Saturday, January 16, 2016


The Regina Pats wrapped up their 6 game road trip on Saturday night in Kennewick Washington against the Tri-City Americans. The Pats were looking to snap a two game slide and finish the road trip with a 3-3-0-0 record. The Pats dropped a 4-2 decision in Seattle on Friday and also lost defenceman Connor Hobbs to an upper body injury after a fight in the second period. The Americans were coming off a 4-3 win over Saskatoon on Friday and sat 7 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tyler Brown got his first start since December 30th in Prince Albert, he missed time with an upper body injury. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Williams, Hobbs and Woods. 
Americans scratches - Valimaki, O'Reilly, Rasmussen and Roy. 

In the first period the Americans got an early poweprlay but the Pats were able to kill it off. It stayed scoreless until 8:03 when Tri City got a goal from Dylan Coghlan, his 3rd from Tyler Sandhu and Vladislav Lukin and it was 1-0. The Pats lost defenceman Liam Schioler after that when he blocked a shot and Adam Brooks found himself playing on the back end. The Pats got a powerplay of their own in the period and came close but did not score. Tri-City made it a 2-0 game at 16:41 when Morgan Geekie tipped a point shot for his 6th from Parker Wotherspoon. That was the score after 1, the Americans outshot the Pats 11-9 in the period.

In the second the Pats got on the board when Adam Brooks put home his team leading 27th at 8:06 with assists to Austin Wagner and Sean Richards and it was 2-1. Then 57 seconds later Jared Freadrich tied the game with his 3rd from Adam Brooks and Rykr Cole at 9:03 and it was 2-2. The Americans got the lead back at 12:26 when Jordan Topping got a gift of a pass in the Pats crease from a Regina defenceman and he buried his 18th to make it 3-2. Then on a Tri-City powerplay Kyle Olson tried a pass from the right circle which slid 5-hole on Tyler Brow for his 3rd with assists to Parker Wotherspoon and Parker Bowles and it was 4-2 at 16:47. That was the way the period ended, Tri-City outshot Regina 15-8 in the period and led 26-17 overall.

In the third the Pats pressed and Cole Sanford got them within a goal at 12:25 with his 23rd. Assists to Sam Steel and Brady Pouteau and it was a 4-3 game. Then at 16:47 Rykr Cole willed himself to a goal, working along the boards and then firing from the left circle and scoring his 6th of the year unassisted to tie it up 4-4. The Americans turned it on after that and Tyler Brown stood on his head to make sure the Pats got a point. The Pats outshot Tri-City 14-10 in the period but trailed 36-31 overall.

Overtime solved nothing, the Americans had 3 shots on goal to the Pats two. In the shootout, neither team scored until round 10. Brandon Carlo snapped one top corner and Chase Harrison couldn't extend it for the Pats and Tri-City took the 5-4 victory.

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

The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who had a goal and an assist in the loss. The second star to the Americans Parker Wotherspoon who had two assists and the first star to Tri-City's Brandon Carlo who scored the shootout winner. 

The Pats will head home and be off until Saturday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Americans Goal at 8:03. Dylan Coghlan (3) from Tyler Sandhu and Vladislav Lukin.

Americans Goal at 16:41. Morgan Geekie (6) from Parker Wotherspoon. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 8:06. Adam Brooks (27) from Austin Wagner and Sean Richards.

Pats Goal at 9:03. Jared Freadrich (3) from Adam Brooks and Rykr Cole.

Americans Goal at 12:26. Jordan Topping (18) unassisted.

Americans PP Goal at 16:47. Kyle Olson (3) from Parker Wotherspoon and Parker Bowles. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 12:25. Cole Sanford (23) from Sam Steel and Brady Pouteau.

Pats Goal at 14:41. Rykr Cole (6) unassisted.



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

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