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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Some thought's and musings for you on this Wednesday. 

1.) What a great weekend of hockey for the Regina Pats. The club got all the bounces in Moose Jaw on Friday night and beat the Warriors 7-1. Mark that down as the 9th straight win for the Queen City kids over their biggest rivals going back to last year. Then on Saturday night in Prince Albert we were treated to quite the game as the Pats came back in the third to win 4-3. 

2.) It was a weekend of firsts for the club. A huge congrats to Queen City Sports and Entertainment, John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie on their first two wins in the league. Now to the players, Connor Gay scored his first ever WHL hattrick and first four point night against Moose Jaw Friday. Brady Reagan and Sam Steel scored their first ever goals and Sergey Zborovskiy and James Hilsendager picked up their first points. Tyler Fuhr also recorded his first ever win in goal as a Pat. The firsts kept coming on Saturday as Colton Kroeker scored his first goal in the first period and then Rylee Zimmer scored on a penalty shot in the third to tie for his first. A lot of pucks have been kept through four games with 5 players scoring their first WHL goals. So good to see. 

3.) The production from the young guys has been quite impressive int he early goings for the Pats. Paddock is playing them all with consistency and its paying off. Just three players on the roster, excluding Klimchuk who has yet to join the team, do not have a point. Sounds like a winning recipe to me. 

4.) One area the Pats will look to improve on as the games go on is the number of times they are shorthanded. The team has been down a man 26 times in four games and given up 7 goals. That's half of their goals against. Their PK is at 73.1 % efficiency. 

5.) The Pats are tied for the second most goals scored in the Eastern Conference however with 14. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings had scored more with 21. Out West, Kelowna (21) and Kamloops (18) are the only teams ahead of Regina in that category. Who would have thought that after the players that are not here from last season?? 

6.) The Brandon Wheat Kings acquired forward Reid Duke, defenceman Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt on Tuesday. On paper its another lopsided trade in favor of Brandon, whats even more incredible is that it's not the first or even the second time that Kelly McCrimmon has come out on top in a trade with the Canes. At the 2013 draft the Wheat Kings acquired the 6th overall pick (Cale Klague) for 20 year old netminder Corbin Boes and the 17th overall pick (Stuart Skinner). Then they traded Taylor Cooper, Nick Walters and the rights to Tanner Brown to Lethbridge for stud defenceman Ryan Pilon. Three trades and the Wheat Kings are the best team on paper in the Eastern Conference and maybe the entire league and Lethbridge doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. I don't think Brandon will lose 10 games this year and good on Kelly McCrimmon, he has built an unbelievable team and hasn't had to sell the farm. It's not only because of the Lethbridge trades but it's a good part of it. 

7.) The Swift Current Broncos don't look to be getting Dallas Stars 14th overall pick Julius Honka back this year. The defenceman is being allowed to play in the AHL or Europe if he doesn't make the NHL even though he was drafted out of the CHL. Usually that's not allowed for a 19 year old but it has been ruled that Honka was loaned to the Broncos and not transferred so the rule does not apply. Its a loss for Swift for sure but if any team has the depth on the back end to deal with it, its them. 

8.) The Regina Thunder dropped to 4 and 2 on the season Sunday with a 20-13 loss at home to the Calgary Colts. Give full credit to Calgary whose defence played really well but the Thunder are probably thinking they let one get away. The offence was set up with great field position time after time int he second half but couldn't put points on the board. A tough one but they are still tied for first in the PFC. Things are sure cluttered though with 2 games left to play. The Thunder play in Edmonton Sunday against the Huskies and then close things out at home against the Winnipeg Rifles. 

9.) Missed the Rider game on Friday due to the Pats playing in Moose Jaw. From the sounds of things I did not miss much. 

10.) I would start Tino Sunseri on Friday against the Calgary Stampeders. Everything aside I think you would agree he gives the team the best chance to win. 

11.) I don't think the Riders will panic and bring in a quarterback if it means giving up a significant asset the other way. Not worth it for the final games of the season.

12.) Roddy wrote in the Monday Morning Goalie that the hype around Pats forward Sam Steel has people saying maybe he should start at quarterback for the Riders. Well I asked Sam if he could throw a football and he said no haha. 

13.) Darian Durant will begin throwing in a couple weeks the team has said. Maybe that's true maybe it isn't. If its not true or if he does throw but has no chance of playing then good on the Riders for making the other teams think. If he is progressing nicely and could play then all the more reason to battle through these last games until he gets back with the guys that are here. 

