Thursday, December 31, 2015

Gropp signs with New York Rangers

KENT, December 31, 2015 - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced left wing Ryan Gropp has signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Rangers. 
"We are excited for Ryan to reach this goal in his career," said Farwell. "He has been working hard to get his game ready for the pro level and it great to see him rewarded in this way."
Gropp was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Gropp is currently averaging a point a game for the T-Birds with 32 points on 18 goals and 14 assists. in 32 games. Last season Gropp led the T-Birds in scoring with 30 goals and 28 assists for 58 points in 67 games. In 158 games over three seasons Gropp has 66 goals and 66 assists for 132 points with 90 penalty minutes. 
Gropp, from Kamloops, British Columbia, was taken by the T-Birds with the sixth overall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft.
Gropp is the third T-Bird on the current roster that has signed with a NHL team. Center Mathew Barzal signed with the New York Islanders on September 9 and right wing Keegan Kolesar signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 20. All three players were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Courtesy Ian Henry
Thunderbirds PR

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


The Regina Pats played their third game in four nights on Wednesday in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The Pats were coming off a 3-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday where Adam Brooks scored a goal and added 2 helpers as Regina snapped their five game winless streak. The Raiders meanwhile dropped an overtime decision in Swift Current to the Broncos 3-2 on Tuesday. The Pats and Raiders had played two previous times this season, both went to overtime and both times the Raiders came away with the extra point. Here are the lineup's from Wednesdays game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Kroeker, Freadrich, Pouteau and Cole. 
Raiders scratches - Paivarinta, Glover and Stransky. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start with a goal just 34 seconds in. Colby Williams buried a rebound for his 5th with assists to Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner and it was 1-0. The game stayed 1-0 until the midway point when the Raiders tied it up. Vojtech Budik hammered a slapshot from the left circle for his 2nd with assists to Parker Kelly and Sean Montgomery at 9:11 and it was 1-1. Late in the frame Prince Albert took their first lead when Jesse Lees tipped a centering feed from Reid Gardiner and scored his 13th at 18:55 to make it 2-1 and that was the score through 1 period. The Raiders outshot the Pats 13-8 in the period. 

In the second the Pats evened things up at the 2:14 mark when Sergey Zborovskiy took a loose puck in the left circle and scored into an empty net for his 5th. Goaltender Ian Scott was down and out after Sam Steel was cross checked by Reid Gardiner into his own goalie. The game was tied 2-2, assists on the goal to Lane Zablocki and James Hilsendager. Then after the referees missed an interference penalty on Adam Berg, Berg gave the Pats the 3-2 lead at 3:24. Berg with his 8th with assists to Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner. The Pats then took a penalty and killed it off but after it expired Luke Coleman tipped in his 10th from Tim Vanstone and Jordan Tkatch at 8:46 to tie the game 3-3. And then the Raiders went to another powerplay and on it Jordan Tkatch banged in a loose puck for his 9th with assists to Luke Coleman and Sean Montgomery at 9:47 to give Prince Albert the 4-3 lead. That was the score through 2, the Pats outshot Prince Albert 11-9 in the period but trailed 22-19 overall.

In the third the Pats tied it up at 1:44 when Austin Wagner finished off a pretty passing play with Adam Brooks and Adam Berg for his 13th and it was 4-4. The Raiders got the lead back at 2:57 when Parker Kelly got his second of the year with assists to Dalton Yorke and Jordan Tkatch and it was 5-4. The Pats got the game even at 15:44 when Luc Smith had a puck go off his skate and in for his 2nd from Adam Brooks and Jared McAmmond and it was 5-5. That was the score after 3 with the shots on goal in the 3rd tied 9-9 and the Raiders leading overall 31-28.

In overtime the Pats had a breakaway in the ealry seconds from Adam Brooks but Ian Scott stopped him and then after that Scott may have made the save of the WHL season. He went post to post and absolutely robbed Sam Steel. The game remained 5-5 after OT, the Raiders outshot the Pats 6-3 in the period.

