Monday, August 31, 2015

Pats Inter-Squad Game Recap: WHITE 5 BLUE 2

The Regina Pats held their annual Blue and White inter-squad game on Monday night at the Cooperators Arena. Team Blue was coached by former Regina Pat Boyd Kane while White had Memorial Cup champion Kim MacDougall behind the bench. 507 fans took in the game.

Ben Laidlaw started in goal for Team White and Max Paddock for Team Blue.

Team White scored the games first goal 3:07 in. Lucas Muenchrath the tally from Zakary Yewchuk and it was 1-0. Max Paddock made some big saves on the penalty kill after that to keep it a one goal game. However Blue took a second minor and on the 5 on 3 powerplay Gary Haden slid one past Paddock to make it 2-0 at 6:42. Assists to Dawson Barteaux and Jack Lenchyshyn. Blue got the games next powerplay and came so close to getting on the board but Ben Laidlaw stoned Dalton Ossman on a tip play in close. Ossman did get on the board after the powerplay expired on a deflection on a point shot at 13:03. Assists to Brendan Mark and Riley Woods and White's lead was cut to 2-1. That was the score after 1, shots on goal 14 a piece.

In the second period Blue came close to tieing it up as Jake Elmer set up Jake Leschyshyn in front but his one timer was denied by the blocker of Laidlaw. At the midway point of the period Jordan Hollett entered the game in goal for Team White and Kurtis Chapman for Team Blue. White then made it 3-1 as Braydon Buziak made a great move and tucked it in past Chapman at 12:07. Adam Sandstrom the lone assist. 16 seconds later however Blue got it back when Garrett Szeremley chipped one over the shoulder of Hollett and in at 12:23 and it was a 3-2 game. Riley Bruce and Seth Benson recorded the helpers. Braydon Buziak then scored another highlight reel goal at 16:31, undressing the defenceman and then the goaltender for his second of the period. Zach Cox the lone assist and it was 4-2 White. That was the score at the break. Blue outshot White 10-4 in the period and led overall 24-18.

In the third Team Blue started with a powerplay right off the hop but failed to score. White then got a powerplay of their own and Erik Gardiner came close to making it 5-2 but Chapman made a nice pad save in tight. White did make it 5-2 at the 12 minute mark. Robbie Holmes took a pass behind the net and fed Gary Haden in front who scored his second of the game. Zach Cox the second assist. The game ended 5-2. Team White outshot Team Blue 13-8 in the period bu Blue led overall 32-31.

Jordan Hollett stopped 14 of 15 shots, Ben Laidlaw 13 of 14 for Team White. Max Paddock made 14 saves on 16 shots for Blue and Chapman 12 of 15.

The Pats will continue camp this week with the veterans hitting the ice for the first time. The roster will he trimmed ahead of the Rookie Showcase at the Cooperators which begins Thursday when the Pats take on Calgary at 7 PM. About 19 players will stay in Regina for the tournament.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rockstar by Royal LePage Recap: THUNDER 76 HUSKIES 9

Colton Klassen ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns and Jaeden Marwick threw for 289 and 5 scores as the Regina Thunder scored a franchise record 76 points in a week 3 win in Edmonton over the Huskies, 76-9 on Sunday.

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Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette continued to find the end zone with two scores and 83 yards on 10 carries.

Kasim Ocaya caught 7 balls for 146 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns of the year to lead the Thunder receiving corps. Kris Calcutt also had a big day with 2 catches for touchdowns and 53 total yards. Preston Bews and Thomas Bresciani caught the other majors in the win. 

Marcus Hall and Dustin Erbach both recorded interceptions, Hall returned his for 76 yards. Ethan Hautz had a fumble recovery in the game. 

In total the Thunder forced 5 turnovers and gave up the ball just once. 

The 3-0 Thunder will head to Saskatoon next weekend to take on the 3-0 Hilltops.

Regina Pats Training Camp Day 2 Recap

Team Red was the first to practice on Day 2 of rookie camp at the Cooperators Centre. The second skate was Team Blue and the third Team White.

I caught up with forward Erik Gardiner and defenceman Brady Pouteau after the skates.

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The afternoon scrimmages began at 3PM. Team Red took on Team Blue. Jordan Hollett is Team Red's goaltender while Ben Laidlaw started for Blue.

In the first period Laidlaw and Hollett matched save for save. Laidlaw made a great stop on a two on oh and then Hollett made a very nice glove save point blank to keep the game tied early on. Team Red did get the first goal as Gary Haden split the D with a nice move and then finished into the top corner to make it 1-0. Very nice goal. Lane Zablocki came so close to tieing the game as he burned past everyone and tried to go 5-hole but was stopped. Zablocki did however have a hand in the game tieing goal a few minutes later. He fed Jared Freadrich in the slot whose shot was stopped but Dalton Ossman scored on the rebound and it was 1-1. Blue took the lead a short time later, Zach Cox found Mackenzie Belinski in front and he made no mistake, it was 2-1 at that point. Jack Lenchyshyn gave Blue the 3-1 lead seconds later on a seeing eye shot into the top of the net from the bottom of the right circle. That was the score after 1 period.

