Saturday, November 28, 2015


The Regina Pats were in Red Deer on Saturday night for the third meeting in 15 days with the Rebels. The Pats had won the first two meetings of the season by 8-5 and 3-2 scores. Regina was coming off a 4-3 overtime win in Calgary on Friday night where Jake Leschyshyn scored his first career hattrick and the Pats snapped a 7 game losing streak at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Rebels meanwhile brought a 2 game winning streak into Friday including a 6-4 win in Medicine Hat on Friday night. It was the 4th game in 5 days for both the Pats and the Rebels on Saturday. The Pats were without forward Austin Wagner in this one as he was dealing with an undisclosed injury. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Pawlenchuk-W. Johnson-Nikolishin
R. Johnson-de Wit-Pratt



Pats scratches - Williams, Smith, Wagner and Freadrich. 
Rebels scratches - Mahura, Doetzel, Polei and Purtill. 

In the first period the Rebels had all the early pressure and picked up three straight powerplays. The Pats penalty kill came up big however and killed them all off. Thanks in big part to the play of Tyler Brown who was fantastic in the opening frame. After the Pats got back to full strength they started to find their feet and picked up their first man advantage. Set up in the zone a pass intended for Connor Hobbs was poked away by Jef de Wit and he skated on a shorthanded breakaway. He fanned on his initial shot, got the puck back and then buried into the top of the net for his 4th of the year at 16:09 and it was 1-0 Rebels. That's how the period ended with the Rebels leading on the shot clock 17-4.

In the second the Pats penalty troubles continued and at 5:42 the Rebels made it 2-0. Connor Bleackey fired from the slot which was stopped by the right pad of Tyler Brown but the rebound was put into his own net by Sergey Zborovskiy. Ivan Nikolishin and Michael Spacek the assists. The Pats took 4 total penalties in the period and 1:35 of the 4th carried over into the 3rd. The penalty kill looked really sharp but they spent almost the entire period in their own zone. The Rebels outshot Regina 9-6 in the period and led 26-9 overall.

In the third the Pats killed off that remaining powerplay time and then took their 8th and 9th minors of the game but again escaped unscathed. Regina then got a 4 minute powerplay and at 13:56 Lane Zablocki scored on a rebound for his 6th from Connor Hobbs and Chase Harrison to make it a 2-1 game. That's as close as they came and the Rebles took the two points. Red Deer outshot Regina 13-10 in the period and 39-19 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 3 and the penalty kill was 8 for 9.

The games third star went to the Rebels Rylan Toth who made 18 saves. The second star to Red Deers Jeff de Wit who scored shorthanded and the first star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 37 of 39 shots faced. 

The Pats are back in action on Wednesday in Saskatoon against the Blades at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Rebels SH Goal at 16:09. Jeff de Wit (4) unassisted. 

2nd Period 

Rebels PP Goal at 5:42. Connor Bleackley (5) from Ivan Nikolishin and Michael Spacek. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 13:56. Lane Zablocki (6) from Connor Hobbs and Chase Harrison.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf:


Anonymous said...

That was a very good interview of Herauf that you guys did. He was very candid and accurate in his comments. I would agree it's time to stop using the youth card when it comes to everything Pats. 9 penalties is too much and has too many ripple effects. The coaching staff has a big challenge to get this under control once and for all. It may be they are in need of some player moves to accomplish this.

Anonymous said...

There is no youth card. They don't play the youth. Most of the youth except a chosen couple are plastered to the bench or stands and watching the vets and chosen few make mistake after mistake while playing 90% of the time and jeopardizing any chance to win or develop the bottom 8. Looks like the Parkers are still running the show with the must win right now mentality. Us fans and the players have been fed a big bunch of BS with being told they are developing for the future.