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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2015-16 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. 

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 2
Rank:
Team:
Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:
1
Brandon Wheat Kings (1-0-0-1)
1
2
2
Shawinigan Cataractes (5-1-0-0)
2
2
3
Barrie Colts (2-0-0-0)
-
1
4
Calgary Hitmen (2-0-0-0)
-
1
5
Gatineau Olympiques (5-1-0-0)
-
1
6
London Knights (1-0-0-1)
5
2
7
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (5-1-1-0)
-
1
8
Erie Otters (2-0-0-0)
9
2
9
Red Deer Rebels (2-0-0-0)
10
2
10
Vancouver Giants (2-0-0-0)
-
1
Honourable Mention:
Moncton Wildcats (5-1-0-0)
-
0
Niagara IceDogs (1-1-0-0)
3
1
Kelowna Rockets (2-1-0-0)
4
1








Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

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- The NHL's Central Scouting Service revealed it's preliminary players to watch list for the 201/16 season, ahead of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. A total of 40 players from the Western Hockey League made the list, two from the Regina Pats.

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating -- Indicates a 1st round candidate
• B Rating -- Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
• C Rating -- Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

Pats forward Sam Steel is rated as an 'A' prospect. The 17-year-old from Sherwood Park is off to a good start this year with a goal and 2 assists in 2 games played. He says it is good to be recognized. "It's nice to see that you are being noticed but at the same time there is a lot of work to put in and you just have to come to the rink with the same mindset everyday.... We had a little bit of success here so I don't think anything changes. You just gotta work hard and hopefully keep it going."

Adam Berg meanwhile is entering his second year of draft eligibility. He was among the final rankings before the 2015 NHL Draft but was not selected. That being said, Berg says it means a lot to be on the list again. "It's obviously nice to be recognized for this kind of thing. But on the other hand there are still 70 games left to be played so it's a long season. I am just going to do what I can and hopefully stay on that list... I think as the season went on last year I got more confident in by abilities and I started playing really well. Then when I came here (to Regina) I think I played pretty well too. It's obviously nice to get the recognition and now we go from here."

Steel and Berg are two of seven Pats players who are entering their draft years. The others are forwards Luc Smith and Riley Woods and defencemen Nikolai Knyzhov, Jared Freadrich and Brady Pouteau.

Assistant coach and assistant GM Dave Struch says they can help these guys deal with the pressure of their NHL draft years. "It's going to be how they carry themselves. I think with Sam he does have a little bit of pressure on him, he's going to be one of our star players obviously. He's a special kid on and off the ice and will have lots of scouts in the stands watching him every night. And the other guys, we are a young team, there are going to be lots of visuals on our young guys. It's up to us to take that pressure off of them. Give them every opportunity to succeed and be relaxed and play real confident."

There are three Regina Pats who are late birthdays in 1998 and get an extra year before they enter the draft. Lane Zablocki, Jake Elmer and Trygve Many Guns are all born after September 15th.

The 2016 Entry Draft will take place in Buffalo, June 24th and 25th.

- The Pats as a team split their opening home and home series with the Moose Jaw Warriors to start the year. On Saturday in the clubs home opener, I can't overstate how awesome a night it was. From the pre-game barbecue to the opening ceremonies with the pyrotechnics and the video to the game itself, it was just great to be apart of. Huge kudos to the staff in the Pats office who worked a lot of long days to make that night happen. Real impressive.

- For the first time this season the Pats went to 3 on 3 overtime on Saturday night. Sam Steel scored the game winner 1:24 in. It is a completely different game with just 6 players on the ice. The space is what you would expect but in terms of how coaches want their players to play becomes entirely different. Dump ins seem pointless, possession is everything. It's tough to change on the fly without getting caught and a two man forecheck will almost always hurt you. As it hurt the Warriors in the game. There won't be many shootouts this season no doubt.

- Warriors forward Jesse Shynkaruk has been handed a 3 game suspension by the WHL for his checking from behind major on Saturday. The recipient was the Pats James Hilsendager who was luckily ok and remained in the game.

- Lane Zablocki is off to a good start in his WHL career. After scoring in his first ever game on Thursday night. He made a great outlet pass to spring Sam Steel who fed Sergey Zborovskiy for the Pats first goal on Saturday. 2 points in 2 games for the rookie. It's nit just the offense that is impressive, he seems to do a lot of things right away from the puck. He is tough in the defensive zone and makes good decisions. He is going to be a special player.

