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Sunday, March 27, 2016


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Adam Brooks struck twice and Tyler Brown made 27 saves as Regina blanked the Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night to even its first-round matchup 1-1.

Sam Steel added insurance into an empty net for the Pats.

Stuart Skinner stopped 25-of-27 shots for Lethbridge.

The Pats outshot the 'Canes 28-27 while going 0/1 on the powerplay and 3/3 on the penalty kill.  That was a sharp contrast from Game 1 where the Pats went 8/12 on the penalty kill.

The attendance at the Enmax Centre was 4312.

The series now shifts to Regina for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Faceoff both nights is 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM.




PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Zach Sawchenko made 36 saves as Moose Jaw doubled up the Raiders to take a 2-0 lead in its first-round matchup.

Tanner Jeannot, Jayden Halbgewachs and Brett Howden had a goal and two assists apiece for the Warriors and Brayden Point added the other.

Tim Vanstone and Vojtech Budik scored for Prince Albert. Rylan Parenteau kicked out 26-of-30 shots in a losing cause.



RED DEER, Alta. - Cody Porter made 35 saves and Travis Sanheim had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Hitmen toppled the Red Deer Rebels 5-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Jordy Stallard, Beck Malenstyn, Jakob Stukel and Pavel Karnaukhov also scored for the Hitmen, who evened their best-of-seven first-round series at a game apiece.

Evan Polei and Adam Helewka responded for the Rebels, who got a 30-save outing from Trevor Martin.

Calgary went 2 for 3 on the power play while Red Deer scored once on six chances with the man advantage.

Hitmen defenceman Colby Harmsworth was ejected in the first period after receiving a major for boarding.


VICTORIA - Jack Walker scored twice and Coleman Vollrath made 30 saves as the Royals went up 2-0 in their first-round matchup with a victory over Spokane.

Jared Dmytriw and Tyler Soy also scored for Victoria and Vladimir Bobylev chipped in with three assists.

Hudson Elynuik, Dominic Zwerger and Jacob Cardiff scored for the Chiefs. Lasse Petersen stopped 17-of-20 shots in defeat.



KELOWNA, B.C. - Ryan Rehill struck twice - including the winner at 19:55 of the third period - and Connor Ingram made 40 saves as Kamloops edged the Rockets to even its first-round matchup at a game apiece.

Collin Shirley and Garret Pilon had a goal and an assist each for the Blazers while Dawson Davidson rounded out the attack.

Tomas Soustal had a pair of goals for Kelowna as Rodney Southam and Rourke Chartier added the others. Michael Herringer made 39 saves in defeat.



KENT, Wash. - Keegan Kolesar scored twice and Mathew Barzal had three helpers as Seattle downed Prince George for a 2-0 first-round series lead.

Ethan Bear and Scott Eansor also scored for the Thunderbirds while Landon Bow made 17 saves for the win.

Chase Witala kept the Cougars from getting blanked. Ty Edmonds turned aside 40-of-43 shots in a losing cause.



EVERETT, Wash. - Mario Petit made 24 saves as the Silvertips beat Portland to go up 2-0 in their first-round series.

Brandon Ralph, Matt Fonteyne and Remi Laurencelle supplied the offence for Everett.

Rihards Bukarts was the lone scorer for the Winterhawks. Adin Hill stopped 34-of-37 shots in defeat.

(The Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Great win Pats, looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesdays games!

Anonymous said...

The Raiders are done! Another Curtis Hunt team with promise is going down the drain come playoff time. Shocking!

Anonymous said...

Well Anon #2 if the Raiders do go down it won't be a Hunt led team as Marc Habscheid is the Raiders coach.

Anonymous said...

Great effort last night.
Go Pats

RWAH said...

Well done Pats. a disciplined team game just what is needed to win playoff games

Anonymous said...

Everybody wanted PA first round because they are so ripe for the beating. Why do you think the Pats tried everything they had to get a meeting with PA instead of Lethbridge.

Anonymous said...

Nice rebound game by the Pats. Amazing when you play a discipline game what can happen. Hopefully they can carry that momentum into the two home games here in front of a full barn both nights. Keep it rollin boys.

And the Warriors may end up sweeping and having home ice in the second round possibly. Not counting out Brandon yet but they are almost on the ropes.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding weekend to kick off the WHL Playoffs. As a first time visitor to Lethbridge, the city and franchise left an excellent impression on me. Prior to Game 1, I noticed jerseys, car flags, and general buzz about the Hurricanes many hours before game time. Three hours before puck drop (both days), there was a tailgate party in the parking lot. The first day there was a group of kids playing street hockey and the excitement was building. Upon entrance to the building, the Canes were selling $20 "Whiteout T-shirts" and giving away rally towels. The building was electric and the tone of the rink was very positive. The fans treated us Pats fans with respect, with good natured comments both days.

As far as the games go, the Pats rebounded in Game 2 after a very undisciplined first game. Brooks was the best player on the ice, while I was very impressed with the third line in Game 2. All the negative fans need to realize that we have an exciting team to watch in Regina. Like the first night, the Pats are going to make mistakes. However, if they play a strong discipline team game (and get goal tending).....they could go on a nice little playoff run.

I would like to challenge Regina fans to leave their negativity at home for Game 3 and 4. All of you that like to complain about the team, sit back and enjoy the games. Even when the Pats lost Game 1, they played an exciting brand of hockey and controlled 5 on 5 play during most of the first two periods. It would be nice to have the Brandt Centre jumping for the home games. Turn up the music, get the crowd into the would be nice to make the Pats games a must attend event moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Well Anon 3, Curtis Hunt is the GM thus my statement stands. Did you even know Hunt was the GM? I am guessing the answer is no. Thanks for the two cents!

Anonymous said...

The music is so loud at home games, I can't talk to the person beside me. It's like the disco guy up in the booth waits for the exact millisecond he/she hears the whistle and cranks of the disco nightclub spins.

Anonymous said...

Stay home Fuddy Dud. Emphasis on the Dud!

Anonymous said...

Children are off school all week, get out to the Pats games. Advance vote after work Tues or Wed and then go to the game.

Anonymous said...

Effin NDPers

Anonymous said...

The Pats should develop a "Next Generation" playoff slogan/strategy. Judging by the number of 25+ season ticket holders that always win season ticket prizes at the game, it is time to focus on the younger generation. The Pats always have many younger kids at games, but the highschool/university aged kids should be a focused demographic. The "older" crowd in my section often complain about the music, they are also the same people that complain about everything. There is a guy behind me that can't stand the selfish play of Adam have to be kidding me. Everyone thinks they know better then Paddock, get real people. GO PATS GO!!!!!

william weppler said...

Good split on the road. 5 on 5 the Pats have the Canes number no doubt - proven in both games. Let's put in 2 solid games here at home...hopefully to sell outs on both nights.

Mike said...

The ones complaining at Pats games about the music being too loud are Q-tips. They should turn down their hearing aids. I love the atmosphere in the building. Its better than the morgue atmosphere it used to be.

Anonymous said...

Warriors 7-0 defeat lowly PA