In the shootout the teams were tied 2-2 after 3 shooters. Jordan Tkatch scored for P.A. in the 4th round and Adam Berg could not and the Raiders took the 6-5 victory.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 2 in the game and the penalty kill was 3 for 4.

The games 3rd star went to the Raiders Parker Kelly who had a goal and an assist. The second star to the Pats Austin Wagner who had a goal and two assists and the first star to the Raiders Jordan Tkatch who had a goal, two assists and the shootout winner.

The Pats return to action on Friday when they host the Swift Current Broncos at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 0:34. Colby Williams (5) from Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner.

Raiders Goal at 9:11. Vojtech Budik (2) from Parker Kelly and Sean Montgomery. 

Raiders Goal at 18:55. Jesse Lees (13) from Reid Gardiner. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 2:14. Sergey Zborovskiy (5) from Lane Zablocki and James Hilsendager.

Pats Goal at 3:24. Adam Berg (8) from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner.

Raiders Goal at 8:46. Luke Coleman (10) from Tim Vanstone and Jordan Tkatch.

Raiders PP Goal at 9:47. Jordan Tkatch (9) from Luke Coleman and Sean Montgomery. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 1:44. Austin Wagner (13) from Adam Brooks and Adam Berg.

Raiders Goal at 2:57. Parker Kelly (2) from Dalton Yorke and Jordan Tkatch.

Pats Goal at 15:44. Luc Smith (2) from Adam Brooks and Jared McAmmond.



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

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (16-16-3-2) are playing their 3rd game in 4 days and 2nd in as many nights when they head to Prince Albert tonight to take on the Raiders (21-11-3-1). Tonight is the 3rd of 8 meetings between the two clubs with the Raiders wining the first two in overtime.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert
Goals For/Against
113/128 (-15)
116/107 (+9)
15.0% (25/167)
18.0 % (24/133)
Penalty Kill
76.5% (124/162)
81.1% (120/148)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (20-33-53)
Reid Gardiner (21-27-48)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (10-11-21)
Jesse Lees (12-18-30)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
18.04 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats snapped their 5 game winless streak on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre. Tyler Brown made 19 saves while Adam Brooks scored a goal and added 2 assists in the victory. The Pats scored on the powerplay, shorthanded and even strength in the game.

The Raiders dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Swift Current on Tuesday night to the Broncos. Jesse Lees and Reid Gardiner scored the goals in the loss while Rylan Parenteau stopped 36 of 39 shots faced. Artyom Minulin scored the OT winner for Swift Current.

Brooks Keeps on Rollin
The Pats Adam Brooks extended his point streak to 8 games on Tuesday with a goal and 2 assists. In that span the 19-year-old has 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points for a total of 53 on the year. Brooks is currently in a tie for 2nd in WHL scoring with the Lethbridge Hurricanes Brayden Burke. Broks has 22 points in the month of December in 12 games played. Austin Wagner also has a point streak going for the Pats, it’s now at 4 games. The Calgary product has 2 goals and 4 assists over that stretch.

It’s Been a Tight Series
The Pats and Raiders have played two very exciting games to start their season series in 2015/16. On October 25th Prince Albert took a 2-1 overtime win at the Brandt Centre thanks to an outstanding performance from goaltender Ian Scott. Then on November 21st in P.A. the Raiders came back and won 4-3 in OT thanks to a winner from Reid Gardiner.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Swift Current – January 1, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince Albert – January 3, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Kootenay – January 8, 8:00 PM – Western Financial Place (CKRM)

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With 2015 coming to an end, here is a look at my top stories from the calendar year.

- January 2nd - The Regina Pats trade star forward Morgan Klimchuk to the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for forward Jesse Gabrielle.

January 4th - Team Canada wins gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto with a 5-4 win over Russia.

- January 5th - The Pats trade captain Kyle Burroughs and forward Dryden Hunt to the Medicine Hat Tigers. In return the Pats received defenceman Connor Hobbs, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.

