Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Photo credit: Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats kicked off their final week of the regular season on Wednesday at home to the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre. The Pats got a huge boost to the lineup when captain Colby Williams made his long awaited return after missing the previous 29 games with injury. The Pats entered the day having won three in a row and were just a single point back of Moose Jaw for third in the East Division. The Blades meanwhile were coming off an 8-1 loss in Brandon on Saturday, their fourth straight defeat and will miss the post season for a third straight year. The Pats took a 3-3-0-1 record against Saskatoon heading into Wednesday's seasons series finale. Goaltender Tyler Brown was recovered from his illness and got the start. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.






Pats scratches - McAmmond-Pouteau and Schioler. 
Blades scratches - Gryzbowski, Sayers, Gingras, MacKenzie, Waltz and Lees. 

In the first period the Pats picked up right where they left off on the weekend against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The had chance after chance but Brock Hamm looked really good in the opening period. The Blades had two powerplays in the frame but didn't even record a shot. The Pats led on the shot clock 21-1 in the frame but the game was scoreless through 20 minutes.

In the second the Pats kept on pressing but it was the Blades who opened the scoring on their 3rd shot of the game. Mason McCarty got his 17th from the slot at 2:30 and it was 1-0. A line brawl broke out after that and the Pats got the extra penalty. The Blades scored 19 seconds later when Wyatt Sloboshan put in a rebound for his 17th from Cameron Hebig and Connor Gay and it was 2-0 Saskatoon. The Pats didn't fold however and kept throwing shots on goal and finally broke through on shot number 34. Colby Williams with a great back door feed to Luc Smith who jammed in his 4th at 14:45 and it was 2-1. Then at 16:35 Adam Brooks drove wide on left wing and fired a shot into the top of the net for his 38th with assists to Chase Harrison and Sergey Zborovskiy and it was a 2-2 game. RIght after that however a bad turnover ended up in the Pats goal. Ryan Graham finished it off his 22nd from Braylon Shmyr at 16:35 and it was 3-2 Blades. That was the score after 2. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 18-10 in the period and led 39-11 overall.

In the third the Pats got the game even at 9:03. Rykr Cole took a puck out of skates at the left half wall and fired home his 12th of the year to tie the game 3-3. The assists to Jake Leschyshyn and Adam Berg. That line then gave the Pats the lead on their very next shift. Jake Leschyshyn put in a rebound for his 7th from Berg and Cole and it was 4-3 at 12:18. The Pats extended the lead to 5-3 on a 2 on 1. Lane Zablocki fed Austin Wagner who finished off his 27th at 16:12. The Blades pulled the goalie late but did not score and the Pats won their fourth straight game, 5-3 the final score. The Pats outshot the Blades 10-9 in the period and 49-20 overall. The Pats remain a point back of Moose Jaw for third in the East Division after the Warriors won over Prince Albert on Wednesday.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 4 in the win while the penalty kill was 3 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Blades Mason McCarty who scored in the loss. The second star to the Pats Rykr Cole who tied the game in the 3rd and assisted on the game winner and the first star to Jake Leschyshyn who scored the game winner and had an assist in the third. 

The Pats are back in action when they host the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre on Friday at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period


2nd Period

Blades Goal at 2:30. Mason McCarty (17) from Logan Christensen and Terrell Draude.

Blades PP Goal at 2:49. Wyatt Sloboshan (17) from Cameron Hebig and Connor Gay.

Pats Goal at 14:45. Luc Smith (4) from Colby Williams and Sam Steel.

Pats Goal at 16:35. Adam Brooks (38) from Chase Harrison and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Blades Goal at 16:35. Ryan Graham (22) from Braylon Shmyr. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 9:03. Rykr Cole (12) from Jake Leschyshyn and Adam Berg.

Pats Goal at 12:18. Jake Leschyshyn (7) from Adam Berg and Rykr Cole.

Pats Goal at 16:12. Austin Wagner (27) from Lane Zablocki.

Here are the radio highlights:

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

Post game interview with defenceman Colby Williams:


Kellin Enslev said...

Phil Andrews is the best play-by-play voice in Regina. Bar None.

Anderson said...

What is the coaches real beef with Wagner obviously another player is the golden one

Anonymous said...

The coaches know what they're talking about. Wagner is a good player but he should be a great player with the tools he has. Better discipline wouldn't hurt either. They need some toughness on the second line.

Anonymous said...

don't call out players in the media ! besides not making it right but other players with similar actions have not been called out in the media.. favoritism Kills