Friday, January 1, 2016


The Regina Pats hosted their division rival Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre to kick off 2016 on Friday. The Pats were coming off two strong efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday where they beat the Saskatoon Blades 3-1 and lost 6-5 in a shootout in Prince Albert. The Broncos meanwhile were riding a two game winning streak including a 6-4 victory in Saskatoon on Wednesday. The Broncos made a splash this week ahead of the trade deadline, send Boston Bruins 1st round pick to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for Lane Pederson and 2 draft picks. The Pats Adam Brooks was the hottest player in the WHL coming into the game after recording 25 points in the month of December and was carrying a 9game point streak with 6 goals and 19 points in that stretch. The Pats were oh and 1 against the Broncos on the season but sat 10 points ahead in the Eastern Conference standings. Swift Current entered the day, 6 points out of a playoff spot. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.



Chaulk-Arnold-T. Elder



Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Kroeker, Freadrich, Elmer and Pouteau. 
Broncos scratches - Harris, K. Elder, Stotts, Gawdin and Johnson. 

In the first period the Broncos opened the scoring at the 7:15 mark. Jon Martin walked out front from below the goal-line and scored his league leading 27th short side with assists to Kade Jensen and Tyler Steenbergen and it was 1-0. The Pats got a powerplay after that but did not score. The the final minutes of the frame the Pats Jared McAmmond and the Broncos Cavin Leth dropped the gloves for what ended up being a dandy of a fight. Leth started strong but McAmmond came back as both players landed some heavy blows. The Broncos would take the 1-0 lead to the break while the Pats led the shots on goal 12-10.

In the second the Pats tied the game just 13 seconds into the period. Adam Berg buried his 9th of the season with assists to Adam Brooks and Sergey Zborovskiy to make it a 1-1 game. Brooks with the helper extends his point streak to 10 games with his 20th point in that stretch. The Pats got their first lead at 13:22. Adam Brooks made an unbelievable feed in front for Wagner who banged home his 14th, second assist to Liam Schioler and it was 2-1. The Broncos had two poweprlays in the period but the Pats killed them off and took the 2-1 lead to the break. Swift Current outshot the Pats 9-6 in the period and led 19-18 overall. 

In the third the Broncos tied it up at 10:35 when Lane Pederson put a loose puck in the crease into the goal for his 8th of the season. Assists to Tyler Steenbergen and Jon Martin. Then at 12:55, Scott Feser scored his 8th on a nice feed from Arthur Miller to give Swift Current the 3-2 lead. The game stayed that way until the final minute, the Pats pulled Jordan Hollett for the extra attacker and at the 19 minute mark Sam Steel tipped in his 12th from Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs the assists and it was 3-3. That was the score after regulation with the Pats oushooting the Broncos 13-6 in the perios and they led 31-25 overall.

In overtime, the Pats carried all the play and just when it looked like the game was headed to a shootout, Sam Steel led a 2 on 1 with Adam Brooks with 10 seconds left. Steel fed Brooks in front and he tapped in his 21st of the year with 7 tenths of a second left on the clock and the Pats took the extra point 4-3. Brooks has 9 points in his last three games and 22 points over his 10 game point streak.

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

The third star of the game went to the Pats Sam Steel who tied the game late and assisted on the game winner. The second star to the Broncos Landon Bow who stopped 33 of 37 shots faced. The first star to the Pats Adam Brooks who scored the game winner and had two helpers.

The Pats will host the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday at the Brandt Centre at 4 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Broncos 4v4 Goal at 7:15. Jon Martin (27) from Kade Jensen and Tyler Steenbergen. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 0:13. Adam Berg (9) from Adam Brooks and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats Goal at 13:22. Austin Wagner (14) from Adam Brooks and Liam Schioler. 

3rd Period

Broncos Goal at 10:35. Lane Pederson (8) from Tyler Steenbergen and Jon Martin.

Broncos Goal at 12:55. Scott Feser (8) from Arthur Miller and Jayden Gordon.

Pats 6v5 Goal at 19:00. Sam Steel (12) from Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs.


Pats Goal at 4:59. Adam Brooks (21) from Sam Steel.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interviews with Head Coach and GM John Paddock and forward Sam Steel.


william weppler said...

A wild one tonight and a great ending. Steel stoled the show so to speak...and well Brooks, was just Brooks ...again! Bring on PA!

Anonymous said...

Paddock wasn't happy and if anyone was at the game, there were glaring reasons. Technically it was pretty bad but Brooks willed this team to a win. A very big win before the USA swing. Would like to see another tomorrow and one in Kootenay. Fingers crossed I guess.

Steel was pretty unhappy with Cooper and glaring at him after he went offside on a play. They really need to get that sorted out. Pouteau, Freadrich and Knyzhov sitting out since they returned from break is odd. I don't think Elmer has played either. There are guys ahead of them but Pouteau and Freadrich were really finding their game before X-mas. There has to be something in the wind coming down the pike.

Steve said...

Agree that the 2 young dmen you mention were finding their game and showing they belonged ahead of a couple others that are getting game after game. Is it possible there has been some illness going through the team? The young dmen's skill level is above others but need some time and patience from coaching staff to develop and learn. They haven't received any of that yet compared to some others back there. What a player did last year and where they were drafted sure seems to carry alot of water compared to how they are playing at the moment. The coaching staff and scouts would never want to admit or show they made bad decisions. Huge double standard being witnessed. Also if Elmer had the opportunity and long rope that a couple other young forwards get he would be a big contributor also by this point of the season but has been given zero opportunity. I'm sure these players were told different when they agreed to sign on and didn't think they would be rotting in the stands watching others fumble their way around the ice. Take your pick whom I'm talking about in last night's game. A minus one rating was very flattering for a few out there last night.