- Some people have voiced their displeasure with the Pats reassigning goaltender Jordan Hollett to the PJHL earlier this week. Hollett is getting a chance to play in a lot of games and improve his development. If he stays in Regina then he is likely sitting on the bench or in the stands on most nights. The team is excited about Tyler Brown and he will likely be the starter next year so Hollett will go play elsewhere and return next year ready to take on a bigger role. It makes sense to me, plus we may see him before the year is done.

- The Regina Thunder have completed their bye week and now are preparing for the Colts in Calgary on Sunday. Both clubs are 4 and 2 on the season and tied for second place in the PFC. This very well could determine who will host the semi-final playoff matchup in 3 weeks time. A big game at 1 o'clock.

Here is a recap of Week 7 in the PFC courtesy Ryan Watters of cjfl.org.

COLTS 37 - HUSKIES 17

The Colts used a balanced attack to win their fourth of the campaign 37-17 over the Edmonton Huskies.

Quarterback John Kiesman was 16 of 23 for 241 yards and threw a pair of touchdown strikes.  Eight different receivers caught passes, let by Xavier Ramsay’s five catches and 86 yards.  Both Dangelo Knox and Kyle Brick hauled in the touchdown passes.  Kisman rushed eight times for 76 yards and a scored a touchdown.

Ramsay also led the ground game, rushing eight times for 110 yards and a score.  In all the ground game rushed for 260 yards while the air attack tallied 252 yards.

Defensively the Colts clammed down on the Huskies, allowing just six points in the second half.  Colton Burr had his best game of the season making seven tackles and two knockdowns.  Alex Ogbongbemiga was also busy with five stops and two assisted tackles.

The Colts (4-2) will host the Regina Thunder (4-2) on Sunday at 1:00pm with playoff positioning on the line.

After the loss and a Rifles win the Edmonton Huskies find themselves on the outside looking in on the 2015 post season.  Quarterback Bradley Launhardt finished 17 of 34 against the Colts for 239 yards.

He found six different receivers as Yannick L’Abbe, Brennan McNeil and Jimmie Airey each caught four passes.

On the ground Airey rushed a game high 23 times for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Kicker Cole Sabourin continues to the lead the PFC, connecting on three more field goals including a 37 yarder.

Defensively the Huskies saw another great game by Brandon Mellen who made five stops  Hayward Beasley collected the only sack of the game and Jacob Battenfelder recovered a fumble.

The Huskies (1-5) need a win on Saturday to stay alive and will host the Winnipeg Rifles (2-4) at noon.

RIFLES 35 - WILCATS 32

Speaking of the Rifles, they recorded their second win of the season beating the Edmonton Wildcats 35-32 despite a serge by the visitors who scored 15 points in the final 5:30 to bring the game close.

Rifles running back Michael Ritchott was outstanding rushing 17 times for 175 yards and scored a touchdown.  Odun Ogidan also ran for a major.

Quarterback Jonathan Remple completed nine of 15 passes for 132 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns finding Ian Lee and Alexander Tachinski from 34 yards out.

The Rifles “D” was led by defensive back Michael Penner and his six tackles and a knockdown.  They forced four turnovers as Temmy Okadele, Andrew Ricard and David Rhodes each picked off a pass while Timothy Demidiuk recovered a fumble.

Saturday the Rifles (2-4) will be in Edmonton to face the Huskies (1-5) at noon.

The Edmonton Wildcats have now lost five straight but made Sunday’s game in Winnipeg exciting with 18 points in the second half, 15 of which in the final 5:30 minutes.

Quarterback Jordan Olson was 19 of 43 for 359 yards, threw a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for a major on seven carries.  Both Ronnie Oling and Ryan Smith caught touchdowns, Smith leading the way with four catches and 93 yards.

Defensively the Cats were led by Tafara Newutambwe and his six tackles, a knockdown and an interception.  Both Armand Katamba and Bray Josue recovered fumbles and Travis Loov and Matt Zarowny tallied a sack.

This coming Sunday the Wildcats (1-5) have a tall task, looking to snap their losing skid at home against the Saskatoon Hilltops (6-0).  Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00pm.