In the second Team Blue went to Nathan Moore in goal and then went up 4-1 in the opening minute. Nikolai Knyzhov circled the net, fed Jared Freadrich in the slot and he ripped it into the top corner far side. Team Red got one back as Colby Brandt found a loose puck in the crease and scored to make it 4-2. Red got to within 1 with just over 7 minutes left when Caleb Riess fed Carson Welke and he made it a 4-3 game. Brendan Mark tied the game at 4 with a penalty shot goal with just over 3 minutes left. Lane Zablocki gave Blue the lead back seconds later on a great move dragging the puck to his back hand and finishing over the goaltender and it was 5-4. That was the final, Red suffering their first loss of Rookie Camp.

I caught up with Jake Elmer after the contest.

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The second game was Team Red Vs. Team White. Kurtis Chapman started in goal for Team White and Max Paddock for Red, filling in for Jordan Hollett who did not skate in the scrimmage.

In the first period it took until halfway through the period before the first goal. Dawson Barteaux's shot from the blue line was stopped but Zakary Yewchuk scored on the rebound to make 1-0. White tied it up 3 minutes later as Jake Leschyshyn skated in on the right wing, shot far pad and Adam Sandstrom was there to put home the rebound to make it 1-1. Red re-took the lead shortly after as Colby Brandt made a great move to get free and fed Ryan Krushen back door, he tapped it in to make it 2-1. Drew Coughlin tied the game late in the period for Team White when he jammed in a loose puck in front. It was 2-2  but Red got one with less than a minute left from Colby Brandt to make it 3-2 and that was where it sat at the break.

In the second stanza Brendan Mark made it 4-2 Red after a turnover in the slot and re rifled it top corner. Red went up by 3 after that when Colby Brandt made a great pass in front to Carson Welke who scored to make it 5-2 early in the 2nd. White got one back when Erik Gardiner fired one from the slot to make it a 5-3 game. White got it to within 1 with 7 minutes left as Braydon Buziak scored on a penalty shot and it was 5-4. White came close at the end bu could not tie it up and it was a 5-4 final.

I caught up with forward Gary Haden after the scrimmage.

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The third and final scrimmage of day 2 was between Team White and Team Blue. Nathan Moore started for Blue, Kurtis Chapman for White.

Riley Woods opened the scoring in the game for Team Blue on a nice pass on the back door and it was 1-0. Blue went up 2-0 and 3-0 after that on goals from Brayden Camrud and Jack Lenchyshyn and then Kyle Forbes scored to make it a 4-0 lead. White got on the board when Jake Leschyshyn made a great spin move in front and finished and it was 4-1. Brayden Buziak scored White's next goal to make it 4-2 but Blue made it 5-2 on a hot shot from the blue line from Garrett Szeremley. White got their 3rd goal late in the period from Eric Otto and it was 5-3 Blue after the 1st.

In the second frame Max Paddock was in goal for Team White and Ben Laidlaw for Blue. It took over half the period until the first goal of the period when Erik Gardiner got a nice tip on a Trevor Woytke point shot and White trailed just 5-4. However Brayden Camrud scored his second of the game a short time later to put Blue back up by two at 6-4. White got back within one with just over a minute left as Erik Gardiner hit Brodie Girod on a 2 on 1 and he scored to make it a 6-5 game. That however was it, White went oh and four in the scrimmages, Blue went 3 and 1. The Pats will cut approximately 20 players Sunday night.

Here is a quick interview with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, GM and Head Coach John Paddock to close things off.

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Rookie Camp will conclude Monday with practices starting at 10 AM and then the Blue and White inter-squad game at 7. Admission is 2 dollars or a non-perishable food item.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Regina Pats Training Camp Day 1 Recap

The Regina Pats opened their 2015 rookie camp on Saturday morning at the Cooperators Centre. Saturday the 60 some rookies were split into three teams and each practiced in the morning.

Team White was first to skate. Their roster is made up of forwards, Seth Benson (99), Kaden Boser (00), Brayden Buziak (98), Drew Coughlin (99), Erik Gardiner (99), Brodie Girod (00), Jake Leschyshyn (99), Bryan Lockner (00), Rylan Longmuir (00), Quinton Ong (99) and Eric Otto (97).

The defensemen, Daniel Hilsendager (00), Austin Johnson (99), Bronson Kelly (99), Kaden Moravek (00), Brady Pouteau (98), Adam Sandstrom (99) and  Trevor Woytke (98).

The goaltenders, Kurtis Chapman (98) and Max Paddock (00).

Team Blue was next to skate. They are made up as forwards Mackenzie Belinski (00), Brayben Camrud (98), Zach Cox (99), Kyle Forbes (00), Riley Krane (00), Matthew Osadick (00), Dalton Ossman (99), Garrett Szeremley (99), Riley Woods (98) and Lane Zabocki (98).

Defencemen Sam Benson (00), Garrett Ewert (99), Jared Freadrich (98), Nikolai Knyzhov (98), Jack Lenchyshyn (00), Layne Schroeder (00), Owen Williams (00) and Aiden Yakimchuk (00).

Goaltenders Ben Laidlaw (99) and Nathan Moore (00).

I caught up with the newcomer Lane Zablocki after his first session in a Pats uniform.

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Finally Team Red hit the ice. The forwards are Colby Brandt (98), Jake Elmer (98), Gary Haden (99), Robbie Holmes (99), Trygve Many Guns (98), Lucas Muenchrath (00), Caleb Riess (98), Lukas Sillinger (00), Carson Welke (99) and Zakary Yewchuk (00).

Defencemen Dawson Barteaux (00), Riley Bruce (99), Jake Koroluk (00), Ryan Krushen (98), Brendan Mark (98), Tyler Pryhitka (00), Kaeden Tenkoppel (00) and Davin Ternovetsky (00).