- January 5th - The Pats made a second trade on this date, acquiring 15-year-old forward Jake Leschyshyn and a 2017 4th round pick from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for forward Connor Gay, a 1st round pick in 2016, 2nd round pick in 2015 and a 7th rounder in 2017.

- January 6th - The Prince Albert Raiders trade forward Leon Draisiatl to the Kelowna Rockets.

- January 6th - The Pats trade defenceman Brady Reagan to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Taylor Cooper.

- January 6th - The Pats name forward Braden Christoffer captain after the trade of Kyle Burroughs.

- January 7th - The Pats announce their new center ice score clock.

- January 20th - Connor Hobbs, Sergey Zborovskiy, Austin Wagner and Jesse Gabrielle all named to the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings ahead of the 2015 draft.

- February 14th - Pats game scheduled in Prince Albert postponed due to bad weather.

- February 23rd - Pats complete second straight season sweep over the Saskatoon Blades with a 6-4 shootout win. Their 14th victory in a row over Saskatoon.

- March 1st - The Pats clinch a playoff spot with a 6-2 win over Moose Jaw.

- March 4th - Jake Leschyshyn joins the Pats for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

- March 8th - Regina Pat Canadians complete round 1 sweep of the Yorkton Rawtec Maulers with a 8-1 win.

- March 10th - The Pats Sam Steel suffers season ending ankle injury in Prince Albert against the Raiders in a 5-3 loss.

- March 16th - The Pat Canadians remain perfect in the playoffs with a second sweep, this time over the Notre Dame Hounds with a 5-1 win.

- March 16th - Forward Adam Berg joins Pats full time after the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL have their season come to a close.

- March 25th - Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock named WHL Eastern Conference Coach of the Year. Defenceman Colby Williams named an 2nd Team All-Star.

- March 28th - Regina Pat Canadians win SMAAAHL Championship over the Battlefords Stars with a 2-1 win in game 4, taking the series 3 games to 1.

- April 1st - The Pats complete first playoff sweep since 1998 with a 4-0 win in Swift Current over the Broncos and advance to their first second round series since 2008.

- April 5th - Pat Canadians advance to the Telus Cup with a 5-1 win over the Pembina Valley Hawks in the Western Regional Tournament Final.

- April 17th - Pats elminated from the playoffs with a 3-2 OT loss in Brandon to the Wheat Kings. Brandon wins the series 4 games to 1.

- April 26th - Pat Canadians win a bronze medal at the Telus Cup with a 6-3 win over the UFA Bisons.

- April 27th - The Pats announce Chad Lang takes on new role with the team as Senior Advisor.

- April 29th - Marty Klyne hired as the Pats new Chief Operating Officer.

- May 6th - John Paddock named WHL Coach of the Year, winning the Dunc McCallum Memorial trophy.

- May 7th - The Pats select 9 players in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft including defenceman Dawson Barteaux, 14th overall.

- May 13th - Kelowna Rockets win WHL Championship, completing a sweep of the Brandon Wheat Kings with a 3-0 victory.

- May 27th - Forward Braden Christoffer signs first pro contract with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL.

- May 28th - Dave Struch has Assistant General Manager added to his title of Assistant Coach with the Pats.

- May 31st - Oshawa Generals win Mastercard Memorial Cup with a 2-1 OT win over the Kelowna Rockets.

- June 11th - The Pats hire Brad Herauf as Assistant Coach to replace Darrin McKechnie.

- June 14th - Former Regina Pats forward Dyson Stevenson wins ECHL Championship with the Allen Americans.

- June 27th - Five Regina Pats selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Sergey Zborovskiy (3rd rd NYR), Austin Wagner (4th rd LAK), Jesse Gabrielle (4th rd BOS), Connor Hobbs (5th rd WSH) and Colby Williams (6th rd WSH).

- June 30th - Graham Tuer rejoins the Pats as scout and liaison to the team.

