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Sunday, March 30, 2014

PATS SWEPT

Three unanswered goals in the third period put the game away as the Brandon Wheat Kings swept the Regina Pats out of the WHL playoffs with a 5-1 victory Friday evening at Westman Place.

Brandon provided all the offense they'd need in the first period with goals from Jesse Gabrielle and Richard Nejezchleb for a 2-0 lead. Regina's Morgan Klimchuk scored the lone goal of the middle frame but that was all the scoring the Pats could muster.

The Wheat Kings' Jace Hawryluk, Ryley Lindgren and John Quenneville scored in the third to put the game on ice.

Brandon outshot the Pats 42-29 while going 1/7 on the powerplay and 2/3 on the penalty kill. The attendance was 4705.

Regina's Daniel Wapple made 37 saves in the loss while Brandon's Jordan Papirny made 28 saves to collect the win.

The Wheat Kings move on to face Edmonton in Round 2 while the Pats are headed home.

(Photo courtesy Jordy Schaworski)

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay this is not the time to take digs, and dredge up the past 19 years.

However to be fair I think, we all think when the Parker family bought the Regina Pats it was a good idea. Are we in agreement on this?

Now not pointing fingers, but I think we all think they could have done a better job. Are we in agreement on this?

If the Parkers sell, I hope it's to an NHL contingent and not a Priestly group type who want to hang around with players in the dressing room.

That went on for years in Regina, and it doesn't work. This team needs new leadership, and they need a new culture.

Chad Lang can't change the culture, because if he does try that's telling his employer there was something wrong in the first place.

.....so if there is no sale, then I suppose try again next year.

Anonymous said...

Elviss has left the building!!!

Anonymous said...

Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Speedy Creek can represent Saskatchewan in the WHL playoffs because the other 3 cities (Regina , Saskatoon & Moose Jaw ) are a joke when it comes to playoffs. Cities like Regina and Saskatoon should be able to come up with better teams, but year after year we end up seeing the so called bigger cities eliminated before the smaller ones . What is going on ??

Anonymous said...

Almost makes you wonder, was it really worth making the playoffs when this happens? They really were not in this series except for game 3 and you can debate that after blowing a 4-1 lead.

Losing 6 consecutive games to the same team. Brandon was by far the much better team. What a disappointing end to a season that was nice story up until the last couple weeks. Maybe Swift Current should be awarded the banner for first place since they had the same amount of points, but actually have won some playoff games.

Anonymous said...

..two years ago 82 points with hardly any talent, a playoff win and a well played series against a 94 point team...flash forward two years...this season 85 points season (numerous trades) and out 4-0 in the first round against a 77 point team..

NOW..that's what I call progress.

Anonymous said...

Where have you been??? Prince Albert last time I checked was in Sask....and they are a joke if they make it to the playoffs....what's up with Sask teams?????
The Rock

Anonymous said...

Say what you want about the saskatoon leadership group, the pats are now tied with them for next year in last place. I like it, two results based business orientated managements about to build character through competition to prove which team is really last. The only way out of this dilemma is for either team to sell to the coop or teachers pension fund.

Anonymous said...

Kelowna Rockets advance again, you know this whole hockey thing is just pure luck it really is.....

Anonymous said...

Get out the brooms & warm up the bus. Let's get behind the Warriors for next season.. Go Warriors

Gored said...
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Anonymous said...

And to think a year ago exactly, pats fans were beaking the Blades, their fans & their city. Move over Blades, you have company.

Anonymous said...

As predicted by many blog readers on here before series even commenced. Rider season in a couple months.

Anonymous said...

To the above anon. The Moose Jaw Warriors are the ONLY team who have had playoff success in the last 10-15 years. Since 2002 they have made playoffs 9 times, made the second round 5 times, two Conference finals, and an Eastern Conference Championship.

You sound like members of the LP staff who refuse to give MJ credit. No other Sask team has done anything except for the Warriors. Like them or not.

Anonymous said...

@ Gored
One of the best comments ever posted on here.
Stewart

Anonymous said...