That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pats Steel and Berg among Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch


The Central Scouting Service has released it's preliminary 2015 Players to Watch list.

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating -- Indicates a 1st round candidate

• B Rating -- Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate

• C Rating -- Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

Regina Pats forward Sam Steel is listed as a 'A' skater while forward Adam Berg is a 'C'.

Other Pats playing in their NHL draft year are forwards Luc Smith and Riley Woods and defencemen Nikolai Knyzhov, Jared Freadrich and Brady Pouteau.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Pats Reassign Hollett


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned 16-year old goaltender Jordan Hollett.

•         Jordan Hollett (’99) to Ridge Meadow Flames (PJHL)

“We feel this is the best move for Jordan’s development,” said Pats GM and Head Coach John Paddock.  “It’s rare for goaltenders to play at 16 in this league and he needs to be in a position to play as many minutes as he can.  Jordan is going to be a big part of this team in the future.”

The move brings the Pats roster to 25 players including 15 forwards, 8 defencemen and 2 goaltenders.

Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Royals' Forsberg named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals forward Alex Forsberg has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 27th, 2015.  

Forsberg collected seven points (2g-5a) in two games to help the Victoria Royals begin the 
WHL’s 50th Season with a 2-0-0-0 record.

On Friday, September 25th against the Portland Winterhawks, Forsberg tallied three assists in the Royals
’ 4-1 victory while earning first star honours. The following night, Forsberg recorded another strong multi-point effort with four points (2g-2a) in the Royals’ 6-5 win over the Winterhawks. Forsberg was named the game’s first star for the second consecutive night on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Waldheim, S
K native is currently tied for first amongst all WHL players with seven points (2g-5a) and holds a plus-3 rating through two games. The 5-11, 192 lb forward is in his fifth WHL campaign and second season with Victoria. Forsberg has amassed 152 points (58g-94a) in 199 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Landon Bow of the Swift Current Broncos for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Bow, a 1995-born netminder from St. Albert, AB, registered a 1.95 goals against average and a .957 save percentage in his first two starts of the
season. On Friday, September 25th, Bow had an exceptional outing as he stopped 53 shots to lift the Broncos to a 2-1 shootout win against the Brandon Wheat Kings and earn first star honours. The following night, Bow turned aside 36 shots against the Wheat Kings in a 4-1 loss. Currently in his fourth season with the Broncos, Bow has posted a 50-37-4-5 record with eight shutouts in 109 career WHL regular season appearances. 

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos

COREY ST. LAURENT 
Senior Manager, Communications
Father David Bauer Arena 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

RECAP: PATS 3 WARRIORS 2 OT


The Regina Pats were looking to get into the win column in their home opener against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night. The Warriors beat the Pats to kick off the 50th WHL season on Thursday 3-1 on 3 powerplay goals. Lane Zablocki scored is first ever goal in the league in the loss for Regina. The Pats got defenceman Connor Hobbs back from the Washington Capitals into the lineup for the game while the Warriors were still without their captain Brayden Point who is still with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                  Warriors
Berg-Brooks-Wagner                                     Popugaev-Howden-Bowen
Cole-Steel-Zablocki                                          Halbgewachs-Gregor-Hunt
Macklin-Leschyshyn-Kroeker                           Jeannot-Smejkal-Shynkaruk
Woods-McAmmond-Smith                               Watts-Quinney-Bargar

Harrison-Hobbs                                              Perillat-Faith
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                    Gardiner-Brook
Knyzhov-Pouteau                                             Valentine-Woo

Wapple                                                           Sawchenko
Brown                                                              Willms

Pats scratches - Hollett, Williams, Cooper, Many Guns, Freadrich and Elmer.
Warriors scratches - Paradis, Brown, Point and White.

In the first period the Pats got off to another great start just like on Thursday but again Zach Sawchenko stood tall and kept the game scoreless. The Pats took the games first penalty but did a great job on the PK until they took a second minor and went down 2 men for 17 seconds. The Pats killed that time and then almost scored shorthanded when Adam Brooks skated in 2 on 1 and hit the post. The Pats then got a powerplay and then it went to a 5 on 3 man advantage for 52 seconds and had quality chances but didn't score. Moose Jaw got a third man advantage late but the Pats killed it and it was a scoreless game through 20 minutes. The Pats led on the shot clock 16-6.

