Chandler Stephenson hit the post.  That proved to be a key moment as the Wheat Kings turned the first period into a rout, scoring four times to lead 4-0 after one.  The Pats fought back into the game in the second, coming out down 5-3.  They nearly made it a one goal game in the third, but goaltender Jordan Papirny robbed Connor Gay to maintain the lead.  The visitors added one more shortly after to ice the game and take a 1-0 series lead with a 6-3 win.

 

First Playoff Points
Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt both tallied a goal and an assist last night to earn their first WHL playoff points.  It was Gay’s first WHL playoff game and Hunt’s fourth.  Morgan Klimchuk scored his first playoff goal in the contest as well.

 

Solid Backup
Tyler Fuhr played over 43 minutes to make his WHL playoff debut last night, making 23 saves on 25 shots.  In 80 minutes as a Pat between the Regular Season and Playoffs, Fuhr has stopped 29/32 shots for a 2.25 GAA and a 0.906 SV%.

 

Who to Watch on Brandon
Rookie Jesse Gabrielle had a brilliant WHL playoff debut last night at the Brandt Centre, picking up three points in the Wheat Kings’ victory.  The Moosomin, SK native had 26 points (12G, 14A) in the Regular Season.

 

Upcoming Games
Game Three at Brandon – Wednesday, March 26th, 6:00 p.m. CST– Westman Place (CKRM)
Game Four at Brandon – Friday, March 28th, 6:30 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)

 

Streaks
6 – Morgan Klimchuk is on a six game point streak (reg. season/playoffs) with 7 points (3G, 4A)
4 – Connor Gay is on a four game goal streak with five goals (5G)
3 – Dyson Stevenson enters the playoffs with points in his last three games played with 7 points (3G, 4A)

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club