Friday, March 25, 2016

RECAP: Pats Discipline Costs them Game 1 in Lethbridge

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats and Lethbridge Hurricanes played game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Friday night at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge. It kicked off the first playoff meeting between the two organizations since 1996. The Pats went 3-1-0-0 in the regular season series with Lethbridge, outscoring them 24-22 in the four games. The clubs combined to score 11.5 goals per game in the the series. The Hurricanes were without defenceman Darian Skeoch due to suspension while overage center Justin Gutierrez missed game one with an upper-body injury. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Smith, Pouteau and Schioler.
Hurricanes scratches - Skeoch, Watson, Gutierrez, Thunder Chief and Sheen. 

In the first period the Pats took a penalty just 31 second in and the Hurricanes got the first goal of the series. Cory Millette took a pas sin front, spun and back handed it into the top of the goal for his 1st at 1:54. Kord Pankewicz and Egor Babenko the assists and it was 1-0. The Pats didn't panic and had some great chances the other way after that but Stuart Skinner made some big stops to keep it 1-0. The Canes got a second powerplay and made it 2-0. Tyler Wong centred for Brayden Burke who scored his 1st at 14:07. Andrew Nielsen the second assist on the Canes second PP goal. The Pats responded with a 5 on 3 powerplay. Adam Brooks fired off the far post and it came off, hit the leg of Skinner and went in. Brooks with his first from Cole Sanford and Sam Steel at 18:57 and it was 2-1. That was the score after 1 with both teams putting 13 shots on net.

In the second the Pats really took over in the first half of the frame. First Austin Wagner scored to tie it 2-2 at 4:16. He streaked up the left wing and ripped a shot just inside the far post for his 1st from Adam Brooks and Sergey Zborovskiy. Than on the powerplay the Pats took their first lead, Connor Hobbs hammered a slap shot from the point for his 1st with assists to Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford at 9:27 and it was 3-2. After the media timeout the Hurricanes turned the tide back the other way and got the game tied at 16:21 off an offensive zone faceoff. Carter Folk was left all alone in front and he took a pass and buried his 1st to tie the game 3-3. Arvin Atwal and Egor Babenko the assists.  The game stayed tied heading to the third, the Canes outshot the Pats 13-9 in the period and led 26-22 overall. 

The Pats fell apart in the third. The Hurricanes tied it up 41 seconds in when Brayden Burke scored his second of the night with assists to Giorgio Estephan and Arvin Atwal. The Pats took 6 penalties in the period and the Canes scored twice. First at 5:54, Cory Millette with his second and then at 15:20 Kord Pankewicz made it 6-3 with his 1st and that was the final score. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 11-7 in the period and 37-29 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 2 for 6 in the game and the penalty kill went 8 for 12.

The third star of the game went to the Hurricanes Brayden Burke who had 2 goals. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had a goal and 2 assists and the first star to Lethbridge forward Cory Millette who scored twice and added a helper in the win.

The Pats and Hurricanes will meet in game 2 Saturday night in Lethbridge at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Hurricanes PP Goal at 1:54. Cory Millette (1) from Kord Pankewicz and Egor Babenko.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 14:07. Brayden Burke (1) from Tyler Wong and Andrew Nielsen.

Pats 5v3 PP Goal at 18:57. Adam Brooks (1) from Cole Sanford and Sam Steel. 

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 4:16. Austin Wagner (1) from Adam Brooks and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats PP Goal at 9:27. Connor Hobbs (1) from Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford.

Hurricanes 4v4 Goal at 16:21. Carter Folk (1) from Arvin Atwal and Egor Babenko. 

3rd Period

Hurricanes Goal at 0:41. Brayden Burke (2) from Giorgio Estephan and Arvin Atwal.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 5:54. Cory Millette (2) from Egor Babenko and from Colton Kroeker.

Hurricanes 5v3 PP Goal at 15:20. Kord Pankewicz (1) from Cory Millette and Arvin Atwal.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf:


Anonymous said...

admit it pats organization you cant win when moose jaw wins its against the rules

Anonymous said...

That's 8 bucks I wont get back. Herauf is right about talking discipline at this stage. One look at the game sheet and you can see it was primarily vets like Williams, Wagner, Hilsendager, Sanford as well as top line guy Zablocki. who were totally undisciplined tonight. They cost 4 pp goals.

This is what the 25th time this year the coach has discussed discipline yet the message hasn't got through and the question has to be why. It shows two things; the players responsible simply don't respect the coach who has been preaching this stuff at least no enough to pay heed. The other thing is Paddock should have got control of this long ago, A number of years back Conacher scratched Jordan Weal for poor play and discipline issues. It had a good effect and Weal went on to be one of the best players night in and night out. The Pats have never got control of the stupid penalty issue all season. I suspect it may end their season quite quickly.

Anonymous said...

Really need to see Zborovskiy and Harrison start hitting or pinning their guy to the boards at least. I know it's not their "style," but the Hurricanes' offense walked all over them all night long because of how much room they give them. The stick checks they do are hopelessly ineffective against teams with this much skill, so either that style or that defensive pairing needs to change fast.

As far as discipline goes, the lazy penalties are the ones that get me. With all the speed on this team, there's guys who take hooking calls in the offensive zone all because they aren't moving their feet. Kind of ridiculous! Hope they can turn things around quickly.