In the second the Warriors got the games first goal just 51 seconds in. Dryden Hunt his 1st from Noah Gregor and Ryan Gardiner and it was 1-0. The Pats got a 5 minute powerplay when Jesse Shynkaruk hammered James Hilsendager head first into the boards and he was ejected. The Pats could not find the back of the net on the man advantage. The Warriors got their 4th powerplay in the second but the Pats killed it off and the game was 1-0 Moose Jaw after 2. Shots on goal were 14-14 in the period and the Pats led overall 30-20.

In the third the Pats tied the game 47 seconds in. Sam Steel a great pass in front to Sergey Zborovskiy who put home his 1st to make it 1-1. Lane Zablocki the second assist. The Warriors got the lead back at 8:28 when Dryden Hunt snapped in his second of the night and of the season with assists to Landon Quinney and Noah Gregor to make it 2-1. Just 13 seconds later the Pats tied it up. Aaron Macklin tipped in his first on a great feed from the corner by Colton Kroeker at 8:41. Jake Leschyshyn the second assist and it was 2-2. The Warriors got two straight powerplays after that but the Pats killed them off. Then in the final minute the Warriors Jayden Halbgewachs was awarded a penalty shot but Daniel Wapple made a huge stop with the right pad and the game went to overtime tied 2-2. The Pats outshot the Warriors 15-11 in the period and led overall 45-31.

In OT the Pats came up with a 2 on 1. Sam Steel skated in on right wing and snapped one that just got through Sawchenko and in. Steel with his 1st from Sergey Zborovskiy at 1:24 and the Pats won their first game of the season and snapped a four game home opener losing streak. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 46-31 in the game.

The Pats powerplay was 4 for 4 and the penalty kill was 6 for 6.

The third star honours went to the Warriors Zach Sawchenko who stopped 43 of 46 shots faced. The second star to Moose Jaws Dryden Hunt who scored twice in the loss and the first star to Sam Steel who scored the game winner and added an assist.

The Pats are back in action when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary 

1st Period 

NO SCORE

2nd Period 

Warriors Goal at 0:51. Dryden Hunt (1) from Noah Gregor and Ryan Gardiner.

3rd Period 

Pats Goal at 0:47. Sergey Zborovskiy (1) from Sam Steel and Lane Zablocki.

Warriors Goal at 8:28. Dryden Hunt (2) from Landon Quinney and Noah Gregor.

Pats Goal at 8:41. Aaron Macklin (1) from Sergey Zborovskiy.

Overtime

Pats Goal at 1:24. Sam Steel (1) from Sergey Zborovskiy.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with goaltending coach Rob Muntain and forward Sam Steel.



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Pats Announce Captain and Alternates

Regina, Saskatchewan – At the 2015-16 Home Opener, the Regina Pats announced the team’s 2015-16 leadership group.  The Blue and White will be captained by 20-year old defenceman Colby Williams with Adam Brooks, Sam Steel and Connor Hobbs serving as alternate captains for the season.

A Regina native, Colby Williams played his midget hockey with the Regina Pat Canadians before making the jump to the WHL as a 17-year old with the Pats.  A solid rookie season saw Williams post 19 assists before he broke out in his second year with 32 points (9G, 23A) in 66 games.  Last season saw the fleet footed defender continue to improve, picking up 41 points (11G, 30A) in 64 games as well as putting himself among the league leaders in plus/minus with a plus 45 rating.  Williams was named a WHL Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star for the 2014-15 season.  That performance led to the Washington Capitals making Williams their sixth round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Another fourth year player, Adam Brooks started his WHL career with the Pats as a 16-year old in the 2012-13 season.  After picking up 23 points over his first two seasons, Brooks exploded for 62 points (30G, 32A) in the 2014-15 campaign.  The rise in production propelled the Winnipeg, MB product onto the CSS Draft Rankings by the end of the season.  Despite going undrafted in June, Brooks was invited to join the New York Rangers at the Traverse City rookie tournament where he scored a goal in his first game.