Oh and how many memorial cups haves they participated in none so please give it up moose jaw fan.

Anonymous said...

Did that idiot a few posts ago say MJ was a joke in playoffs? They are the ONLY team in the entire province that occassionally has an actual playoff run. Duh!

Anonymous said...

MJ Fan look at your history & see how many times you have missed the playoffs. 2 straight yrs & counting....

Anonymous said...

Typical Pats fan. Lets talk about what we did 40 years ago. Then again what other choice does a Pats fan have.

Anonymous said...

Who cares both Regina and MJ suck. I can't stand either team. (Although, at least the Warriors win a playoff series once in awhile)

Ken

Anonymous said...

Another thing Regina has is history theyhave won 4 memoriAl cups I don't care if it was ancient history. It is something Regina should be proud of .when you all look it up on internet or whatever it will show that Ottawa and Regina lead that race and no other Saks teams even come close. It- just like the Toronto maple leafs they won long ago but you still can't take that away from them

Anonymous said...

If you think market size isn't a factor in building a team you need your head examined.

Agents love to send kids to NHL markets. Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton never have recruiting issues. On the flip side, Swift Current is aways battling hard to sign their bantam picks or lose them to NCAA.

The fact that Mark Lamb iced teams in Swift Current with last year's league MVP and this year had 4 guys in the top 40 for scoring, 4 players ranked by Central Scouting and two of the league's top euros is nothing short of a miracle.

Gored said...

Rod, why not send me an email and let me know what I'm doing wrong that you keep deleting my comments? Yes I have been critical of the Pats' management and their lack of success over the years but there wasn't anything in the comment that was critical of any individual, just the way they do business as a group.

Anonymous said...

..the last two decades have been some of the darkest times in Pats history. I can't remember a 20 year span any worse. no success, no accountability, no championships and no hope. The same things are done over and over again with no success. I believe there is a word for that..

..you can censor, you can sugar coat, but you can't hide the truth. The people are rarely wrong. Most have seen enough. All stored currency has been used up. Organizationally the Pats have been a wreck, particularly on the ice where it matters.

..I used to think I saw some light at the end of the tunnel. I now know it's a train... We need a breath of fresh air and that will only come when this franchise changes ownership.

Anonymous said...

Actually Kooteney has been arguably THE best winning program in the past decade with two Mem Cup appearances. They are the second smallest market behind Swift. Brandon is a smaller market, as is Med Hat who have been in the second round 10 of the last 11 years.

Enough said. Stop making excuses. If you draft well and develop players, you can win.

Scott Shiek said...

Very disappointed Pats fan here with how the last 2 weeks have ended up, again I think we put in so much energy just to win the pennant same thing that happened in what I believe it was 2008 & seemed to be happy with the pennant and nothing else.

We had far to many passengers all year long and it happened in the playoffs as well but this time it was our so called leaders who became the passengers. By far our 2 worst players in the playoffs were Zgraggen and Leier, these 2 players were brought in to help bring a winning culture here and help get us into the 2nd round (or at least make a series out of it in the 1st round) when your 2 best players in the playoffs are (2) 18yr olds in Hunt & Gay you know your team is in trouble when you have some so called elite players on your roster not pulling their own weight.

Were in the same situation entering next season as we were this season, returning 8 to 10 19yr olds and all that will be done is tweeks to the roster due to the ownership wanting those 2 maybe 3 playoff games in revenue instead of looking at the bigger picture & trying to become a top team in the conference.

The Parker's saved this franchise years ago from possibly moving/folding, they marketed the hell out of the team and got attendance figures up a lot since when they bought the team. But Mr. Russ Parker it is time to move on as this team under yourself only wants to be average & us faithful Pats fans who have supported you since day 1 of buying the team deserve a lot better.

I hear Sillinger, Heward are still very interested in buying this team, I think its time to sit down and work out a dollar figure

Dan said...

With the exception of Daniel Wapple and a few players the Regina Pats should hang there heads.

