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Saturday, March 4, 2017

VIGR.CA RECAP: TIGERS 6 PATS 4

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA - A four goal third period lifted the Medicine Hat Tigers to a huge 6-4 comeback victory over the Regina Pats Friday in the Brandt Centre.

In a game featuring two Top 10 nationally-ranked teams (Regina #2, Medicine Hat #7), the Pats led 1-0 after one and had a 3-0 lead in the second on goals by Austin Wagner, Nick Henry and Josh Mahura.

Tigers coach Shaun Clouston called a timeout midway through the middle frame and his team responded from there, scoring back-to-back goals from Jordan Henderson and Mark Rassell to cut Regina's lead to 3-2.

Pats star Sam Steel scored his 45th of the season on a shorthanded breakaway with 1:14 to go in the second, making it 4-2 Regina after 40.

Then the Tigers took over, outshooting the Pats 13-7 in the third and notching four answered goals from Clayton Kirichenko, Chad Butcher, Steven Owre and Zach Fischer (EN) to stun the crowd, and the Pats.

For Medicine Hat, it was their fourth consecutive victory and they closed to within three points of Regina for the conference lead. For the Pats, it was their third consecutive loss. They have two games in hand over the Tigers with nine games remaining.

Tyler Brown suffered the lost in the Pats goal, making 33 saves. Tiger netminder Michael Bullion notched the win with 33 stops of his own.

The Tigers outshot the Pats 39-37.  Regina was 0/4 on the powerplay and 3/3 killing penalties.

The attendance was 5.759.

Regina (44-11-7-1) is back at it Saturday night when they host the Calgary Hitmen in a 7:00 pm faceoff on 620 CKRM.

RP
@rodpedersen

55 comments:

Rudyman said...

Pats better start moving their feet and stop reaching when defending or fighting for the puck. They got out fought on alot of puck battles because they had bad body position and were reaching.

Anonymous said...

Let the myriad of excuses begin LOL...

william weppler said...

THE most disapointing loss of the year for me.

Should have been up by more than 1 after the 1st period but still had a 2 goal lead and momentum going into the 3rd.

Then the sky fell! Too many offensive and defensive zone giveaways by Veterans!!...Wagner, Hobbs, Henry... not the young guys.

Trying to be too "pretty" again on the powerplay. Very few shots directed at the net but lots of puck possession does not equal goals.

Tigers figured it out sooner than we did...put the puck towards the net and good things happen.

Not going to fault Brown...one bad goal maybe but no one helping him by checking the guys in front of the net so the result...screens, deflections, etc. etc.

Need to get a couple of wins next 2 games to get the confidence back. Light a fire JP.

Go Pats Go!

Dean L. said...

Here we go excuses after excuses for the Real Champions of the WHL. It will be interesting to see what Mr. Weppler has to say about this one.

Anonymous said...

Team chemistry is gone. Say what you will but since the trade deadline this is a completely different team and it shows. With Zablocki and Woods you trade away secondary scoring and depth in case of injury. With Smith and Cole you trade away heart and character. Sure you bring in guys with similar attributes but now you have tore apart all the team building and chemistry. Ask any player on any championship team, team chemistry is just as important as all the skill in the world.

Anonymous said...

Still good hockey and we are going to be making a run in playoffs. People already forget how bad the Brent Parker era was.

Anonymous said...

Remember when Rod was saying a few days ago how it was a slam dunk that they were going to break the record for wins... No sell out again tonight means the bandwagon is emptying out too. I can't wait until Monday to find out why this isn't a problem (they have nothing left to play for before playoffs or will it the league's fault for a tough schedule?)

Anonymous said...

The lights in the rear-view mirror are getting a lot brighter!

Anonymous said...

Stick a fork in'em

william weppler said...

I'll listen to someone who actually knows what they are talking about. Any of you naysayers at the game or even listen to the game?
Listen to what JP had to say post game.

Anonymous said...

Not going to fault brown?? Are you joking me the last two goals were a complete disgrace!
Paddock has put together the best pats team I've ever saw and ruined it with the recent trades.
Not trading for a goalie and loading up on not needed defenceman was a massive massive blinder that will cost them any chance at the memorial cup this season

Anonymous said...

Yikes!!

Anonymous said...

All these kids are teens and better then I was at hockey so good for them in the future,, but from a gm perspective Paddock blew it

Woods and Smith 29 points with new team
Slobo 9

DeWitt a complete waste of icetime, not worth a 3rd round pick

Mahura ,, great guy but so was zablocki so would have maybe been the first round picks for next two years,, DeWitt not worth a 5th rounder

Davidson and smart ,, small passing dmen ,, sure didn't need them like needed a goalie

Moose jaw has saw,, canes have skinner and Pats have Brown who has totally lost his confidence and is too small.

