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Thursday, April 20, 2017

PADDOCK SENDS MESSAGE TO ROUND 3 REFS

On Tuesday evening the Regina Pats learned they'll face the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL's Eastern Conference Final which begins Friday in the Brandt Centre.

On Wednesday prior to his team's practice, Pats Coach & GM John Paddock talked about the Hurricanes, their Game 7 win at Medicine Hat, and their captain Tyler Wong.

"Well I think the better team won," Paddock told reporters of the other Conference Semifinal. "When I say that, it's a team game, and they're missing half a dozen players, but they found a way to win. They're 7-3 in their last 10 playoff games so I would say that indicates a pretty difficult match.

"I don't think there's any specific challenges. We gotta play our game. Their challenges individually are Wong, Estephan, Skinner, and their other top players. I think Estephan and Wong were on the ice for 13 of the last 21 goals they've scored so they need to be paid attention to."

Paddock said his players will have to pay particular attention to Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong, and he inferred that the officials should keep an eye on him as well.

"For sure," Paddock quipped. "He's a hard-working, inspirational guy who has skill, the ability to score, and he's physical. He jumps a couple feet in the air when he hits guys, doesn't get called, so he's in the running for the Most Valuable Player. To me, the most valuable player is different from being the most outstanding player."

The City of Regina is going off-the-wall crazy with Pats Fever as the team has advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. Paddock said the hysteria has been impossible to ignore.

"I'm noticing it more in the city," Paddock offered. "People that don't know you at all are saying things. There's a real buzz in the city and that's special."

And for the first time in anyone's memory, Pats tickets are now being scalped by enterprising "fans". Paddock even offered a comment on that scandal which has hit the news this week.

"I think it's great!" Paddock laughed. "I should be selling my four family tickets."

The Pats host the Hurricanes in Game 1 on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Brandt Centre on 620 CKRM, Access 7 and Shaw.

RP
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27 comments:

Andrew Wiens said...

Wow, Paddock inferred in this article (for the refs 'benefit' I'm sure) that Wong's physical play is borderline. Maybe he should take a look at a couple of his own players (doubt I have to mention any names) - talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Anonymous said...

Lol, the series hasn't even started and Paddock is complaining to the league, good grief man.

Anonymous said...

One of my fondest Pats game memory is a regular season game against Lethbridge in where it went into 4 or 5 overtime periods. I had the privilidged to be up in a Company's box seats that evening. We completely emptied the fridge and the stock on the shelf as the game did not end until approx 12:30AM. Needless to say everybody was a little blurred eyed the next day at work.
As much as that was a great tight incredibly long record breaking game. I sure hope there are not too many OT games this series. It's to hard on the heart!

Go Pats Go.
Even the temporary minimal Part time fans are now taking notice and they too "BELIEVE"

Anonymous said...

Hmm lets see. The geniuses said Paddock needed a better goalie, but Borwn outplayed Papirny in games 6 & 7 when it mattered most. Paddock 1 - 0.
Captain Adam Brooks goes down early and the guy that steps up to fill the hole as #2 centre is Wyatt Slobshan. Paddock 2 - 0.
Now Paddock is somehow able to praise and throw shade at Wong at the same time, while putting the refs on notice and taking attention off his own team. Brilliant. You think that wasn't a completely calculated move on Paddock's part? You really want to question his methods now?
How about just sit back and enjoy the ride instead of arm-chair coaching....

Anonymous said...

Swifts out buddy let it go

Anonymous said...

Paddock is a genius, the league officials are on notice!

Anonymous said...

Already got his excuse ready if they lose...blame the refs.

Anonymous said...

Just like in the NHL in the WHL playoffs for some reason refs put the whistle away and let things slide a little. I counted at least 10 penalties in NHL games last night that should have been called.

Anonymous said...

Paddock is a genius, anyone who doesn't understand what he's doing here are the idiots...Pats in 5 maybe 6 depending on Brooks' status.

Anonymous said...

And what is your teams excuse for losing?

Anonymous said...

All these dusters just trolling along the Pederblog just waiting for the Pats to lose. Go out and get some sunshine, talk to a real person, try a smile on for a bit.

RIDER PRIDE IN SWIFT said...

Work it Paddock work it! Wonder if some of the Pats' hits in the last series would be in the same category as the ones Paddock is referencing about Wong???

Dustin said...

It was a playoff game.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this Wong guy like five foot nothing. He has to jump otherwise his face hits some guys hip. Really, I hope Wong is jumping the whole series, can't score if your constantly jumping.