14.) Baseball playoffs!!! What a game last night in Kansas City in the American League Wild Card. The Royals looked dead in the water with 2 innings to play but the scratched and clawed and forced extras. 7 stolen bases is unreal. The Royals just didn't give in and move on. That is why playoff baseball is among the best spectacles in sport. Can't wait for the Pirates and Giants tonight. 

15.) Be sure to check out Pats TV tomorrow night on Access 7 and 7 PM. My guests this week are forwards Connor Gay and Pavel Padakin as well as assistant coach Darrin McKechnie. 

That's it from me today. Have a great week, talk to you from the rink on Saturday when the Raiders visit the Brandt Centre at 7 PM. 

Phil 
@PhilTheThrill18

Wheat Kings and Hurricanes make blockbuster trade


Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt. 

5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A).  Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”

Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.

Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5thoverall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.

The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club

Monday, September 29, 2014

Winterhawks acquire Koules from Tigers

The Portland Winterhawks have acquired forward Miles Koules from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

 

Koules, 20, is in his third WHL season. He had career-highs across the board last season with 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points. In 141 career games, Koules has totaled 45 goals and 47 assists for 92 points, including one goal in two games thus far in 2014-15. 

 

“Miles is a player whose experience will add to our group,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “He excels at puck possession and his offensive instincts make him a player who will add to our attack this season.”

 

The acquisition of Koules gives the Winterhawks four 20-year-old overage players, along with Josh Hanson, Travis McEvoy and Joshua Smith. The team has until October 15 to get down to three overage players.

 

Premier Membership season tickets and 20, 12 and 6-game plans for 2014-15 are on sale now. Contact the Winterhawks today at 503-236-HAWK orseats@winterhawks.com to guarantee the best seat locations. 

Pat Chat September 29th

The Week That Was
After a tough start to the season on Opening Weekend, the Regina Pats rebounded in a big way against a pair of divisional rivals.  The Trans-Canada Clash began its 2014-15 edition Friday night with the Blue and White hammering their arch-nemesis in Moose Jaw.  Connor Gay tallied a hat-trick as part of a four point night as the Pats went on to a 7-1 win over the Warriors.  Sam Steel and Brady Reagan scored the first goals of their WHL careers in the win.  The following evening saw the Queen City Kids in Prince Albert to take on the Raiders.  Down 3-2 late in the third, Rylee Zimmer was awarded a penalty shot and made good on the attempt for his first WHL goal.  Just minutes later, Adam Brooks finished off a 3-on-1 opportunity to give Regina the 4-3 lead and the win, moving the team to 2-2-0-0 on the season.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, October 4th – Pats vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)
It’s a divisional rematch when the Prince Albert Raiders visit the Pats at the Brandt Centre.  After the Blue and White got out of the Art Hauser Centre with a win on the weekend, their northern rivals will be hungry to return the favour.  It’s also Pats fans first chance to see newly acquired forward Pavel Padakin in action after Padakin played his first two games on the road over the weekend.
Sunday, October 5th – Pats vs. Red Deer (6:00 p.m.)
The Pats play their first non-divisional game when they host the Conner Bleackley, Adam Musil and the Red Deer Rebels.  Bleackley was selected in the 1st Round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche while Musil was ranked as ‘B’ player on CSS’ “Ones to Watch” list for the 2015 Draft.
Roster Moves
Kyle Burroughs returns from New York Islanders Training Camp
Pats acquire Pavel Padakin (’94) from Calgary in exchange for 2015 3rd Round Bantam pick
Pats release import forward Maximilian Kammerer (’96)
Pats reassign defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98) to Sherwood Park Midget AAA
Keep the Puck
The ‘firsts’ kept on coming for the Pats on the weekend with John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie earning their first win behind the bench.  Sam Steel, Brady Reagan, Rylee Zimmer and Colton Kroeker each scored the first goals of their WHL careers.
New Face
The Pats added to their scoring depth during the week, bringing in overage import forward Pavel Padakin from the Calgary Hitmen.  Padakin has a proven scoring touch, potting 27 goals last season.  The Ukrainian forward picked up an assist against Prince Albert on Saturday for his first point with the Pats.
Home Games
After playing their previous two away from the Brandt Centre, the Pats enter into a four game home stand this weekend.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the Brandt Centre Box Office or Safeway locations around Regina.  For information on discounts for groups of twenty or more, call 306-337-1538.
Join Our Team!
The Regina Pats are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and professional individual to join our staff as the Director of Merchandise.  This person will be responsible for the operation of the Neutral Zone Store and expanding the Pats’ retail reach.  For more information and directions on where to apply, visit ReginaPats.com/jobopportunities.
Season Tickets Still Available
There’s still time to become a Pats Season Ticket Holder for the 2014-15 Regular Season!  Don’t miss out on any of the action as the Pats take on the best the WHL has to offer.  For more information on becoming a Season Ticket Holder visit ReginaPats.com/seasontickets or call 306-337-1538.
Weekly Schedule
Monday, September 29th – Practice 1:45-3:45 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30th – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1st – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Thursday, October 2nd – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Friday, October 3rd – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Saturday, October 4thRegina Pats vs. Prince Albert Raiders – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
Sunday, October 5thRegina Pats vs. Red Deer Rebels – 6:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM 

