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Friday, October 30, 2015

RECAP: WARRIORS 5 PATS 1


The Regina Pats took on their biggest rivals, the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. It was the third meeting of the season between the two clubs with both teams winning once in the first two matchups. The Pats were coming off a 2-1 OT loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday while the Warriors where shut out 3-0 in Swift Current Saturday for their 2nd straight loss. The Pats entered the day, three points back of Moose Jaw in the East Division standings. Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                 Warriors
Cooper-Steel-Zablocki                                    Popugaev-Point-Hunt
Macklin-Brooks-Wagner                              Smejkal-Howden-Halbgewachs
Berg-McAmmond-Kroeker                             Jeannot-Gregor-Quinney
Richards-Smith-Woods                                   Watts-Shynkaruk-Bargar
                                                                         Bowen

Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                               Gardiner-Faith
Harrison-Hobbs                                               Paradis-McNulty
Pouteau-Freadrich                                           Brown

Wapple                                                           Sawchenko
Brown                                                             Willms

Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Williams, Cole, Leschyshyn and Elmer.
Warriors scratches - Brook and Perillat.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and after a number of chances opened the scoring at 7:01. Sam Steel took a drop pass in the slot and buried his 5th of the year with the lone assist to Lane Zablocki. The Warriors got their best chance a short time later from Brayden Point who split the D but Wapple made a nice glove arm save. Right after that however the Warriors did score when Point fed Dryden Hunt in the right circle and he snapped home his 9th at 11:26. Marc McNulty the second helper and it was 1-1. The Warriors continued to press and got the go ahead goal in the final minute. Tyler Brown shot from the left point missed the net but bounced off the end wall right to Jiri Smejkal who scored his 3rd at 19:37 and it was 2-1. That was the score through 20 minutes with the Warriors leading on the clock 15-10.

In the second the Warriors got the 3-1 goal at 5:16. Daniel Wapple gave up a bad rebound and Brett Howden slid home his 6th of the year from Jayden Halbgewachs and Tanner Faith. The Warriors kept coming after that but Wapple settled in and kept his team within 2. The Pats got the games first powerplay with 5 minutes left in the period but Moose Jaw had the better chances short handed and then after killing the penalty came close to making it 4-1 but the Pats held on and trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes. The Warriors outshot the Pats 20-8 in the period and led 35-18 overall.

In the third Moose Jaw went ahead 4-1 when Dryden Hunt scored his second of the night at 3:21. He fired from the left circle off the post and in for his 10th with assists to Nikita Popugaev and Brayden Point. Hunt completed the hattrick on a bounce off the end wall that he just got enough of to get his 11th of the season at 6:52. Popugaev the lone assist and it was 5-1, that was the final score. The Pats outshot the Warriors 14-12 in the period but trailed overall 47-32.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 3 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 2. It was the first time this season the Pats did not give up a powerplay goal.

The third star of the game went to the Warriors Jayden Halbgewachs who had an assist in the win. The second star to Moose Jaw netminder Zach Sawchenko who stopped 31 of 32 shots faced and the 1st star to the Warriors Dryden Hunt who had the hattrick.

The Pats will head to Moose Jaw for a rematch on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Mosaic Place.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 7:01. Sam Steel (5) from Lane Zablocki.

Warriors Goal at 11:26. Dryden Hunt (9) from Brayden Point and Marc McNulty.

Warriors Goal at 19:37. Jiri Smejkal (3) from Tyler Brown.

2nd Period 

Warriors Goal at 5:16. Brett Howden (6) from Jayden Halbgewachs and Tanner Faith.

3rd Period 

Warriors Goal at 3:21. Dryden Hunt (10) from Nikita Popugaev and Brayden Point.

Warriors Goal at 6:52. Dryden Hunt (11) from Nikita Popugaev.


Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with goaltending coach Rob Muntain and forward Austin Wagner.



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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

….a lot of overrated talent on this team. Too many labourers and not enough finish carpenters….Steel can't be asked to be the saviour…no real talented leader up front….should have been addressed in the off season. Can't see things improving a whole lot.