Goaltender Jordan Hollett (99).

Takeaways: Really impressed with Lane Zablocki, Nikolai Knyzhov and Jared Freadrich in their first practice. Jake Leschyshyn, Jake Elmer, Brady Pouteau and Jordan Hollett had good first skates as well. Riley Woods also looked really solid. 

Camp continued with three scrimmages starting at 3 in the afternoon. The first saw Team White take on Team Blue. Here were the line combinations for the two clubs.

Team Blue                                                           Team White
Woods-Ossman-Zablocki                                     Gardiner-Leschyshyn-Lockner
Krane-Belinksi-Cox                                              Benson-Coughlin-Ong
Forbes-Camrud-Szeremley                                   Buziak-Boser-Otto
Osadick                                                                Longmuir-Girod

Knyzhov-Freadrich                                               Pouteau-Sandstrom
Lenchyshyn-Ewert                                                Johnston-Woytke
Williams-Yakimchuk                                             Hilsendager-Kelly
Benson-Schroeder                                                Moravek

Laidlaw                                                                Chapman
Moore                                                                  Paddock

Ben Laidlaw started in goal for team Blue and Max Paddock for Team White. Blue got on the board first as Kyle Forbes scored after a scramble in front to make it 1-0. White responded as the Gardiner, Leschyshyn and Lockner line combined for a goal. Gardiner with the nice finish. Blue then scored two straight. The first from Lane Zablocki on a penalty shot. Then Aiden Yakimchuk scored on a shot from the blue line and it was 3-1. White got a goal back late in the period as Eric Otto put one off the cross bar and in on a breakaway. Rylan Longmuir with the nice feed to spring him and it was 3-2 after 1.

In the second Nathan Moore came into the game in goal for Team Blue and Kurtis Chapman for White. Team Blue made it 4-2 as Garrett Szeremley scored early on. White got it back as Eric Otto scored his second of the game with an an assist to Trevor Woytke and it was 4-3. White pulled Chapman late but could not score and Blue took the first scrimmage 4-3.

Caught up with defenceman Jared Freadrich afterwards.

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The second scrimmage saw Team Blue take on Team Red. Red's lineup was as follows.

Many Guns-Haden-Elmer



Laidlaw started in goal for Blue. Hollett for Red. In the first period Team Blue jumped out to a 1-0 leads as Nikolai Knyzhov fed Riley Woods on a breakaway. He made a nice move and finished 5-hole. Red came back with a nice goal from Gary Haden who drove the net from the left wing, made a move to the backhand and finished far post. Jake Elmer the assist and it was 1-1. Trygve Many Guns gave Red the lead a short time later after forcing a turnover then making a nice move to the slot and snapping it into the top corner to make it 2-1. Riley Woods almost tied the game for Blue as he split the D and skated in on another breakaway but Jordan Hollett made a really nice glove save. Red got another before the period ended as Carson Welke burned past the defence and scored far side and it was 3-1 after 1.

In the second Nathan Moore went into the Blue goal while Hollett, being he only Red goaltender remained in the game. Team Blue got within one as Lane Zablocki scored on a lone rush and it was 3-2. Blue tied it up as Zabocki fed Brayden Camrud and it was 3-3. Red responded as Jacob Elmer snipped from the right side into the top of the net to make it 4-3. Then Gary Haden scored a carbon copy goal to the one he scored in the 1st period to make it 5-3. That was the final score.

Had a chance to talk with Riley Woods after his final skate of the day.

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The third and final scrimmage was Team White against Team Red. Jordan Hollett in goal for Red and Kurtis Chapman got the start for Team White.

In the first period Red scored first as Caleb Riess put a nice shot into the top of the net. White got even when Brady Pouteau hammered a slap shot from the left point and scored short side. That was the only scoring in the period.

In the second Max Paddock got the nod in goal for Team White and made a big glove save early in the frame. Red took the lead shortly after however as Tyrgve Many Guns snapped one top corner to make it 2-1. Jordan Hollett came up with a diving save after he had left the net to play the puck but turned it over. The play went the other way and Ryan Krushen snapped one past Paddock to make it 3-1 Red. Trygve Many Guns scored his second of the period in the final minutes, snapping one far side and it was 4-1 Red. Red scored again in the final minute, Robbie Holmes fed Gary Haden in the crease to make it 5-1 and that was the final score.

Camp continues Sunday with morning practices starting at 8:30 AM and then scrimmages again starting at 3 PM.

Rockstar by Royal LePage Preview: REGINA THUNDER @ EDMONTON HUSKIES

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The Regina Thunder (2-0) hit he road for the first time in 2015 Sunday to take on the Edmonton Huskies (0-2). The Thunder are coming off a dominating 63-14 win in week 2 over the Edmonton Wildcats. The 63 points scored was the most in the Thunder's franchise history. Meanwhile the Huskies were dominated at home by the Calgary Colts 59-10. Kickoff Sunday is a 1 o'clock at Clarke Park.


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The Regina Thunder have scored an incredible 112 points in their first two games of the season which leads the PFC by a 21 point margin. The club has rushed for 580 yards and thrown for 463 for a total of 1043 yards in total offense. The club has turned the ball over just once in those two games and has allowed two sacks.