Wapple had given the team a chance to win with no help from anyone.Defense????

Playing hurt in the third game it was unreal to see Wapple the pain he was in trying to save the series and the rest of the team bailed out on him.

At times in the third game he could hardly get up off the ice or across the net showing he was in pain.

In game four how many saves did he make and at times he was alone facing the Wheat Kings complete CRAP on the rest of the team.

Lack of effort and wanting to be there was the Pats downfall and after watching an effortless series it is time to change.

Many of the players should really ask themselves is this the career path they want to take.

I guess maybe being hard on them in some peoples eyes is wrong but do not sugar coat the lack of effort as it will get them no wear, and they need to take responsibility and accountability for there lack of effort.

Being a fan for many years it makes no sense to me to continue on the path we are going with what the organization has to offer.

The team had a fairly good season but many times faced that lack of effort that cost them easy games that could of given them first place earlier on at the end of the season.

The question will be next season what will we be and where will be going.

Anonymous said...

Go Speedy Creek!
The Rock

Scott Shiek said...

Roddy any idea why Access hasn't been picking up Shaw's 1st round match up between CGY & KOO?

Reinhart is putting on a show and showing the NHL scouts on why he needs to be the #1 pick 6gp 16pts (so far)

Anonymous said...

Just what I said all year. The Pats were the best of the worst. They rolled over Saskatoon and Moose Jaw for 16 wins...they struggled against a PA team that was better than them...they struggled against SC and Brandon that were both better than them. They couldn't go into Calgary and Edmonton and win and they lost twice I think to lowly Lethbridge. This team could beat the bad teams, but not the good ones. It showed in playoffs. Argue that Pat fans!

Adam

Rod Pedersen said...

Access and Shaw are fighting.

Anonymous said...

The Medicine Hat Tigers are anotherorganization that has nothing but success.. Thisis11 years in a row that they have made the playoffs

Anonymous said...

Oh Pat fans Moose Jaw will be back in the playoffs next year. Pats?

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with Access and Shaw fighting per say. Access will show Shaw games when they dont have what these clowns perceive to be "important" programming. But when council or other "Access Productions" are on, we wont see this amazing hockey. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Did this guy above post that "The Parkers saved the team from relocating or folding"???? Wft? The league had 3 groups looking to buy the Pats including a BC group led by Bryan Maxwell. The league picked the Parker family. Oops. Good for Brandon, MJ, and Swift. Bad for us fans.

Yes they have done a good job of marketing. Now they have 8 people in the front office instead of 3 or 4. Back in those days one guy did all the PR and sales. Teams had 2 coaches. One trainer. Parkers raised that bar. But they still lose money according to Brent, because there is no playoff success, none, zero. Hicke and Tuer used to win. Bottom line. So what they lacked in regular season crowds they made up for in playoff revenue. These guys have slightly bigger crowds, but suck ass in playoffs. They simply dont know how to win.

Time to sell. Please. Sell sell sell.

Anonymous said...

....With 85 points you usually get about 6th spot in the conference. This year we tied with Swift yet got a pennant....the conclusions are obvious, yet after listening to the coach and GM they both were trying to hang their hats on the fact they got a pennant. The fact the Pats weren't supposed to do well was brought up but there was a missing piece of info. The GM turned over a third of the team with about six trades. They all cost higher draft picks and a young talent like Schneider.

....this team lost because it couldn't play defence. Isn't that teachable by the coach? If the players wouldn't play defence then maybe they had the wrong kind of players here. You can't win in the playoffs without defence and somebody should have known that. It's something the coaches should have done a better job at, but I didn't hear that in the interview. How did the run and gun hockey work for ya..

....when you have the third highest penalty totals in the league there is something wrong with team discipline. It hurt them all season long and again in the playoffs. This was never brought under control all season. That combined with one of the worst penalty kills in the league hurt them bad. This is something that has to be better controlled. I didn't hear that message from them either either.
Much like every other year I didn't hear those who should be taking responsibility actually take it. If you do everything the same next season you will get the same results.

