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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pats Derkatch named to Top 50 WHL players of all time

Calgary, AB - As part of the Western Hockey League’s 50th Season celebrations, a panel of historians selected the top 125 players in WHL history this past September. From this list, WHL fans voted at Top50.whl.ca to select the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time. This week, the fan and panel voting results revealed the following placements:
#20 – Trevor Linden (Medicine Hat Tigers)
#19 – Dale Derkatch (Regina Pats)
#18 – Bill Derlago (Brandon Wheat Kings)
 
 
#20 Trevor Linden (Medicine Hat Tigers, 1986-88)

Linden spent two full seasons with his hometown Medicine Hat Tigers from 1986 to 1988. The Tigers captured two consecutive WHL Championships as well as back-to-back Memorial Cups in that span. Linden scored his first two WHL regular season goals along with one playoff marker in a short stint as a 15-year-old. During the 1987 WHL Playoffs, Linden contributed nine points as a rookie before potting two key goals in the Memorial Cup Final.

Drawing upon his experience from the previous season, 17-year-old Linden finished among the top 20 in WHL scoring with 110 points (46g-64a) in 67 regular season games in 1987-88. The WHL Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star then notched 13 goals and 25 points in the postseason. After a seven-point effort at the Memorial Cup, Linden was named to the tournament all-star team as the Tigers repeated as national champions. Linden was also one of five Tigers players that won a gold medal for Team Canada at the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Throughout his abbreviated two-year WHL career, Linden registered 148 points (62g-86a) in 144 regular season games and 35 playoff points (19g-16a) in 42 outings. Following his success in Medicine Hat, the Vancouver Canucks selected Linden second overall in the 1988 NHL Draft.

Linden stepped right into the Canucks’ lineup as an 18-year-old and was named the captain of the Club at the age of 21. In 1996-97, he was recognized for his leadership abilities on and off the ice, as well as his contributions in the community, receiving the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The 6-4, 210 lb forward played the majority of his 19-year NHL career with the Canucks. When Linden retired in 2008, he had collected 867 points (375g-492a) in 1382 regular season games and recorded 99 points (34g-65a) in 124 postseason appearances. On the international stage, Linden was a member of Team Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 1991 IIHF World Championship. The 45-year-old returned to the Canucks organization after his playing career ended and is currently the President of Hockey Operations.

#19 Dale Derkatch (Regina Pats, 1981-85)

Derkatch was a scoring machine in his three full seasons with the Regina Pats and is the only player in WHL history to have three consecutive 60-goal campaigns. In 1981-82, Derkatch was named the WHL’s Rookie of the Year. His impressive 142 points (62g-80a) in 71 regular season games is second all-time for most points by a rookie in a season. The freshman then tallied 34 points in the WHL Playoffs to guide the Pats to the WHL Final. His best statistical campaign was in 1982-83 when “The Rat” notched 179 points (84g-95a) in 67 games to claim the WHL’s Top Scorer Award and a spot on the WHL First All-Star Team. Derkatch also won a bronze medal at the 1983 IIHF World Junior Championship with Team Canada.

As a 19-year-old, Derkatch placed third in League scoring with 159 points (72g-87a) in 62 regular season games. The 5-5, 145 lb forward then recorded a League-best 53 points, including 41 helpers, in the WHL Playoffs to lead the Pats to the championship series. The Pats were unable to win the League title in 1983-84, falling in seven games to Kamloops, but Derkatch would set the WHL record for the most assists and points in a postseason run.

At the conclusion of his WHL career, Derkatch had collected 491 points (222g-269a) in 204 regular season games and 103 points (30g-73a) in 54 playoff outings. Over his regular season career, Derkatch ranks fifth all-time in goals, seventh all-time in points and also holds the Regina Pats’ records for most goals, assists and points. A true playoff performer, Derkatch sits alone atop the lists for most career playoff assists and points.

A seventh round pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983 NHL Draft, Derkatch was unable to translate his success in junior to the professional leagues in North America. The product of Winnipeg, MB would head overseas to play in Europe for 14 seasons which including stops in Finland and Germany.

