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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HURRICANES 6 PATS 3

Photo cred: Keith Hershmiller
REGINA - Corbin Boes made 46 saves and Lethbridge scored three goals in the opening two minutes of the second period on its way to hammering the Pats 6-3 on New Year's Day in the Brandt Centre.

Riley Sheen had a pair of goals for the Hurricanes (8-28-5), with singles coming from Griffin Foulk, Tyler Bell, Russell Maxwell and Reid Duke.

Kyle Burroughs, Chandler Stephenson and Connor Gay replied for Regina (19-17-4).

Pats goalie Nick Schneider allowed three goals on 26 shots, while Dawson MacAuley struggled with two goals allowed on six shots in just over five minutes of play.  The attendance was 4660.

The Pats host the Saskatoon Blades Friday at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM (Press Box Sports Bar Pregame Show at 6:35 pm).
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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced that the decision has been made to suspend the play of 18-year old defenceman Tye Hand for the remainder of the season due to medical concerns.

The decision was made after discussion between the Regina Pats’ medical staff, hockey operations department and Tye Hand that, due to multiple concussions in consecutive years, it is in the best interest for Tye’s long term health and future that he spend the rest of the year recovering.  Hand’s status will be re-evaluated in the off-season.

The Yellowknife, NWT product has played in 52 games since joining the Pats last season, chipping in with two assists and registering 134 penalty minutes.

Lang also announced 19-year old forward Marc McCoy has left the Pats to pursue academic interests this semester.  McCoy played in all 36 games in the first half of the season, registering seven points (2G, 5A) over that span.  McCoy has played 158 games in his WHL career, totaling 36 points along with 171 penalty minutes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At the beginning of the season the experts picked the Pats to finish 11th in the conference. Questionable talent was the prime reason. With the addition of Boston Leier the team found some scoring and started playing quite well and win a few close games against the poorer talent. They had some good stretches in October and a very good November. Then came December and January. The team has had a slough of injuries and now Tye Hand is gone for this season. The team had reached high end mediocrity but is now sliding backward just before the trade deadline. Oh what to do?

A few years back we failed to move assets that could have helped make us a contender by now. While not exactly in the same spot in the standings, we are very close to it. Our starting goaltending is a hug he question mark, or defence is depleted and not very good. Our depth at forward and as a team is up for debate. The cost of turning this team into a serious contender is going to be higher than we can sensibly pay. The only insightful thing to do is sell assets and reset this club. Still try to make the playoffs with the new personnel, but have an eye to the next couple years. getting a couple more first and second round picks as well will give the team the flexibility in future seasons. To go through what we did a few years back and get nothing would be disastrous. It may not be perfect but getting something as opposed to nothing is a no brainer!