Anonymous said...

Tow of the cheapest players in the league play for Paddock. (Hobbs and Dewitt) He is seriously worried about a 5'8" guy hurting his players? Toughen up and quit laying on the ice like you have been shot it's embarrassing. Sad that a coach like Paddock and the caliber of hockey he has coached has to use this tactic.

Go Canes!!!

Anonymous said...

Wong is a smaller player but he is a back stabber and picks his spots when someone has his back turned. He better keep his head up this series!

Anonymous said...

Paddock should just shut his frowny faced yap... another reason people can't stand the pats GO Hurricanes

Pearse Gribbon said...

Quite frankly he has a point. I believe last year he received a game misconduct in game 5 after it was clear the Hurricanes season was over. That being said Wagner is pretty dirty. Hobbs crosses the line occasionally but usually delivers big CLEAN hits.

Anonymous said...

Very good news for Paddock to do that prior to the start of the series. I had questioned Paddock when the series was 3-1 Swift Current as to some of his decisions and his coaching abilities and I believed he had put together a team with little to no heart, grit, or determination. I also questioned Paddock for his decision to not trade for a goaltender that I felt would be better than Brown. Paddock and Brown proved that the decision to keep Brown was brilliant. Brown's play after started in game 4 in OT, and his play in game 6 and 7 was beyond brilliant and amazing. Paddock's coaching the way he brought his team back from deaths door and conquered the Broncos was something that you don't ever think can be done. His coaching was admirable and honourable and proved that being named top coach was well deserved.
As far as Paddock's warning to the referees, I say good on Paddock for doing just that and for making a point to the refs. If there is a player that plays on the edge such as Wong the refs should be warned so the same selfish play that happened in the Broncos series doesn't unfold in this series against the Hurricanes. Hunter of the Warriors should have likely forwarned the officials about the Broncos play prior to series 1, and Paddock definitely at the start of series 2. The Broncos were the dirtiest team, I have seen in hockey in a long long time. The Broncos didn't have the ability or skill to come close to skate with the Pats. Instead of competing the Broncos instead decided to take liberties on the Pats and took Brooks out of the series. The Broncos had very little in the way of talent except for a handful of players so they felt by taking cheap shots on players was their only way to compete and that was sad. The issue that the Broncos didn't realize is the Pats have depth and they overcome any adversity and in game 7 they embarrassed the Broncos. Unfortunately the warning may have been handed out at the beginning of the series and the Pats may not have had to lose Brooks on a selfish, cheap, dirty play. So good on Paddock to put the buzz in the ear of the officials prior to the series start against the Hurricanes. Just in case the Hurricanes are just as cheap and dirty as the Broncos.

Anonymous said...

Wow some people on here are slow learners. You all playing checkers while Paddock is playing chess

Andrew Wiens said...

In Hobbs and Wong you have two extremely talented players who both insist on playing as close to the line as possible in the hopes of 'legally' delivering a series altering hit. Wong is certainly no dirtier Hobbs (considering that Hobbs received two suspensions this year - Dec28 and Feb21 - and accumulated almost twice as many penalty minutes as Wong - 92 versus 53); so what exactly is Paddock worried about? He is worried about someone on the other team attempting to do exactly what he encourages his own players to do - pretty hypocritical in my books.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how long it takes for Kisio to throw his first hissy fit on the bench???

FG

Anonymous said...

Swift is finished buddy quit being a sore loser

Andrew Wiens said...

Hey anonymous, I find it kind of funny how you ascribe genius to everything that Paddock does. Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe Paddock stood pat at the trade deadline because he didn't have any other goaltending options? Papirny might have been available, but not for the Pats since they would have had to give up a really good 20 year old to make room for him (exactly who do you think they should have gotten rid of?). And what 19 year old goalie could they have traded for? Its not like Brown is a slouch, and so the only 19 year old tenders who had a better pedigree than Brown would have been Ingram, Hart, and maybe Sawchenko - none of whom were available. Sometimes inspiration just falls in your lap doesn't it? You also said that Paddock's brilliant coaching in bringing the Pats back from 'death's door' is something 'that you 'don't ever think can be done'; however, if you watched any team other than the Pats you would know that that exact same feat was already accomplished twice this year (Nipawin/Flin Flon and Lethbridge/Red Deer). It seems that there are a few other coaches out that also have some 'brilliance', eh? As for the Broncos being the dirtiest team you have ever seen; welcome to the playoffs. If you would take off your blue and red tinged glasses for a couple of minutes you might realize that the Broncos didn't do anything in that series that every other team in the WHL does - including the Pats. The only reason you think the Broncos are dirty is because Brooks got hurt; however, you don't seem to have any issue with the knee that Mahura threw on Khaira a couple of minutes later which looked far worst but didn't lead to an injury.

