Sunday, December 13, 2015


The Regina Pats wrapped up their three in three weekend in Saskatoon on Sunday against the Blades. The Pats were looking for their 16th straight win over their division rivals. The Pats were coming off a 6-5 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday where Adam Berg had a goal and 2 assists. The Blades were last in action on Friday when they lost to the Kamloops Blazers 6-2. The Blades had lost 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10 heading into Sunday's contest. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Zborovskiy, Hilsendager, Smith and Richards. 
Blades scratches - Bishop and Gingras. 

In the first period the two teams had some early chances but the goaltenders were sharp. The Pats got the games first powerplay and had some really good pressure but did not find the back of the net. They did get the games first goal about 3 minutes later however. Adam Brooks tipped in a point shot from Jared Freadrich for his 15th of the season at 8:02 and it was 1-0 Regina. The Pats got a second powerplay after that and came close again but the Blades killed it off and then with 1:47 got a powerplay of their own. The Pats almost scored shorthanded and killed the time on the clock and took the 1-0 lead to the break. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 12-11 in the period.

In the second the Pats had a gluttony of chances, including 3 powerplays but could beat Brock Hamm. The Blades did get a great chance short handed on a breakaway for Wyatt Sloboshan but Tyler Brown made a good left pad save. There were no goals in the frame and the Pats took the 1-0 lead to the intermission. The Blades outshot the Pats 10-8 in the period and led 21-20 overall.

In the third Cameron Hebig scored 21 seconds in to tie the game 1-1. Nick Zajac and Connor Gay the asissts. The Pats had 3 powerplays after that to the Blades 2 but neither team scored and we went to overtime. The Blades led the shots in the period 12-7 and led 33-27 overall.

In OT Wyatt Sloboshan almost won it on a breakaway but Tyler Brown made a great glove save. The Blades had 7 shots in OT to the Pats 6. Saskatoon led 40-33 through 65 minutes of play.

In the shootout it took until the 6th round for the first goal. Former Regina Pats forward Connor Gay scored on the backhand to give the Blades the lead and then Colton Kroeker couldn't keep it going and Saskatoon snapped a 15 game losiong streak to the Pats with the 2-1 win.

The Pats went oh for 8 on the powerplay in the game and the penalty kill was 3 for 3.

The games third star went to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 39 of 40 shots faced. The second star to the Blades Brock Hamm who made 32 saves on 33 shots and the first star to the Blades Connor Gay who had an assist and the shootout winner. 

The Pats will host the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 8:02. Adam Brooks (15) from Jared Freadrich. 

2nd Period


3rd Period

Blades Goal at 0:21. Cameron Hebig (14) from Nick Zajac and Connor Gay



Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock.


Anonymous said...

Embarrassing watching the same 5 Pats shift after shift flounder around on the PP.

william weppler said...

And yet John felt the PP was good up until the 4 minute PP. Guess that's why we aren't coaching :))
I assume he's feeling that even though they didn't get a lot of shots on the PP, the puck control was good and the "system" was being followed...just never ended up with a goal.

RWAH said...

It is almost half way through the season and we can't develop a PP that works. The players must have the talent or they would not be playing in the league. so the coaching and system must be suspect. We can go the entire PP and not have a shoot on goal. A PP operating in the middle of the league (not the worst) would mean 5 or 6 or maybe 8 more points more in the standing and that is 2nd or 3rd place not a wild card playoff spot.

Anonymous said...

I won't go so far as to say embarrassing but it was less than inspiring for sure. I think they got caught thinking they could roll over the Blades. A lot of high percentage shots and general lackadaisical play. After they had gone 0-6 of the PP you knew something was going to turn. It wasn't a great game. Paddock has only won once in the last five games so his comments can be less than what he really feels. This is no longer a youth thing and getting over this .500 tag is proving elusive to the Pats. With the trade dead line approaching soon they may want to think about ways of improving the team. Since the last trade dead line they've played below .500 hockey.

Anonymous said...

I agree the personnel is there on the team to have a successful power play. Just need to find a good PP coach and use the right guys. To date they haven't moved it fast enough under control and rarely shoot the puck. Keep the forwards off the blue line on the PP and let a couple of their defence shoot away. And that doesn't mean just 5 & 44. There are a couple young boys back there with good low cannons that never get used. This has gone on for 32 games and is horrible to watch. Time to change it up. With the young boys getting a bit more time on the back end and proving themselves I would think Hilsendager could be moved and maybe also Harrison. Cooper up front is also a candidate to be moved before Jan.10. Not sure what in return but something to help the PP would be a start. I'm not too concerned about immediate success but getting the pp on track for down the road (next year and year after) needs to start now.