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Saturday, October 31, 2015

RECAP: PATS 4 WARRIORS 3 OT

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (7-6-1-0) played the back half of a home-and-home against the Moose Jaw Warriors (8-3-2-1) at Mosaic Place.  Chase Harrison scored 13 seconds into overtime to lift the Pats to a 4-3 victory.

Scoring Summary

First Period
Regina – Colton Kroeker (3) from Smith and Berg – 16:24
Regina – Adam Brooks (8) from Pouteau and Wagner – 19:58

Second Period
Regina – Austin Wagner (3) from Brooks – 8:11 (SH)

Third Period
Moose Jaw – Brett Howden (7) from Popugaev and Jeannot – 11:12
Moose Jaw – Brett Howden (8) from Point and Gregor – 17:46
Moose Jaw – Brayden Point (11) from Howden and Hunt – 19:17

Overtime
Regina – Chase Harrison (1) from Brooks and Wagner – 0:13

Shots on Goal
Regina – 11-13-7-1-(32)   Moose Jaw – 14-13-0-(0)

Powerplay
Regina – 0/4   Moose Jaw – 0/5

Game Story
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown was a key contributor early on, making a few key stops.  That included a great glove save on a one-timer from Dryden Hunt.  For the second game in a row, the Pats jumped onto the scoreboard first.  Adam Berg and Luc Smith one their battles down low and Smith sent the puck in front for Colton Kroeker who found twine with 3:36left.  With the Pats in the zone and the clock ticking to zero, Austin Wagner won the puck back to the line for Brady Pouteau who let fly a one timer.  The shot was tipped by Adam Brooks for a 2-0 Pats lead with just 1.5 seconds left in the period.

Similar to Friday, just one goal went on the board in the second period when Austin Wagner raced past the Moose Jaw defence and went upstairs for a shorthanded marker and a 3-0 Regina lead.  The Pats continued to roll with multiple fast break opportunities, but Brody Willms wouldn’t allow another in the period.  Brown stood fast against 13 Moose Jaw attempts to keep the score at 3-0 Regina after forty.

Moose Jaw opened the third with four minutes remaining on a five minute major carrying over from the second.  The only shot on goal came from Regina as Austin Wagner was denied on a glorious chance by Willms.  With Regina seemingly having control of the game, the Warriors started to climb back in.  Brett Howden started the comeback at the 11:12 mark.  He added another with Willms on the bench with just 2:14left.  Moose Jaw completed the comeback when Howden flipped the puck toward the net and Brayden Point tipped it past Brown to even the game 3-3.  The Pats nearly broke the deadlock with a couple seconds left, but Lane Zablocki’s chance on a nearly open net was blocked by Marc McNulty.  It took just 13 seconds of overtime as Chase Harrison tipped an Austin Wagner feed to the back of the net for the 4-3 win.

Quick Hits
- Adam Brooks registered his 100th career WHL point.
- Brooks and Austin Wagner both had three point (1G, 2A) nights.
- Game attendance was 3319.

What’s Next?
The Pats are off from game action until next weekend.  On Friday, they head to Swift Current for their first meeting with the Broncos before hosting the Victoria Royals on Saturday at the Brandt Centre.  Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. puck drops.

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 (6-6-1-0) hit the road to Moose Jaw on Saturday afternoon for a matinee against the Warriors (8-3-1-1). The Warriors won at the Brandt Centre on Friday night 5-1 and improved to 2-0-1-0 against Regina on the season. Puck drop is at 2 o’clock this afternoon with the pre-game at 1:35 on 620 CKRM Two. You can hear the game here: http://www.620ckrm.com/rm2.html

Team Comparison
Regina
Moose Jaw
Record
6-6-1-0
8-3-1-1
Goals For/Against
35/46 (-11)
51/36 (+15)
Powerplay
15.5% (9/58)
28.6 % (14/49)
Penalty Kill
67.7% (44/65)
88.0% (44/50)
Team Save Percentage
0.903
0.924
Leading Scorer
Steel/Brooks (14 pts)
Brayden Point (10-16-26)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-5-8)
Marc McNulty (2-5-7)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
7-14-12-2
18-14-20-0
Average Age
17.96 yrs
17.86 yrs

The Lead Up
The Warriors got three goals from former Regina Pats forward Dryden Hunt on Friday in a 5-1 win at the Brandt Centre. The Pats opened the scoring thanks to Sam Steel but the Warriors scored 5 unsanswered in the victory. Zach Sawchenko stopped 31 of 32 shots faced and the Pats fell 5 points back of Moose Jaw in the East Division standings.


