Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The Regina Pats returned home on Tuesday night for their first and only meeting of the season with the Kamloops Blazers. The Pats were coming off a 2-1 shootout loss in Saskatoon on Sunday and were playing their 5th game in 7 days. The Blazers meanwhile were playing their 3rd game of 6 through the East Division. Kamloops started the trip with two straight wins over Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The Blazers after starting the season 0-6-0-0 have went 14-4-3-1 since then. The Pats were 3-0-0-1 in the previous meetings over the last four years against the Blazers. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Zborovskiy, Hilsendager, Smith and Elmer.
Blazers scratches - Campese, McDonald and Maier. 

In the first period the Blazers had all the early momentum and put the first 9 shots on goal in the game. Kamloops got the first goal at 3:02 when Gage Quinney cut to the middle on the backhand and finihsed off the post and in for his 14th unassisted to make 1-0. The Blazers got it to 2-0 at 16:19 when Garrett Pilon centered for Matt Needham who poked in his 8th. Quinn Benjafield the second helper. The Pats were pushing after that and picked up their first powerplay with 1:28 left in the frame. With 7.1 seconds left Sam Steel tipped in his 10th of the year on a nice feed from Aaron Macklin to get the Pats within 1. It was 2-1 Kamloops after 1 with the Blazers leading on the shot clock 14-10.

In the second the Pats got off to a great start in the period and got an early powerplay, they did not score then took a minor of their own which they killed off. Then the Pats went back to the man advantage but on it the linesman called an offside that forced the Pats to leave the puck and check up and the Blazers turned it into a breakaway where Garrett Pilon finished on the backhand for his 9th at 12:40 to make it 3-1. The puck had not come outside the line and it was a missed call but the puck ended up in the back of the net regardless. That goal changed the momentum in the game and less than two minutes later the Blazers made it 4-1 when Collin Shirley slid home his 21st from Cameron Reagan and Matt Revel at 14:38. That was the score after 2, the Pats outshot Kamloope 16-12 in the period and the teams were tied 26-26 overall.

In the third the Pats turned up the heat and got within 2 at 7:10. Chase Harrison snapped home his 4th into the top corner with assists to Taylor Cooper and Adam Brooks and it was 4-2. Then at 12:40 Adam Brooks tipped in his team leading 16th from Jared Freadrich and Lane Zablocki and it was 4-3. They kept coming after that and with the extra attacker on had a couple of glorious chances but Connor Ingram stood tall and the Blazers held on for the 4-3 victory. The Pats outshot the Blazers 16-5 in the period and 42-31 overall.

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

The games third star went to the Blazers Garrett Pilon who had a goal and an assist. The second star to the Pats Chase Harrison who had a goal and the first star to Kamloops Collin Shirley who scored what ended up being the game winner and added a helper. 

The Pats are back in action on Friday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Blazers Goal at 3:02. Gage Quinney (14) unassisted.

Blazers Goal at 16:19. Matt Needham (8) from Garrett Pilon and Quinn Benjafield.

Pats PP Goal at 19:52. Sam Steel (10) from Aaron Macklin. 

2nd Period

Blazers SH Goal at 12:40. Garrett Pilon (9) from Collin Shirley.

Blazers Goal at 14:38. Collin Shirley (21) from Cameron Reagan and Matt Revel. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 7:10. Chase Harrison (4) from Taylor Cooper and Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 12:40. Adam Brooks (16) from Jared Freadrich and Lane Zablocki.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf and Forward Adam Brooks.

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