Quarterback Jaeden Marwick is 19 of 32 passing for 254 yards. He leads the PFC in touchdown passes with 5 and has thrown just one interception. Marwick has only played about a full game in actual time on the field in the first two games. Sawyer Beuttner has come in in relief in both contests and gone 14 for 27 for 209 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Receiver Preston Bews is 5th in reception yards in the PFC with 107 on 5 catches. That leads the Thunder. Levi Paul is next with 7 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Bresciani has caught 6 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown while Kasim Ocaya leads the club with 2 touchdowns on his lone two catches of the year so far.

No surprise here, runningback Colton Klassen leads the PFC in rushing yards with 315 on 32 carries. He averages just under 10 yards per carry this year and has scored a touchdown in both of the first two games. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette enters week 3, third in PFC rushing with 212 yards on 15 carries and leads the league with 4 rushing touchdowns. He yards per carry average is outstanding and 14.1.


The Edmonton Huskies have scored 43 points in their first two games, only the Winnipeg Rifles have scored less with 41. The team has rushed for 323 yards and thrown for 214 for 537 yards in total offense. They have given up three sacks, however the Huskies are the lone team that has yet to turn the ball over in 2015.

Quarterback Brad Launhardt is 7th in league passing with 131 yards on 9 of 18 completions. He has thrown no touchdowns and no interceptions. Former Regina Thunder QB Kieran Pruden is 7 of 14 passing for 83 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Receiver Darion Grymaloski leads the club with 76 yards on 5 catches. Jimmie Airey is next with 4 catches for 59 yards and Ty Babiuk has 4 for 31.

Jimmie Airey leads the team along the ground with 24 carries for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns. His rushing totals are good for 5th in the PFC, touchdowns second only to St. Pierre Laviolette. QB Brad Launhardt has 96 rush yards on 9 carries.


The Thunder defense has given up 46 points in their first two games, only Saskatoon and Calgary have given up less. Opposing offenses have put up 252 yards rushing and 356 through the air. The club has forced 6 turnovers, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble and 2 turnovers on downs. The defense has one sack in two games.

Linebacker Jarrett Seck leads the club with 7 tackles, that's tied for 4th in the PFC. He also has a forced fumble. Defensive back Steve McAlpine is next with 6 tackles, he also has 2 assisted tackles and a blocked kick.

Defensive Lineman Terry Giovanetti has the teams lone sack as apart of his 4 tackles on the season. He also has 4 assisted take downs.

LB Mason Dick, DB Taylor Meier and DB Dustin Erbach are all tied for the league lead with one interception a piece. Dick also has a fumble return touchdown on special teams this season.


The Huskies defense has allowed 94 points in two games. That is 3rd worst in the PFC. Offenses in two games have put up 235 yards rushing and 204 through the air. They have one interception and have not recorded a sack.

Linebacker Stephan Paleniuk, defensive back Brandon Mellen and DB Micheal Getzinger are tied for the team lead with 4 tackles. Mellen has the teams lone interception.


Thunder returner Marcus Hall is second in punt return yards on the season with 60 on 7 tries. Kristiane Desautels has 43 yards on 4 returns.

Menedum Menego leads the Thunder with 45 kickoff return yards, that came on one return.

Kris Calcutt is 2 for 4 kicking field goals and Scott Findura has punted 8 times and has a 32.4 yard average.

The team has scored two special teams touchdowns, one from Ashton Vien in week 1, the other by Mason Dick.


The Huskies Ty Babiuk is 3rd in punt returns yards with 47 on 6 returns.

James Aldred is 4th in kickoff return yards, he has 4 returns for 58 yards.

Cole Sabourin has yet to attempt a field goal this year while he has punted 8 times for an average of 26.6 yards.

Kickoff on Sunday is at 1 o'clock from Clarke Park in Edmonton. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Pats sign Knyzhov and Zablocki

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce import defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov (’98) and forward Lane Zablocki (’98) have signed WHL Standard Player Agreements. 
Nikolai Knyzhov was the Pats’ 41st overall selection in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.  Hailing from St. Petersburg, RUS, Knyzhov played his previous two seasons in North America.  The 6’1”, 180 lbs defender posted four points (1G, 3A) in 24 games with the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes (U16) in 2014-15.
Lane Zablocki was acquired from the Prince George Cougars earlier this month.  The native of Wetaskiwin, AB was the Cougars’ fifth round pick, 109th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  As a 16-year old, Zablocki posted 25 points (15G, 10A) in 55 games with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders.
Both players will be on the ice this weekend as the Pats open their 2015 Training Camp.  On-ice sessions begin Saturday morning at the Co-operators Arena.  Camp concludes Monday with the Blue and White Game.  Puck drop for the annual intra-squad game is 7 p.m.  Admission is $2 or donation of a non-perishable food item.
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Pats Training Camp Preview with John Paddock

The Regina Pats open their 2015 Training Camp Saturday morning at the Cooperators Arena. 60 rookies will hit the ice for the weekend practices and scrimmages. Rookie camp will culminate in the annual Blue and White Game on Monday night at 7PM.

It's a different looking camp this year with the returning players not taking part in the inter-squad game. They will not skate until Tuesday. Senior VP of Hockey Operations, GM and Head Coach John Paddock says that is by design. "I don't think the vets need anymore time. The season is long enough. They don't need time. we have a lot of kids coming into this. Not just our draft picks but guy we need to look at, it needs to be separate. Then the whole school thing. with the school timing this year and our province being different than Manitoba and Alberta there is just a lot of little reasons that we weren't able to make things fit like we would ideally want I guess."

