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Saturday, April 22, 2017

VIGR RECAP: HURRICANES TAKE GAME 1


REGINA - Jordy Bellerive's powerplay goal at 1:59 of the third period was the game-winner as the Lethbridge Hurricanes downed the Regina Pats 3-1 Friday evening to claim Game 1 of the WHL's Eastern Conference Final.

Before a 21st sellout crowd of the year of 6484 in the Brandt Centre, the Pats came out flying with Austin Wagner opening the scoring just 1:10 in on a breakaway, beating Lethbridge goalie Stuart Skinner.

It was 1-0 Regina after 1.

The 'Canes found their legs in the second frame and Giorgio Estephan tied the contest at 1-1 at the 13:23 mark at even strength. It stayed that way through 40 minutes.

Bellerive's powerplay goal early in the third put Lethbridge ahead to stay, although the Pats thought they tied it late on a goalmouth scramble. However upon review, the goal was waved off much to the crowd's dismay.

Giorgio Estephan iced the series opener with an empty-netter with 1:22 remaining.

Game over: Hurricanes 3 Pats 1

Regina outshot Lethbridge 37-24 while going 0/2 on the powerplay and 2/3 killing penalties.

Pats captain Adam Brooks returned to the ice for the first time since being injured in Game 2 of last series, but seemed tentative and not near 100%.  However his presence clearly provided a boost.

The loss is not catastrophic, as the Pats have survived bigger scares than this in these playoffs. However it's clear the upstart Hurricanes are going to be a force to be reckoned with in this Round 3 affair.

The Pats will attempt to tie the series up when they host Game 2 on Saturday in a 7:00 pm faceoff on 620 CKRM, WHL on Shaw and Access 7.

RP
@rodpedersen

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are far from "upstart". Your arrogance is coming through.
Billy D

Anonymous said...

Pats were very flat from the middle of the first period on. Tomorrow will be a totally different story.

Great to see Brooks get some ice.

GO Pats. Bounce back tomorrow!

william weppler said...

Pucks bounced mostly the Canes way tonight but give them credit for shutting Pats down.
37 shots on goal by the Pats?...think somebody hit the button a few times by mistake.
Not many scoring chances...lot of perimeter shots.
Brown made some key stops to give us a chance.
Got to better tomorrow night.
Welcome back Brooksy!

Anonymous said...

Easy come, easy go.

Anonymous said...


First 5 minutes- Regina
Final 55 minutes - Lethbridge

Anonymous said...

It was great to see Adam Brooks back on the ice even though he is probably not 100% and not playing at the top of his game yet.

Looking at the top view replay on the Hurricanes' second and game winning goal, Tyler Brown could have and should have covered the puck, while it was sitting in front of him, long before it went in the net. I'm not sure why he didn't just cover it considering they were on the penalty kill. It ended up being the game winning goal. He played solid otherwise.

The Pats are going to have to play with more urgency if they want to win this series. They didn't give it 100% for a full 60 minutes tonight.

Anonymous said...

My goodness Rod. You can't say anything without offending someone. Why is upstart so upsetting to you...do tell?

Andrew Wiens said...

I'm just wondering if our resident chess/checkers expert can explain how this game tonight fits into Paddock's grand scheme; maybe Paddock is trying to pull a Bobby Fischer and sacrifice his queen in order to win the overall game?

@mrt_man said...

LISTENED ON THE RADIO WHILE OUT AND ABOUT WITH MY CRAZY DELIVERY JOB... WOW THE COLOUR GUY ON 620 WOULD NOT SHUT UP ABOUT THE REFS.... I DON;T NEED TO HEAR ABOUT HOW THEY LET EVERYONE PLAY UNTIL THE PATS PENALTY, AND HOW THEY MISSED THAT OBVIOUS BLATANT DIRTY CHEAP SHOT AT EVERY STOPPAGE. AND HOW THE PATS WILL HAVE TO DEFEAT THE STRIPES TO WIN. COOOOME OOOON MAN. MADE THE BROADCAST TOUGH TO LISTEN TO.

Anonymous said...

What does your comment even mean Billy D? I think you totally misunderstood the article stating "We are far from upstart"
Rod stated that the Hurricanes first game was an upstart and the Hurricanes are a force to be reckoned with.
Both descriptions of upstart and a force are compliments to the Hurricanes. How the hell is Rod being arrogant.
I think it's more like completely misunderstanding the article on your part.... calling Rod a name after he complimented a very good showing by the Canes. If your a Lethbridge fan I would suggest you drop your attitude. The fans and media here appreciate a good opponent and will in fact compliment good showings.
On another note I'm not sure why the Pats can't get themselves jacked up enough for game 1 in this and the last series. When you give up a game on home ice like that. Your seriously messing with home ice advantage. I hope J.P. gets the guys far more motivated for game 2.

Reginald of Regina

Anonymous said...

Poor poor effort. The Hurricanes are not that good nor are they very deep. The Pats made them look far better than they really are. The Hurricanes were very mediocre but hung around just long enough. The Pats are to blame for this loss and not the Hurricanes win. This team seems to like to do things the hard way. One of these times it's not going to work out for them. They still don't like to listen to the coach or do the things he says. Steel, Hnery and Leedahl were God awful all night and they weren't alone. They need to be better.