- August 10th - Pats trade Jesse Gabrielle to Prince George for forward Lane Zablocki.

- August 15th - Sam Steel and Team Canada win gold at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with a 6-1 win over Sweden.

- August 15th - The Regina Thunder open the 2015 PFC season with a 49-32 win over the Winnipeg Rifles.

- August 16th - Regina Red Sox swept in WMBL Championship series with a 4-3 loss to the Lethbridge Bulls.

- August 21st - Pats announce Colby Williams out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

- September 21st - Pats add 20-year-old forward Aaron Macklin in a trade with Prince George, sending a conditonal 7th round pick the other way.

- September 24th - The Pats and Warriors open the 50th WHL season in Moose Jaw. The Warriors winning the contest 3-1.

- October 1st - The Pats unveil their new jerseys for the 2015/16 season.

- October 18th - The Regina Thunder eliminated from the playoffs with a 17-3 semi-final loss at home to the Calgary Colts.

- November 5th - Pats trade goaltender Daniel Wapple to the Vancouver Giants for a 4th round pick and recall Jordan Hollett.

- November 8th - Saskatoon Hilltops repeat as Canadian Bowl Champions with 38-24 victory over the Okanagan Sun.

- November 13th - Pats captain Colby Williams makes his season debut against the Red Deer Rebels. he scored a goal and added an assist in an 8-5 win.

- December 13th - The Pats 15 game winning streak over the Saskatoon Blades comes to an end with a 2-1 shootout loss.

- December 18th - Defenceman Liam Schioler leaves the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and joins the Pats.

That's it for today! Hope you have a great 2016, Talk to you from Prince Albert tonight.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015


The Regina Pats were looking to put an end to a five game losing streak on Tuesday night when they took on the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre. It was a big game for both clubs, the Pats sat 6 points up in the Eastern Conference standings but the Blades hold two games in hand and sit just outside the playoff picture in the East. The Blades carried a two game winning streak against the Pats into the contest, this was the fourth time in the Month of December the two teams had met. Adam Brooks was riding a 7 game point streak for the Pats with 5 goals and 8 assists in that stretch while the Blades Connor Gay was on an 8 game streak, tallying 4 goals and 9 assists. Here are the lineup's for the contest with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Smith, McAmmond, Freadrich and Pouteau. 
Blades scratches - Kustra and Gingras. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a string start and on their first powerplay halfway through the frame got the first goal. Sam Steel sniped form the left circle for his 11th with assists to Adam Brooks and Connor Hobbs at 10:28 and it was 1-0. The Blades went to their second powerplay after that but it was the Pats who picked up the shorthanded goal. Adam Brooks was sprung on the breakaway and he fired home his 20th of the season with assists to Austin Wagner and James Hilsendager at 11:24 to make it 2-0. That was the score after 1 with the Pats leading on the shot clock 16-3.

In the second the Pats kept on pressing and picked up 4 powerplays to the Blades 2 but neither team would score. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 11-5 in the period and led 27-8 overall and took the 2-0 lead to the 3rd.

In the third the Blades got within a goal at 4:11 when Connor Gay buried his 13th off a faceoff win from Cameron Hebig and the Pats lead was 2-1. The Pats got that one back at 9:30 however when Adam Berg buried his 7th from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner and it was 3-1 and that was the final score. The Blades outshot the Pats 12-3 in the period but Regina led overall 30-20.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 5 in the game and the penalty kill was 4 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Blades Connor Gay who had a goal in the loss. The second star to the Pats Sam Steel who also scored and the first star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had a goal and 2 assists. 

The Pats are right back at it on Wednesday night in Prince Albert against the Raiders with a 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary 

1st Period

Pats PP Goal at 10:28. Sam Steel (11) from Adam Brooks and Connor Hobbs.

Pats SH Goal at 11:24. Adam Brooks (20) from Austin Wagner and James Hilsendager. 