Steel Ties Team Lead
Pats second year forward out of Sherwood Park Sam Steel provided the only offense for the Pats on Friday. With his 5th goal of the seaosn he tied Adam Brooks for the tema lead in points with 14 on the year. Lane Zablocki picked up the lone assist, he is in the top 20 in rookie scoring in the WHL with 7 points on the season.

Penalty Kill Throws Shutout
One of the few positives for the Pats on Friday night was the penalty kill. The team was shorthanded twice and killed hem both off, marking the first time this season they have not given up a powerplay goal to the opposing team.

Zborovskiy to Represent Russia
Pats defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy is one of 4 WHLer’s that will suit up for Team Russia in the 2015 Canada-Russia series in November. The New York Rangers 3rd round pick leads all Pats defenceman with 8 points on the season. The Canada-Russia series comes to the WHL on November 9th and 10th in Kelowna and Kamloops B.C.


Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Swift Current – November 6. 7:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats Vs Victoria – November 7, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Red Deer – November 13, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)





Friday, October 30, 2015

RECAP: WARRIORS 5 PATS 1


The Regina Pats took on their biggest rivals, the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. It was the third meeting of the season between the two clubs with both teams winning once in the first two matchups. The Pats were coming off a 2-1 OT loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday while the Warriors where shut out 3-0 in Swift Current Saturday for their 2nd straight loss. The Pats entered the day, three points back of Moose Jaw in the East Division standings. Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.

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

Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                               Gardiner-Faith
Harrison-Hobbs                                               Paradis-McNulty
Pouteau-Freadrich                                           Brown

Wapple                                                           Sawchenko
Brown                                                             Willms

Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Williams, Cole, Leschyshyn and Elmer.
Warriors scratches - Brook and Perillat.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and after a number of chances opened the scoring at 7:01. Sam Steel took a drop pass in the slot and buried his 5th of the year with the lone assist to Lane Zablocki. The Warriors got their best chance a short time later from Brayden Point who split the D but Wapple made a nice glove arm save. Right after that however the Warriors did score when Point fed Dryden Hunt in the right circle and he snapped home his 9th at 11:26. Marc McNulty the second helper and it was 1-1. The Warriors continued to press and got the go ahead goal in the final minute. Tyler Brown shot from the left point missed the net but bounced off the end wall right to Jiri Smejkal who scored his 3rd at 19:37 and it was 2-1. That was the score through 20 minutes with the Warriors leading on the clock 15-10.

In the second the Warriors got the 3-1 goal at 5:16. Daniel Wapple gave up a bad rebound and Brett Howden slid home his 6th of the year from Jayden Halbgewachs and Tanner Faith. The Warriors kept coming after that but Wapple settled in and kept his team within 2. The Pats got the games first powerplay with 5 minutes left in the period but Moose Jaw had the better chances short handed and then after killing the penalty came close to making it 4-1 but the Pats held on and trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes. The Warriors outshot the Pats 20-8 in the period and led 35-18 overall.

In the third Moose Jaw went ahead 4-1 when Dryden Hunt scored his second of the night at 3:21. He fired from the left circle off the post and in for his 10th with assists to Nikita Popugaev and Brayden Point. Hunt completed the hattrick on a bounce off the end wall that he just got enough of to get his 11th of the season at 6:52. Popugaev the lone assist and it was 5-1, that was the final score. The Pats outshot the Warriors 14-12 in the period but trailed overall 47-32.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 3 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 2. It was the first time this season the Pats did not give up a powerplay goal.

The third star of the game went to the Warriors Jayden Halbgewachs who had an assist in the win. The second star to Moose Jaw netminder Zach Sawchenko who stopped 31 of 32 shots faced and the 1st star to the Warriors Dryden Hunt who had the hattrick.

The Pats will head to Moose Jaw for a rematch on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Mosaic Place.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 7:01. Sam Steel (5) from Lane Zablocki.

Warriors Goal at 11:26. Dryden Hunt (9) from Brayden Point and Marc McNulty.

Warriors Goal at 19:37. Jiri Smejkal (3) from Tyler Brown.

2nd Period 

Warriors Goal at 5:16. Brett Howden (6) from Jayden Halbgewachs and Tanner Faith.