Derkatch, whose jersey has been retired by the Regina Pats, returned to the organization in 2008-09 as the head coach. The 51-year-old is currently a scout with the Toronto Maple Leafs after serving for six seasons as the Director of Player Personnel for the Prince Albert Raiders.

#18 Bill Derlago (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1974-78)

Derlago topped the century mark in points during three of his four campaigns as a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 1976-77, Derlago finished as the League’s top scorer with 178 points in 72 regular season games. The sniper lit the lamp 96 times which ranks second all-time for most goals in a season. The WCHL First Team All-Star also recorded a League-best 30 playoff points (14g-16a) to lead Brandon to the League Final.

The Wheat Kings finished first in the regular season standings for the second year in a row in 1977-78. Derlago’s line with Brian Propp and Ray Allison led the way offensively as they became the first team in WHL history to boast three 70-goal scorers. Derlago potted 89 markers in only 52 games to lead the League in goals for the second consecutive season that year and also became the fastest player in League history to score 50 goals as he hit the mark in just 27 games. Even though Derlago’s 1977-78 campaign was abbreviated due to an injury, the WCHL Second Team All-Star still finished fifth in the scoring race with 152 points.

Over his regular season career, Derlago ranks third all-time with 234 goals and 16th all-time with 437 points in 209 games. In addition, Derlago notched 60 points (27g-33a) in 34 postseason outings. The Vancouver Canucks selected Derlago fourth overall in the 1978 NHL Draft.

The Birtle, MB native also went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques. When he hung up his skates, Derlago had accumulated 416 points (189g-227a) in 555 regular season games along with five playoff goals in 13 contests.

WHL Top 50 Players of All-Time (as of March 31st)
#18 - Bill Derlago (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1974-78)
#19 - Dale Derkatch (Regina Pats, 1981-85)
#20 - Trevor Linden (Medicine Hat Tigers, 1986-88)
#21 - Rob Brown (Kamloops Junior Oilers/Blazers, 1983-87)
#22 - Brad McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1976-79)
#23 - Mark Recchi (New Westminster Bruins and Kamloops Blazers, 1985-88)
#24 - Clark Gillies (Regina Pats, 1971-74)
#25 - Ryan Getzlaf (Calgary Hitmen, 2001-05)
#26 - Barry Beck (New Westminster Bruins, 1974-77)
#27 - Dan Hodgson (Prince Albert Raiders, 1982-85)
#28 - Ray Allison (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1975-79)
#29 - Reggie Leach (Flin Flon Bombers, 1967-70)
#30 - Doug Wickenheiser (Regina Pats, 1977-80)
#31 - Mike Vernon (Calgary Wranglers, 1980-83)
#32 - Dennis Sobchuk (Regina Pats, 1971-74)
#33 - Jamie Benn (Kelowna Rockets, 2007-09)
#34 - Patrick Marleau (Seattle Thunderbirds, 1995-97)
#35 - Ron Chipperfield (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1970-74)
#36 - Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants, 2008-12)
#37 - Shane Doan (Kamloops Blazers, 1992-95)
#38 - Brad Moran (Calgary Hitmen, 1995-2000)
#39 - Tom Lysiak (Medicine Hat Tigers, 1970-73)
#40 - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels, 2009-11)
#41 - Marian Hossa (Portland Winter Hawks, 1997-98)
#42 - John Davidson (Calgary Centennials, 1971-73)
#43 - Sam Reinhart (Kootenay ICE, 2011-15)
#44 - Brent Sutter (Lethbridge Broncos, 1980-82)
#45 - Pavel Brendl (Calgary Hitmen, 1998-2001)
#46 - Cliff Ronning (New Westminster Bruins, 1983-85)
#47 - Duncan Keith (Kelowna Rockets, 2002-03)
#48 - Darcy Tucker (Kamloops Blazers, 1991-95)
#49 - Ray Whitney (Spokane Chiefs, 1988-91)
#50 - Stu Barnes (New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans, 1987-90)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RECAP: Tyler Brown leads Pats to 3-1 series lead