What a absolute shame to waste the 3 year plan that was to build around steel

Now next year we will have some thrown together group of rental players going for the cup and if Brown is the goalie still? Plan for early exit

Pearse Gribbon said...

I really don't understand your issues with Wepler. Dude is a fan and takes the time to post about his favourite team. I have never seen him say anything more than let's enjoy the season. And he's not an anonymous. Anyone anonymous' who chirp him are cowards. Congrats on throwing yourself out there. Tonight was an awful finish. After the 2nd I was saying that this is one of the best games of the year. Definitely disappointed and worried about going forward. However...we're better than Brandon was last year and we know how that worked out.

Anonymous said...

WOW, Blow a 3 goal lead at home. There is no confidence in this team right now. Finding a way to lose now instead of finding a way to win. 3 home losses in a row too. Top 2 point getters in the league, but it shows you need more than that. Offence brings in fans, but Defence wins championships. Definitely don't see it with this team currently looking at their team defence, which looks like a fire drill at times. And in these 3 losses we have by far been out performed in net. Adequate, but not championship calibre. Can we get a 60 minute team effort?

Anonymous said...

Fans talk about the Pats' depth like it's still a thing. Little do people know that the Pats' depth (4 solid lines) is gone. Paddock traded it away before the trade deadline. This is what the Pats have left:

Forwards:
1.6 lines (5 impact forwards)

Defense:
2.5 lines (5 impact defensemen)

Goaltending:
0 (0 impact goaltenders)

This could have been a power-house Memorial Cup Champion team had Paddock improved the team at the deadline instead of decimating the team depth for "next year." And that's the problem. It's always about next year and that's why I've never seen this team win any sort of championship in my lifetime. Instead of winning a Memorial Cup this year, the Pats have other plans; A two year cash grab.

Anonymous said...

Better than the Parker era…really..what a loser comment.! It's true the chemistry and grit were gutted from this team. Moving guys like Elmer for a 7th round pick and Gardiner for a 7th d-man absolutely destroyed our depth up front. Not moving Harrison a hugely overrated d-man and replacing with a quality 20 year old forward or better yet a 20 year old goalie would have made this team a far better team. Instead they are forced due to oversight, to play a tiny 15 year old kid and have him wear a −4 for the night ….pathetic is all. Third game in a row where goaltending was below average and that's being kind. Defence is poor and no better than before the trades. Forwards were poor again. It appears the Pats broadcast colour man is in a fog wearing and rose coloured glasses. The third line was terrible all night and on for the first two MH goals, making weak plays While other guys were weak a$$ on the next three goals. Winning goal was a soft short side job. Team defence was non existent. This team is in now in free fall and all of it has to be placed at the feet of the GM. A very good team that only need tweaking was blown up for no reason. Goaltending was never addressed. Players that should have been moved weren't and many who should have been kept around were moved for nothing. It's ludicrous to suggest that either Sloboshan or DeWitt are better than what we moved away. Pure folly. Due to mis-management they appear to have kissed this year goodbye for some iffy pieces they hope pan out next year. These moves weren't needed and the price paid was too high. If this team falls short of where it should have been, the next moves are entirely obvious. The same pieces traded for could have easily been obtained next year. Now the loss of a talented third line centre has put this team in a big bind. Gone from having four solid lines and great depth to having barely two lines and team that looks whipped. Very sad indeed and there needs to be accountability and not excuses.

Anonymous said...

5700 fans? Lol
Obviously Regina is not a hockey town.

3RD and 1 said...

Dean L... It's called analyzing the game. I haven't read any excuses. It's juvenile stupidity driven by bling ego that make statements like yours. Calling out the seniors and recognizing poor play is not an excuse. Big deal the spats have lost 3 games. Their pad in the East standings have taken a 6 point hit. Now with Approx 10 games left and only a 4 point lead. Paddock will get these guys back playing skillfully with a sense of urgency. To say who is real or who is the champion is seriously flawed. Since you have all this knowledge and a crystal ball. Then why aren't you involved in the league in some high up capacity. Get a brain and post with sensibility instead of raw emotion. Then maybe it won't sound so stupid.

Anonymous said...

3 games and the sky is falling. All you chicken littles better run for cover. Make room for those who live, watch and play with an understanding and a purpose.
This is a good time to face some adversity. It will only make the Pats that much more prepared for the run. You negative Nellie band wagon jumpers will see.

