Friday, February 5, 2016


The Regina Pats hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night at the Brandt Centre in the biggest game of the season so far for both clubs. The Pats entered the day 5 points ahead of the Tigers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pats were coming off a 7-3 loss to Saskatoon on Saturday while Medicine Hat lost 2-1 at home to Swift Current on Tuesday, their third straight defeat. Regina took a 2-0-0-0 record against the Tigers into Friday night with wins back in October and November, once at home and once on the road. Cole Sanford took on his former team for the first time Friday and the Pats also got forward Jared McAmmond back into the lineup after missing the last 2 games with a concussion. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Williams, Berg, Macklin and Hobbs. 
Tigers scratches - Fischer, Shaw and Kirichenko. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start when Sean Richards tipped a point shot home for his 2nd of the year with assists to Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks at 3:03 to make it 1-0. Then 4 on 4 Austin Wagner tipped another one past Nick Schneider for his 19th. Adam Brooks and Jared Freadrich the helpers at 10:29 and it was a 2-0 game. The Pats powerplay got it to 3-0 at 14:38 when Lane Zablocki buried a rebound for his 11th from Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks. The Tigers powerplay responded at 17:29 when Alex Mowbray scored on a rebound with the lone assist to Brian Williams and it was 3-1. That was the score after 1 with the Tigers leading the shots 15-14.

In the second the Pats stormed out of the gate and outshot Medicine Hat 11-1 in the first 5 minutes but Nick Schneider was fantastic, keeping the game 3-1. Regina finally broke through with their 4th goal at 11:05 when Sam Steel scored on another rebound for his 18th, setting a career high in goals. Jared Freadrich the lone assist and it was 4-1. That was hot the game sat after 40 minutes, the Pats outshot Medcine Hat 23-8 in the period and led 37-23 overall.

In the third the Tigers carried the bulk of the play but could not beat Tyler Brown. The Pats added an empty netter with 1:02 left on the clock to make it 5-1 and that was the final score. Medicine Hat outshot Regina 19-8 in the period but the Pats led overall 45-42.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 5 in the win and the penalty kill was 5 for 6.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Jared Freadrich who had 2 assists in the win. The second star to Tyler Brown who stopped 41 of 42 shots for his 10th victory and the first star to Adam Brooks who had 4 assists. 

The Pats are right back at it Saturday night when they host the Prince George Cougars at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 3:03. Sean Richards (2) from Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks.

Pats 4v4 Goal at 10:29. Austin Wagner (19) from Adam Brooks and Jared Freadrich.

Pats PP Goal at 14:58. Lane Zablocki (11) from Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks.

Tigers PP Goal at 17:29. Alex Mowbray (10) from Brian Williams. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 11:05. Sam Steel (18) from Jared Freadrich. 

3rd Period

Pats EN Goal at 18:58. Sergey Zborovskiy (6) from Adam Brooks.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock:

Post game interview with forward Adam Brooks:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very impressed with the Pats for 40 minutes against Tigers. Our top 6 forwards created lots in the o-zone and all forward lines back checked which helped out our defense a bunch. Impressed with the compete of the team tonight. Defense had a so-so game in the d-zone but moved the puck really well to the forwards and were engaged in the o-zone. Very impressed with young Fredrich how he has improved to this point and engages in the play. He has had big shoes to fill with Williams & Hobb's missing for a large part of the season and is really contributing and playing important minutes for the Pats. I don't think the team has really suffered in the win/loss column because of it. They have maintained a .500 record through out. Fredrich has to be getting some interest from the scouts with his play the last couple months. He is on the smaller side in height but skates well, quick & smart with the puck and has a good quick release of his shot. He is ahead of Schioler, Poteau, & Hilsendager considerably on the depth chart in my opinion. The 4th line last night and Schioler & Poteau didn't see much ice against Tigers but I am sure will see more against PG as they are a bigger heavier team and the Pats will have to play a little harder in the trenches to beat them. It will be a different style game. More like hockey from 20 years ago. Our team really isn't built for that especially with a couple key injuries up front.