Friday, December 11, 2015


The Regina Pats hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss night at the Brandt Centre on Friday when they took on the Kelowna Rockets. The Pats were coming off a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday in their first home game since November 17th. The Rockets had been off since Saturday when they beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-2 for their 3rd straight win and 16th victory in their last 19 games. The Rockets entered the contest the best team in the WHL with 45 points. The Pats were without defencemen Sergey Zborovskiy (World Juniors) and James Hilsendager (injury). The Rockets have 4 players taking part in World Junior Selection Camps, Nick Merkley (CAN), Rourke Chartier (CAN), Tomas Soustal (CZE) and Calvin Thurkauf (SUI). Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.



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Pats scratches - Zborovskiy, Hilsendager, Smith and Elmer.
Rockets scratches - D. Gatenby, Merkley, Uryga, Chartier, Soustal and Thurkauf. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a fast start and Jake Leschyshyn almost scored on the first shot of the game but Jackson Whistle made a real nice pad stop. The Rockets ended up getting the first goal on a great move by Cal Foote who scored his 4th at 4:50. Kole Lind and Riley Stadel the assists and it was 1-0. The Pats did get the teddy bear goal after that at 10:02. Taylor Cooper rifled one from the left circle into the top corner for his 4th of the season, unassisted and it was 1-1. The Rockets then got the games first powerplay and took the lead back. Cole Linaker was set up by a beautiful feed from behind the goal by Tyson Baillie. Linaker with his 12th, Baillie and Dillon Dube the assists at 14:38 and it was 2-1. The Rockets made it 3-1 before the period ended, Dillon Dube finished off a 3 on 2 for his 13th. Kole Lind the lone assist at 19:18 and it was 3-1 after 1. The Pats outshot the Rockets 11-9 in the frame. 

The second period was a good one for the Pats, the outshot the Rockets 12-5 in the period but struggled to beat Jackson Whistle. Connor Hobbs hit the post and that was as close as they came in the early going. The Pats picked up their first poweprlay, did not score and then at 17:51 it was Kelowna who buried. Tyson Baillie shot from the left circle and it squeaked behind Tyler Brown. Justin Kirkland poked it across the line from there for his 11th and it was 4-1. The Pats finally solved Whistle in the 2nd after that. Adam Berg chipped in his 5th from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner at 18:40 and it was 4-2. That was the score heading to the third with the Pats leading the shots on goal 12-5.

Jordan Hollett replaced Tyler Brown to start the 3rd period in the Regina goal. The Pats kept it coming but it took until the 18:29 mark to get within a goal. Connor Hobbs cut in front and finished a beautiful back hand for his 9th with assists to Sam Steel and Colby Williams and it was 4-3. The goal came on the powerplay and with the net empty. The goal extended Hobbs point streak to 9 games, not with 5 goals and 4 assists over that stretch. The Rockets were able to hold on after that for the final 1:31 and take the victory 4-3. The Pats outshot the Rockets 12-4 in the period and led 35-18 overall.

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

The games third star went to the Rockets Cole Linaker who had a goal. The second star to the Pats Taylor Cooper who got the teddy bear goal and the first star to the Rockets Dillon Dube who had a goal and an assist in the win.

The Pats are right back at it Saturday night at the Brandt Centre when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Rockets Goal at 4:50. Cal Foote (4) from Kole Lind and Riley Stadel.

Pats Goal at 10:02. Taylor Cooper (4) unassisted.

Rockets PP Goal at 14:38. Cole Linaker (12) from Tyson Baillie and Dillon Dube.

Rockets Goal at 19:18. Dillon Dube (13) from Kole Lind. 

2nd Period

Rockets Goal at 17:51. Justin Kirkland (11) from Tyson Baillie.

Pats Goal at 18:40. Adam Berg (5) from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner. 

3rd Period

Pats 6v4 PP Goal at 18:29. Connor Hobbs (9) from Sam Steel and Colby Williams.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with goaltending coach Rob Muntain and forward Jared McAmmond:

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