Wednesday, December 9, 2015


The Regina Pats returned home for the first time since November 17th when they hosted the Calgary Hitmen at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday night. The Pats picked up 10 of a possible 18 points over their 9 game road trip including 5 of 6 points in their last three games of the stretch. The Hitmen were coming off a 6-4 win in Brandon on Tuesday night where they scored 4 goals in the final 13 minutes to come back from down 4-2. The Pats were 1-2-0-0 against Calgary heading into the final meeting of the season with the Hitmen Wednesday night. Austin Wagner and Connor Hobbs were both riding 6 game point streaks going into the game with 3 goals and 4 assists a piece. Adam Brooks also had 6 points in his last 3 games. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Smith, Freadrich and Elmer.
Hitmen scratches - Dumba, Dorsey, Morrison, Taylor Sanheim Houck and either Hyman or LaPointe. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start with some great scoring chances. Lane Zablocki had two on his first two shifts but Cody Porter stopped them both. The Pats did get the games first goal at 5:39 when Colton Kroeker stole a puck at center, shielded off Jakob LaPointe and finished on the backhand for his 6th of the year unassisted to make it 1-0. The Hitmen then got the games first powerplay and 6 seconds into the man advantage Travis Sanheim buried his 8th from Jakub Stukel and Radel Fazleev at 7:15 and it was 1-1. The Pats got the lead back on a 3 on 2 rush, Connor Hobbs took a cross ice pass and one timed it into the top corner for his 8th of the season at 12:28. Colton Kroeker and Sam Steel the assists and it was 2-1. The Hitmen got that one right back, 21 seconds later. Layne Bensmiller a shot from the right circle beat Hollett for his 6th with assists to Jake Bean and Travis Sanheim at 12:49 and it was 2-2. The Pats got a powerplay after that but did not score and the game went to the intermission tied at 2. The Pats outshot Calgary 11-8 in the period.

In the second the Pats got two straight poweplays and on the second got the go ahead goal. Lane Zablocki scored his 8th off a blocked shot with assists to Taylor Cooper and Colby Williams at 11:37 and it was 3-2. The Hitmen got their second powerplay of the game after that and again tied it up. Jakub Stukel one timed a pass in the slot and it fluttered into the top corner for his 16th at 16:17. Radel Fazleev and Jake Bean the assists and it was 3-3. The Pats then took another minor and 54 seconds into the kill went down 2 men on a slashing call. The penalty kill came up huge however and kept the game tied heading to the 3rd. The shots on goal were 11-11 in the period and the Pats led 22-19 overall.

In the third the Hitmen took their first lead at the 10 minute mark when Carsen Twarynski tipped in his 7th from Jordy Stallard to make it a 4-3 game. The Pats penalty kill came up big after that to keep the game within a goal but they could not find the tieing goal late with the extra attacker and the Hitmen took the 4-3 victory. Shots in the 3rd were 11-11 and the Pats led overall 33-30.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 3 in the game while the penalty kill went 4 for 6.

The third star of the game went to Calgay's Jakub Stukel who scored a goal in the win. The second star the Pats Colton Kroeker who had a goal and an assist while the first star went to the Hitmen's Travis Sanheim who also had a goal and an assist. 

The Pats are back in action on Friday when they host the Kelowna Rockets at the Brandt Centre for Teddy Bear Toss Night. Puck drop is at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 5:39. Colton Kroeker (6) unassisted.

Hitmen PP Goal at 7:15. Travis Sanheim (8) from Jakub Stukel and Radel Fazleev.

Pats 4v4 Goal at 12:28. Connor Hobbs (8) from Colton Kroeker and Sam Steel.

Hitmen Goal at 12:49. Layne Bensmiller (6) from Jake Bean and Travis Sanheim. 

2nd Period

Pats PP Goal at 11:37. Lane Zablocki (8) from Taylor Cooper and Colby Williams.

Hitmen PP Goal at 16:17. Jakub Stukel (16) from Radel Fazleev and Jake Bean. 

3rd Period

Hitmen Goal at 10:00. Carsen Twarynski (7) from Jordy Stallard.

Click here for the Radio highlights and post game interviews with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch as well as forward Colton Kroeker:


Anonymous said...

Calgary is a big fast team. We struggled in both ends of the ice. Coach Struch pretty much summed it up. They have played well against good teams but not so much tonight. Hopefully they can find another gear by the time Kelowna shows up on Friday. I think John should be working the phones in the next while.

william weppler said...

Think Struch was a little hard on the guys myself. Hitmen deserved the win but we outshot them right from the get go. We had some good scoring chances but just couldn't stuff them. PP's were the difference as far as I'm concerned. When your building for two years down the road you don't go on a trading spree now Anon!