Anonymous said...

As a life long diehard Pats fan this team is DONE,this is not the same team pre-trade deadline Paddock made to many changes to a FIRST place team in all of Canada.All of the heart,soul,grit guys are gone due to trades.The ONLY trade i would have made was send those first round picks in a package to Kamloops for Ingram who is a star AND a local boy.VERY disgusted with this team right now no way they get past first round with the way they are playing.

Anonymous said...

LET'S GO TIGERS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't want to work.

Pats don't work hard and they get beat easily by teams who do.

Welcome to your 1 and done Regina Pats playoff team

Fitting that they are guaranteed a spot in the memorial cup next year, because they sure don't want to work for it!

Anonymous said...

Pearse while I admire your confidence to say that a team that was won exactly 0 playoff games is better than last years champions is silly. It remains to be seen what this Pats team is, there's some smoke showing right now and we'll see if it's from a dumpster fire or the engine revving up for a playoff run.
But they have shown nothing yet in a playoff atmosphere this year. The best regular season team isn't worth the banner it's printed on if they cough up the bit in the 1st round of the playoffs. It is lining up as a Pats vs Wheat Kings 1st round and the Kings aren't what they were last year, but the Pats team that has laced up for the last 2 weeks may be in for a tough series. If they get past the first round the challenge only goes up ...

Anonymous said...

The pats are the team you WANT TO PLAY in the 1st round haha

Anonymous said...

Pats = lame


Stuie

Anonymous said...

It's already March and it's the first time they lost 3 in a row. I'm pretty sure other teams would love to be in their position. Better to lose 3 in a row now than in the playoffs. The playoffs are a whole new season so just cheer them on and enjoy the rest of this great season. It is concerning that they can't beat the top teams lately but I believe they'll turn it around in time.
GO PATS!

william weppler said...

Connor Ingram the Star was pulled mid 2nd after 5 goals on 32 shots. Brutal!

Anonymous said...

Weppler's comments are most often very selective, juvenile and show a total lack of insight, however he like everyone has a right to post them.

When Paddock rips the team, nary a comment. Please don't hang your hat on what Paddock said post game. What else was he going to say? He's the architect of this team. His team has lost three in a row at home giving up leads every tine, including two goal leads the last two games. His team is below .500 in it's last ten games 4-5-1 and it's heading into the last nine game of the schedule. Any true hockey fan would need to be a fool not be deeply worried. No a win tonight against Calgary wouldn't change anything. Calgary is hungry and we don't do well in Brandon. This could be much worse by Monday.

To think you can change the way you play and turn it on in playoffs is pure nonsense. Regular season is a prep for the playoffs. How often does a team playing poor at the end of the season all of a sudden crank it up. They are whining about injuries but that's also a smoke screen. A 4th line player, Ahl who has done nothing since christmas, Smart who is our 7th defensman are hardly reasons to fold up shop. What if we had a star hurt? Why was this teams depth allowed to get so thin? I think things are very serious and there has to be something going on behind the scenes for this to have been allowed to happen.

Anonymous said...

Hey Weppler if you are saying Ingram is brutal for allowing 5 goals on 32 shots. Brown's stats for last night almost exactly the same, so you must be admitting Brown is brutal also.

Anonymous said...

I thought Rider trolls were pathetic but this group of anonymous morons is setting a new standard. Hard to believe Paddock isn't consulting all these keyboard/hindsight GM's for direction. Someone needs a hug and a swift kick to the puck bag!

Larry said...

Parker should have traded Eberle and Tobert years ago.

william weppler said...

Connor Ingram the Star was pulled mid 2nd after 5 goals on 32 shots. Brutal!

william weppler said...

Lol...selective and juvenile.
MUST be "something behind the scene".

Could you be any less specific Mr. Trump?

Anonymous said...

Hitmen 3-2 winners tonight

Anonymous said...

Champs are toast. Can't beat teams with great goalies in the playoffs (Med Hat, Lethbridge and Moose Jaw)

Anonymous said...

I have reads many comments on this blog just for info and never responding or making comment on here due to not being a sask fan...purpose only for info. Only reason I now say something is to explain to you all is just because someone states info or fact on here that you don't like doesn't make them a troll...a troll is when someone outside of sask teams comes on and just tries to smack talk and act like a moron truthfully so why care if someone actually makes a proper statement on fact or info they have.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Brandon or Saskatoon (so called non-hockey town on this blog) defeated Pats in Round 1 !!!! There would be squeals of delight.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I can't believe so many Pat haters come out after a few losses. You people must be pathetic losers in life and this I can only conclude is your satisfaction with being alive. Remember it's just a game, played by teenagers for your enjoyment. Seize the moment.