Important Dates
Saturday, October 4th – Next Pats Home Game vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Blades - Thunderbirds Trade

Saskatoon Saskatchewan - General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced today that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’94-born defenceman Adam Henry from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for defenceman Turner Ottenbreit.

Starting the season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes – with whom he’d spent the previous three years – Henry appeared in 64 games last season with the T-Birds, recording seven goals, 38 points and 38 penalty minutes. In three games so far this season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old product of Winnipeg, MB, has one assist.

In 176 career WHL games, Henry has 16 goals, 76 points and 131 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round – 55th overall – in 2009.

Ottenbreit, a former 12th round pick (261st overall in 2012), has one goal in 12 career games.

"It's always difficult to move a player like Turner. He's a one-of-a-kind person and will be a great defenceman in the WHL," Woods said.


"We felt the need to acquire an offensively-minded veteran who's proven himself as a top defenceman in this league. We expect Adam to play in all situations on our blue line, and we believe he's a player with exceptional leadership qualities to help our young D core."

Ryan Dittrick 
Manager Media and Communications
Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club

Raiders trade Brooks to Spokane

Prince Albert, SK— The Raiders have traded 20-year-old Calder Brooks to the Spokane Chiefs for a 5th round pick in 2015. This brings the Raiders down to the maximum of three over-age players.

Brooks was acquired from the Calgary Hitmen last December; he played in 35 regular season games with the green and gold scoring 14 points (7G, 7A). “We would like to thank Calder for his contribution to the Raiders. He is an exceptional individual and brings a lot of leadership. We wish him all the best in Spokane,” Bruno Campese, Raiders General Manager.



Amber Pratt
Marketing, Sales and Media Relations
Prince Albert Raiders Hockey Club

Silvertips' Stadnyk WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips’forward Carson Stadnyk is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 28, 2014.  

Stadnyk recorded three goals and four assists for seven points along with a +4 rating in two games during the past week, leading the Silvertips to a pair of road victories over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Saturday, September 27th, Stadnykscored two goals and added an assist while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 victory over the Winterhawks. On Sunday, September 28th, he notched a goal and three assists while earning 2nd Star honours in a 6-4 victory in Portland as the Silvertips improved to 3-0-0-0 to begin the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season.

Stadnyk, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, is in his third season in the WHL with the Silvertips.  He currently leads the ‘Tips and sits tied for fourth in WHL scoring with seven points through three games. The Silvertips’ eighth-round pick, 169th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Stadnyk has appeared in 147 career regular season contests, amassing 34 goals and 58 points. Stadnyk is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A 19-year-old from Delta, B.C., Jarry posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two starts over the past week, allowing just two goals on 63 shots for a 1.00 goals against average and a .968 save percentage in that span. On Friday, September 26th, Jarry stopped 25 of 26 shots to post his first win of the season as the Oil Kings skated to a 5-1 road victory over the Swift Current Broncos. On Saturday, September 27th, Jarry turned aside 36 of 37 shots and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the Tigers in Medicine Hat.  Now in his fourth season in the WHL with the Oil Kings, Jarry has amassed a 72-23-3-1 record with 14 shutouts in 106 career regular season games. Jarry was selected in the second round, 44th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips




Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
Father David Bauer Arena

Broncos - Blades Trade


SWIFT CURRENT SK – The Swift Current Broncos have traded 1996 born defenseman Cole Bevan and a 7th round 2015 bantam draft pick to The Saskatoon Blades for 1995 born defenseman Ayrton Nikkel

“We’ve seen him play a lot and see some untapped skill” commented Bronco Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb on Nikkel. “He’s an aggressive defenseman who fits in well with the identity of our team” added Lamb. 

Nikkel, a 6’2 195 pound product of Kelowna, BC has played 173 WHL games with The Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips and Saskatoon Blades. He has 8 career goals, 26 assists for 34 points and 290 penalty minutes. 

The Broncos part ways with 1996 born defenseman Cole Bevan. The Cloverdale, BC product is entering his 2ndseason in the WHL. His rookie campaign included 15 games with 1 assist and 9 penalty minutes. 