Of the 22 players on the roster for 2014/15, 16 are returning. Then add in Adam Berg, Jake Leschyshyn, Lane Zablocki, Jake Elmer and Brady Pouteau who are all more than likely to make the team and it doesn't leave a whole lot of room for new faces. Here is a full breakdown of the players in camp. Paddock says that doesn't mean guys can't play themselves onto the roster. "We got all our players back so I don't know that there is a lot of spots open. We have some room on defence for some people. It will be interesting to see (Jared) Freadrich and (Brady) Pouteau and Nikolai (Knyzhov). Once we get through this weekend and get more of the games itself and then get skating with the veterans, I mean those guys we are counting on them to fill some roles. (Adam) Sandstrom we think is a real good young prospect but he hardly played last year with injury. He is another guy in that defence group. People like Jake Elmer, we are looking for a big step forward from him. We are just going to be really young however you look at it. Whether it's players back from last year or a couple guys pushing somebody out."

Riley Woods is a guy who is entering his 17-year-old season and is coming off a big year with the Regina Pat Canadians. Paddock says he will get his shot to make this club. "We are going to give him every opportunity to be on the team. We will be putting him in in the exhibition games in positions where he has always thrived on. The rest will be up to him. I'm not just going to put him on the team and I'm not just going to cut him loose. Players make the decisions themselves and so we will have an evaluation here of all players and Riley specifically from scrimmage games this weekend, three games in the rookie tournament and four games in the pre-season and then we will have a better idea of what's going to happen."

Daniel Wapple is back as a 20-year-old goaltender. As is his backup from last year Tyler Brown who is 18. Add in 1st round pick Jordan Hollett who is 16 and 17-year-old Kurtis Chapman who was a 4th round pick in 2013 and there is some good depth. Paddock says he's not sure how that position is going to shape up. "We like the depth, we like Jordan (Hollett) and Kurtis Chapman but they have to beat our guys out. With our young team I think Wapps (Daniel Wapple) is very important for this team to get confidence. It will just have to play out in the exhibition games. We are building for the future but the future also includes being a competitive team now and people having confidence they can make a mistake and it doesn't end up in the net. It's a big question, it's an important question, I don't have any answers for it. I just like our goalies and they will shake out at the start of the season and during the year and next year however they shake out."

Of the 22 returning players, 8 of them are entering their 18-year-old season. There are potentially another 4-6 guys who have a good chance at making the club. Paddock says it's their strongest age group but he's not concerned with the number of 97 born players on the roster. "Some of those 97's are really good players. Some are going to NHL camps. There is other players who can change and grow in the game. If Colton Kroeker gets stronger I think he'll score a lot of points in this league. We are just again going to let that play out. We are not looking ahead to next season but 97's being a strong age group, they will be very important next year when we think of ourselves as a more serious contender. You need to have players in each age group. I think we have built up the 98's, there's some question marks on defence, just what level they are going to get too. We have some real good 98 forwards, we are happy with our 99's, with Jake (Leschyshyn) and (Jordan) Hollett as two high picks and Erik Gardiner and (Robbie) Holmes and some bigger guys. You need guys in each group."

Here is the full schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30
Monday, August 31
8:30-9:15 a.m. (Team White Practice)
8:30-9:15 a.m. (Team Red Practice)
10:00-10:45 a.m. (Team Blue Skate)
9:30-10:15 a.m. (Team Blue Practice)
9:30-10:15 a.m. (Team Blue Practice)
11:00-11:45 a.m. (Team White Skate)
10:30-11:15 a.m. (Team Red Practice)
10:30-11:15 a.m. (Team White Practice)
7:00 p.m. - Blue and White Game
3:00-4:30 p.m. (White vs. Blue)
3:00-4:30 p.m. (Red vs. Blue)

5:00-6:30 p.m. (Blue vs. Red)
5:00-6:30 p.m. (White vs. Red)

7:00-8:30 p.m. (White vs. Red)
7:00-8:30 p.m. (White vs. Blue)
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pats Training Camp Schedule

Regina, Saskatchewan –The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the schedule for 2015 Training Camp at the Co-operators Centre with on ice sessions opening Saturday, August 29.  This year’s camp features a new format focusing on prospects and rookies.
Saturday and Sunday both follow a similar schedule with the three teams of rookies and prospects practicing in the morning from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.  Scrimmages run in the afternoon and evening from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with half-hour breaks in between games.
The Blue and White Game takes place Monday, August 31 at the Co-operators Centre with puck drop at 7:00 p.m.  The top forty rookies and prospects face off as they battle for spots in the 2015 Pre-Season Rookie Tournament.  Admission to the Blue and White Game is $2.00 or a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local charity.
Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30
Monday, August 31
8:30-9:15 a.m. (Team White Practice)
8:30-9:15 a.m. (Team Red Practice)
10:00-10:45 a.m. (Team Blue Skate)
9:30-10:15 a.m. (Team Blue Practice)
9:30-10:15 a.m. (Team Blue Practice)
11:00-11:45 a.m. (Team White Skate)
10:30-11:15 a.m. (Team Red Practice)
10:30-11:15 a.m. (Team White Practice)
7:00 p.m. - Blue and White Game
3:00-4:30 p.m. (White vs. Blue)
3:00-4:30 p.m. (Red vs. Blue)