2nd Period 


3rd Period

Blades Goal at 4:11. Connor Gay (13) from Cameron Hebig.

Pats Goal at 9:30. Adam Berg (7) from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with Goaltending Coach Rob Muntain and Goaltender Tyler Brown:

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (15-16-3-2) are back on home ice Tuesday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades (13-18-3-0). Today is the 4th of 8 meetings between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 1-1-0-1 record against Saskatoon so far. The Pats are looking to snap a 5 game losing streak in tonight’s game.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
110/127 (-17)
104/144 (-40)
14.8% (24/162)
16.1 % (23/143)
Penalty Kill
76.1% (121/159)
83.9% (130/155)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (19-31-50)
C. Hebig (17-22-39)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (10-11-21)
Libor Hajek (3-12-15)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
17.60 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats battled back in the 3rd period in Brandon on Sunday night, scoring twice to tie the game at 3. However the Wheat Kings scored three times in the final 1:11 to take the 6-3 win, handing the Pats their 5th straight defeat and 8th in their last 9 games. Adam Brooks led the way with 2 goals in the loss.

The Blades were in Prince Albert on Sunday and took the game to the 3rd tied 2-2. However the Raiders scored 4 times in the final period and won 6-2. Sean Montgomery and Brendan Guhle each scored twice in the win for Prince Albert.

Brooks Riding High
Pats forward Adam Brooks extended his point streak to 7 games on Sunday with his 2 goal performance. The 19-year-old has 5 goals and 8 assists over that stretch and is up to 50 points on the season. That is through 36 games and Brooks is now on pace to reach the 100 point plateau.

Saskatoon Turning the Tables
The Saskatoon Blades carry a two game winning streak over the Pats into tonight’s contest. The Blades snapped their 15 game losing streak to Regina earlier in the month with a 2-1 shootout victory and then followed that up with a 6-4 win at the Brandt Centre just before the Christmas break. The Blades enter tonight 6 points back of the Pats in the Eastern Conference standings but do have two games in hand.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Prince Albert – December 30, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – January 1, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince Albert – January 3, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Broncos Claim Olhaver

SWIFT CURRENT SK  The Swift Current Broncos have claimed 1997 born Swedish forward Gustav Olhaver off waivers. Olhaver was released by Seattle yesterday after they acquired the rights to import forward Andreas Schumacher from the Broncos. 

Olhaver, a 6’7, 220 pound left wing from Angelholm, Sweden was a 7th round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2015. Olhaver has 2 goals and 3 assists in 31 games with Seattle this season. 

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

Stewart reassigned to Tri-City

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today the Vancouver Canucks have reassigned forward Mackenze Stewart to the Tri-City Americans for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.


“We had the opportunity to acquire a signed pro,” Tory said. “Mackenze is a hard-nosed player who will bring tremendous leadership to our roster. We look forward to him joining our team for the second half of the season.” 


Stewart, a native of Calgary, AB, was a seventh round pick (186th overall) by Vancouver in the 2014 NHL Draft. Stewart will make his debut Tuesday, Dec. 29, against the Portland Winterhawks.

Matt Baide

Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Tri-City Americans Hockey

Regina Red Sox name new Coaching Staff

General manager Bernie Eiswirth officially confirmed that Mitch MacDonald will manage the Regina Red Sox in 2016.

MacDonald, who has a long relationship with the organization, takes over the Red Sox after serving the last two seasons as an assistant coach.

“When Scott mentioned he would not be returning, we both felt Mitch was the perfect choice to lead the Red Sox in 2016,” said general manager Bernie Eiswirth. “He understands our proud tradition, both from a player and coaching perspective, and he provides the organization with strong continuity.”

MacDonald played with the Red Sox in 2006 and again from 2009-2012.  His Red Sox resume is quite impressive as he was the first player to win the WMBL Triple Crown and is a two-time league champion. During his last three years as a player he also served as the Red Sox hitting coach.