Ryan Switzer, Director of Communications/Digital Media, Swift Current Broncos 

Blazers Solidify Coaching Staff


Kamloops, BC – Kamloops Blazers General Manager Craig Bonner and Head Coach Don Hay have solidified the Blazers coaching staff for this season. 

Mike Needham will join the team today as the new full-time Assistant Coach. Needham has spent the past three seasons as the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team. He has also spent the last four seasons as the Blazers Skills Coach. 

Terry Bangen and Chris Murray have both been added to the staff as part-time Assistant Coaches. 

Bangen rejoins the Blazers staff after spending five seasons with the Blazers as an Assistant Coach under Tom Renney and Don Hay. Bangen’s resume includes coaching stints with Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University), McGill University Redmen, Vancouver Canucks, Hockey Canada and the Tri-City Americans.  

Bangen is also an Assistant Coach with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds hockey team.

Murray played for the Blazers from 1991-1994 winning two Memorial Cups. He went on to a seven year pro career that included 242 NHL games. Murray is a full-time employee with the Kamloops Fire Department.  

Dan De Palma continues with the hockey club as the team’s Goaltender Coach. Dan is in his sixth season with the hockey club after spending three seasons with the Prince George Cougars. 

Peter Soberlak has been named the team’s Mental Performance Coach. Soberlak played in the WHL for the Blazers and Swift Current Broncos over a four year career from 1985-1989. 

Soberlak won a Memorial Cup with the Broncos in 1989. He played three seasons of pro hockey before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UBC and a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Queen’s. Soberlak is the chair of the physical education department at TRU.

Greg Kozoris is the Blazers’ Strength and Conditioning Coach. Kozoris is a high school teacher and university professor in Kamloops specializing in strength and conditioning. He also owns and operates Acceleration, Kozoris Strength and Conditioning in Kamloops. 


Tim O’Donovan
Director of Hockey / Media Administration
Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club

Regina Pat Canadians 2014/15 Roster



2      Blake Dempsey
 3      Ryan Roberts
4                Jake Heerspink
 6      Mathew Smishek
10     Tyran Brown
11     Riley Mohr
15     Jake Tesarowski
18     Arthur Miller
19     Bryce Platt
20     Landon Walters
21     Tyler Adams
22     Nathan Gelsinger
23     Owen Sillinger
24     Mark Edmands
27     Ty Barnstable
28     Matthew Chekay
29     Conner Chaulk
30     Clarke Flegel
32     Riley Woods
35     Curtis Meger

Head Coach:         Brad Herauf
Ass’t. Coaches:    Mike Sellingere
                             Keith Dore
                             Gaston Sirios
Trainer:                Erica Hoiland
Manager:              John Smith

Equip. Manager:  Marquis Majore

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pat Canadians split opening Weekend

The Regina Pat Canadians traveled to North Battleford on Friday and Saturday and split their games.  They lost the season opening by a score of 4 – 2 and then  rebounded with a decisive 6 - - victory on Saturday.  

 

The Friday night games saw Owen Sillinger and Arthur Miller score for the Pat Canadians.

 

Clarke Flegel stopped 15 of 18 shots directed his way, the fourth goal was into an empty net. 

 

The Battleford AAA Stars  goal scorers were Kiefer Hintz with two, Dawson Bacon and Brando Lesko (empty net) with one apiece. 

 

Brett Pongracz stopped 20 of the 22 shots, earning the victory.

 

Saturday, September 27 the Pat C’s took to the ice in a 2:00 pm start game and came away with a 6 – 0 victory.  

 

Curtis Meger stopped all 36 shots in earning the victory.

 

The goal scorers for the Pat Canadians were Connor Chaulk with two and singles to Arthur Miller, Ty Barnstable, Jake Tesarowski and Matthew Chekay.  Tyler Adams had  3 assits.

 

The Battleford  Stars Brett Pongracz and Talen King 15 of the 21 shorts directed their way.

 

Following the game 12 players from the Regina Pat Canadians headed to Warman to play in the SMAAAHL/SJHL showcase game held in Warman, Sask., on Sunday, September 28.  This is an all star series were the top 40 1997 / 1998 born players have been selected by the SMAAAHL teams and the SJHL teams.

 

For the Regina Pat Canadians;  Jake Tesarowski, Owen Sillinger, Arthur Miller, Nathan Gelsinger, Clarke Flegel, Riley Mohr in the 1997 group.  In the 1998 grouping the Canadians had selected : Riley Woods, Mark Edmands, Ryan Roberts, Jake Heerspink, Ty Barnstable and Tyran Brown.