3rd Period 

Warriors Goal at 3:21. Dryden Hunt (10) from Nikita Popugaev and Brayden Point.

Warriors Goal at 6:52. Dryden Hunt (11) from Nikita Popugaev.


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



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Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (6-5-1-0) host their biggest rivals on Friday night at the Brandt Centre, the Moose Jaw Warriors (7-3-1-1). The Pats are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday while the Warriors lost in Swift Current on Saturday 3-0. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Moose Jaw
Record
6-5-1-0
7-3-1-1
Goals For/Against
34/41 (-7)
47/35 (+12)
Powerplay
16.1% (9/56)
29.8 % (14/47)
Penalty Kill
66.7% (42/63)
87.5% (42/48)
Team Save Percentage
0.904
0.921
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (7-7-14)
Brayden Point (10-14-24)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-5-8)
Marc McNulty (2-4-6)
Scoring by Period (1-2-3-OT)
6-14-12-2
16-13-18-1
Average Age
17.96 yrs
17.86 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats did everything but win on Sunday at home to the Prince Albert Raiders in a 2-1 OT loss. The club outplayed and outshot the Raiders but Ian Scott stood on his head and made 38 saves for the win. The Pats lone goal came from Connor Hobbs while Daniel Wapple stopped 27 of 29 shots in the loss. 

The Moose Jaw Warriors lost their second straight game on Saturday in Swift Current, 3-0 at the hands of the Broncos. The Warriors lost Friday as well in Prince Albert 7-2. Moose Jaw had won 3 in a row prior to last weekend. 

Head to Head
The Pats and Warriors split their two game set to start the season with the home team winning both games. Sam Steel scored the OT winner at the Brandt Centre for the Pats while Warriors won at home in the first game of the WHL season. That was the first time the Warriors had beat the Pats in regulation going back two seasons. In the last two years the Pats were 13-0-2-1 against Moose Jaw.

Leschshyn gone with Team Canada

Regina Pats 16-year-old forward Jake Leschyshyn has left the club and joined Team Canada ahead of the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John B.C. Leschyshyn will play with Team Canada Black which starts the tournament against team Canada White on  Sunday at 1 o’clock. 

Brayden Point lighting it up
Moose Jaw Warriors 19-year-old and Tampa Bay Lighting prospect Brayden Point is off to a great start this season. Point in just 10 games played has scored 10 goals and has 24 points which leads the entire WHL. His line mate Dryden Hunt has been great as well, tallying 8 goals and 22 points in his first 12 games as a Warrior. Point will face the Pats for the first time this season. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Moose Jaw – October 31, 2:00 PM – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – November 6. 7:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats Vs Victoria - November 7, 7:00 PM - Brandt Centre (CKRM)




WHL Awards Record Number of Scholarships in 50th Season

Calgary, AB – Western Hockey League (WHL) Commissioner Ron Robison announced today that a total of 337 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The 337 WHL Scholarships awarded represent the highest total for the fall academic season in WHL history.

In addition, 157 current WHL players are receiving financial assistance for enrolling in post-secondary classes while playing in the WHL, many of whom are taking online courses through Athabasca University. Fully funded by WHL member Clubs, all players currently playing in the WHL are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses. The financial assistance received for post-secondary studies while playing does not impact on the WHL Scholarship benefits a WHL player is entitled to upon graduating from the League.

This year, 195 of the 337 WHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education while playing elite hockey at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level. In Western Canada, 122 of these student-athletes are playing in the Canada West University Conference (CWUAA), and have combined their WHL Scholarship with additional financial assistance from their institution to receive the Western Canada Premier Hockey Scholarship.

WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled this year as full-time students at 73 different post-secondary institutions throughout North America.

The University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) leads the way with 31 WHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies while 30 former WHL players are registered at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC). The University of Saskatchewan (25), University of Lethbridge (22), University of Calgary (20), University of Regina (18), University of Manitoba (15) and SAIT Polytecyhnic (15) also lead the way in WHL graduate enrollment.

Among the 2015-16 WHL Scholarship recipients, 58 WHL graduates are enrolled at Universities in Eastern Canada with 51 currently playing hockey in the Ontario and Atlantic Conferences of the CIS. In total, 70 WHL graduates are enrolled at a Canadian College, other post-secondary institution, or in a trade or technical training institution, with 22 grads currently playing hockey in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) or the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). Eight WHL graduates are attending a post-secondary institution in the United States.

Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute more than $2.0 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

“The WHL and our member Clubs are very proud to offer our players the most comprehensive hockey scholarship program of its kind in North America today,” stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are committed to ensuring our players achieve their academic goals while playing at the top level of the Canadian hockey system.”

Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship.  For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. WHL players can also access financial assistance for post-secondary courses while playing in the League prior to accessing their WHL Scholarship. The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education vehicles, fully-accredited university courses to any WHL player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL.

The WHL continues to be the leading provider of Hockey Scholarships in Western Canada.  Since 1993, the Western Hockey League has awarded more than 5,500 Scholarships to graduate players, representing an investment by WHL ownership of more than $19 million.

The WHL Scholarship is considered to be the most attractive and flexible hockey scholarship due to the fact it is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify, and the student-athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary program of his choice.

Summary - WHL Scholarships 2015-2016:
Canadian Universities, Western Canada – 201
Canadian Universities, Eastern Canada – 58
Canadian Colleges and other institutions  – 70
U.S. Colleges, Universities – 8
Total - WHL Scholarships – 337

WHL Graduates continuing to play hockey at the elite Canadian University or College level:
Canada West Conference – 122
Ontario University Athletics /Atlantic University Sport Conferences – 51
ACAC / BCIHL – 22
Total – 195


COREY ST. LAURENT | Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Father David Bauer Arena

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Winterhawks acquire Bukarts from Brandon


The Portland Winterhawks have acquired forward Rihards Bukarts from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for two conditional third round picks in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Bukarts is in his third WHL campaign, with five goals and four assists for nine points in 10 games this season. In 137 career WHL games, Bukarts has posted 66 goals and 71 assists for 137 points. 

A native of Jurmala, Latvia, Bukarts has represented his country in international play several times, including the World Junior Championship.

“Rihards is a dynamic, proven scorer in the WHL who will add speed and creativity to our offensive attack,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “With Carl Ericson suffering a season-ending injury, it opened up the opportunity for us to acquire Rihards and we’re excited to have him join us.”

Courtesy Winterhawks PR



Pats ‘Funding the Fight’ on Friday

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are ready to host their annual ‘Paint the Rink Pink’ night this Friday.  The Pats play host to the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 p.m. in the first game of a home and home.  
This is the team’s eleventh year ‘Funding the Fight’ against breast cancer.  Tomorrow night’s fundraising efforts go to breast cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.  Fans attending the game will notice all the rink board advertisements and glass stanchions have gone pink.  Thanks to game sponsor Imagination Ink and all of our rink board sponsors for making this possible.  Regina Pats players will wear pink tape and laces.   
Fans can help in the Pats efforts to ‘Paint the Rink Pink’ by filling out an ‘I Fight For’ poster.  With a $2 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, fans can show their support for someone currently fighting cancer, in recovery or remember someone who passed away.  The posters will hang on the facing of the upper deck with the goal of creating a pink ribbon around the arena.
In addition to the ‘I Fight For’ posters, the Pats will raffle off a game worn red Daniel Wapple jersey with all the proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.  A $10 donation gets fans ten tickets for the draw.  The Canadian Cancer Society will also be set up on the concourse fundraising with a merchandise table.  Fans are also able to simply make a donation to the cancer society which will go directly to breast cancer research.
As in past seasons, the Blue and White will honour a group of breast cancer survivors at centre ice prior to puck drop.  Friday’s rendition of the national anthem will have the Brandt Centre rocking as Gordie Johnson from Canadian rock group ‘Big Sugar’ will perform O Canada to kick the night off.
Tickets for Friday’s game are available at Ticketmaster.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.
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



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth 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 6

Rank:
Team:
Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:
1
Erie Otters (9-1-1-0)
1
6
2
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (12-1-3-1)
4
5
3
Kitchener Rangers (9-0-3-0)
7
2
4
Prince Albert Raiders (10-2-0-1)
10
2
5
Shawinigan Cataractes (12-3-0-0)
2
6
6
Kingston Frontenacs (9-2-1-1)
-
1
7
Seattle Thunderbirds (8-2-1-0)
8
3
8
Brandon Wheat Kings (8-3-0-2)
3
6
9
London Knights (8-2-1-1)
5
6
10
Moncton Wildcats (11-5-1-0)
-
1
Honourable Mention:
Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-2-0-0)
-
0
Windsor Spitfires (8-2-3-0)
-
1
Red Deer Rebels (10-4-0-0)
-
3



 


Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey Leagu