Though he has only played one season in Regina, Sam Steel made an immediate impact.  The 2013 2nd overall bantam pick racked up 54 points (17G, 37A) in just 61 games during his first season.  That contribution led to Steel being named the Pats Rookie of the Year.  The skilled forward landed a spot with Team Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament where he won a gold medal.  Steel is a highly rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Connor Hobbs is another former Ivan Hlinka participant, though in 2014.  Hailing from Saskatoon, SK, Hobbs was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers last season ahead of the trade deadline.  After joining the Pats, Hobbs picked up 16 points (1G, 15A) in 33 games and added two goals in the playoffs.  His play caught the attention of the Washington Capitals who selected Hobbs in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club




Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (0-1-0-0) host their home opener tonight at the Brandt Centre against the Moose Jaw Warriors (1-0-0-0). Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs has been returned to the club by the Washington Capitals and will play his first game of the year tonight. Brayden Point is still with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will miss a second game for the Warriors. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Regina
Moose Jaw
Record
0-1-0-0
1-0-0-0
Goals For/Against
1/3 (-2)
3/1 (+2)
Powerplay
14.3% (1/7)
75.0 % (3/4)
Penalty Kill
25.0% (1/4)
85.7% (6/7)
Team Save Percentage
0.897
0.970
Leading Scorer
Lane Zablocki (1-0-0)
Brett Howden (1-1-2)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
NA
Josh Brook (0-1-1)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
0-1-0-0
1-1-1-0
Average Age
17.88 yrs
17.82 yrs

The Lead Up
The Moose Jaw Warriors scored three powerplay goals on Thursday night in the 50th WHL season opener and beat the Pats 3-1. The Pats goal in the contest also came on the powerplay. Lane Zablocki scored his first ever WHL goal in the loss for the Pats who outshot the Warriors 33-29 in the game. Daniel Wapple made 26 saves in the loss while Zach Sawchenko stopped 32 and was named the game’s first star.


A First for Moose Jaw In Over 2 Years
In the last two seasons the Pats have been dominant in the season series with Moose Jaw. In 2013/14 the club swept the 8 game series and then last year went 5-0-2-1. The win for the Warriors Thursday was the first in regulation over the Pats since March 12th 2013. 
Home Openers
The Regina Pats have struggled over the last decade in their home openers at the Brandt Centre. The team has lost in four straight years and are 3-6-0-1 in the last 10 contests since 2005.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs. Brandon – Saturday October 3, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs. Calgary – October 4, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs. Vancouver – October 9, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)



Friday, September 25, 2015

Pats reassign Krushen to the AJHL

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned defenceman Ryan Krushen.

·         Ryan Krushen (’98) to Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)

The move brings the Pats roster to 26 players including 15 forwards, 8 defencemen and 3 goaltenders. 

Hobbs and Zborovskiy Ready for Pats Home Opener

The Regina Pats have all of their NHL drafted players back from training camps ahead of their home opener on Saturday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy was returned by the New York Rangers ahead of the season opener in Moose Jaw on Thursday and now Connor Hobbs is back from the Washington Capitals and will play his first game of the year Saturday at the Brandt Centre.

Hobbs is looking forward to playing in that game. "I'm excited, maybe a little bit nervous. it's been a while since I had to be an older guy and leader on a team but I am excited. I know everyone else in the room is excited. (Thursday) is a tough one but a home opener at the Brandt Centre, I haven't experienced one yet and I am pretty excited."

Hobbs was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers last year and finished the season with 2 goals and 16 assists in 45 games.

Hobbs says his time in Washington was an eye opener. "At first you are kind of amazed by these guys and you know used to just seeing them on a video game and stuff like that. But they are only human too right and everyone makes mistakes. When you are practicing with those guys and you see how they practice there are very few mistakes. It's not like they are super human, they are just like us but at a whole other level and that's just something I want to strive for is to get top that next level."

Sergey Zborovskiy was relied upon heavily in the teams opening game in Moose Jaw and is equally as happy to be back in the Queen City. "It's good to come back to see the guys and coaching staff and everybody. I am excited to be back in Regina. New York was awesome. I was learning every day getting to see the NHL pro guys. It was a good experience for me. I think I had a pretty good training camp and I had fun."

Zborovskiy says he brings back a lot of new knowledge. "I saw how guys eat, tape their sticks, everything, everything. How guys work in gym, how guys eat food, how they are on the ice, it was actually a really good feeling."

Both Hobbs and Zborovskiy will be on the ice when the Pats host the Warriors Saturday at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.