 

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM vs the Telus Cup Champions Prince Albert Mintos.  Then on Sunday, October 5 we play the Saskatoon Contacts at 7:30 PM. .


Courtesy John Smith. Pat C's PR

COLTS 20 THUNDER 13


The Regina Thunder returned home for the first time in a month on Sunday to play the Calgary Colts at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder entered the game ranked #1 in the country with a 4 and 1 record while the Colts were 1 and 4 on the year and sat last place in the PFC. Regina had won three in coming in all on the road. Jaeden Marwick was the PFC leading passer after week 7 with 1279 yards. Preston Bews is the leagues third leading receiver with 380 yards and is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 4.

In the first quarter the Thunder opened the scoring at 8:44 as Jaeden Marwick threw a 5 yards touchdown to Thomas Bresciani and it was 7-0. The Colts responded with a touchdown of their own at 11:34 as Brett Hunchak threw a 25 yard pass to Jevon Cottoy and it was 7-7. That was the score after 1.

In the second the Colts took their first lead at 2:50 as Cam Fox ran in a 1 yard score and it was 14-7 Calgary. Then Marshall Broom kicked a 45 yard field goal at 7:25 and it was 17-7 Colts. The Thunder then marched the ball down and William McGee kicked a 22 yard field goal at 11:47 and it was 17-10. The Thunder got the ball back and drove the field once again and set up a 20 yard attempt for McGee. He would miss and the Thunder got the single point at 13:47 and the Colts lead was 17-11. Regina would get the ball back again with just over a minute left in the half. On that drive Jaeden Marwick took a big hit and the quarterback left the game and Spencer Mack replaced him. The score was 17-11 Calgary at the half.

In the third the defenses shut things down. Neither team would score a point in the frame and the Colts took the 17-11 lead to the final quarter.

In the fourth the Thunder would get within 4 as the Colts conceded a safety at the 6:44 mark and it was 17-13. The Colts went up by 7 at 12:22 as Marshal Broom hit a 35 yard field goal and the scored was 20-13. The Thunder had three chances in the final minutes to drive the field but couldn't get it done. Spencer Mack was sacked and fumbled with under a minute left and the Colts picked up their 2nd victory of the year 20-13 the final score.

The Thunder hit the road next weekend to take on the Huskies in Edmonton on Sunday at 1 o'clock.

Here is the stats story from the game.

Quarterback Jaeden Marwick was 18 of 23 passing in the first half for 169 yards a touchdown and 2 interceptions. He left the game and did not return in the second half.

Spencer Mack was 10 of 19 in the final two quarters for 103 yards.

Preston Bews was the leading receiver with 9 catches for 109 yards. Kasim Ocaya caught 9 balls for 81 yards in the game. Thomas Bresciani caught the lone touchdown from 5 yards out.

Matt Frass led the teams ground attack with 35 yards on 6 carries in the game. Colton Klassen finished with 25 yards on 9 carries.

The Thunder offense turned the ball over 6 times in the game, twice on interceptions and 4 fumbles.

Linebacker Brandon Whitehouse led the way on defense with 6 tackles, 2 assisted and a sack. LB Brett Selinger was next with 5 tackles and 3 assisted. Terry Giovannetti had a forced fumble in the game which was recovered by Dustin Erbach. Marcus Hall had the lone interception to go along with 3 tackles. Michael Bittman had the other Thunder sack.

On special teams William McGee was 1 of 3 kicking field goals and punted 5 times for 179 yards.

Kristiane Desautels had 5 punt returns for 60 yards and 4 kickoff returns for 72 yards. Menedum Menegbo with 2 kickoff returns for 53 yards.

Chiefs Nachbaur records 600th Win

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Chiefs Head Coach Don Nachbaur earned his 600th career WHL win, becoming just the 4th WHL coach to do so as the Chiefs opened their 2014-15 home schedule with a win on Bud Light Opening Night at Spokane Arena. Over 25 local and regional firefighters were honored before the game as Chiefs fans met the club's roster for the first time, then watched as Spokane defeated Tri-City, 3-2 on Saturday night.

Liam Stewart opened the scoring and put the Chiefs up 1-0 at the 8:46 mark of the 1st Period, beating Comrie high on the goaltender's right side. Defenseman Jeff Rayman and forward Adam Helewka earned assists on the goal. The score remained 1-0 into the 2nd Period.

The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead early in the second frame as Riley Whittingham punched in a rare rebound opportunity, with Dominic Zwerger and Jason Fram earning assists. Fram, fresh off his return from Calgary Flames training camp, was named captain of the team in the annual opening night pre-game ceremony.