....there is much wrong with this franchise regards to the on ice product. A change of ownership is likely the only cure.

Anonymous said...

At least they can look back at when they did win , not like some teams

Anonymous said...

That's a comment from someone conditioned to lose.

Anonymous said...

Right now there is a lot of frustration and emotion by fans. They've had to endure this continual and ongoing cycle of ineptitude. Fans can't be faulted for demanding more. It shouldn't have taken two decades for the current ownership to get the job done. Other teams have rebuilt and won big two and three times in that same time. We haven't done it once.

There is a ground swell of support and belief that 20 years is enough, in fact way too long. The fans have been loyal and put up with a level of mediocrity year after year. Always a step forward and then a step back. There is nothing more the ownership can milk out of this franchise. It's time to do the honourable thing and step away. Selling the franchise to good hockey people would re-energize the fans and the community. It would create a buzz once again and allow some hope to creep back into the fan base. It's time!

Anonymous said...

Scott Shiek: Sillinger and Heward are not "buying" the team. They would have a very small - less than 5% - invested. A larger group was attempting to buy them and use their faces to gain positive public opinion.

However, I have heard that Russ has moved on to another group and the Pats were told to not spend another unneeded cent after January.

Anonymous said...

Word in the Laundromat is the Pats will be sold.

Anonymous said...

This team will go for $9 million minimum, and Sillinger and Heward don't have it. Sillinger made $18M playing hockey, half went to the tax man, and what's left sustains his lifestyle. Where's his money coming in from now, and Heward never made any money, not to make a purchase like this.

As for this bar being raised, the entire league was raised, so that required changing how a team's operations run.

It's one thing to hire all those people, it's quite another to trust them to do their jobs. The Pats have always had turnover in the employee ranks, and I'll tell you this.

Employees in Regina can look to Saskatoon, and know if a sale takes place they will be out of work. I heard many of them don't care, it's such a toxic work environment.

Look, twenty years is a long time, they tried, and it's time to close the book on this ownership chapter. Herb Pinder knew when to get out, the Hicke group did, and it's time for the Parkers to go away.

Anonymous said...

Sillinger made well over $50-60 million including endorsements over career (before lower US taxes)

Anonymous said...

When an ownership have no set goals or expectations, those are likely to be achieved. When you're not results driven a definite malaise sets in. It is rooted here, and is growing to unhealthy proportions. You can see it in the building, the fans, and the on ice product. It's much different than having a board of directors and shareholders who are insistent on production and results.

About six years ago new owners purchased the Portland Winterhawks. They hired Mike Johnston and gave him a mandate to turn the franchise around and make it elite again. They had a huge investment and they wanted to see a return. They stayed in Alberta and out of his way, and told him to whatever is necessary to become elite. Johnston is the judge, jury and executioner. He has turned that franchise around in a very short time. If he hadn't done a good job he would have been fired. In Regina he wouldn't have been fired but likely given a raise. The difference in mentalities is profound and deeply saddening. The difference in on ice results is embarrassing.

To ensure this teams survival in this community there needs to be swift action to put this team into the proper hands. Only then will real change occur that will lead to a return to the elite of the league. Anything less will just bring more of the results we've endured over the last two decades.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I want to point one thing out about Portland. Leo MacDonald is a lead scout for that franchise, and is based in Regina. There was a time, he didn't even get a sniff for the Head job in Regina. Lots of Regina hockey guys moved on, and one thing with the Pats remained the same.

The Regina Pats do have goals. They want to win, the problem is they don't know how. There is no ability to set a vision, and then execute the plan.

Anonymous said...

what 20 year olds will be back to play with the Pats next season?

Anonymous said...

This entire organization needs a complete overhaul, the last 20-30 have been a pathetic joke, the Parkers should be thrilled and amazed they still have fans. Regina is and has been the joke of the WHL for years now. It's time for a big change with this club. My vote is for blowing it up and moving it away. Bring in a brand new AHL team and we can forget about the sad past of this pathetic franchise.