5:00-6:30 p.m. (Blue vs. Red)
5:00-6:30 p.m. (White vs. Red)

7:00-8:30 p.m. (White vs. Red)
7:00-8:30 p.m. (White vs. Blue)
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Pats rookies and prospects face-off against their counter-parts from the Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders and Calgary Hitmen in the 2015 Pre-Season Tournament from September 3-5 at the Co-operators Centre.  The Pats play all three nights with puck drops at 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Week 2 PFC Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week: Receiver - #18 Kyle Brick – Calgary Colts
The Colts exploded for 59 road points in Week 2 and the Offensive Player of the Week was in the thick of it.  Receiver Kyle Brick scored four touchdowns on his five receptions and collected 76 yards in the Colts first win of the season.
Defensive Player of the Week: Defensive back –#6 Dylan Niedermaier – Calgary Colts
In Week 2 the Colts offence was impressive scoring 59 points, however their defence was as dominant, holding the Edmonton Huskies to just 10 points.  The D was led by the Defensive Player of the Week, Dylan Niedermaier who collected five tackles and two interceptions.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Returner - #26 Liam Murphy – Saskatoon Hilltops
The Saskatoon Hilltops seemingly scored from every angle in Week 2, but none were more impressive than the Special Teams Player of the Week, Liam Murphy and his 128 yard return for a touchdown after a missed field goal.  His return is the second longest in CJFL history.  Murphy also returned a punt 16 yards.

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The Regina Pats are just three days away from opening their 2015 training camp so today I will give you a preview of whats to come with this club. As well a look back at the Regina Thunder's dominating win over the Edmonton Wildcats on Sunday and the other two contests in the PFC. 

- Saturday the Regina Pats begin the 2015/16 at the Cooperators Arena. The rookies will report on Friday and practice all weekend and then the vets will hit the ice for the first time early next week. A total of 60 players will be in attendance. Here is a breakdown of the players who are gone, returning and those looking to crack the roster for the first time. 

GONE: The Pats graduated 3 forwards from last season. Braden Christoffer, Patrick D'Amico and Pavel Padakin. A total of 83 goals and 91 assists. 

20-year-old defensemen Carter Hansen is gone to the Melville Millionaires of the SJHL while 19-year-old d-man Nathyn Mortlock is headed to training camp with the Kootenay Ice and if he doesn't stick there he will go to Melville as well. 

Forward Jesse Gabrielle was traded to the Prince George Cougars for forward Lane Zablocki.


20-year-old's: Goaltender Daniel Wapple. In 2014/15 he went 29-15-4-6 with a 3.03 GAA and a .906 SV percentage.  

Defenceman Colby Williams, was named the clubs MVP last season. He put up 11 goals, 30 assists, 95 PIM's and was a plus 45 in 64 games. 

Forward Taylor Cooper is the 3rd overage returnee. Between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Regina Pats last year he scored 25 goals and had 60 points. 

19-year-old's: Forward Adam Brooks, led the team in scoring last season with 30 goals and 62 points in 64 games. Was also an outstanding plus 24. 

Defenceman Chase Harrison is the lone other 19 on the roster from last year. He had 3 goals and 17 points in 59 games. 

18-year-old's: Defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy. Drafted by the New York Rangers this summer. Put up 19 points and was a plus 15 as a rookie last year. 

Defenceman James Hilsendager, 6 points and 54 PIM's in 53 games. 

Defenceman Connor Hobbs. Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Draft. He had 18 points and was a plus 6 in 45 games. 

Forward Jared McAmmond. As a rookie scored 4 goals and added 3 assists. 

Forward Rykr Cole, scored 9 goals and had 21 points to go along with 48 PIM's in his first year in the league. 

Forward Austin Wagner. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings this summer. Scored 20 goals, added 19 assists and was a plus 13 in 61 games played. 

Forward Colton Kroeker. Colton scored 3 goals and had 3 assists as a rookie. 

Goaltender Tyler Brown. He went 7-7-1 last year with a 3.27 GAA and a .896 save percentage. 

17-year-olds: Defenceman Ryan Krushen who joined the club after Christmas and had 2 assists in 20 games. 

Forward Luc Smith. He put up 2 goals, 7 points and 68 PIM's in 68 games as a 16-year-old. 

Forward Sam Steel. Steel was named the Pats rookie of the year for 2014/15. He scored 17 goals and had 54 points in 61 games. He was also a plus 10. 

- There are also 5 players who were with the Pats late in the season and into the playoffs who will look to play the entire season in Regina this year. 

They are 16-year-old Goaltender Jordan Hollett who did not play in a game but was the clubs 1st round selection in 2014.

17-year-old defenceman Brady Pouteau who played three games in the playoffs against Brandon. 

18-year-old forward Adam Berg. He played in the Pats 9 playoff games and recorded 3 assists. He also appeared in 12 regular season games scoring once and adding 2 assists. 

16-year-old forward Jake Leschyshyn who played in all 9 playoff games last year scoring once. He also played 12 games during the regular season and scored three goals.

17-year-old forward Jake Elmer. Elmer played in three regular season games and was with the club in the playoffs.

COMING IN: There are a number of 16 and 17 year-old's who will be looking to crack the roster this year.

The potential 16-year-old's will come for the most part from the 2014 draft class. That includes 1st round pick goaltender Jordan Hollett. Hollett won a championship with the Okanagan Hockey Academy last season and put up a 2.10 GAA in 12 games played.