Tri-City would bounce back, taking advantage of mishandled pucks by Spokane to fight back into the game. Parker Bowles snapped one by Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson to bring the Ams within one at the 13:37 mark of the 2nd, with Lucas Nickles earning the assist. Nickles would add another assist just three minutes later as former Chief Jackson Playfair found the back of the net after a loose puck could not be cleared from Hughson's crease.

Zwerger, who earned 1st Star honors, scored the game-winner on a power play 5:48 into the 3rd Period, with assists from Helewka and Fram.

Hughson shut the door late as the Americans pressured on a power play to end the game. He finished the game with 20 saves on 22 shots, while his counterpart on Tri-City, Eric Comrie, stopped 38 of 41 shots in the loss.

Spokane went 1 for 5 on the power play while holding Tri-City scoreless in four shorthanded situations, including in the final minutes.

The Chiefs next game is a road matchup on Friday, October 3 at Kootenay. They return home on UnitedHealthcare Magnet Schedule Giveaway Night at Spokane Arena as they face the Prince George Cougars on October 4.

Courtesy Chiefs PR

Saturday, September 27, 2014

PATS 4 RAIDERS 3


The Regina Pats were in Prince Albert on Saturday night to play the Raiders looking for their second straight win. The Pats were winners in Moose Jaw on Friday 7-1 improving to 1-2-0-0 on the season. Connor Gay led the way with his first WHL hattrick and first four point night. Sam Steel and Brady Reagan also scored their first WHL goals while Sergey Zborovskiy and James Hilsendager picked up their first points with assists in the game. Tyler Fuhr was fantastic with 24 saves on 25 shots for his first win as a Pat. The Raiders had been off since opening weekend when they won two games over the Saskatoon Blades. The Raiders were still without Josh Morrissey and Leon Draisaitl who are at NHL Training Camps. Daniel Wapple started in goal for the Pats while Nick McBride got the nod for P.A. The Pats were without Kyle Burroughs who suffered an upper body injury in Moose Jaw and Luc Smith who received a one game suspension for his hit on Dallas Valentine of the Warriors the second period. The Pats scratches on Saturday were Kyle Burroughs, Luc Smith, Morgan Klimchuk and Logan McVeigh.

In the first period the Raiders got off to a good start but Daniel Wapple was sharp early and made some good saves to keep the game scoreless. The Pats would get the games first powerplay but were unable to find the back of the net. The Raiders would get the next which the Pats killed but on their second man advantage with was 4 on 3, Jordan Tkatch tipped home his 1st of the year at 15:41 to make it 1-0. Sawyer Lange and Thomas Andrlik with the assists. The Pats penalty trouble continued and they found themselves down 2 men for almost a minute and half. P.A. hit two posts with the powerplay but the Pats escaped down just a goal heading to the break. The Raiders outshot the Pats 10-5 in the period.

In the second period the Pats looked like a different team and really brought the game to the Raiders. The Pats found the tieing goal at 4:46 as Colton Kroeker put home his 1st WHL goal and it was 1-1. Pavel Padakin and Dryden Hunt credited with the assists. Then 29 seconds later the Pats took their first lead as Patrick D'Amico tipped home a Colby Williams point shot at 5:15 to make it 2-1. Adam Brooks picked up the second assist. The Pats continued to press but with 5 minutes left they got into some more penalty trouble and found themselves down 2 men for 1:41. The Raiders would tie it up at 16:06 as Jayden Hart cut to the slot and fired his first into the top corner and it was 2-2. Sawyer Lange and Reid Gardiner the assists. Then off the ensuing faceoff Jordan Tkatch set up Craig Leverton in front who scored his 1st of the year to make it 3-2 at 16:18. Thomas Andrlik the second assist. The Pats would get a late powerplay with 1:56 left but were unable to scored before the end of the frame and they trailed 3-2 heading to the final frame. The Pats outshot the Raiders 13-12 in the period but trailed overall 22-18.

In the third the Pats continued to push and had some great scoring chances in the the early goings. Nick McBride was solid in the period keeping his team ahead by one. The Pats kept pushing and Rylee Zimmer was awarded a penalty shot with 5:09 left in the game and he made no mistake putting home his first WHL goal and it was 3-3. Then just under 2 minutes later the Pats found the go ahead goal as Adam Brooks scored his first of the year from a sharp angle on the right wing at 16:49 and it was 4-3. Patrick D'Amico and Austin Wagner the assists. The Pats would do a great job closing the game out and won their second straight game. The Pats outshot the Raiders 17-7 in the period and 35-29 overall. Daniel Wapple had a great night in the Pats goal making 26 saves on 29 shots for his first win of the season.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who had an assist and the game winner. The second star to the Raiders Jordan Tkatch who had a two point night. The first star to the Pats Colton Kroeker who scored his first WHL goal in the game.

