Saturday, August 27, 2016

Regina Pats 2016 Training Camp Day 1 Recap

The Regina Pats opened their 2016 training camp on Saturday morning. Things got started with a rookie scrimmage between Team White taking on Team Navy.

In the first period the lone goal came from Team White when Kjell Kjemhus fed Reese Jackson cross ice and he one timed one past goaltender Max Paddock . Rayce Ramsay was solid in goal for Team White and took a 1-0 lead to the break. 

In the second Team Navy got on the board when Spencer Weinkauf picked up a turnover in front and slid one home along the ice. A short time later Riley Krane fed Owen Williams in the slot and he one timed a slap shot into the top of the net to make it 2-1 Navy. Midway through the period Navy changed their goaltender, Dawson Rattai replaced Max Paddock. Navy got it to 3-1 when Jack Lenshyshyn got a shot away that went off the glove of the goaltender and Owen Williams tipped it across the goalline. 

In the third Mackenzie Belinski and Cam Mitchell scored to make it 5-1 Team Navy. Sheydon Woodhouse added another and they won camps opening scrimmage 6-1. 


Team Light Blue was next to skate, made up of veterans and they took part in a practice. Then Team Red, also made up of vets had their first practice of camp. 


16-year-old Bryan Lockner, a 3rd round pick of the Pats in 2014 out of Windsor Colorado is back for his second training camp. The American would be among the favourites in the 2000 born age group to make the club if he decides the CHL is the route he wants to take. Lockner says he is looking forward to the rest of the weekend. "Yeah I'm excited, I was a little disappointed I didn't get up here for Spring Camp but I'm excited to get back and meet all the guys and get going."
Lockner was in camp with the Pats last year as a 15-year-old but suffered a shoulder injury early on and missed most of last season. He is back and healthy this time around. "Yeah it was for sure a tough one last year and I was pretty disappointed when I got the injury and heard I couldn't play but that's how hockey goes... It was a long recovery, you can't really do anything for like two months, just sit on the couch and rest it but feel good now."

Lockner says his goal is to make this Pats team for 2016/17. "Well first of all I've got to get to the Blue and White game. But yeah I am going to try and make this team this year and we will see how it goes and I am excited."

Another new face for the Pats is Swedish forward Filip Ahl. The Ottawa Senators prospect skated for the first time as a Pat on Saturday morning and he is excited to be here in North America. Yeah I'm really looking forward to it, it will be really fun. Good to get to know the guys now and yeah I'm really looking forward to it." Ahl says he and the Sens thought it was best for his development to play in the WHL this year. "I've been talking a lot with Ottawa about it now. I think it's a good opportunity for me to take the next step and I think the small rink is going to fit my size pretty good and yeah it's going to be a fun year I think."

Ahl will play on a line with Sam Steel and Nick Henry as camp progresses and he says he's looking forward to playing with the Ducks first rounder. "He's a really good player, really skilled player. Yeah it will be good to start to play with him here and see how it goes, it will be good I think. Sam has a lot of skill and I'm a big forward who likes to be around the net and create offence, create good chances out there and yeah we will see how it goes."


The afternoon sessions started with Team Navy playing Team White in the second rookie scrimmage of the day. In the first period Colin Cook scored on a breakaway in the late stages and then in the final minute Aaron Yuke got one to go and it was 2-0 Navy after 20 minutes. 

In the second Randen Schmidt scored from the slot with assists to Duncan Pierce and Mackenzie Belinski and it was 3-0 Team Navy. White responded when Dawson Barteaux finished a rebound to make it 3-1. Navy got it to 4-1 and then 5-1 on goals from Cole Muir and Duncan Pierce. Lukas Sillinger got one back for White when he stole a puck in the slot and scored a beauty up high and it was 5-2 Navy after 40 minutes. 

In the third Team White got within 2 when Logan Nihoff buried from the right side of the crease to make it 5-3. Navy got it back on a point shot from Jack Lenchyshyn and won the scrimmage 6-3. 


The second scrimmage of the evening was for the veterans, Team Red against Team Light Blue. Tyler Brown started in goal for Team Red, Kurtis Chapman for Team Light Blue. 

Light Blue got two first period goals. The first from Connor Hobbs, assisted by Erik Gardiner and Adam Sandstrom. The second Keigan Callander with assists to Dawson Leedahl and Jake Leschyshyn. Red outshot them 17-9 but trailed 2-0. 

In the middle period Robbie Holmes got Team Red on the board to make it 2-1. However Light Blue scored three straight after that, first Braydon Buziak then Rykr Cole and Dawson Leedahl to lead 5-1. 

In the third Adam Brooks scored and then assisted on a Lane Zablocki marker and Team Red was within 2 at 5-3. Seconds later however Dawson Leedahl scored his second of the game to give Light Blue the 6-3 advantage. Braydon Buziak then scored his second of the night with an assist to Chase Harrison and it was 7-3. On the powerplay Light Blue went up 8-3 when Rykr Cole scored his second of the game on a shot from the left side. Sam Steel potted his second of the period late with assists to Jesse Pomeroy and Filip Ahl and it was 9-3 and that was the final score and put a wrap on day one of camp. 

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it was a good first day. "I think any first day you see a lot of positives, you believe you see a lot of positives. I think there was a lot of energy in this veterans game and there was some good performances and there was some probably so so ones."

It was the first time Paddock got a chance to see forward Filip Ahl and was impressed by the Senators prospect. "The attributes that you see are very good and then the attributes that we have heard that he needs to improve on that are really the biggest reason he is here are apparent too. He looks like he has lots of tools and all the tools and he also has lots of work to do."

Braydon Buziak scored twice int he evening scrimmage and added two helpers for Team Red. Paddock said he was among the best players on the day. "We were very interested in him last year and wanted to sign him but as you can't guarantee a lot of players something we couldn't guarantee him that he would be here and he was still I think thinking of college a little bit. I'm not sure where his longer term thoughts are for hockey but certainly he was very noticeable today, was as good as any player on the ice or as valuable as any player on the ice so it's certainly something you like to see." 

The Pats are back on the ice Sunday morning at 8:30 AM at the Co-operators Arena. 

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