Saturday, December 5, 2015


The Regina Pats were in Moose Jaw on Saturday night to wrap up a stretch of 9 straight on the road when they took on the Warriors. It was the 5th meeting of the season between the two clubs with both teams picking up 2 wins in the previous 4 meetings. The Pats were coming off a 2-1 overtime win in Brandon on Friday where Jordan Hollett made 40 saves and Austin Wagner scored the winner 43 seconds into the extra frame. The Wariors meanwhile beat the Saskatoon Blades on Friday 6-1 thanks to 2 point nights from Brett Howden and Noah Gregor and 34 saves from goaltender Brody Willms. The Warriors remained without forward Brayden Point who missed an 8th straight game with a shoulder injury. Moose Jaw was 3-2-2-0 without their best player heading into Saturday night. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Smith, Freadrich and Elmer. 
Warriors scratches - Perillat, Brown and Point. 

In the first period the Warriors got an early bounce to open the scoring. A shot well over top the Pats goal took a weird ricochet off a stanchion right to Jesse Shynkaruk who put it off the skate of Tyler Brown and in for his 5th of the year. Noah Gregor the lone assist at 2:05 and it was 1-0 Moose Jaw. The Pats took 2 straight penalties after that but killed them off. Later in the frame the Warriors took their first penalty and Taylor Cooper hit the post but the puck stayed out. With 16 seconds left in the man advantage Moose Jaw took another minor and the Pats were up 2 men but did not score and the Warriors took the 1-0 lead to the break. The Pats led the shots on goal 11-9 after 1.

In the second the Pats drew even at 8:04. Lane Zablocki finished his own rebound for his 7th of the season with the lone assist to goaltender Tyler Brown and it was 1-1. The Warriors responded 16 seconds later when Nikita Popugaev buried his 10th from the left side with assists to Marc McNulty and Dryden Hunt at 8:20 and it was 2-1. Once again the Pats tied it up at 11:54. Adam Brooks made an absolute beauty of a pass in front to Austin Wagner who tipped home his 10th of the year and it was a 2-2 game. That's where we sat through 40 minutes, the Pats led on the shot clock in the period 15-9 and 26-19 overall.

In the third period the Pats took their first lead at 2:12. Sam Steel put home his 8th on a great feed from Taylor Cooper. Connor Hobbs the second assist and it was 3-2. Hobbs extending his point streak to 6 games with the helper. The Warriors found the tieing goal however at 8:46. Jayden Halbgewachs buried his 4th with the lone assist to Tanner Faith and it was 3-3. It stayed that way through the remainder of the game and it went to overtime. The Pats outshot the Warriors 8-7 in the period and led 34-26 overall.

Neither team scored in OT and for the first time this season the Pats went to a shootout. Dryden Hunt started it off with a goal for the Warriors to give them the 1-0 lead and that was enough. Everyone else was stopped and the Warriors took the extra point, 4-3 the final score.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 6 while the penalty kill was 4 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who had an assist in the loss. The second star to the Warriors Nikita Popugaev who scored a goal and the first star to Zach Sawchenko who who made 34 saves on 37 shots and did not allow a goal in the shootout. 

The Pats are back at home Wednesday when they host the Calgary Hitmen at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Warriors Goal at 2:05. Jesse Shynkaruk (5) from Noah Gregor. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 8:04. Lane Zablocki (7) from Tyler Brown.

Warriors Goal at 8:20. Nikita Popugaev (10) from Marc McNulty and Dryden Hunt.

Pats Goal at 11:54. Austin Wagner (10) from Adam Brooks. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 2:12. Sam Steel (8) from Taylor Cooper and Connor Hobbs.

Warriors Goal at 8:46. Jayden Halbgewachs (4) from Tanner Faith.



Here are the radio highights and post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out the National Post website article and photos today on the Teddy Bear toss at the Hitman game - 28,000 Teddy Bears!! Wow