Friday, March 11, 2016


The Regina Pats kicked off their biggest weekend of the season on Friday at the Brandt Centre against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Pats entered the game, four points back of the Warriors for third in the East Division with the teams playing twice on the weekend. The Pats were coming off a 5-2 win over Swift Current on Wednesday while the Broncos beat the Broncos 6-4 on Monday. The Pats Adam Brooks and the Warriors Dryden Hunt met for the second to last time with Hunt leading the WHL scoring race by one point with 110 on the season to Brooks 109. The Pats took a 2-2-1-1 record against the Warriors into Friday's 7th of 8 meetings between the two clubs. Goaltender Tyler Brown was not weel enough to start the contest so Jordan Hollett got the nod. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - Brown, Zborovskiy, Williams, Berg, Gardiner and Elmer. 
Warriors scratches - Brook and Faith. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start with a lot of pressure and opened the scoring at 3:51. Lane Zablocki fed Adam Brooks all alone in front on a 2 on 1 and he buried his 36th. Connor Hobbs the second helper and it was 1-0. The Pats kept coming but Zach Sawchenko shut the door on an Austin Wagner breakaway and then denied Jared McAmmond on a great chance in tight. The Warriors then got the game even at 10:08. Dryden Hunt worked a give and go with Brayden Point and then outwaited Hollett on the backhand and scored his league leading 55th of the year. Colin Paradis the other assist and it was 1-1. The Warriors were able to take the lead at 12:24 when Tristin Langan banged home a loose puck after a scramble in the crease for his 3rd of the year. Assists to Jesse Shynkaruk and Brayden Watts and it was 2-1. The Pats didn't back down after that and got a lot of pucks on goal but Sawchenko kept the Warriors ahead 2-1 after 20 minutes. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 17-11 in the frame. 

In the second the Warriors extended their lead to 3-1 just 1:12 in. Tanner Jeannot tipped in a point shot for his 16th from Marc McNulty and Brett Howden. Then Pats got that one back at 5:19 when Jake Leschsyhyn won a puck of the forecheck, made a great move to get around a check at the side of the goal and hit Rykr Cole back door and he scored his 11th to make it a 3-2 game. The Warriors got the games first powerplay after that but it was the Pats who were able to score their 13th short handed goal of the season. Cole Sanford poked a puck out to center on left wing, skated onto it and then once he hit the left circle he ripped a shot into the top corner short side for his 40th of the year at 10:42 and it was 3-3. The teams went back and forth after that in what was an incredible period but the game remained 3-3 heading to the third period. The Pats outshot the Warriors 13-7 in the period and led 30-18 overall.

In the final period the Warriors got the games second powerplay but again the Pats killed it off. Moments after it expired Adam Brooks willed the Pats to a go ahead goal. He stole the puck at center, skated into the Warrior zone on the right wing, shielded to the goalline and centered for Lane Zablocki who scored his 17th at 6:44 and it was 4-3. The game stayed that way until the final minute when the Warriors pulled Sawchenko for the extra attacker. Off a faceoff Nikita Popugaev beat Jordan Hollett 5-hole for his 16th from Tristin Langan and Tanner Jeannot and it was 4-4 at 19:34, forcing overtime. The Pats outshot the Warriors 16-8 in the third and led 46-26 overall.

In the extra frame the Pats went to their third penalty kill but came up big and kept the game 4-4 and we went to a shootout. The shots on goal were 2-2 in the period and the Pats led overall 48-28.

In the shootout, Sam Steel scored for the Pats as the third shooter and Jordan Hollett stopped all 3 Warriors and the Pats won 5-4 the final score.

The Pats will take on the Warriors in a rematch Saturday night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 3:51. Adam Brooks (36) from Lane Zablocki and Connor Hobbs.

Warriors Goal at 10:08. Dryden Hunt (55) from Brayden Point and Colin Paradis.

Warriors Goal at 12:24. Tristin Langan (3) from Jesse Shynkaruk and Brayden Watts. 

2nd Period

Warriors Goal at 1:12. Tanner Jeannot (16) from Marc McNulty and Brett Howden.

Pats Goal at 5:19. Rykr Cole (11) from Jake Leschyshyn.

Pats SH Goal at 10:42. Cole Sanford (40) unassisted. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 6:44. Lane Zablocki (17) from Adam Brooks.

Warriors Goal at 19:34. Nikita Popugaev (16) from Tristin Langan and Tanner Jeannot.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch:

Post game interview with forward Rykr Cole:


Anonymous said...

The win did little because it gave MJ a point so no big deal. MJ tied it on a routine shot that was a weak one. 4 goals on 28 shots isn't good enough. We need Brown back ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Very entertaining game! Why was Zborovskiy scratched?

Anonymous said...

Anon #1, go kick your cat or dog if you hate life so much. Idiot! The kid is 16 years old. The team is young. They played a hell of a game. Give credit where credit is due. Not our fault your wife left you and your mom kicked you out of the basement.