The Pats return to action Saturday October 4th at home to the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Raiders PP Goal at 15:41. Jordan Tkatch (1) from Sawyer Lange and Thomas Andrlik.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 4:46. Colton Kroeker (1) from Pavel Padakin and Dryden Hunt.

Pats Goal at 5:15. Patrick D'Amico (2) from Colby Williams and Adam Brooks.

Raiders 5v3 PP Goal at 16:06. Jayden Hart (1) from Sawyer Lange and Reid Gardiner.

Raiders PP Goal at 16:18. Craig Leverton (1) from Jordan Tkatch and Thomas Andlirk.

3rd Period

Pats PS Goal at 14:51. Rylee Zimmer (1) unassisted.

Pats Goal at 16:49. Adam Brooks (1) from Patrick D'Amico and Austin Wagner.

Here are the radio highlights.



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REGINA THUNDER VS CALGARY COLTS GAME PREVIEW


The top ranked team in the country the Regina Thunder return home for the first time in a month to host the Calgary Colts on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder are riding a three game winning streak with all of those games coming on the road. Most recently Regina won in Winnipeg 43-20 to improve to 4 and 1 on the season and take over sole possession of 1st place in the PFC. The Thunder defense scored twice in the game while the offense put up over 500 yards of net offense. The Calgary Colts are 1 and 4 on the year and tied with the Edmonton Huskies for last place. The Colts lost at home to the Saskatoon Hilltops last week 47-19.

OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder have scored 139 points in 5 games for a 27.8 per game average. They have scored the third most points in the league and are a plus 44 in points for and against which is second. They have accumulated 122 first downs, 594 rushing yards and 1467 through the air. The team has thrown 11 interceptions, fumbled three times and turned it over on downs three times.

Quarterback Jaeden Marwick is 98 of 160 passing for 1279 yards, 6 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Marwick leads the PFC in passing yards and completion percentage at 61.3.

Receiver Preston Bews leads the club with 380 yards on 27 catches and has scored 4 touchdowns. Bews is the third leading receiver int he league and is tied for the lead in touchdowns.

Kasim Ocaya has caught 19 balls for 287 yards and a touchdown this year to date, He is 5th in receiving yards in the league.

Kristian Desautels has caught 17 passes for 218 yards, running back Matt Frass 13 for 134 and two touchdowns, Levi Paul 8 for 99 and a score, Thomas Bresciani 6 for 98, Justin Bannin 6 for 68, Brady Keller 5 for 60, Reuben Viveros 5 for 57, Colton Klassen 4 for 49 and Adam Peterson 1 for 17.

Running back Colton Klassen leads the team with 220 yards on 35 carries and has scored two touchdowns. He is 5th in league rushing.

Matt Frass has 45 carries for 127 yards, Justin Bannin 23 for 62 and 2 touchdowns and Jaeden Marwick has 25 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown.

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The Colts offense has scored 120 points in 5 games for a 24 per game average. Only the Huskies have scored less points this year and the Colts are a minus 59 in points for and against. They have accumulated 80 first downs, 641 rushing yards and 991 through the air. The team has thrown 10 interceptions, lost 6 fumbles and turned it over on downs 3 times.

Quarterback Cole Meyer is 40 of 92 passing for 681 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He is 7th in league passing yards.

Matt Fortini is 15 of 37 passing for 173 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 picks while Brett Hunchak is 9 of 23 for 126 yards through the air with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Runningback Cam Fox leads the team in receiving with 16 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. Jevon Cottoy has 11 catches for 194 yards on the year, Receiver Cole Bazinet has 138 yards in the air on 8 catches and has scored 2 touchdowns, Jags Bahai 3 for 129 and Matt Mantello 3 for 54.

Cam Fox leads the rushing attack with 399 yards on 83 carries and has 3 touchdowns. Xavier Ramsay has 14 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Cole Meyer 17 for 32 and 3 scores.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder defense has given up a league low 94 points in 5 games played for an 18.8 per game average. The team has given up 83 first downs, 713 rushing yards and 1001 through the air, They have 5 interceptions, 9 fumble recoveries, forced three turnovers on downs and scored 2 touchdowns to go along with 4 sacks.

DL Michael Desjarlais leads the team with 17 tackles and also has 5 assisted.

LB Brandon Whitehouse is next with 16 tackles, he also has a fumble recovery, an interception and a sack.

