Tuesday, April 19, 2016

RECAP: Pats lose heart breaker in Game 7

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats were in Red Deer on Tuesday night for game 7 of their second round playoff series. The Pats were coming off a dominating 5-1 on home ice on Sunday where Connor Hobbs had a goal and an assist while Sam Steel had two helpers and Tyler Brown stopped 20 of 21 shots faced. The home team had won every game of the series heading into game 7. Here are the lineup's for the contest with the starters highlighted.



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

In the first period the Pats got a good first shift in the offensive zone but on their first change took a too many men penalty just 31 seconds in. They managed to kill it off with the help of the post on a Colton Bobyk point shot. The game was so tight after that. Neither team gave up a lot in the way of scoring chances. Sean Richards had the Pats best chance of the frame when he used a burst of speed to get free in the slot and made a move to the forehand but Rylan Toth stopped him with the right pad. The Rebels got a second powerplay late in the period but again the Pats killed it off and game 7 was scoreless through 20 minutes. The Rebels outshot the Pats 12-7 in the period. 

In the second the Pats were afforded two straight powerplays and came close but could not find the games first goal and then they gave Red Deer their third man advantage of the game. In the dying seconds Adam Helewka buried a back door feed from Jake DeBrusk for his 8th. Michael Spacek the second helper at 14:59 and it was 1-0 Rebels. The game stayed that way until the final seconds when on a quick rush Adam Brooks snapped home his 7th from the slot with assists to Lane Zablocki and Colby Williams at 19:47 and it was 1-1, that was the score after 40 minutes. The Pats outshot the Rebels 11-10 in the period but trailed 22-18 overall.

In the third period the Pats flat out dominated but could not buy a goal. The Rebels got a bounce to go their way 12:46 when a puck squirted out from under Tyler Brown into the crease and Adam Musil poked in his 3rd with assists to Evan Polei and Jeff de Witt and it was 2-1. The Pats kept on coming in the final minutes including with the net empty and again their chances just would not go in. The Rebels hold on for a 2-1 win and win the series 4-3. The Pats outshot the Rebels 15-4 in the frame and 33-26 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 2 in the loss and the penalty kill was 2 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Rebels Adam Musil who had the game winner. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had the Pats lone goal and the first star from the Rebels Rylan Toth who stopped 32 of 33 shots faced.

The Rebels move on to face the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference Championship series.

Scoring Summary

1st Period


2nd Period

Rebels PP Goal at 14:59. Adam Helewka (8) from Jake DeBrusk and Michael Spacek.

Pats Goal at 19:47. Adam Brooks (7) from Lane Zablocki and Colby Williams. 

3rd Period

Rebels Goal at 12:46. Adam Musil (3) from Evan Polei and Jeff de Wit.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock:


Anonymous said...

the better team lost it is too bad but great game Pats.

william weppler said...

A great series and a great game 7.

THx a lot Phil for great enthusiastic broadcasting!

Anonymous said...

It was a tight game that could have gone either way and it went in favour of the Rebels. A lot of little things caused this to be what it was. The first game self destruct. A needless slashing penalty lead to their first goal. We should have been up 1-0 going to the third. We had a bunch of shots but not many were dangerous. Sanford missed a couple he normally doesn't. They out-defended us tonight. A bunch of small things spell loss. When you don't score on a bunch of shots, usually something like this happens. It's too bad but they competed. I think Paddock said it best that the could have won but it doesn't mean we should have.

At the end of the day it's just another second round loss. Tough but we're not there yet. Nobody knows what the future can bring but we have some pieces going forward. We need to upgrade some areas and we need to add some 19 year old talent. That's likely what did us in this series. Close doesn't count.

I hope someone does a year end exit interview with Paddock. There are questions and answers wanted for his vision of the future, and how he plans to move this club forward.

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Anonymous said...

Don't you worry about John Paddock and his plan... you are an idiot if you think this team won't be back and winning big time in the next two years.

Anonymous said...

The only idiots are those who seem to think this team will automatically win because they overachieved this playoff run. This team was young last playoffs and the idiots were saying wait till next year. Now the another young team the same idiots are saying wait until nest year again. All the remaining teams are big strong groups who achieved around 100 points during the season and proved they belonged. An 80 point team who over achieved in the playoffs seldom goes any further than the Pats did. Paddocks comments show that there are no assurances about next season no matter what the boot lickers think. This rebuild is also taking far longer than it took Johnson in Portland. At some point you actually need to win something.

Anonymous said...

The reality is that the team only won 2 more games in the playoffs this year than they did last year. The team was younger and a whole lot less experienced against a Brandon team that was better than this years Red Deer team. Add to the fact they bolstered the line up with a point/game player late in the season that won't be there next season. Paddock was very wise in his cautious optimism for next season.

Anonymous said...

Go f"ck yourselves last 2 anons, you know nothing about hockey, enjoy your lives being losers.