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats hosted game 4 of their first round series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night. The Pats were coming off a 3-2 win in game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Adam Brooks had three assists and Tyler Brown made 30 saves to give the Pats the victory. The Pats Adam Berg missed the game with an upper body injury and forward Robbie Holmes made his WHL playoff debut. The Hurricanes Carter Folk received a two game suspension for his hit on Jared Freadrich in game 3 and missed game 4. The Hurricanes went to goaltender Jayden Sittler in the contest and Stuart Skinner got the night off. Here are the lineup's for the contest with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Holmes-Steel-Sanford
Macklin-Leschyshyn-Cole
Richards-Smith-Woods

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Williams-Hobbs
Hilsendager-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Hurricanes
Burke-Estephan-Kroeker
Millette-Lindgren-Babenko
Davis-Wong-Duperreault
Thunder Chief-Vandervlis-Skeoch

Nielsen-Merezhko
Pankewicz-Reagan
Atwal-Addison

Sittler
Skinner

Pats scratches - Berg, Pouteau, Schioler and McAmmond. 
Hurricanes scratches - Watson, Bellerive, Gutierrez, Sheen and Folk. 

In the first period the Canes got off to another good start thanks to an early powerplay. The Pats killed it off however and then got a powerplay of their own but almost gave up a shorthanded goal. Giorgio Estephan skated in on a breakaway but Tyler Brown stopped him with the left skate to keep the game scoreless. The Canes got a second powerplay in the frame but again the Pats killed it off and then in the final minute opened the scoring. Sam Steel forced a turnover and centred for Cole Sanford who beat Jayden Sittler 5-hole for his 2nd of the playoffs at 19:12 and it was 1-0. That was the score after 1 with the Hurricanes leading on the shot clock 14-8.

In the second the Pats were the aggressors and put 14 shots on goal. Austin Wagner had a breakaway late but just put it over top the net. Connor Hobbs also hit the crossbar in the frame but the Pats lead remained 1-0. The Hurricanes had the periods lone man advantage which the Pats killed off and through 40 minutes the Pats still led by a goal. Regina outshot the Canes 14-7 in the period and led 22-21 overall.

In the third the Pats clamped things down. the Hurricanes did manage some chances but Tyler Brown shut the door. The game stayed 1-0 until late when the Hurricanes pulled Sittler for the extra attacker. Adam Brooks then took a puck in his own right circle and scored from about 180 feet away for his 4th of the playoffs, unassisted at 18:48 and it was 2-0. The Pats killed the clock form there and took a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into game 5. The Canes outshot the Pats 11-4 in the period and led overall 32-26.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 1 in the game and the penalty kill was 3 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Sam Steel who had as assist in the win. The second star to the Hurricanes Jayden Sittler who stopped 24 of 25 shots faced and the first star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second shutout of the series. 

The Pats hit the road for game 5 on Friday night in Lethbridge at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 19:12. Cole Sanford (2) from Sam Steel. 

2nd Period

NO SCORE

3rd Period

Pats EN Goal at 18:48. Adam Brooks (4) unassisted.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1pM9CPU

Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch: http://bit.ly/1PGNICO

Post game interview with forward Sam Steel: http://bit.ly/1PGNLyk

Post game interview with forward Robbie Holmes: http://bit.ly/1pMa2FX





Pats - Hurricanes Game 4 Preview


The Regina Pats (2-1-0) look for a third straight win and a 3-1 series lead when they host game 4 tonight against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-2-0). The Pats won game 3 on Tuesday night 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
2-1-0
1-2-0
Goals For/Against
9/8 (+1)
8/9 (-1)
Powerplay
28.6% (4/14)
23.8% (5/21)
Penalty Kill
76.2% (16/21)
71.4% (10/14)
Team Save Percentage
0.917
0.897
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (3-5-8)
Cory Millette (2-2-4)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (1-1-2)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
1-4-4-0
3-1-4-0

Regular Season Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
36-28-3-5
46-24-1-1
Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
304/218 (+86)

Powerplay
19.0% (56/295)
28.9% (86/298)
Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
79.3% (230/290)
Team Save Percentage
0.902
0.913
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
Brayden Burke (27-82-109)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Andrew Nielsen (18-52-70)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
78-68-87-8
88-107-103-4
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.96 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats battled hard for a 3-2 win in game 3 and took a 2-1 series lead over the Hurricanes. Adam Brooks assisted on all the Pats goals which came from Cole Sanford, Sam Steel and Rykr Cole. Tyler Brown was fantastic making 30 saves for his second consecutive win. The Canes got goals from Giorgio Estephan and Andrew Nielsen in the loss. Lethbridge outshot Regina 32-22 in the game. 

