Realty One

Saturday, January 28, 2017


CALGARY – Sam Steel had four points and Austin Wagner scored the game winner as the Pats outlasted the Hitmen in Calgary on Friday night, 6-5 in overtime.

The Pats held 1-0, 4-2 and 5-3 leads in the game but the Hitmen, led by Jake Beans’ hattrick tied it up to force the extra frame.

2:05 into overtime, Adam Brooks set up Austin Wagner back door and the Calgary product made no mistake, scoring his 21st in his home town.

The Pats outshot Calgary 38-36 in the win and improved to 32-6-6-1 on the season.

Jordan Hollett made 31 saves in his second game back from injury while Trevor Martin stopped 32 pucks for the Hitmen.

Quick Hits
- Sam Steel extended his point streak to six games with a four point effort. 5G and 12A in the streak.
- The Pats powerplay is 23 for 57 in their last 15 games.
- Jordan Hollett made 31 saves for his ninth win in 10 starts this season.

What’s Next?
The Pats are right back at it Saturday in Red Deer against the Rebels. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game is against the Moose Jaw Warriors Wednesday at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at or at the Brandt Centre Box Office. Come into Subway and order a Pats Fresh Value Meal (sandwich, 21 oz. drink and side) and receive a free bronze level ticket to a Pats home game! While supplies last at participating restaurants in Regina.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews/


Anonymous said...

Sam Steele is headed for a great career and a run for the Stanley Cup with the young and talented Toronto Maple Leafs in the years ahead.

Anonymous said...

Awesome point anonymous #1, minus the fact that Steel was drafted by the Ducks.

Anonymous said...

Ducks vs Leafs in 2020 Stanley Cup final. Book it.

Dex said...

I know Freddie Andersen has been good so far with Leafs, but I wonder in 10 years which player Leaf fans would rather have.

Ducks got the pick they used on Steel when they traded Andersen to the Leafs. Might be one of the rare trades that worked for both teams.

I enjoy watching Pats games the past couple of years. Lots of talent and very little dump it out dump it in. This does result in great chances at both ends. Pats may have to tighten up in own zone to really challenge. And stay out of the box.

Looking forward to Tyler Brown's return.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think they might need to tighten up a bit back there too, but it is fun to see the free wheeling style they have. Really enjoyed the season so far


Anonymous said...

If the Pats don't tighten up they will be done in one or possibly two rounds….take that to the bank.

The Pats may be one of the poorest defensive teams I have seen in a while, and are simply winning on rush scoring. Then teams take that away and they will, the Pats are lost. If Paddock doesn't get them to play more team defence and pay attention to discipline, they won't last long in the playoffs.

william weppler said...

That was "run & gun" at its finest! ...with a great ending.

Wagner had so many great chances all night but doesn't have the soft hands needed (like his linemate Brooks, or Steel) to stuff them in. It took Brooks to set him up with basically a yawning net and no hurry needed to pot the OT winner.

The way the Shaw announcers talked about Jake Bean and Austin Wagner I thought they may kneel down at some point and propose to both of

Bean (a very good player) did have a super game but if not for him, and some untimely Pats penalties Hitmen wouldn't have been in the game in my opinion.

Easy to see that JP was not enamoured by all the penalties (or the reffing) but fell short of calling them out in the post-game interview. Instead opting to focus his opinions on the poor decisions by his players. Will be interesting to see if any of them are "sat" tonight because of their selfishness.
JP wasn't the only one who thought the reffing left something to be desired - the Shaw announcers, Phil and myself were in agreement there were some questionable calls - especially Steel's "hand on the puck" in the faceoff circle - Wow!
I am aware of the new rule that the puck cannot be "directed" by the hand during a face-off but in this case it was clear that Steel lost his balance and when he hit the ice his hand covered the puck for a micro-second but made no attempt to move it.
Oh well they got the 2 points and it was an exciting game to watch...couldn't get any better!

william weppler said...

To the Anon - "The Pats may be one of the poorest defensive teams I have seen in a while,"
And yet the Pats are 5th overall in goals against in WHL. So 17 other teams worse than them.
Pats have scored 100 more goals than they have one even close to that ratio.
When you play an offensive team like they are in 7 game series no way you are going to be able to hold them off the scoresheet.
Put that in in your bank.