Wednesday, October 14, 2015


The Regina Pats were looking for their 4th straight victory on Wednesday night in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. The Pats were coming off a 6-2 win in Medicine Hat on Tuesday where Sam Steel and Adam Brooks each had three point nights and Daniel Wapple made 38 saves in the win. Brooks was riding a 3 game point streak with 4 goals and 9 points in that stretch. The Pats powerplay went 5 for 10 in their two previous contests and the penalty kill was 9 for 11 with 2 short handed goals. The Hurricanes meanwhile had been off since Friday when they blanked the Tigers 7-0 for their second straight victory and picked up their 4th win of the season. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                               Hurricanes
Cole-Brooks-Wagner                                   Bellerive-Estephan-Wong
Macklin-Steel-Zablocki                                  Babenko-Guitierrez-Millette
Berg-Leschyshyn-Kroeker                              Burke-Lindgren-Folk
McAmmond-Smith-Elmer                               Sheen-Davis

Harrison-Hobbs                                            Pankewicz-Atwal
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                  Nielsen-Reagan
Knyzhov-Pouteau                                           Kennedy-Skeoch

Brown                                                           Skinner
Wapple                                                          Sittler

Pats scratches - Williams, Cooper, Woods, Many Guns and Freadrich.
Hurricanes scratches - White, Merezhko and Vandervlis.

In the first period the Hurricanes stormed out of the gate and if not for Tyler Brown in the Pats goal the Canes would have been up early and often. The Canes finally did break through at 13:51 when Ryley Lindgren took a pass in the slot and fired in his 3rd of the year from Carter Folk and Brayden Burke and it was 1-0. The Canes made it 2-0 when Egor Babenko scored on another pass in the slot for his 4th from Justin Gutierrez at 16:32. The Pats got some good chances after that, Jared McAmmond hit the post on a tip and had another good chance that hit Stuart Skinner in the helmet and stayed out. Regina got their first full powerplay late but could not score and trailed 2-0 after 1. Lethbridge outshot Regina 15-12 in the period.

In the second the Pats powerplay got them on the board at 4:11 when Connor Hobbs fed Adam Brooks back door who scored his 5th of the year. Aaron Macklin the second assist and it was 2-1. Then on yet another powerplay Connor Hobbs absolutely hammered a slap shot from the point and scored his 3rd of the year with an assist to Sam Steel at 13:01 and it was 2-2. The Pats took their first lead at 15:38 when Adam Brooks potted his second of the night from the left side, his 6th of the year unassisted and it was 3-2. That was the score after 2. The shots were 12-12 in the period while Lethbridge led overall 27-24.

In the third the Canes tied it up at 4:55. Tyler Wong with his 9th of the year. Then Wong made it 4-3 with his second of the night at 8:49. The Pats got back even at 11:48 when Adam Brooks completed his hattrick on a beauty shot from in tight and it was 4-4. Lethbridge got the lead back when Tyler Wong got is hattrick goal off his shin pad at 15:24 to make it 5-4. The Hurriances added an empty netter at 18:43 and took the game 6-4. They outshot the Pats 16-8 in the period and 43-32 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 2 for 5 in the contest and the penalty kill was 5 for 6.

The third star of the game went to the Canes Justin Gutierrez who had an assist in the win. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had the hattrick and the first star to the Hurricanes Tyler Wong who scored 3 times.

The Pats continue their road trip Friday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Hurricanes Goal at 13:51. Ryley Lindgren (3) from Carter Folk and Brayden Burke.

Hurricanes Goal at 16:32. Egor Babenko (4) from Justin Gutierrez.

2nd Period 

Pats PP Goal at 4:11. Adam Brooks (5) from Connor Hobbs and Aaron Macklin.

Pats PP Goal at 13:01. Connor Hobbs (3) from Sam Steel

Pats Goal at 15:38. Adam Brooks (6) unassisted.

3rd Period 

Hurricanes Goal at 4:55. Tyler Wong (9) from Kord Pankewicz and Arvin Atwal.

Hurricanes Goal at 8:49. Tyler Wong (10) from Giorgio Estephan and Brady Reagan.

Pats Goal at 11:48. Adam Brooks (7) unassisted.

Hurricanes Goal at 15:24. Tyler Wongs (11) from Giorgio Estephan and Andrew Nielsen.

Hurricanes EN PP Goal at 18:43. Ryley Lindgren (4) from Brayden Burke and Andrew Nielsen.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with assistant coach Brad Herauf.

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Anonymous said...

Very disappointing effort, particularly by some forwards and all of the defence. As the Shaw people said it was soggy and soft. It truly was that. This team really needs some defensive help badly.

william weppler said...

Anon - did u watch the game?? Fast exciting hockey from the get go...if not for a lucky goal off Wong's foot likely an OT game. Remember this is a young team and Lethbridge is on a tear this year.
You can see the confidence building in the younsters on the Team and the vets are leading them well.
Hang in there boys...and you too fans!

Anonymous said...

Was in Lethbridge tonight and watched 1st hand. I agree somewhat but they have a good enough back end for now but have to be managed better. You can't play top players as much as they are and expect energy every shift or game. The top 2 dmen playing 30 mins each will never last and the next 2 are playing too much what ever it is. A couple of those vets need to take a seat and let the 3 young guys get some reps and get comfortable instead of spot shifting here and there and in/out of the lineup. Let them get used to the speed and learn from mistakes instead of being penalized for them. The supposedly bottom 3 guys are much more important (& skilled) to this team than the middle 2 guys for the future. This isn't a win at all cost season, it's a development season. Watching a couple of those vet dmen stumble, lunge and get beat tonight with no consequences is sad to watch. Also time to manage ice time up front and spread some Ice time around and give the top 6 some rest. Give your bottom 6 some ice as they were effective when given the chance tonight. They will be dead before the season is 1/4 way through if they run their horses too hard to fast.

Anonymous said...

The real question William is did you watch the game? The Canes owned the game pretty much start to finish. The score and SOG flattered the Pats. If not for Brown the Canes would have been in double digits and the Pats radio crew admitted that as did the Shaw Crew The only speed out there was from Lethbridge and the Pats hung on all night. The PP is the only thing that kept them close. And stop already with the young thing, the Canes are younger than the Pats. These days everyone beat Medicine Hat so I wouldn't read too much into that. Since last year after the trade deadline this team has only played slightly over .400 hockey and it's time to question whether or not we've been sold a bill of goods.

william weppler said...

Didn't say Lethbridge wasn't young Anon. I simply indicated it was an exciting game with lots of action. WHL goaltenders can steal a game anytime so what if Brown held them in there; Wong's lucky goal (I admit he is a good player) and then an untimely 2 many men penalty put a damper on the end of the game for the Pats. The thing is they didn't give up when down a couple on the road in the last couple of games; that has to be a good sign for the coaches of any young Team. Having a tough game the night before didn't help the stamina I am sure, so expected some tiredness in the 3rd. They are going to have thier bumps and i'm ok with that...I will have some patience with the Team and new leadership group.
I am looking for more consistency and a big season couple years down the road hoping they can keep the core of younger players to grow together.