Regina Thunder Ranked 3rd in Canada

Following Week 8 in the BCFC and Week 6 in the PFC, the two remaining undefeated teams remain on top of the CJFL Power Rankings
RankingsTeamLast Week
1Saskatoon Hilltops (6-0)1
2Okanagan Sun (8-0)2
3Regina Thunder (4-2)5
4Langley Rams (5-3)4
5Calgary Colts (3-2)3




Regina's Marwick & Menegbo among Week 6 PFC Players of the Week


Offensive Player of the Week: Quarterback - #13 Jaeden Marwick – Regina Thunder
Following two straight losses, the Regina Thunder found their grove again scoring 51 points, led by the Offensive Player of the Week, quarterback Jaeden Marwick.  He finished 22 of 28 for 346 yards and threw three touchdown passes.  He also averaged 10 yards a carry, totaling 30 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Defensive Back - #5 Menedum Menegbo – Regina Thunder
The Defensive Player of the Week was seemingly in on every tackle as the Regina Thunder won their fourth game of the year.  Menedum Menegbo compiled two interceptions, returning one 74 yards, he collected four tackles, one assisted tackle and a knockdown for 19 points.  This is his first award of the year.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Returner - #20 Adam Machart – Saskatoon Hilltops
The Saskatoon Hilltops showed they can scored on the opposition in a number of different ways.  The Special Teams Player of the Week, Adam Machart scored on a 94 yard kick-off return in the Toppers sixth straight win.  He tallied three kick-off returns for 145 yards and added a missed field goal return 36 yards.  It’s the second time a Hilltops player has won this award.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

RECAP: WARRIORS 3 PATS 1


The Regina Pats opened the 50th WHL season on Thursday night in Moose Jaw against the Warriors. The two clubs dawned throwback jerseys, honoring their history and when they met in the first ever WHL championship. The Pats got defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy back from the New York Rangers and forward Austin Wagner from the L.A. Kings and both played their first games of the season. Meanwhile the Warriors were busy on the trade front acquiring Minnesota Wild prospect, defenceman Tanner Faith from Kootenay and former Regina Pats forward Dryden Hunt from Medicine Hat. Daniel Wapple got the start in the Pats goal against Zach Sawchenko for the Warriors. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                          Warriors
Brooks-Steel-Zablocki                                            Popugaev-Howden-Bowen
Wagner-Leschyshyn-Cole                                          Halbgewachs-Gregor-Hunt
Berg-Kroeker-Smith                                                  Smejkal-Shynkaruk-White
Macklin-McAmmond-Elmer                                      Jeannot-Quinney-Bargar

Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                        Perillat-Faith
Harrison-Pouteau                                                      Brown-Valentine
Knyzhov-Freadrich                                                   Gardiner-Brook

Wapple                                                                   Sawchenko
Brown                                                                      Willms

Pats scratches - Hollett, Williams, Krushen, Hobbs, Cooper, Woods and Many Guns.
Warriors scratches - Paradis, Point and Watts.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and put the first 5 shots on goal. Jake Elmer had the best chance but was stopped by Sawchenko. The Warriors battled back and created some chances of their own but Daniel Wapple was equally sharp and the game remained scoreless. It stayed that way until the Warriors got the games first powerplay. On it Josh Brook tried to feed Jiri Smejkal on a breakaway. He was slowed up by James Hilsendager but Smejkal threw him to the ice and then scored his 1st at 12:19. Brook the lone assist and it was 1-0 Moose Jaw. The Pats continued to press and had a powerplay of their own but did not score, the game stayed 1-0 through the end of the period. The Pats were given their second powerplay at the horn when Landon Quinney hit Sam Steel up high in the corner. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 14-9 in the period.

The Pats started the second on the powerplay the Pats were unable to score. The Warriors then got their second man advantage and went up 2-0. Nikita Papugaev fired from the right circle, hit both posts and stayed out but slid right to Brett Howden who scored his 1st at 5:46. Dustin Perillat the second assist. The Pats got three more powerplays in the frame and it took until there was three seconds left in the 3rd when Sam Steel from his stomach found Lane Zablocki all alone in front and he scored his first WHL goal at 18:39 to get the Pats on the board. It was 2-1 at that point and stayed that way heading into the 3rd. The Pats outshot the Warriors 14-7 in the period and led 28-16 overall.

