Wednesday, February 24, 2016


The Regina Pats wrapped up their two game Central Division road trip on Wednesday night in Lethbridge against the first place Hurricanes. The Pats brought a six game winning streak into the contest including a 5-4 shootout victory in Medicine Hat on Tuesday. The Hurricanes were looking to snap a 3 game losing skid and were without their top two centers, Giorgio Estephan and Justin Gutierrez. The Pats held a 2-1-0-0 record against the Hurricanes heading into this fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs. Tyler Brown made his 7th consecutive start in the Pats goal and carried an 8 game winning streak into the game. The Pats entered the night 5 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd in the East Division with two games in hand. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Williams, Woods and Pouteau. 
Hurricanes scratches - Watson, Estephan and Gutierrez. 

In the first period the Pats got off to another quick start. Lane Zablocki scored his 12th of the year just 29 seconds in from Adam Brooks to make it 1-0. The Pats went up 2-0 at 7:09 when Sam Steel finsihed off a back door feed from Cole Sanford and Jared Freadrich. 20 seconds after that it was Cole Sanfords turn to score, his 31st from Sam Steel and Jared Freadrich and the Pats lead was 3-0. The Hurricanes responded when Tyler Wong got a bouncing puck to go in from the top of the crease for his 35th at 8:41. Colton Kroeker and Andrew Nielsen the assists aand it was a 3-1 game. The Pats got that one back when Cole Sanford scored his 2nd of the night, 32nd of the year on a nice centering feed from Sean Richards at 10:09. Sergey Zborovskiy the second assist and it was 4-1. That was it for Stuart Skinners night in goal, allowing 4 goals on 5 shots, he was replaced by Jayden Sittler. The Pats powerplay extended the lead to 5-1 when Rykr Cole tapped in a gift of a back door pass from Jake Leschyshyn at 16:31, Sean Richards with the other helper. The Hurricanes got an abbreviated powerpla after that and got to within 3. Ryley Lindgren tried to center from the right goalline and it went off a skate and in for his 24th at 19:03 and it was 5-2. Then in the dying seconds the Hurricanes Brady Reagan got a point shot through traffic from the right point and scored his 4th at 19:52 to make it a 5-3 Pats lead and that was the score after 1. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 16-13 in the period.

In the second goals were harder to come by and the game stayed 5-3 until the 13:22 mark. Colton Kroeker tried a pass from the right circle and it went off of James Hilsendager and in for his 10th to get the Hurricanes to wihin one at 5-4. The Pats restored the two goal lead at 15:17 went Austin Wagner skated in on a partial breakaway, shielded off the defender and put home his 24th unassisted to make it 6-4 Regina. The Canes got back to within a goal when Tyler Wong was left all alone in the slot, he took a pass and ripped it off the far post and in for his second of the night and 36th of the season from Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker at 17:08 and the game was 6-5. That was the score after two periods, the Canes outshot Regina 15-12 in the period and the teams were tied 28-28 overall.

In the third the Hurricanes started with 1:44 on the powerplay but the Pats killed it off. The Canes were able to tie the game short handed when Brayden Burke put home a rebound for his 21st and it was 6-6. Lane Zablocki gave the Pats the lead back at 8:46 with a backhand shot into the top of the net for his second of the game and 13th and it was 7-6 Regina. The Hurricanes responded thanks to Colton Kroeker who scored at 10:43 and 13:51 to complete his hattrick and Lethbridge led 8-7. Then it was Lane Zablocki's turn to get his first career hattrick at 17:02 and it was 8-8. That was the score after 60 minutes. The Canes outshot the Pats 24-11 in the period and led 52-39 overall.

In overtime the Pats outshot the Canes 7-3 and had numerous chances to win it but Jayden Sittler stood on his head and we went to a shootout. The shootout went 7 rounds, Austin Wagner scored for the Pats and then Andrew Nielsen was stopped by Tyler Brown and the Pats won 9-8 the final score.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 4.

The thurd star of the game went to the Pats Lane Zablocki who had a hattrick in the win. The second star to Tyler Wong of the Hurricanes who had two goals and 4 assists and the first star to the Hurricanes Colton Kroeker who had a hattrick and an assist in the loss. 

The Pats are back in action at the Brandt Centre on Friday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 0:23. Lane Zablocki (12) from Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 7:09. Sam Steel (21) from Cole Sanford and Jared Freadrich.

Pats Goal at 7:29. Cole Sanford (31) from Sam Steel and Jared Freadrich.

Hurricanes Goal at 8:41. Tyler Wong (35) from Colton Kroeker and Andrew Nielsen.

Pats Goal at 10:09. Cole Sanford (32) from Sean Richards and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats PP Goal at 16:31. Rykr Cole (10) from Jake Leschyshyn and Sean Richards.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 19:03. Ryley Lindgren (24) from Tyler Wong.

Hurricanes Goal at 19:52. Brady Reagan (4) from Arvin Atwal and Cory Millette. 

2nd Period

Hurricanes Goal at 13:22. Colton Kroeker (10) from Darian Skeoch and Tyler Wong.

Pats Goal at 15:17. Austin Wagner (24) unassisted.

Hurricanes Goal at 17:08. Tyler Wong (36) from Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker. 

3rd Period

Hurricanes SH Goal at 8:05. Brayden Burke (21) from Tyler Wong.

Pats Goal at 8:46. Lane Zablocki (13) from Adam Brooks.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 10:43. Colton Kroeker (11) from Brayden Burke and Andrew Neilsen.

Hurricanes Goal at 13:51. Colton Kroeker (12) from Brayden Burke and Tyler Wongs.

Pats Goal at 17:02. Lane Zablocki (14) from Adam Brooks.



Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf:


Anonymous said...

That game was tough to watch. I agree with Herauf that the best part was the OT and SO. Our defence absolutely has to get with it. Time to stop winning ugly guys and start playing right like the coach says. Looking forward to Friday's game. Lots on the line.

Anonymous said...

Hockey fans love goals, and this was one heck of a fun game to experience. Just wish the NHL had more games like this - eliminate the old debate about bigger nets/pads etc.

Anonymous said...

Of further note is how the Hurricanes are #9 in the CHL top 10 teams. Impressive win by the Pats. Hope the next home game is sold right out. The Pats are on a historic roll!

Anonymous said...

What a game!!!!!