Special Teams Battle
Powerplays were a big factor in game 3 between the Pats and Hurricanes. The Pats managed to score twice up a man in the win but also gave up a short handed goal in the first period. The Hurricanes had 6 powerplays in the game and scored once. The Pats have 4 goals on the man advantage in the series on 14 tries while the Canes are 5 for 21. The Pats hold the playoffs best powerplay at 28.6 per cent through three games while the Hurricanes are tied for fourth at 23.8 per cent. 

Brooks In On Everything
There is no doubt the Pats Adam Brooks has been the difference in the series so far. Brooks is second in playoff scoring with 8 points in three games. The Pats have 9 goals in the series and Brooks has been in on all but one of them. That one was an empty netter late in game 2 so every goal the Pats have scored with a goaltender in net, Brooks has either assisted on or scored. He has 3 goals and 5 assists so far. 

Brown Steps Up
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown put forward another stellar performance in game 3 turning away 30 shots for his second consecutive win. In the last two games, Brown has stopped 57 of 59 shots faced for a .966 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA. Overall Brown has the 6th best GAA in the playoffs at 2.67 and the 7th best save percentage at .917. 

Upcoming Schedule
Game 5 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 1 , 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
Game 6 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – April 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)
Game 7 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 6, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RECAP: Pats Battle Hard for 2-1 Series Lead

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats took their first lead of their first round series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes with a 3-2 game 3 win on Tuesday night. With the win the Pats go up 2-1 in the best of seven set. Here are the lineup's for game 3 with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Macklin-McAmmond-Woods

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Hobbs-Williams
Hilsendager-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Hurricanes
Burke-Wong-Kroeker
Millette-Lindgren-Babenko
Davis Estephan-Folk
Duperreault-Vandervlis-Skeoch

Nielsen-Merezhko
Pankewicz-Reagan
Atwal-Addison

Skinner
Sittler

Pats scratches - Smith, Pouteau and Schioler. 
Hurricanes scratches - Watson, Bellerive, Gutierrez, Thunder Chief and Sheen. 

In the first period the Pats struggled to get the offense going. They gave up the games first powerplay but killed it off. The Hurricanes Carter Folk then laid an incredible dirty hit on the Pats Jared Freadrich. Freadrich had played the puck and Folk skated in, left his feet and hit him right in the head. Folk was given 5 and a game and the Pats went to the lengthy powerplay. Freadrich left the game but did return in the second period. However the man advantage really struggled and gave up a goal. Giorgio Estephan slid one 5-hole for his first of the series with the lone assist to Ben Duperreault at 7:21 and it was 1-0. The Pats got their first shot on goal over halfway through the frame and then started to find some chances. Austin Wagner was stopped on a breakaway and Sam Steel had a shot blocked in tight with an open cage to shoot at. The Hurricanes took the 1-0 lead to the break and led on the shot clock 13-5.

In the second the Pats started to find their game offensively and had some good chances but the Canes did a good job blocking shots and clearing away second opportunities. Lethbridge got into some penalty trouble late in the period and the Pats were able to tie it up with a 2 man advantage. Cole Sanford a one-time shot from the right side beat Stuart Skinner for his 1st of the playoffs from Sam Steel and Adam Brooks at 16:38 and it was 1-1. The Pats were able to kill off both Hurricanes powerplays in the frame and the game was tied after 40 minutes. The Pats outshot Lethbridge 8-7 in the period but trailed 20-13 overall. 