In the third the Warriors turned the tied and on their third powerplay of their game scored their 3rd powerplay goal. Ryan Bowen took a great pass in front from Dryden Hunt. Brett Howden the second assist at 9:42 and it was 3-1. That's the way the game ended with the Warriors outshooting the Pats 13-5 in the period. Regina led overall 33-29.

The Warriors beat the Pats in regulation for the first time on over two years.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 7 in the contest and the penalty kill went 1 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Warriors Dryden Hunt who had an assist on the third goal. The second star to Brett Howden who scored and added a helper and the first star to Zach Sawchenko who made 32 saves in the Warrior goal.

The Pats will host the Warriors Saturday at the Brandt Centre for their home opener at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Warriors PP Goal at 12:19. Jiri Smejkal (1) from Josh Brook.

2nd Period 

Warriors PP Goal at 5:46. Brett Howden (1) from Nikita Papugaev and Dustin Perillat.

Pats PP Goal at 18:39. Lane Zablocki (1) from Sam Steel.

3rd Period 

Warriors PP Goal at 9:42. Ryan Bowen (1) from Dryden Hunt and Brett Howden.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with assistant coach Brad Herauf



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Pats re-assign Gardiner

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned forward Erik Gardiner to Midget AAA.

·         Erik Gardiner (’99) to Prince Albert Mintos (SMAAAHL)

The move brings the Pats roster to 27 players including 15 forwards, 9 defencemen and 3 goaltenders.  

Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.

Giants acquire Conrie from Tri-City

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today the team has traded forward Ty Comrie to the Vancouver Giants for a conditional third round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

 

“We wish Ty all the best in Vancouver and thank him for his contributions to our team,” Tory said.

 

Comrie, a native of Edmonton, Alta., was a third round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft. He has played two seasons with the Americans, recording 10 goals and 20 assists in 135 career WHL games. 

 

 

Matt Baide

Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Tri-City Americans Hockey

Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (0-0-0-0) open the WHL 50th anniversary season tonight at Mosaic Place against the Moose Jaw Warriors (0-0-0-0). It is the first of eight meetings on the season for the rivals, last year the Pats went 5-0-2-1 against the Warriors in the season series. Pats alumni, Memorial Cup Champion,  four-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies will in attendance tonight in Moose Jaw and Warriors alum Ryan Smyth will be there as well. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Pre- Season Team Comparison
Regina
Moose Jaw
Record
1-6-0-0
3-3-0-1
Goals For/Against
20/37 (-17)
21/25 (-4)
Powerplay
13.8% (4/29)
17.2 % (5/31)
Penalty Kill
63.3% (19/30)
85.2% (23/24)
Team Save Percentage
0.861
0.895
Leading Scorer
Colton Kroeker (3-3-6)
Ryan Bowen (4-4-8)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Jared Freadrich (1-1-2)
Josh Brook (1-3-4)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
5-12-3-0
3-5-12-1
Average Age
17.88 yrs
17.82 yrs

The Real Games Start
After a tough pre-season for the Pats where they went 1-6-0-0, the club is looking to turn the page to begin the regular season. In the last five years the Pats are a combined 11-16-1-1 in the pre-season.
The Big Boys are Back
The team got some good news earlier this week when the Los Angeles Kings re-assigned forward Austin Wagner and the New York Rangers sent defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy back to Regina. Forward Adam Brooks was returned to the team late last week leaving just one player left to come back. Defenceman Connor Hobbs remains with the Washington Capitals but could return as soon as Friday.
Warriors Add Two Overagers
The Moose Jaw Warriors traded two picks, a 2nd and a 3rd, to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday and in return acquired former Regina Pats forward Dryden Hunt. Hunt scored 33 goals, added 50 assists, for 83 points in 71 games last year between Regina and Medicine Hat. The club also traded conditional 5th round pick to the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday and acquired 20-year-old defenceman Tanner Faith. The Wilcox product was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 5th round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  In 19 games last season with the Ice, Faith had one goal, six points, and 29 penalty minutes.

Upcoming Schedule
Home Opener vs Moose Jaw – Saturday September 26, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs. Brandon – Saturday October 3, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs. Calgary - Sunday October 4th, 4:00 PM - Brandt Centre (CKRM)