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Saturday, April 15, 2017

VIGR RECAP: PATS STAY ALIVE, BEAT BRONCOS 3-2 IN GAME 5

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REGINA - The Regina Pats have lived to fight at least another day.

Facing elimination in the WHL Playoffs at home Friday night against Swift Current, the Pats came out flying but couldn't find a way to beat Bronco goalie Jordan Papirny despite holding an early 6-0 edge on the shot clock.

In fact it was the Broncos' Colby Scissons who opened the scoring - on the powerplay - at the 17:16 mark of period one.

However Pats star Sam Steel tied the game while on the man advantage with just 13 seconds remaining in the opening frame.  1-1 after 20 minutes.

Regina opened a 3-1 lead in the middle period on goals by Connor Hobbs and Nick Henry but the lead seemed tenuous at best.

Things got very interesting in the third when Regina forward Austin Wagner received a 5-minute major for kneeing at the 8:52 mark, ending his evening. It was not a popular call judging by the reaction of the sellout crowd of 6484 in the Brandt Centre.

Swift Current struck once on the enusing powerplay - from Glen Gawdin with 6:43 remaining - to make it a 3-2 game.

However that's as close as the Broncos would get, even with Papirny being pulled for the extra attacker with just over a minute to go.

Game over: Pats 3 Broncos 2

Regina outshot Swift Current 36-32 while going 1/4 on the powerplay and 5/7 on the penalty kill.

Tyler Brown was sharp in the Pats net, making 30 saves to collect the victory.

Pats captain Adam Brooks - absent since Game 2 with a lower body injury - dressed for the game but did not see the ice.  Teammate Filip Ahl returned to the lineup after being injured in Game 2 as well, and saw a fair share of icetime.

So the teams go to Swift Current for Game 6 on Saturday night with the Broncos leading this WHL Eastern Conference Semifinal 3-2.

Faceoff is 7:00 pm MT on 620 CKRM, Access and Shaw.

RP
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ELSEWHERE:

HURRICANES 5 TIGERS 4

MEDICINE HAT, Sask., - Tyler Wong struck twice and Stuart Skinner made 37 saves as Lethbridge beat the Tigers to take a 3-2 lead in its second-round series.

Ryan Bowen, Ryan Vandervlis and Brennan Riddle also scored for the Hurricanes, who host Game 6 on Sunday.

Max Gerlach had a pair of goals for Medicine Hat. David Quenneville and Clayton Kirichenko also scored while Michael Bullion stopped 22-of-27 shots in defeat.

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THUNDERBIRDS 4 SILVERTIPS 1

KENT, Wash. - Keegan Kolesar had two goals and an assist as Seattle beat Everett to sweep its second-round matchup in four games.

Donovan Neuls and Mathew Barzal also scored for the Thunderbirds, who got a 24-save outing from Carl Stankowski.

Dominic Zwerger responded for the Silvertips. Cartr Hart turned away 27-of-31 shots in a losing cause.

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ROCKETS 6 WINTERHAWKS 2

KELOWNA, B.C. - Reid Gardiner had four goals and two assists as the Rockets toppled Portland to take their second-round series 4-1.

Dillon Dube added a goal and three helpers for Kelowna while Rodney Southam also scored. Michael Herringer made 27 saves for the win.

Joachim Blichfeld and Matt Revel supplied the offence for the Winterhawks, who got a 38-save outing from Cole Kehler.

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(With files from the Canadian Press)


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn

Anonymous said...

Champs live another day

Anonymous said...

What a game! The Pats definitely deserved the win. Officiating still leaving a lot to be desired but at least it didn't cost us the game. Looking forward to a repeat performance on Monday for game 7. GO PATS GO!!!

David McDavid said...

