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Thursday, March 31, 2016

PATS 2 - HURRICANES 0, PATS LEAD SERIES 3-1



REGINA -- The Regina Pats are one win away from advancing to Round 2 of the 2016 WHL Playoffs following Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Brandt Centre.  The triumph gave Regina a 3-1 series edge.

The Hurricanes made a change in goal for Game 4, opting to go with Jayden Sittler over Game 3 starter Stuart Skinner but it didn't make much of a difference (can he score goals?).  Again Lethbridge outshot the Pats - 32-26 in this one - but this time they were unable to penetrate Regina goalie Tyler Brown who posted a 32-save shutout and was named the game's #1 Star.

20-year old Pats sniper Cole Sanford proved again why he was acquired at the WHL Trade Deadline, notching an even-strength goal with 0:48 remaining in the first period which stood up as the game-winner.  The teams kept it clean in the second period and Regina's Adam Brooks iced the contest with an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining in the third.

Brown truly was the star of the evening and although at times it appeared as though he didn't see many of the incoming shots, his excellent positioning got him in front of the puck and he gave up few rebounds.

The Pats certainly are the best-skating of the two teams, and their swift pace seemed too difficult for the Hurricanes to match.  The Canes will now have a day off before they attempt to stave off elimination and avoid a series upset.

NOTES:  Regina was 0/1 on the powerplay and 3/3 killing penalties ... The attendance was 6181 ... Former Pats captain Chris Schlenker was one of the game's two referees.

UP NEXT:  The Pats will look to close out the series Friday when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Game 5 at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM.

RP
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THE REST

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Nolan Volcan scored his second goal of the night in overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds completed their four-game sweep of the Prince George Cougars with a 4-3 win on Wednesday night in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Scott Eansor and Ethan Bear had goals in regulation time for Seattle, while Landon Bow made 21 saves for the win.

Jansen Harkins, Chase Witala and Jared Bethune supplied the offence for Prince George. Ty Edmonds stopped 35 shots for the Cougars.

The Thunderbirds went 1 for 2 on the power play and Prince George was 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

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SILVERTIPS 4 WINTERHAWKS 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - Cole MacDonald scored twice, including the eventual winner, as Everett completed its four-game sweep of the Winterhawks.

Connor Dewar and Brandon Ralph chipped in as well for the Silvertips.

Blake Heinrich and Keoni Texeira found the back of the net for Portland.

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WHEAT KINGS 3 OIL KINGS 1

EDMONTON - Nolan Patrick's goal in the second period was the eventual winner and Brandon topped the Oil Kings.

Connor Gutenberg and Tyler Coulter also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Lane Bauer was the lone scorer for Edmonton, which leads the series 2-1.

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BLAZERS 5 ROCKETS 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Collin Shirley scored twice as the Blazers downed Kelowna to tie their best-of-seven series 2-2.

Dallas Valentine, Quinn Benjafield and Matt Revel rounded out the attack for Kamloops,

Calvin Thurkauf had the only goal for the Rockets.

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ROYALS 3 CHIEFS 2 (OT)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Alex Forsberg scored in the second period and again in overtime as Victoria took a 3-1 series lead over the Chiefs.

Matthew Phillips had a goal in the first period for the Royals.

Dominic Zwerger and Presten Kopeck had goals for Spokane.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding night at the Brandt Centre! Brown was exceptional tonight, but the Pats did a good job of playing well defensively. The forwards had the third guy high for most of the night. The series isn't over yet, but I like their chances now. Hopefully they can finish it Friday night to get Brooks some rest before round 2. Tickets should be jumping for the next home game. GO PATS GO!!!

Anonymous said...

Im a complainer, It wasnt a sell out, just kidding. Go Pats Go! Cole Sanford a speed demon, that guy can skate, good for the Pats team.

Anonymous said...

Both teams top two lines are getting tired but it's the same for both. The defence has been ok but that's mainly because the forwards are all back all the time. It's the way the Pats need to play to win especially in Lethbridge.

I think Lethbridge thought before the series started that because they were the higher seed it automatically gave them a series win, and they haven't respected their opposition they way they should have. They may have to learn a valuable lesson that in playoffs nothing is given.

The bus ride back for Lethbridge will not be near as pleasant as it will be for Regina. The Hurricanes now know a little more about the Pats. They will be squeezing their sticks a little harder.

Anonymous said...

Very fun night Wed at Brandt Centre. I couldn't make it Tuesday, but loved the game Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

From what I seen the Pats were better in game 2 than they were in either game 3 or 4. This has been about Brown and Brooks but really nobody else. The Pats are bearing down on their chances like Wagner with two break away and gets zippo. The Pats need to start scoring on more of their chances and really come out ready to play. Both games Lethbridge were the better team in the first period and tonight most of the game. The Pats can and need to be much better and sharper.

Anonymous said...

Pats and Warriors will move on to second round. But I still believe Brandon comes back and wins that series.

william weppler said...

Great crowd again! - so nice to see - not loud but knowledgable.

If someone had told me that Browny would get 2 shut outs (so far) in this series I would have laughed and said good luck there fella!

Not that Tyler isn't a great young tender, but just that this is the Hurriances (2nd most goals scored in WHL this season I beleive, behind Brandon). He has played great BUT so have the Team in front of him; best I have seen D play all year as a unit and forwards are helping out more than ever too. JP has them believing in the system - a great great Coach in my mind. Don't think I have ever seen them play a Trap like they played tonight - totally confusion for the Hurricanes!
It seems whomever JP puts together nightly on 3rd line work hard & give the top 6 a breather without harm...sign of good team. Puts them out in lots of key situations - shows respect.
I think we will overcome on Friday - Canes look like a tired frustrated Team.
GO PATS GO!

Anonymous said...

Hobbs+Brooks+Brown = Memorial Cup 2016!

Anonymous said...

First 6 comments are well thought out and an good read...the trolls must be sleeping lol

Great job Pats. It will be a challenge to close them out in game five but fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

Depth will be huge issue for either of these teams moving forward. Been a heck of a series. Hopefully Pats can end it friday to get rest. Brandon will have to get at least 6 probably 7 to advance with lots of travel. If Brandon loses Moose Jaw looks to like they will be rested.

Anonymous said...

celebrate kool and the gang

Anonymous said...

I agree the Pats should try to end this thing on Friday. Lethbridge is on life support and will be the nervous ones, and not the Pats who might be able to play with a little less pressure. It's a whole ot better to be up 3-1 than down 3-1…..

I think there is still room for the Pats to improve on their game after the last two. Brown has been a beast but he should get some more offensive help. However if he has to be the beast again I think he will.

I too think the Pats are quick for the most part. But would I rate them as the fastest of the two teams I saw Tuesday and Wednesday….pretty iffy there. Struch said on his post game interview that Lethbridge was the fastest team in the league. Don't know if I could argue that statement. Still those are two pretty quick teams.

The Pats would be better served to improve their forecheck as Lethbridge was able to come out of their zone far to easily and continually put on offensive pressure. Start making it tough on their d-men.

Let's get this thing boys. Don't give them any life.

Anonymous said...

Pats in 5 !!

Anonymous said...

C'mon buddy! 2 shutouts in 3 games and you're worried about improving a forecheck!? I'd say that things are just great! Thankfully you're a keyboard coach and not a real hockey person. DUH!

Anonymous said...

Brandon is back , series tied 2-2