WTF is it with this Byblow character. He calls a cheap hook on Ahl and the winning goal is scored. Yet in the last few minutes the Canes D-man takes his hand and maybe both hands off the stick and absolutely pulls, tugs and hauls down Ahl in front of him…that not a penalty. What BS these officials are turning out to be. That's all Lethbridge did all night and they weren't called for anything after the 1st period. You better take a look at this garbage Mr Robison!

Anonymous said...

Canes take a 2-0 strangle hold tonight

Anonymous said...

Great to see Adam Brooks on the ice but if he is not 100% I hope he has limited time. I had a feeling they were going to lose this one but like all good teams I am very confident they will win the next one. Great to see all the very talented young hockey players on both teams.

QJ said...

Andrew Wiens why don't you take a hike already. You have nothing to offer other than your sour grapes. The Broncos are out, it's Roughrider season for you now buddy.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the comments about the colour guy on the radio. I also was unable to attend the game yesterday and due to work commitments missed a few playoff games. He is painful to listen too. His dad is one of the best colour guys as he does not make it about himself. Hearing him you would think he was this veteran NHL or pro player with many years experience. He played less than 65 games in the WHL and then in the Central Hockey League which is not much better than Adult Safe in Regina. I enjoy Phil more when he does not have a wing man.

I miss Roddy calling the games with Plaster as the colour. You two had so much fun on the air and educated the listeners on so much. I never missed a game when you two called games. Looked forward to hearing about the greasy goals and all the inside information Roddy would have on the air and the blog. Seeing pictures of the road trips made me feel closer to the team and as if I was part of it.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you ask Vivieros the same question?

Anonymous said...

The pats weren't good against Calgary, just barely against SC, and now showing they still don't get it against Lethbridge. Lethbridsge was the "best" team in the WHL in the second half of the WHL season. They acquired a bunch of players and it turned their season around. Kudos to the GM for constructing the team.

All Paddock did was give up all our character and depth, and replace it with nothing. His prize gem acquisition Mahura has been exceptionally ordinary considering he cost us three first round picks and Zablocki! We now don't have anybody in the lineup ready and able to play that greasy tough playoff hockey that a guy like Zablocki did. Zablocki almost single handedly beat Lethbridge with Red Deer. We don't have a player even close to his ilk this year. DeWitt isn't close. He doesn't skate as well and has no hands. We traded for two tiny d-men. One hurt for the season and another never sees the ice because he is a liability at every turn. Talk about getting scalped on trades. We had a much better team before the trades than after.

As these series go an and you need more talent, grit and depth, it's showing we don't have it. That will be the end of us likely in this series. Everybody on the Hurricanes is willing to block a shot. Nobody on the Pats is willing to. They want it more. This edition of the Pats were front runners only and had little playoff mojo. Even after a bad play Hobbs skates to the bench like he's a superstar. This team won't even follow and do what the coach has requested. Probably because they're too talented for that. The end is near.

Anonymous said...

Lethbridge in 4!

Anonymous said...

Paddock opening his mouth before the series is gonna backfire, pats are not going to get very many calls. Don't show up the refs

Anonymous said...

Must suck to live in such a negative world.

Relax

Scott T. said...

All that Dum-Dum-Dumba has to contribute is his opinion on what he perceives as penalties (usually any contact on the Pats). He's awful.

Anonymous said...

Pats in 5 !

Anonymous said...

Everytime the pats have looked down and out this season they've answered the bell. I fully expect them to continue tonight

Buldog said...

Sounds like this anonymous is a BP fan.

Anonymous said...

Pat's lose 1 game and the Debbie Downers's come out with the usual stupid comments. It's sad that they have to insult and criticize to somehow make there otherwise worthless opinions matter in there damaged little brains.

Go Pats Go

Anonymous said...

Wow someones hockey IQ is rock bottom. Why even post anything if your as smart as rocks.

Slobosbon trade looked pretty good when brooks was out. Cole or woods were healthy scratches.

Mahura is here for next year dumby. They made trades to build for 2 seasons. Zablocki was a bad egg.

Smart is not a liability, he's a 5th d man because he is 17 years old. And we traded an older player who was nothing much.

Use your head.

Anonymous said...

I've been saying since 2nd round, Seattle wins the WHL no matter who wins the East conference.

Andrew Wiens said...

Hey QJ,
Were it not for the fact that I actually have the courtesy to sign my name to my posts, I doubt that you could discern a difference in 'sourness' between my posts and the other sour posts that frequently pop up on this blog from Pats fans - are you going to tell them to take a hike too? I wasn't even being negative about the Pat's performance last night; rather, I was referencing a particular poster who seems to think that Paddock needs to be promoted to hockey godhood status before he has even won anything of significance in Regina. I think Paddock has done a good job with the Pats, but I also think that he has peers in this league in contrast to some people who seem to think that Kisio is just 'playing checkers'. By the way, speaking of contributions to this blog, where's your insightful analysis of the Pat's current situation; or do you just visit the comments section so that you can attempt to become the informal blog administrator?

Dog Trainer said...

Thanks Phil and colour man Dumba love your insights . Radio on and sitting in our seats cheering Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

I can see why it used to known as the agritomb... people just sitting on their hands making no noise, easy place to play for visiting teams

Anonymous said...

Wrong

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Real easy for Lethbridge tonight eh...

Anonymous said...

Wong sure likes to whine throughout the first two games. Great series so far though. It's going 7.

3RD and 1 said...

Absolutely unequivocally WRONG!!!
How do I know this? Simple. The Pats just won game 2. End of story.