Saturday, April 9, 2016

RECAP: Rebels comeback to beat Pats in Game 1

Photo credit :Tennessa Wild
The Regina Pats kicked off their second round series with the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night. Both teams won their first round series in 5 games over Lethbridge and Calgary respectively. The Pats went 2-2-0-0 during the regular season against the Rebels, outscoring them 13-11 in those games. Adam Brooks entered the day as the WHL's playoff leading scorer with 14 points and the Pats had won 4 straight games. The Rebels had won three straight but were without forwards Ivan Nikolishin and Connor Bleackley for the contest. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Polei-Musil-de Wit



Pats scratches - Berg, Woods, Gardiner, Barteaux, Pouteau and Schioler. 
Rebels scratches - Sass, Bleackley, Nikolishin, Pratt, Johnson, Bains and Sakowich. 

In the first period the Pats got an early powerplay and made the Rebels pay. Colby Williams got a point shot to go through for his 1st of the playoffs from Adam Brooks and Connor Hobbs at 2:14 and it was 1-0. The Rebels started to press a bit and got their first powerplay but the Pats killed it off and then went to their second man advantage. Off a faceoff the Rebels got all crossed up and Adam Brooks was able to feed Cole Sanford all alone in the slot and he walked in and scored 5-hole on Martin for his 4th. Sam Steel the second helper at 13:04 and it was 2-0. The teams traded powerplasy after that, both killing them off and then Red Deer took their fourth penalty with 2.4 seconds left and that carried over into the second. The Pats took the 2 goal lead to the break and led on the shot clock 10-4.

In the second the Pats were unable to capitalize on the powerplay to start the second and the game slowed down after that with a lot of whistles. The Pats were in the driver seat, shutting things down until Robbie Holmes and Colby Williams took coincidental minors and the Rebels went up 2 men. They got on the board at 12:46 when Adam Helweka scored his 6th from Jake DeBrusk and Luke Philp and the Pats lead was 2-1. 28 seconds later, on the second powerplay, Colton Bobyk hammered a slap shot from the right point into the top corner for his 1st with assists to Josh Mahura and Brandon Hagel and it was a 2-2 game. The Pats almost got the lead back a short time later but Cole Sanford ripped one off the far post and it stayed out. The Pats had a strong end to the period but the game remained tied after 40 minutes. The Rebels outshot the Pats 14-4 in the period and led 18-14 overall.

In the third the Rebels took their first lead at 7:51 when Evan Polei slipped a hip check, skated right corcle and put one off the cross bar and in for his 4th and it was 3-2. The Pats had a glorious chance late in the period with a 5 on 3 powerplay for 48 seconds but could not convert and the Rebels shut it down the rest of the way for a 3-2, game 1 win. The Rebels outshot the Pats 13-8 in the period and 31-22 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 2 for 6 in the game and the penalty kill was 3 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Rebels Evan Polei who scored the game winner. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had two assists and the first star to Colton Bobyk of the Rebels who had a goal and an assist. 

The Pats and Rebels will play game 2 on Sunday at 5 PM at the Enmax Centrium on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats PP Goal at 2:14. Colby Williams (1) from Adam Brooks and Connor Hobbs.

Pats PP Goal at 13:04. Cole Sanford (4) from Adam Brooks and Sam Steel. 

2nd Period

Rebels 5v3 PP Goal at 12:46. Adam Helewka (6) from Jake DeBrusk and Luke Philp.

Rebels PP Goal at 13:14. Colton Bobyk (1) from Josh Mahura and Brandon Hagel.

3rd Period

Rebels Goal at 7:51. Evan Polei (4) from Colton Bobyk and Jeff de Wit.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf:


Anonymous said...

It's pretty evident that Colby Williams has a difficult time understanding instructions from his coach, and he has a hard time keeping his emotions in check. It seriously makes a person wonder why the captaincy was taken from Brooks. Watching the game it was clear that the penalty Williams took was entirely needless slashing a guy on the ice. The Holmes coming across with a two hander on a guys hand????seriously? That moment took the game away from the Pats. It was winnable game until those two brain cramps. The Pats were outshot and outplayed all second half. They will no doubt return home down 0-2 now that RD feels they took the best they had and still beat them. Williams has not shown what's expected from a leader and can pin this one on himself. This not going to happen like Lethbridge series. The Rebels are way to deep and way too good. 0-2

william weppler said...

The 5 on 3 for Canes was a turning point for sure. On WHLLive I don't think they showed Colby's slash as it was probably 30 seconds before Holmes was called for hooking (not slashing).
It would be interesting to see an overhead replay of the Brooks "no goal" as Ref thought it was smothered but was it really? Then I say a BS call on Brooks for roughing Musil...Musil headlocks him after the "no goal" and Brooks tries to get out of the headlock...why does Brooks get called for roughing??
I think the Pats will come back strong Saturday night. If you take the 5 on 3 away, and the total lapse of the 3 forwards and Hobbs on the 3rd goal Rebels really had nothing. Outshot us but not a lot of good scoring chances. We had 3 posts (no goals) and they has 3 crossbars (just happened that one went in).

Alex said...

Agree with anon. To much load has been given to Williams who is still very injured. His hand is maybe 50% and so much responsibility has been given to him. ie: the captaincy, 25-30 mins of ice, 1st line PP, etc etc. The apple cart was definitely upset when he come back in the lineup and given such a heavy role. Should of left the "C" on Brooks and the minutes spread out to the other 5 defense. That's the formula that got them to the playoffs and make a great 2nd half push. Too much weight placed on what Williams did last year and not what the team did this year. My 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is that they are playing a much better team than the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 5 on 3 was the turning point of the game and that can't be argued. Williams did this in the first game in Lethbridge and agin last night. The thing was both penalties were needless and preventable. Simply don't do it but once again we have shown that discipline is still an issue. If your captain doesn't show leadership and discipline, how can Holmes be asked to.

After the Sanford goal we didn't score again. Nothing in the second and nothing in the third. The question that can be asked is if Red Deer doesn't take those early penalties is this a 3-0 nothing game for them? The best chance we had in the second was Sanford off the post and in the third we really didn't have a grade A chance. WE lost the game on the 5 on 3 period!

Brown was OK last night but not great. He was too deep on the tying goal and got beat on a bad short side goal for the winner. From goaltending on out there is much that needs to be cleaned up if they hope win a game in this series.