Anonymous said...

Struch! Specifc enough for you Willie?

Mr Trump

Anonymous said...

You should learn how to read or go follow badminton or some other sport nobody cares about

Hockey is big business and people here are analyzing the high paid coaches etc, it's what happens when your sport is relevant to a city

Anonymous said...

Mr Trump is a smart man. Struch is more in charge of this team than anyone realizes. He is being groomed by Paddock and was architect behind most of the deadline deals. Struch alone was the reason why Slobosian was brought in here which is the move that has hurt the Pats the most.

william weppler said...

Now that is "behind the scene" information. I choose not to believe you though.

Anonymous said...

The Pats getting as many comments as the Riders do after a loss, nice! The blog's gonna explode when we hit the Memorial Cup!!

Yes the recent losses are disapointing but still time to get back on track.

Go Pats!!



Anonymous said...

The team should be relevant winning or losing people and saying high paid coaches etc...who is being high paid because if you noticed players aren't paid exactly, more or less just taken care of to play hockey AMD coaches I bet aren't paid that high either do to being minor leagues...wow lol

Anonymous said...

Saturday night's game at Brandt vs Calgary is a gimmee. Let's see if they can Beat brandon on the road Sunday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

The censorship is amazing, but not that surprising considering the source

Anonymous said...

Awesome. 50 comments for the Regina Pats.

They have officially become the second most popular sports team in the province. The team with the richest history in the whole CHL.

As a Pats fan, I couldn't be prouder.

GO PATS GO!!

Anonymous said...

Saying Struch is more in charge than people think doesn't let Paddock off the hook, it shows Paddock has no control. Which is exactly the way the team plays.

I am a big supporter of the Pats. My heart wishes nothing more than them to win league and go on to memorial cup. But my brain is telling me starting with 11 forwards then losing Jake, and Buziak for the season and now Ahl limping the rest of the way spells disaster. Unfortunately you need more than two or three forwards to win this league.

Anonymous said...

How ya Pats fans feeling down 4-1 at home to the lowly Calgary Hitmen in first period? From a MJ Fan.

Anonymous said...

Pats losers of 4 straight, Warriors winners 8 straight. The Warriors are coming watch out Pats

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Your the one commenting on a Pats blog tool. Don't see me on the MJ blog...oh wait. Their is none.

MJ fans are becoming the Eskimo fans of the WHL

Western MB Riders said...

Tomorrow will be I believe the third time Regina has played in Brandon this year. I was really looking forward to some great hockey with the first game, but Regina did not show up ready and did not deliver as advertised. Anyways, I thought it would be better the second go around as that first game had to be just an off night, which can happen to the best. Wrong again, despite having Brooks back with Steel, and it was a surprise as I was of the impression the club was well on its way from shredding the last remnants of the reign of error under the Parker regime (who were often an easy W for the Wheat Kings). While Brandon played well in these two prior games, it was equally if not more the case that Regina did not live up to the hype and top billing. The goalies were not bad, but did not make a big save when they could have used one. The D played surprisingly soft. And up front, lots of speed and skill but no one was getting their nose dirty in the corners or in front of the net. Paddock is a man of few words but he was laying into the team on the bench in their last loss, which was topped off by three or four of them arguing with other and pointing fingers at each other right after the Wheat Kings had scored an empty netter to win the game. Maybe there is a chemistry or leadership issue? Too bad, as you can see the parts are there in order to have long run in the playoffs and maybe even win the league. It is junior hockey, so things fluctuate and injuries are always a factor, but unless the Pats break out of their trend soon, they could be going into the playoffs pretty flat and ripe for an upset. I still think of the teams which have passed through Brandon this far, Moose Jaw actually looked the strongest, and that is without Brayden Point of course (McCrimmon said he was the best player in the league in his mind the past two years). Oh,and by the way, even if the Pats get their act together, they are not, I am sorry, as good a team as Brandon was last year, or even in the year before. As well, I too enjoy reading Mr. Weppler's comments. I do not ways agree with him, but he does not get personal, and at the end of the day, he cheers for these young men (few of whom will play in the NHL even though this issue a high level) regardless if they win or lose.

Anonymous said...

We have a blog and you don't, sounds a bit childish not...doesn't surprise me due to the fact were talking to spoiled Regina fans. So very typical

Anonymous said...

Oh well , at least I bought some poached elk velvet antler Vigr from Rod's supplement ad on here.