In the third the Pats pressed hard and took the lead with the powerplay at 10:27. Sam Steel finished off a beautiful passing play for his second of the playoffs. Assists to Adam Brooks and James Hilsendager and it was a 2-1 game. The Pats then got it to 3-1 at 14:11. Adam Brooks chipped a puck past the pinching Arvin Atwal and led a rush on left wing. He then centered for Rykr Cole driving the net and he tipped in his 1st. James Hilsendager the second helper. The game stayed that way until the Pats went to the penalty kill and the Hurricanes pulled Skinner to go up 6 on 4. That's when Andrew Nielsen got the Hurricanes within one with a shot from the top of the right circle with his 1st of the post season. Assists to Ryley Lindgren and Cory Millette at 18:04 and it was 3-2 Regina. The Canes continued to press after that but the Pats held on for the 3-2 game 3 victory and went up in the series 2-1. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 12-8 in the third and led 32-22 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 2 for 5 on the powerplay with a short handed goal against and the penalty kill was 4 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Hurricanes Ben Duperreault who had an assist in the loss. The second star to the Pats Tyler Brown who made 30 saves on 32 shots and the first star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had three assists.

The Pats will host game 4 on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Hurricanes SH Goal at 7:21. Giorgio Estephan (1) from Ben Duperreault. 

2nd Period

Pats 5v3 PP Goal at 16:38. Cole Sanford (1) from Sam Steel and Adam Brooks. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 10:27. Sam Steel (2) from Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford.

Pats Goal at 14:11. Rykr Cole (1) from Adam Brooks and James Hilsendager.

Hurricanes 6v4 PP Goal at 18:04. Andrew Nielsen (1) from Ryley Lindgren and Cory Millette.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1UsdTVI

Post game interview with Goaltending Coach Rob Muntain: http://bit.ly/1LYUs4c

Post game interview with forward Rykr Cole: http://bit.ly/1Use3fR






Pats - Hurricanes Game 3 Preview


The Regina Pats (1-1) see their first round series shift to the Brandt Centre tonight for game 3 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1). The Canes won game 1 of the series at home 6-3 but the Pats rebounded on Saturday to win game 2, 3-0. Puck drop tonight is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
1-1-0
1-1-0
Goals For/Against
6/6 (Even)
6/6 (Even)
Powerplay
28.6% (2/7)
26.7% (4/15)
Penalty Kill
73.3% (11/15)
71.4% (5/7)
Team Save Percentage
0.906
0.911
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (3-2-5)
Millette/Atwal/Babenko (3pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (1-1-2)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
1-3-2-0
2-1-3-0

Regular Season Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
36-28-3-5
46-24-1-1
Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
304/218 (+86)

Powerplay
19.0% (56/295)
28.9% (86/298)
Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
79.3% (230/290)
Team Save Percentage
0.902
0.913
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
Brayden Burke (27-82-109)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Andrew Nielsen (18-52-70)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
78-68-87-8
88-107-103-4
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.96 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats put forward a dominating effort in game two, shutting down the Hurricanes in a 3-0 win. Adam Brooks scored twice and then Sam Steel added an empty netter to seal the victory. Tyler Brown turned aside all 27 shots he faced in the Pats goal. Stuart Skinner stopped 25 of 27 shots for the Hurricanes. 

Discipline The Key
In game one of the series, the Pats gave the WHL’s best powerplay 12 chances and the Hurricanes scored on four of them en route to a 6-3 victory. In game 2 however the Pats allowed just three powerplays, killed them all and had the better chances when down a man. The Pats are now 11-15 on the PK in the series. 

It Was a First
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown had a fantastic night in game two in Lethbridge. The 18-year-old stopped all 27 shots he faced for his first career WHL playoff win and playoff shutout. The Winnipeg product now holds a 3.00 GAA in the series and a .906 save percentage. Brown has three shutouts now this year, the first two coming against the Saskatoon Blades during the regular season. 