Second round pick forward Erik Gardiner who played with the Prince Alvert Mintos last season. He scored 20 goals and had 45 points in his first year of midget. He was also called up and played in two games with the Pats last year.

Fifth round pick, defenceman Riley Bruce. He had 80 penalty minutes and 9 points in 35 games with the Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA.

6th round pick, defenceman Garrett Ewert. Put up 12 points and 55 PIM's in 39 games with the Thomson Blazers of the BCMML.

7th round pick, forward Carson Welke. Scored 6 goals and 26 points and 60 PIM's in 40 games with the Yorkton Rawtec Maulers of the SMAAAHL.

8th round pick, forward Zachary Cox. 6 goals and 11 points with the UFA Bisons. They won the AMHL title and went on to appear in the Telus Cup.

9th round pick, forward Gary Haden. He put up 15 goals and 31 points in 33 games with the UFA Bisons last year. In the playoffs he scored 7 goals and 13 assists in 13 games.

10th round pick, defenceman Adam Sandstrom. 5 points and 10 PIM's in 13 games with the Red Deer Chiefs of the AMMHL last year.

11th round pick, forward Robbie Holmes. He scores 16 goals and added 16 assists in 31 games with the Sherwood Park Squires of the AMMHL. He also recorded 49 PIM's.

There are also list players who will battle for a roster spot. They are defenceman Austin Johnson. With the Moose Jaw Generals he had a goal and 3 assists in 35 games.

Forward Drew Coughlin. He scored 4 goals and had 6 assists in 30 games with the Pacific Coast Academy Elite 15's of the CSSHL.

Forward Dalton Ossman. He had an incredible first year of midget in 2014/15 with the CRAA Blue of the AMMHL. He scored 40 goals and added 40 assists in just 36 games. He also had 73 PIM's.

Forward Garrett Szeremley. He scored once and had 5 assists as well as 62 PIM's with the Pembina Valley Hawks of the MMHL last year.

Goaltender Ben Laidlaw. In 21 games with the AC Avalanche of the AMMHL he put up a 2.86 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

- The potential 17-year-old rookies will come from the 2013 draft and the list group of players.

Sam Steel and Luc Smith were the Pats 1st and 3rd round picks that year and played as 16-year-old's last season.

Second round pick defenceman Liam Schioler will no be attending camp. He has committed to the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Forward Lane Zablocki is already on the team according to John Paddock. He was acquired from the Prince George Cougars for Jesse Gabrielle. Zablocki played Junior A last year with the Sherwood Park Crusaders. Scored 15 goals and 25 points. Add on 114 PIM's in the 55 games.

The Pats selected two players in the 4th round in 2013. First was defenceman Brady Pouteau who finished the year in Regina. Pouteau had 14 points in the regular season with the UFA Bisons last year and in the playoffs had 15 points in 12 games.

The second, fourth round pick was used to select defenceman Jared Freadrich. He played Junior A in Whitecourt with the Wolverines last year. He scored 4 goals and 11 points as well as put up 59 PIM's in 45 games.

Sixth round pick forward Jake Elmer finished the year with the Pats. He put up 45 points in 40 games with the Edge Prep last season.

Seventh round pick, goaltender Kurtis Chapman. Chapman another UFA Bison last year had an incredible season. In 17 regular season games he put up a 2.76 GAA and a .909 save percentage. In the playoffs in 13 games his GAA was 1.92 and save percentage was .942 leading his team to a AMHL Championship.

Russian import defenceman Nokolai Knyzhov The 6’2”, 186 lbs defender posted four points (1G, 3A) in 24 games with the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes (U16) in 2014-15.

1998 born list players:

American Defenceman Trevor Woytcke. A big body at 6'5 and 194 lbs. He had 4 goals, 8 points and 50 PIM's with the Minnesota Magicians of the USHS.

Forward Trygve Many Guns. Another big kid at 6'3 and 252 lbs. He spent last year with the UFA Bisons and he scored 12 goals and 25 points in 34 games.

Forward Sean Richards. Played in the AJHL with the Olds Grizzlies last year scoring 5 goals, 11 points and had 63 PIM's in 56 games.

Forward Riley Woods. Led the Regina Pat Canadians to a SMAAAHL Championship last season. Scored 22 goals and added 37 assists for 59 points in 42 games.

The 2000 age group from the 2015 Bantam Draft will also be in attendance plus the teams free agent camp invites.

Camp will start Saturday morning at the Cooperators Arena. The Veteran Players will hit the ice for the first time on Tuesday next week. The Pats pre-season tournament will start next Thursday also at the Cooperators.


The Regina Thunder dominated on Sunday en route to a 63-14 win over the visiting Edmonton Wildcats. The running back duo of Colton Klassen and Victor St. Pierre Laviolette have been unstopable and with Jaeden Marwick throwing the ball so well and the defense being so stingy this team is for real. In my 5 plus years of calling games in this league, this is the best team I have ever seen. The Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts are also coming off lopsided wins in week 2 so maybe they are on the same level but I won't know that until later in the year.

Here is a recap of the week 2 games courtesy Ryan Watters on


The lone Saturday tilt saw the Colts upend the Edmonton Huskies 59-10 in Edmonton as the offence poured on 416 yards of total offence.

Quarterback John Kiesman was simply awesome finishing 12 of 22 for 155 yards and threw five touchdowns.  His favourite target was Kyle Brick who caught four of those touchdown passes and collected 76 yards in the process.  Cole Bazient hauled in the other TD pass.

