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Saturday, January 14, 2017

THE NEST PATS RECAP: TRI-CITY 6 REGINA 5

REGINA - For the first time this year, the Regina Pats are on a losing streak. Before 5,313 fans Friday in the Brandt Centre, the Blueshirts blew a 5-1 lead and wound up losing 6-5 to the Tri-City Americans.

This comes on the heels of a 4-1 loss to Moose Jaw on Saturday, which was just Regina's first home regulation time loss of the 2016-17 WHL season.

Oh, and the club's consecutive game sellout streak ended at six.  All in all, it was a crappy end to a crappy day in the Queen City.

However things started out remarkably well for the Pats Friday night.  They jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the game was barely 10 minutes old, on goals by Connor Hobbs, Jake Leschyshyn, Bryan Lockner and Dawson Leedahl.  The first pair chased started Ams goalie Evan Sarthou from the net.

The visitors got on the board at 11:16 of the first courtesy of Michael Rasmussen, but Regina's Filip Ahl restored the four-goal lead at 17:12 and Regina led 5-2 after 20 minutes.

However that's where the Pats' offense dried up.

The Americans put two more past Regina goalie Tyler Brown in the middle frame and he was lifted after 40 minutes with his team carrying a 5-4 lead.

Tri-City's Tyler Sandhu and Maxwell James beat Pats goalie Curtis Chapman twice in the third period as they skated off with a 6-5 triumph.

Brown stopped 13 of 17 shots while Chapman turned aside 10 of 12.  On the night, the Pats outshot their opponents 36-29.

Regina was 1/3 on the powerplay and 4/7 killing penalties.

The Pats (27-56-1) will try to get back in the win column Saturday evening when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:00 in the Brandt Centre on 620 CKRM.

RP
@rodpedersen

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who can we blame this one on?

Anonymous said...

disgusted

WesternMBRiders said...

There should be no cause for panic yet with the ebbs and flow of hockey at this level. However, as good as this team is (which is nice to see for Regina when, for a number of years and until the new ownership group arrived on the scene, the organization was not generally regarded with much respect or credibility from others in the league or the hockey world), I see them having a real battle to get past Moose Jaw to come out of the East, and being the underdog if they get to be Dub finals and face Everett or PG. Sorry, but a talented core of forwards with speed and an improved D given the trade for Mahura, comes with an average starting goalie (who I believe looked better last year) and a lack of grit up up front, which is something that may do them in at the end of the day, despite having an experienced coach and GM who is no nonsense. Very objectively, and after watching the Pats and the Jaw here in Brandon and well as seeing the other contenders on TV, I would say Regina is right there, and the fans of the team, or the game, should get out to support this team, and see some great hockey. That said, to my mind, they are not really heads and shoulders above the rest of the contenders though and could just as easily fall to a team from the from the West, or even someone in the East like the Warriors (you just need to have a hot render and be on a roll for two weeks to topple a highly ranked team, speaking of which the CHL rankings and being #1 is a nice achievement, but in reality means very little).

Anonymous said...

The pats need Nolan Patrick to light it up and go number one so he can get drafted by Colorado. Which would put jost one down on the depth chart lol.

Anonymous said...

Hey Regina, we're having a memorial cup party, and you're not invited!

william weppler said...

Hoping Brown is ok.
Sounds like new guys fit in pretty well.
Was Reffing that bad? Announcers and Woodsy thought so.
PA beware.

Anonymous said...

Wow! 10 goals against the Slumping Regina Patsies in two games along with two losses ,and Not a sellout sounds like Chris Jones is running this team . And No Sellout . Memorial Cup Champions to be ? NOT !.

Anonymous said...

When I liked out the window the sun came up today (saying that to the Durant fans as well). Yes it was a horrible hockey game and the reffing was bad. The pats took many selfish penalties and it hurt them. I hope brown is ok and that the call ups can hold the fort tonight. It's a good thing they don't play during the week.

This team was bound to have a slump and to not have one until the middle of January is pretty good in my opinion. Paddock will fix it.

Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

What an embarrassing loss that one was. As someone posted the goaltending was average and remains that way today. Paddock for all his supposed brilliance didn't fix an obvious problem, area. Now they don't have anything to back up but a 16 year old and a below average veteran. Brown had a week off and he's still sore? Or supposed aggravated an previous injury. Paddock didn't see that coming?

The Pats can't fix what their problem is. They are too small and they have no grit or toughness. When Paddock moved all the toughness out for for more supposed skill, he lost the season. For all his brilliance the man doesn't seem to understand that in the WHL, If you can't win board battles, dominate below the circles and goal line, you will never ever win. You need size and he got mediocre talent in return.

When Tri-Cities put the body on us we went away and hid like scared mice. They pounded us and we turned into snowflakes. You can't teach guts and aggression. As Herauf said on post game basically that once the Americans put their big boy pants on and played big boy hockey, we backed right off…again. You can't teach size and toughness.

Referees had nothing to do with the game. Three goals were scored on undisciplined penalties. Hobbs rushing in from the blue-line to punch a player?; stupid since the scrum was basically over..not the first time he's done this. Ahl and Wagner same thing and needlessly punching guys cause they didn't like getting hit. Hobbs playing without a helmet, really how dumb and shooting a puck over the glass while unforced. Officiating not great but all the penalties were deserved. Paddock hasn't got that under control all year.

Lack of size and grit, below average goaltending and undisciplined play will do the Pats in first or second round. These small run and gun teams never gone anywhere. Medicine Hat is proof of that. The Pats issues are not fixable at this point and beating up on lowly teams isn' t going to fix them.

Anonymous said...

Well said in the above comment.....Brown never has been the answer and now you will see when we play good hockey clubs and we let goals in from blue line its not pretty...don't take to much into tonite game if we beat a young squad....its the good teams we don't stand up to and take selfish penalties.....

Anonymous said...

Yeah, must have been the refs fault. Typical.

Anonymous said...

What? No sellout?

Anonymous said...

Where was the sellout? A Friday night game against a good opponent who only comes once every 2 years. The weather was nicer and we have. First place club. And we blast other places for lower crowds.

Anonymous said...

Weppler is even down and out on this game. Yeh Yeh, they lost because of the Referees. Sounds familiar on here does it not ?

Anonymous said...

hole in the ship, right at goal

donna Campbell said...

To many changes lately, coach has lost the room.

william weppler said...

Hahaha...some of these comments 😊...some folks get so worked up over a loss...it's only a game guys. Take a pill.
Momentary lapse..Sun brightly shining in DR today.
Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Lack of size and grit, below average goaltending blah blah blah!!! When you know crap about hockey easy to blame goaltender. Paddock sees these kids everyday and every play home and away. I trust his judgement more than an anonymous troll with some stupid agenda to discredit a bunch of teenagers.

Anonymous said...

coach has DEFINITELY lost room. Down 4-0 to the absolute worst Garbage team in entire WHL Saturday night PA. No goalie, benched Ahl and Hobbs to make a point and it all backfired.

Anonymous said...

Lost the room lol, watch some more sportscentre bud

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe I took 2 minutes to read this comment. "Paddock doesn't seem to understand the whl. "

Why even post if your clueless....

Anonymous said...

Fan has DEFINITELY lost his brain. Coach paddock is holding guys accountable. It's a 72 game season and it's tough for teenagers to play consistently strong day in and day out.
If you don't know nothing about hockey than I recommend you not comment.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the goaltending will sink Pats in playoffs, mortgage your house on it