LB Brett Selinger has put up 12 tackles to go with a fumble return touchdown which came last week.

Terri Giovannetti has 10 tackles, 3 assisted and a knockdown. LB Taylor Garrett is the reigning PFC defensive player of the week, for the season he has 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns and an interception. DB Royce Hanna has 7 tackles an interception, a fumble recovery and a knockdown Ryan Warner with 7 tackles, 7 assisted a forced fumble and a half a sack. DB Chris Tunnicliffe, 2 interceptions, fumble return TD and 4 knockdowns, Jaren Wirth a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

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The Calgary Colts have given up the second most points with 179 in 5 games, that's a 35.8 per game average. The team has given up 89 first downs, 562 rushing yards and 1139 through the air. The defense has 7 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries and have forced 4 turnovers on downs.

LB Jakub Jakoubek leads the PFC in defensive points, He has 29 tackles, 9 assisted, a forced fumble, a fumble return touchdown, an interception and 2 knockdowns.

LB Colton Burr is 3rd in defensive scoring in the league. He has 21 tackles, 2 sacks, a knockdown, a forced fumble and an interception.

DB Dylan Niedermaier has 16 tackles, 3 assisted, 3 interceptions and 3 knockdowns. DB Keiko King with 13 tackles, 1 assisted and a knockdown. LB Chris Friesen with 10 tackles, 3 on special teams, a forced fumble, a sack and a knockdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCH-UP

Thunder kicker William McGee has punted 32 times for 1072 yards and a long of 52. McGee is 10 of 14 kicking field goals for 71.4 percent efficiency, 4th in the PFC.

Kristaine Desautels has 18 punt returns for 178 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 116.

Menedum Menego has brought back 6 kickoffs for 188 yards this season.

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Colts kicker Marshal Broom has punted 53 times for 1949 yards and a long of 53. He is 6 of 9 kicking field goals for a 66.7 percent efficiency which is 5th in the league.

Andy MacDonlad has 13 punt returns for 110 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 71 yards.

Xavier Ramsay with 8 kickoff returns for 210 yards and 1 punt return for 7.


Kickoff is at 1PM from Mosaic Stadium live on Access 7. 

I caught up with Head Coach Scott MacAulay, Linebacker Taylor Garrett and Quarterback Jaeden Marwick ahead this week.



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Pats re-assign Krushen

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98).  The Sherwood Park, AB product played in three pre-season games, tallying one assist and going +3 in exhibition action.
The move brings the Pats roster to 24 players including 16 forwards, 6 defencemen and 2 goaltenders.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview


Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats (1-2-0-0) wrap up their weekend by heading north to take on the Prince Albert Raiders (2-0-0-0) in the teams’ first meeting of 2014-15.  Prince Albert took last year’s season series as the Pats went 3-4-1-0 against the Raiders who also won both 2014 Pre-Season meetings between the clubs.  Connor Gay led returning Pats with six points (4G, 2A) against the Raiders last season while Sawyer Lange had nine points (1G, 8A) against Regina in 2013-14.  The Pats are coming off a 7-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors while Prince Albert won both of their contests against the Saskatoon Blades last weekend.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Roll by Moose Jaw 7-1Connor Gay busted his way onto the scoresheet by tallying a hat-trick in the first two periods of last night’s game in Moose Jaw.  Colby Williams, Sam Steel, Patrick D’Amico and Brady Reagan also scored for Regina as the Pats rolled to their first win of the season.  Tyler Fuhr picked up his first win in goal as a Pat along with John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie behind the bench.  Brett Howden scored the lone goal for the Warriors.
Impact 17-Year OldsA large part of the Pats’ youth movement is their large group of 17 year old skaters who are finding ways to make an impact early in the season.  Brady Reagan scored the first goal of his WHL career last night in Moose Jaw while James Hilsendager picked up his first career point and dropped the gloves against overage forward Jaimen Yakubowski.  Sergey Zborovskiy got his first career point against the Warriors and Austin Wagner chipped in with an assist.  Rykr Cole dropped the gloves for his first WHL fight and spent time killing penalties along with Jared McAmmond.  Forward Colton Kroeker made his WHL debut in Moose Jaw.
Hitting the ScoresheetAfter a scoreless opening weekend, Connor Gay made his first foray onto the scoresheet with a career night on Friday.  Gay registered his first WHL hat-trick and a career high four point night.  Gay has nine points (4G, 5A) in eleven career games against the Raiders.
Upcoming Schedule
vs. Prince Albert – Saturday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Red Deer – Sunday, October 5th, 6:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Kootenay – Wednesday, October 8th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM/Shaw TV)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club