On the ground the Colts galloped for 219 yards led by Xavier Ramsay and his nine carries for 87 yards and a major.  Kiesman rumbled four times for 62 yards.

The Colts defence pitched a second half shutout and also got on the score board as Jayden Lawson picked up a fumble and hustled 32 yards the other way for a major.  The D created seven Huskies turnovers as Owen Redlick and Dylan Niedermaier each picked off two passes and Jean Ventose and Adam Folz recovered a fumble.  Akida Lewis had the lone sack and Niedermaier had five tackles.

This coming weekend the Colts (1-1) will stay in Edmonton and battle the Wildcats (1-1) at Clarke Park at 7:00pm.

To say the Edmonton Huskies missed Jimmie Airey is an understatement.   Without arguably their best player not touching the ball, the Huskies scored just 10 points, compared to 33 last week

Offensively quarterback Kieran Pruden finished 19 of 38 for 236 yards, but threw four interceptions.  His top receiver was Brennan McNeil who hauled in five passes for 101 yards.

The Huskies lone touchdown was scored by Landon Rosene on the ground in the second quarter.

Defensively the Huskies were on the field a lot.  Jassen Brown led the club with seven tackles while Daniel Loggale had six.

The Huskies (0-2) will stay at home and face the Regina Thunder (2-0) on Sunday at 1:00pm.


The Saskatoon Hilltops blew by the Winnipeg Rifles on Sunday afternoon 50-8 behind 258 yards on the ground.

Logan Fischer led the charge with 13 carries for 172 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.  Des Vessey rushed 11 times for 39 yards.

Through the air, quarterback Jared Andreychuk completed just eight passes but two of them were touchdowns as he collected 131 yards.  Chad Braun caught both touchdown passes while Evan Turkington made three receptions for 82 yards.

The highlight of the game was when Liam Murphy returned a missed field goal, 128 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Hilltops defence forced four turnovers and a touchdown as Luke Melnyk returned a pick, 93 yards for a score.  Cody Peters and Arnold Osam also intercepted a pass.  Dillon Buckle collcted two sacks, while Austin Thorarinsson  had one.

Sunday the Hilltops (2-0) will finally host their home opener at SMF Field in the second half of a home and home with the Rifles (0-2).  Kick-off is set for 1:00pm.

Despite the loss on the scoreboard, the Winnipeg Rifles were able to move the ball offensively, but just couldn’t finish off a drive.  Quarterback Jamie Ybarra Jr. finished 14 of 26 for 236 yards, mostly shorter passes.  Ian Lee hauled in four passes for 73 yards to led the club.

The Rifles ground game was solid as Michael Ritchott carried 19 times for 105 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Andrew Ricard had three tackles and an interception.  Spencer Riche sacked the Hilltops quarterback for a safety.

Sunday the Rifles (0-2) travel to Saskatoon to face the Hilltops (2-0) for the second straight weekend.


Following suit with the first two games, the Regina Thunder collected a blowout win of their own, crushing the Edmonton Wildcats 63-14 collecting 580 yards of total offence.

The Thunder used 10 different receivers as quarterback Jaeden Marwick spread the ball around.  He finished 14 of 23 for 184 yards and threw four touchdowns.  Kasim Ocaya caught two of those touchdown passes, while Levi Paul and Thomas Brescinani each caught one major.

Colton Klassen was outstanding on the ground, carrying 14 times for 176 yards and touchdown.  Victor St. Pierre-Lavoilette rushed for two touchdowns on nine carries.  Daniel Bjorge also scored a touchdown on the ground.

The Thunder defence saw a great game from Dustin Erbach who collected six tackles, three assisted stops and forced a fumble.    Mason Dick recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.

Sunday the Thunder (2-0) will hit the road for the first time and visit the Edmonton Huskies (0-2) at 1:00pm at Clarke Park.

The Edmonton Wildcats had no answer for the Thunder on Sunday afternoon recording just 243 yards of total offence.

Quarterback Jordan Olson was 10 of 21 for 102 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Olson in the second quarter.  Jordan then ran for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Wildcats defence could not slow down the Thunder, but did manage two turnovers. Travis Semenok picked off a pass and Landyn Vick recovered a fumble.  Jayden Dalke led his club with seven tackles.

Saturday night the Wildcats (1-1) will host the Calgary Colts (1-1) at 7:00pm.

That's it from me today. Have a great week!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Raiders Sign Import Defenceman

Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce that the team has signed import defenceman Vojtech Budik to a Western Hockey League Standard Players Agreement.

The Raiders selected the six-foot-one, 190-pound rearguard with the 17th overall pick in the annual draft, which includes teams from the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. 

The Pardubice, Czech Republic native played the 2014-15 season split between HC Pardubice’s Under-18 and Under-20 teams. With the U-18s, Budik scored three goals and added nine assists for 12 points in 12 games. At the U-20 level, he recorded five assists in 19 games. 

Budik has represented his country internationally in a number of competitions, including the Under-18 World Championship, the European Youth Olympic Festival, and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which took place this month in the Czech Republic.

In July, Budik was named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting Futures list, which identifies top prospects for the upcoming entry draft. 

Player Profile:
Vojtech Budik
January 29, 1998
Pardubice, Czech Republic
Previous Club:
HC Pardubice
2014-15 Stats:
31 GP / 3 G / 14 A / 17 PTS