“I’m excited and humbled by the opportunity and responsibility given to me by Bernie, Gary and the Red Sox board of directors,” said MacDonald. “I’ve been part of the Red Sox organization in some capacity since I was 18 and I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way.”

“In terms of coaching, I’ve watched my dad and talked to him about coaching for as long as I can remember,” added MacDonald.  “I’ve also had the chance to learn from some gentlemen who had success in this league, Rob, Justin and Scott.  Hopefully I can pull different pieces from all four of them that I was fortunate enough to watch work.”

MacDonald, who had an outstanding college career at Monterey Peninsula Junior College, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He went on to play three seasons in the Marlins minor league organizations.

When not on the diamond, MacDonald works as a teacher at Martin Collegiate and serves as instructor and coach for Martin Baseball Academy.

Eiswirth also announced that Rob Cherespuschak will return as the team’s director of recruiting.



Joining manager Mitch MacDonald in the dugout….


Geoff MacDonald

·      Former assistant coach at Arizona Christian University in 2015

·      Invited to the 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks free agent workout

·      Played for the Regina Red Sox from 2010-2014

·      Member of the 2011 and 2012 Red Sox WMBL championship teams

·      He played college baseball with Monterey Peninsula College California and Missouri Baptist University.



Cory Carter

·      Played 2011-2014 with University of Victoria – Houston

·      Coached by former MLB star and Saskatchewan born Terry Puhl

·      2013 Jaguar Player of the Year

·      2014 Honourable mention Conference Pitcher of the Year

·      Member of the 2013 Regina Red Sox



Randy Ramirez

·      Spent college career with Rogers State

·      All Conference all-star in 2012

·      Played Shortstop with the Regina Red Sox for two seasons

·       Member of the 2011 and 2012 Red Sox WMBL championship teams


“Our coaching staff have all played baseball at a high level and as former members of the Red Sox they know what it takes to be a champion,” said Eiswirth.  


For the more on the 2016 Regina Red Sox and the WMBL visit

Bernie Eiswirth

General Manager

Sunday, December 27, 2015


The Regina Pats were back from the Christmas break on Sunday in Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. The Pats were looking to hit the reset button after losing 7 of their last 8 before the holidays. The Wheat Kings lost their last game before the break, 5-2 in Prince Albert. The Pats got James Hilsendager back after missing 6 with an upper body injury and Sergey Zborovskiy was back in time from Helsinki where he was cut ahead of the World Juniors. The Wheat Kings were missing two top players at the tournament, forward John Quenneville with Canada and defenceman Ivan Provorov with Russia. Head Coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon was also gone coaching Team Canada. The Pats held a 1-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings heading into the 4th meeting of the season between the two clubs. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.



Wheat Kings



Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Macklin, Freadrich, Elmer and Pouteau.
Wheat Kings scratches - Waltz, Provorov, Mattheos, Kaspick and Quenneville. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start with lots of offensive zone time and the first 3 sots of the contest. Papirny made the saves he needed too and then the Pats went to their first penalty kill. They killed it off and then at 11:32 took the lead. Adam Brooks was in the right place at the right time to find a rebound and bury his 18th of the season from Taylor Cooper and Chase Harrison to make it 1-0. The Wheat Kings third line got the game tied 6 minutes later however. Braylon Shmyr found Connor Gutenberg the goal-line and he centred for Duncan Campbell who scored his 4th at 17:11 to make it 1-1. That was the score through 20 minutes with the shot clock tied 9-9.

In the second the Wheat Kings went to their second powerplay but again the Pats would kill it off. Brandon did find the go ahead goal at 12:54 however. Reid Duke took a perfect stretch pass and skated in on a breakway and scored his 20th on a nice move to the forehand. Macoy Erkamps and Garrett Sambrook the assists and it was 2-1. The Wheat Kings extended the lead to 3-1 at 17:55. Ty Lewis found a puck in the air in the left circle, gloved it down and put it into the top of the net for his 5th with assists to Tim McGauley and Jayce Hawryluk. The Pats almost got one back seconds after that when Lane Zablocki tipped a shot in front but it hit the post and stayed out. Brandon took the 3-1 lead to the break, they outshot the Pats 13-7 in the period and led 22-16 overall. Pats forward Jared McAmmond did not come back after the first period and missed the entire 2nd.

