Friday, January 15, 2016


The Regina Pats were in Seattle on Friday night looking to ounce back from Wednesday loss in Portland when they took on the Thunderbirds. The Pats fell 4-1 to the Winterhawks, two of those coming with the net empty late in the final period. Adam Brooks extended his point streak to 15 games in the loss with his 26th goal of the season. He has 32 points in those 15 games and led the WHL in scoring heading into Friday with 69 points. The Thunderbirds were coming off a 4-0 shutout win in Prince George on Wednesday. Landon Bow made 26 saves and Cavin Leth scored twice in the win. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Williams, Woods and Pouteau. 
Thunderbirds scratches - Tyszka, Seidel, Magnes and Uhrich. 

In the first period the Thunderbirds got off to a great start with all the pressure in the opening minute and drew a penalty. With the man advantage, Mathew Barzal gained the Pats blue line on the left wing, fed Ryan Gropp in the left circle and he in turn went cross ice to a wide open Keegan Kolesar and he tapped in his 19th at 1:58 and it was 1-0. The Pats settled in after that and the game turned to a more tight checking battle. The teams traded a powerplay a piece in the rest of the period but did not score and Seattle took the 1-0 lead to the break. The T-Birds outshot Regina 11-5 in the period.

In the second the Pats drew even 3:56 in when Luc Smith buried his 3rd of the year on a rebound in the slot. Liam Schioler and Rykr Cole the assists and it was 1-1. Connor Hobbs got into a fight after that and when it went to the ice he hit his forehead and was forced to leave the game. He did not return. The Pats carried the play in the period but gave up two powerplays and Seattle made them pay. Ryan Gropp scored on both, first at 9:17 and then again at 19:18 for his 20th and 21st goals of the year and the Thunderbirds led 3-1 after 40 minutes. The Pats outshot Seattle 15-8 in the period and led 20-19 overall.

In the third Seattle got a goal form Donovan Neuls to make it 4-1 at 6:45. That was it for Jordan Holetts night, Tyler Brown replaced him goal. The Pats responded when Sean Richards skated up the left wing and finished from the goal line into the to of the net. An absolute beauty for his first in the WHL and it was 4-2 at 10:48. Chase Harrison the lone assist. The Thunderbirds held on from there and took the two points. The Pats outshot Seattle 17-7 in the period and 37-26 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 4 in the game and the penalty kill was 2 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Thunderbirds Landon Bow who made 35 saves on 37 shots. The second star to Seattle's Mathew Barzal who had 3 asissts and the first star to Ryan Gropp who scored twice and added a helper. 

The Pats wrap up their U.S. Division road trip on Saturday in Tri-City against the Americans with a 9 o'clock puck drop Regina time on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Thunderbirds PP Goal at 1:58. Keegan Kolesar (19) from Ryan Gropp and Mathew Barzal. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 3:56. Luc Smith (3) from Liam Schioler and Rykr Cole.

Thunderbirds PP Goal at 9:17. Ryan Gropp (20) from Alexander True and Mathew Barzal.

Thunderbirds PP Goal at 19:18. Ryan Gropp (21) from Mathew Barzal and Alexander True. 

3rd Period

Thunderbirds Goal at 6:45. Donovan Neuls (5) from Ethan Bear and Turner Ottenbreit.

Pats Goal at 10:48. Sean Richards (1) from Chase Harrison.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

….seems like a lack of size and grit here. our pp and pk were bad…best players weren't our best players…playing a complete game is still a huge problem for the team…hope Hobbs isn't out and the team finds some consistency. Just need to have the game tonight.