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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

PATS 5 BRONCOS 2

Photo courtesy Darwin Knelsen
Swift Current, SK – The Regina Pats (32-27-3-5) opened a key divisional week against the Swift Current Broncos (23-36-5-3) Wednesday night.  Riley Woods scored twice and Jordan Hollett made 36 saves as the Pats won 5-2.

Game Story
The Pats didn’t waste any time, using an early powerplay to get on the board.  Riley Woods neatly tipped a Chase Harrison point shot past Taz Burman just 2:28 into the game.  With the Broncos pushing back on a powerplay of their own, Sam Steel set up Cole Sanford for a shorthanded goal off a two-on-one to pad the Pats lead.  That proved important as Swift Current came right back with a powerplay goal from Jon Martin leaving the teams tied halfway through the period.  Lane Zablocki sent the Pats to the break, up 3-1 when he barreled down the left side, cut to the middle put a shot in off the post with 5:25 left in the period.  Jordan Hollett made 13 saves in the period.

Another early powerplay saw the Pats extend their lead to start the second.  Harrison spied Woods across the ice on the back door and on a second attempt, the Regina product slipped the puck to the back of the net for his second of the night.  Despite controlling the first half of the period, the Pats couldn’t add further to their lead and ran into penalty trouble.  Taking two penalties on the same sequence, the Blue and White found themselves down two men for a full two minutes.  They battled through the kill, then took care of the remaining two minutes of the double minor to lead 4-1 after forty.

The third period was the Pats’ turn to face an early penalty, but the Blue and White got through it and killed another to finish the night seven for eight down a man.  Into the late stages of the third, the Pats pressed on a long pressure shift that ended when Sergey Zborovskiy rifled a rebound to the back of the Swift Current goal for a 5-1 advantage.  The Broncos did get one back when Lane Pederson broke away shorthanded, avoided a diving Sanford and Hollett poke check to lift the puck into the goal.  The Broncos didn’t get any closer and the Pats closed out the 5-2 victory.

Quick Hits
- Cole Sanford has goals in four straight games with six goals over that span.
- Adam Brooks’ point streak came to an end at a WHL-high 18 games (8G-30A-38PTS).
- Game attendance was 1,842.

What’s Next?
The Pats take on the Moose Jaw Warriors in a playoff-like home and home beginning Friday at the Brandt Centre in a 7 p.m. puck drop.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.

(Courtesy Daniel Fink/Regina Pats)

5 comments:

william weppler said...

Was good to see the boys get back on track tonight. Great to see Hollett have a good game after sitting out a lot lately.

Impressed (again) by Riley Woods who continues to show that given the opportunity he can play in this league. Going to be good to see him in the lineup for 72 games next year.

Lots of pressure on the Pats this weekend so will see how they perform in front of (hopefully) 2 sold out arenas.

Wondering if Colby will be back?

Anonymous said...

Heard from a very very very good source, Pats coaching staff is realistically not expecting Colby Williams to return this season.

william weppler said...

Whatever is better for Colby's future career at this point.

Anonymous said...

With attendance below 2000, one can only wonder as to how long the fine folk in Swift Current will be able to enjoy a WHL franchise.

Anonymous said...

Obviously Colby's health is paramount, but there seems to be some question about management's handling of their overage situation. If he doesn't play again this year why was this situation allowed to get to this point by management? He had a slow recovery right off, short return, new surgery and now another long rehab maybe to the point of no return. Any WHL team hoping to go anywhere needs three good 20 year olds. Wishing and hoping you get one to return before seasons end is unacceptable. There needed to be a contingency plan and it appears there wasn't. A strong possibility is not the same as a strong. probability. Keeping a spot for a guy who has not been much help this year seems foolish. This eventuality should have been factored in and it doesn't seem to have been. Having another overage in the lineup all year may have meant a few more wins and a likelihood of already having third place locked up. There is more here than just shutting a player down for the season. It far different than a late year hockey injury. They knew this might happen from day 1.