In the third the Pats got their first powerplay and got within a goal when Lane Zablocki banged home his 10th of the year on his 17th birthday. Assists to Sam Steel and Austin Wagner and it was 3-2 at 4:01. Then at the 6 minute mark Adam Brooks scored his second of the night and 19th unassisted to make it 3-3. It stayed that way until the Pats took their third penalty of the game with less than 1:30 left on the clock. Seconds into the Brandon powerplay Macoy Erkamps scored his 7th at 18:49 to make it 4-3. 14 seconds later Tyler Coulter had a goal go in off his skate for his 7th at 19:03 and it was 5-3. Brandon added an empty netter at 19:38 from Jayce Hawryluk to make it 6-3 and that was the final score tonight. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-10 in the period and 34-26 overall.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 1 in the loss and the penalty kill was 2 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings Reid Duke who had a goal and an assist. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had 2 goals in the loss and the first star to the Wheat Kings Macoy Erkamps who scored the game winner and had an assist. 

The Pats return to action on Tuesday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 11:32. Adam Brooks (18) from Taylor Cooper and Chase Harrison.

Wheat Kings Goal at 17:11. Duncan Campbell (4) from Connor Gutenberg and Braylon Shmyr. 

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 12:54. Reid Duke (20) from Macoy Erkamps and Garrett Sambrook.

Wheat Kings Goal at 17:55. Ty Lewis (5) from Tim McGauley and Jayce Hawryluk. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 4:01. Lane Zablocki (10) from Sam Steel and Austin Wagner.

Pats Goal at 6:00. Adam Brooks (19) unassisted.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 18:49. Macoy Erkamps (7) from Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague.

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:03. Tyler Coulter (7) from Reid Duke and Nolan Patrick.

Wheat Kings EN Goal at 19:38. Jayce Hawryluk (18) from Tyler Coulter.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with assistant coach and assistant GM Dave Struch:

T-Birds acquire Schumacher from Swift Current

KENT, December 27, 2015 - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired left wing Andreas Schumacher from the Swift Current Broncos.
Schumacher, from Stenungsund, Sweden, has two goals and one assist in 17 games this season with the Broncos. Last season he had eight goals and nine assists for 17 points in 65 games. 
With the addition of Schumacher to the roster the T-Bird have released left wing Gustav Olhaver to get down to the league mandated two Import players. The Broncos will claim Olhaver on waivers.
Olhaver has two goals and three assists in 31 games with the T-Birds this season. Olhaver was the T-Birds first round pick, 44th overall, in the CHL Import Draft this past summer. Prior to the Import Draft Olhaver was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round, 191st overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Courtesy Ian Henry
Director, Public and Media Relations
Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club


Broncos trade DeBrusk to Red Deer

SWIFT CURRENT SK  Jake Debrusk has been traded to the Red Deer Rebels. In return, the Swift Current Broncos acquire 1997 born forward Lane Pederson, Red Deer’s 2017 1st round WHL bantam draft pick and the Rebel’s 2016 3rd round pick. 

Debrusk led the Broncos goal scoring last season with 42. After being selected in the 7th round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft by Swift Current, Debrusk played 168 games as a Bronco over three seasons. Debrusk scored 66 regular season goals, adding 80 assists for 146 points. 

Lane Pederson is a native of Saskatoon. Pederson was a 5thround selection of the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. In 100 WHL games with Seattle and Red Deer, Pederson has 14 goals, 27 assists and 41 points. In 35 games played this season, Pederson has 6 goals, 15 assists and 19 penalty minutes. Pederson was traded to Red Deer from the Seattle prior to this season. 

Ryan Switzer, Director of Communications/Digital Media,