Anonymous said...

WONG is public enemy #1 and was last season too. The pats must seek and destroy this mental midget

Anonymous said...

Andrew, I am not saying battling back from 3 games to 1 does not or cannot be done, because it has happened in twice as you have mentioned. What, I am saying is that it hardly ever happens in any league when a team loses game 4 in triple overtime to go down 3 to 1 and yet battle back. Teams that go down 3 games to 1 in that fashion and that way usually pack it in and the series doesn’t even go past game 5. When triple overtime happens and a team is down 3 games to 1, the teams are usually spent. Yes, you’re right other coaches out there were able to bring their teams back, and go on to eliminate other teams in the 7th and pivotal game. Usually, however teams that have been able to battle back haven’t lost as mentioned above in triple overtime to go down 3 to 1. When a team loses in overtime and faces that type of adversity it’s very difficult, because it’s not like they say to themselves "we know they can play better.” It’s usually that they have given 110% and are usually tanked and have nothing left. It affects teams more emotionally losing in triple overtime especially in that fashion than being beat in regulation. Teams also don’t usually go down 3 to 1 in game six and yet are able to battle back in the opposing teams confines. That takes allot of will and determination, and confidence in the coaches to have that happen.

Yes, the difference between the Broncos being dirty and cheap is you are right a player was injured. This injury just wasn’t something that happened on the ice and was a good play according to the league. Yes, Brooks did get injured, but there was a suspension handed out afterward for taking out Brooks and an injury occurring. Who cares what a hit looks like on the ice? It makes a huge difference if a hit leads to an injury and a suspension being handed out. It’s saying that the team that created that injury took a liberty and there was intent to cause injury. Yes, other teams play on the edge, but some teams play more on the edge and dirty, because they are not as talented as their counterparts. Just ask the Warriors how much clutching, hooking, and holding, and how the referees let it go and chose to look the other way. The Broncos didn’t just do that against the Pats, they did that against Moose Jaw as well and that was because they were less talented than the Warriors as well.

As far as goaltenders whom may have been available, you may be correct that there wasn’t a goaltender available to make a trade for at the deadline. Sometimes, as a team though you have to make a trade and give up talent to increase your chances to make a long run in the playoffs. As you may have noticed the Eastern Finals don’t happen all the time as it has been 20+ years since the last time the Pats were in the position they are now. Not going to say whom should have been on the move, or whom they should have maybe given up to secure a goaltender, because frankly I am happier now that a move wasn’t made. Sometimes teams should have made that trade, IE. Not sure, but you might recall the last time the Regina Pats was host to the Memorial Cup and they traded everything at the deadline, but the kitchen sink. The only thing that the team didn’t obtain or trade for was a goaltender and they kept all their confidence in Chokolaus. We all know what the end result was for that team that had all that talent, and whom should have gone on a long, long run in the playoffs. They lost out in round 1 to the Calgary Hitmen. Not saying it was all on Choko, because there were obviously some glaring issues on that team, but a move for a goaltender should have taken place at that time.

Thank You for your input, but I don’t need to put down my “Red and Blue” tinged glasses, because I can see quite fine with my RX eyewear, but thank you for the suggestion.









Andrew Wiens said...

You know, anonymous, I find it kind of interesting that on the one hand you want me to believe that Paddock is a 'genius' for keeping Brown because Brown played so well against the Broncos and on the other hand you insist that that the only way the Broncos hung in against the Warriors or Pats is because they are a team that clutches, hooks, and holds. Clutching and grabbing might slow down a good team down, but it doesn't generate scoring chances. Scoring chances are generated by moving your feet and making good plays which the Broncos did plenty of in both series - hence the reason why both Sawchenko and Brown were forced to play so well. You also say that the refs 'let a lot go' in both series in the Broncos favor and there are two possibilities here. Either you are correct and the 6 or 8 referees (I didn't count but I know the league switches the refs out for each game) who do this for a living are all biased in the Broncos favor or you, one casual sports fan who clearly doesn't call hockey games for a living and who clearly has a huge Pats bias just got it wrong.