Shutting Down the Fire Power
The Lethbridge Hurricanes finished the regular season with 304 goals scored, that was second only to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the entire WHL. The Pats in game 2 were only the third team all season long to shutout the Hurricanes. The Raiders did it on December 4th and the Kootenay Ice on February 6th. It was also only the 8th time all year Lethbridge did not score at least two goals.  
Upcoming Schedule
Game 4 – Pats Vs Lethbridge – March 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 5 – Pats @ Lethbridge – April 1, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
Game 6 – Pats Vs Lethbridge – April 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)






Monday, March 28, 2016

Royals' Bobylev named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals forward Vladimir Bobylev has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 27th, 2016.

Bobylev recorded six points (0g-6a) to go along with a plus-5 rating in two games to propel the Victoria Royals to a 2-0 series lead over the Spokane Chiefs in their Round 1 match-up.

On Friday, March 25th against the Spokane Chiefs, Bobylev recorded three assists and a plus-3 rating to earn third star honours in the Royals 5-3 victory in Game 1. The following night, Bobylev continued to make plays on the ice as he tallied three assists to go along with a plus-2 rating in the Royals 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs in Game 2. Bobylev was named the game’s second star for his efforts.

The 18-year-old native of Lipestk, RUS finished the 2015-16 regular season with 67 points (28g-39a) and a plus-45 rating while appearing in all 72 games this season. The 6-2, 202 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign and has amassed 76 points (31g-45a) in 124 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Mario Petit of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Petit, a 1997-born netminder from Ile-Des-Chenes, MB posted a record of 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage with one shutout. On Friday, March 25th, Petit turned aside all 29 shots he faced to earn his first career post-season shutout as the Silvertips won by a score of 3-0 in Game 1 against the Portland Winterhawks. Petit was named the game’s first star for his performance. The following night, Petit kept up his consistent play as he made 24 saves to guide the Silvertips to a 3-1 victory over the Winterhawks in Game 2. Currently in his first WHL campaign with Everett, Petit has posted a 3-3-4-0 record with a 2.80 goals against average in 15 career WHL regular season appearances.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Rihards Bukarts, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Adam Helewka, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Chase Witala, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Dryden Hunt, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Vladimir Bobylev, Victoria Royals


Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raider
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Taz Burman, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

RECAP: Pats Dominate Game 2, Even Series

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats were looking for  bounce back in game 2 in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes on Saturday night. The Pats took 12 penalties in game 1 on Friday, allowing 4 powerplay goals in a 6-3 loss. Arvin Atwal, Cory Millette and Egor Babenko led the way with three points each for the Canes. The Pats got a three point night from Adam Brooks and two more from Cole Sanford in the loss. Already without Justin Gutierrez, the Hurricanes also lost forward Jordy Bellerive to injury in game 1. However they did get defenceman Darian Skeoch back from suspension for game 2. Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Macklin-Smith-Woods

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Hobbs-Williams
Hilsendager-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Hurricanes
Millette-Estephan-Burke
Babenko-Lindgren-Wong
Vandervlis-Kroeker-Folk
Sheen-Davis-Duperreault

Nielsen-Merezhko
Pankewicz-Reagan
Atwal-Skeoch

Skinner
Sittler

Pats scratches - Pouteau, Schioler and McAmmond. 
Hurricanes scratches - Addison, Watson, Bellerive, Gutierrez and Thunder Chief. 

In the first period the Pats had a great early chance when a puck appeared to get in behind Stuart Skinner and sit in the crease but Connor Hobbs could not poke it across the goal line. Then on a 3 on 2 Sam Steel one timed a back door feed but somehow Skinner got across to his left and made a massive save. The Hurricanes had some chances of their own after that, Tyler Wong was denied on a breakaway by Tyler Brown and Carter Folk also failed to convert on a breakaway after that. The Canes got the games first powerplay but the Pats killed it off. The Pats got their first powerplay with 34 seconds left in the period, did not score and 1:26 carried over into the 2nd. The teams were scoreless after 1 with the Pats leading on the shot clock 11-8.