Is Regina the new Montreal? In a 3-2 game, all of the Three Stars are from the Pats? Really? But aside from the blatantly "homer" off ice crew, another good game by the two teams. If and I stress if Regina can pull themselves out of this hole, it may be the defining moment in their season, and the hill of adversity they needed to overcome to pull it together and win it all. If not, oh well, a fabulous regular season and kudos to the Broncos who, win or lose this series, have nothing to be ashamed of from their strong play.

Anonymous said...


I did not go to the game. With it being Good Friday, my family was in town so I stayed at home. We watched the Habs game before turning it to Access.

I went from the horri-awful Paul Romanuk calling a professional game to Rod Pedersen calling a junior game. That does not make sense.

There are guys in the WHL, SJHL and Alberta League who are so much better at p x p than that guy yet he is doing games and guys like you aren't.

Shameful!

Kyle

william weppler said...

Another very good hockey game, other than the bad call against Wagner.

Goaltending was good at both ends again but Pats managed to get a few more bodies in front of Paporny tonight which helped.

Now I think the outcome is really up in the air...lots of pressure on the Broncos in front of their home crowd.

Can't wait!

Go Pats Go!

Larry said...

Hope Leedahl doesn't get suspended for his clean hit.

Anonymous said...

Lol, I see someone nuked Riderfans.

Anonymous said...

Rod, can you get your colour commentator to stop talking after the puck has been dropped? He talks for about 5-10 seconds to finish his point after play is going and the play-by-play (you or the guy who called game 4) miss calling a scoring opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Who deserved a star on the Broncos? Other than the refs?

Anonymous said...

McDavid...
Med Hat had all 3 stars in their game last nite and they LOST
PS...the reffing in this series has been brutal

Steve in YQR

Anonymous said...

What a crowd!!

Anonymous said...

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT !!!!!!!

Regina and most Sask. regions in a fever ! A Regina PATS fever !
Health Region says this fever will subside slowly, very slowly when the PATS win the 2017/2018 Memorial Cups. Further notice says nothing to worry about in Swift Current area as the Broncos will be stricken in the next two games by the Pats fever and sent home for a good summers rest. End comunique.

Anonymous said...

What's there really to say.. officiating has been awful all year.. in life if you don't do your job there's consequences.. that major last night was one of the worst calls all season and could of cost one team their season.. the refs should and need to be disciplined.. that can't continue.. they missed alot of calls, on both teams.. these young men play hard, with great determinatiom. Only to have their game deflated by absolutely awful calls.. great game on both sides and let's hope this does keep happening

Anonymous said...

Great entertaining hockey game last night. I think both Bronco and Pat's fans can scratch there heads regarding officiating. Should be another ring ding dandy again tonight in speedy creek. One observation from last night, the Bronco female fans are hotter than Warrior female fans.

@mrt_man said...

FINDING A HOTTIE IN MOOSE JAW IS LIKE TRIPPING OVER A SNOWMAN IN THE DESERT!

WATCHED THE OVERTIME GAME IN SWIFT AND IT SEEMED LIKE THE STRIPES WERE PRETTY MUCH LETTING THEM PLAY. IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WERE SOME PRETTY LAME PENALTY CALLS IN THIS ONE. SOME LAME DUCK CALLS BOTH WAYS. THE 5 MIN, SEEMED RIDICULOUS. IT WAS ENTERTAINING TO LISTEN TO THE COLOUR GUY TRY TO CONVINCE ROD OTHERWISE. HE SURE WASN'T HAVING IT.

HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE OTHER POSTERS, GREAT JOB ON THE P X P ROD!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness the WHL decided that no game suspensions should occur as a result of last night's game. Looks like even they decided that the call against Wagner was a bogus call. Not sure what the heck those officials are looking at most of the time.

Our Pats can definitely win this series. Let's make it happen! GO PATS GO!!

donna Campbell said...

The Kelowna Rockets are just warming up to kick some butt of whoever comes out of the central division

Anonymous said...

Seattle will win the entire WHL

Anonymous said...

Has Seattle even lost yet?