In the second the Pats did not convert on their remaining powerplay time but did get the games first goal a short time later. Riley Woods a great play in the corner stole a puck and he centered for Adam Brooks who outwaited Stuart Skinner and buried his 2nd of the playoffs at 4:13 to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes pushed back after that but Tyler Brown made a fantastic blocker save on a tip play to keep the Pats in the lead. The Pats went to their second penalty kill of the contest later on in the period but spent the entire second half of the disadvantage in the offensive one and Adam Brooks came within inches of his second of the game but hit the cross bar. The Pats killed off the penalty and took the 1-0 lead to the intermission. The Canes outshot Regina 8-7 in the period but the Pats led overall 18-16.

In the final period the Pats went ahead 2-0 just 1:35 in. Adam Brooks on a partial breakaway beat Stuart Skinner for his second of the game with assists to Austin Wagner and Connor Hobbs. The Canes almost responded just seconds later but Brayden Burke hit the post. The game stayed 2-0 until late when the Hurricanes pulled Skinner for the extra attacker and that's when Sam Steel tipped in his 1st from Cole Sanford and Jake Leschyshyn to make it 3-0 Regina at 18:34 and that was the final score. Tyler Brown with 27 saves for his first career playoff shutout, the Canes outshot Regina 11-10 in the third but the Pats led 28-27 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 1 in the win and the penalty kill was 3 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Hurricanes Stuart Skinner who stopped 25 of 27 shots faced. The second star to the Pats Tyler Brown who made 27 saves for the shutout and the first star to the Pats Adam Brooks who scored twice, including the game winner. 

The Pats will host game 3 on Tuesday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

NO SCORE

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 4:13. Adam Brooks (2) from Riley Woods. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 4:13. Adam Brooks (3) from Austin Wagner and Connor Hobbs.

Pats EN Goal at 18:34. Sam Steel (1) from Cole Sanford and Jake Leschyshyn.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1pQnaKF

Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch: http://bit.ly/1pQnfOx







Pats - Hurricanes Game 2 Preview


The Regina Pats (0-1-0) look to rebound from a tough game 1 loss when they take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0). The Pats dropped a 6-3 decision in game 1 of the best of seven Eastern Conference quarter final. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
0-1-0
1-0-0
Goals For/Against
3/6 (-3)
6/3 (+3)
Powerplay
33.3% (2/6)
33.3% (4/12)
Penalty Kill
66.7% (8/12)
66.7% (4/6)
Team Save Percentage
0.838
0.897
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (1-2-3)
Millette/Atwal/Babenko (3pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Hobbs/Zborovskiy (1 pt)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
1-2-0-0
2-1-3-0

Regular Season Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge

Record
36-28-3-5
46-24-1-1

Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
304/218 (+86)
Powerplay
19.0% (56/295)
28.9% (86/298)

Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
79.3% (230/290)

Team Save Percentage
0.902
0.913

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
Brayden Burke (27-82-109)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Andrew Nielsen (18-52-70)

Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
78-68-87-8
88-107-103-4

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.96 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats gave up a 12 powerplays to the WHL’s top man advantage in a 6-3 game 1 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Pats fell behind 2-0 early but scored three unanswered to lead 3-2 in the second. The Canes tied it up late in the second and then the Pats fell apart in the third. They took 6 penalties in the final frame, Lethbridge scored three times and took the victory. 

Powerplays Galore
Special teams played a huge factor in game 1. The Hurricanes scored 4 times on 12 powerplay opportunities in the win for a 33.3 per cent efficiency. The Pats put up the same percentage scoring twice on 6 advantages. 

Brooks Keeps Going
Pats forward Adam Brooks kept his scoring pace going into the first game of the playoffs. The regular season leading scorer picked up three points in game 1. He scored the Pats first goal of the series in the first period and then assisted on both the teams second period goals. Brooks is tied for the WHL playoff scoring lead with those three points. 

Goals A Plenty
Through 4 games in the regular season the Pats and Hurricanes combined to score 11.5 goals per game. The Pats scored 24 times to the Hurricanes 22 in the season series. The two clubs combined for 9 more goals in game 1 of the playoffs. The two teams have scored 55 goals in 5 meetings this season. 

Upcoming Schedule
Game 3 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – March 29, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 4 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – March 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 5 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 1 , 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)