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Sunday, April 16, 2017

VIGR RECAP: PATS FORCE GAME 7

Darwin Knelsen/SCBroncos.com
SWIFT CURRENT - The Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos are going to a Game 7 in their WHL second round playoff series after the Queen City Kids pulled off a gutsy 5-3 victory Saturday night at the Credit Union I-Plex.

Facing elimination for a second straight night, the Pats jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Saturday on Austin Wagner's 7th goal of the playoffs, coming 7:24 into the game.  However the Broncos' Artyom Minulin tied it at 1-1 midway through the period and it stood that way after 20 minutes.

The home team came out flying in the second, as Arthur Miller put the Broncos up 2-1 just 29 seconds in. Less than two minutes later, Swift Current's Glenn Gawdin gave the Broncos a 3-1 lead.

Things were tense for the Pats at that point, but the Broncos laid off late in the frame and Regina battled back to tie it with goals from Josh Mahura and Wyatt Sloboshan in the final 90 seconds to send it to the third period in a 3-3 deadlock.

And in the third, the Pats returned to the form we'd seen all season long. Austin Wagner potted his second of the game just 1:15 in for the eventual game-winner. Filip Ahl added the insurance marker - his first of the playoffs - at the 5:48 mark.

From there, the Pats played Katy-bar-the-door and held off a furious late Broncos' attack.

Game over: Pats 5 Broncos 3.

And we're going back to Regina.

Swift Current won the shotclock battle 37-28 while the Pats were 0/2 on the powerplay and 3/3 on the penalty kill.

Tyler Brown collected the win in the Pats net with 34 saves while the Broncos' Jordan Papirny suffered the loss with a 23-save outing.

NOTES: All eight goals in the game were even-strength ... Pats captain Adam Brooks dressed for the game for a second straight night but did not see the ice as he continues to suffer from a lower-body injury ... All the Broncos' wins in the series have come in overtime ... Regina has scored the opening goal in five of the six games in the series.

Game 7 goes Monday night at the Regina Brandt Centre in a 7:00 faceoff on 620 CKRM, Access 7 and Shaw.

RP
@rodpedersen

31 comments:

This Guy said...

Wasn't looking good for awhile there. The only one that came to play was Brown. Pats were fortunate to get that game to 3-3 going into the 3rd. Monday will be rockin'. 5-1 final

Anonymous said...

The kids have guts!

Anonymous said...

Great win tonight. The Pats dug deep and came through in the clutch. The line of Sloboshan, Wagner and Ahl were a force tonight. And Brown who had looked very good so far but was the not the best goalie of the series turned the tables tonight and was the best goalie. His saves when they were down 3-1 kept them in the game and was the first star. Lets go boys, one more win on Monday in front of a great Pats crowd again.

Anonymous said...

Champs still alive

Anonymous said...

Be nice if they had an easy blowout on Monday but I'm sort of expecting another close affair.

Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

What a game! Unbelievable comeback by the Pats. Monday night in Regina will be rocking! Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who watched that game can tell you the Broncos were much better than the Pats. The second line produced which was needed and Brown was much better. However Harrison and Hobbs continued to be a disaster all night long both running a −3. Hobbs has to be better. Steel Henry and Holmes/Leedahl didn't help. all having a big minus night. This team could do so much more if everyone would start to contribute rather than one line or another taking alternate night's off. Game 7 doesn't guarantee anything. The Pats will need to be much better than they were tonight. Much better.

Anonymous said...

I believe !!!!!
Go Pats Go

Anonymous said...

The Pats gave everybody a scare tonight in the 2nd period, and they all should give Brown Kudos for keeping the Pats season alive. I agree the Pats will need a much better effort on Monday to prove that they deserved to be rated #1 in Canada and that battling back from a 3-1 deficit both in the game tonight and in the series was not all for not. The Brandt Centre will be electric and something special come Monday, I can only imagine how loud it will be with all Pats fans there supporting this team. The noise level machine in Ottawa was measuring 106 decibels after a Senator goal and if I am not mistaken the noise level at the Brandt Centre was reaching levels of 109 decibels on Friday night. In saying that the atmosphere at the Brandt Centre on Monday should have everyone of the Pats fired up and everyone of the players should get momentum that night to bring 110%. One thing for sure is not one line, but the entire team will need to battle hard from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer and make sure that the game Monday does not go into OT where one missed assignment or one missed shot may send the Pats season to an end.
I believe the Pats can and will prevail, but as mentioned it will take all lines playing the game of their lives on Monday to accomplish that feat. GO PATS GO, YOU HAVE THE ENTIRE CITY IN YOUR CORNER...

Anonymous said...

did a i hear a horse choke last night or was it jesus coming back from the dead last night like the Pats did....GO PATS GO

3RD and 1 said...

The one thing this series has proven is... It doesn't matter who was the better team on the ice. It's who puts the puck between the pipes is all that matters. How many games in this series have the broncos won even though the Pats out shot and out played them.
It's almost like the Hockey Gods finally gave back to the Pats what had been taken away a few times.
After going down 3 - 1 in the series all the Pats could do was play for a home advantage Game 7. Well here it is... The Pats deserve it and I'm sure they are going to be fired up Monday night.
Hats off to Swift Current for a great series.

Go Pats Go

Anonymous said...

How much better?

Anonymous said...

David vs Goliath for the right to move on. I'm hoping for David but I think they missed the chance.
Matt Dillon

Don said...

Tickets available ONLY online today at noon and starting tomorrow at 10.00 at the Box Office
BO Don

RIDER PRIDE IN SWIFT said...

"Why not us?". No pressure boys; Let's go Broncos! Your city is behind you!

Anonymous said...

If the Broncos were so much better last night how come they're not moving on to round 3? Great gutsy win by the pats. I was happy to see Sloboshan get rewarded for all of his hard work in this series!

The second period wasn't pretty up until the tying goal. Good teams find a way to win.

Can't wait for game 7 tomorrow night!

GO PATS!!!

Andrew Wiens said...

This was a pretty perceptive recap by Rod Pedersen in describing the end of the second period, "the Broncos laid off late in the frame and Regina battled back to tie it". Leading 3-1 the Broncos probably could have iced the game on any of about 4 golden opportunities to go up 4-1 but couldn't capitalize and then basically handed the game back to the Pats on a golden platter with some absolutely mind numbingly terrible play in their own end. If the Broncos had finished the second the same way they started it the Pats are probably planning their summer golf excursions right now - hopefully that wasn't the Bronco's last chance to win the series.

Dustin said...

Not to disagree with you cause your not wrong but...the pats have been the better team pretty much 5 of the 6 games and lost 3.

Russell Cone said...

There is no way the pats lose tomorrow.

Broncos had their chances.

Game over man.

Kellin Enslev said...

Factually INACCURATE. Leave the on-sale communications to the team please.

Tickets available at ALL REGULAR OUTLETS today at 12:00 Noon, including the Pats office in substitution of the box office.

william weppler said...

I think we've debunked the theory that being #1 in the CHL for a lot of the year means nothing when it come the "new season" we are seeing now so those of you who keep coming back to that please discontinue as only you think it is still worth mentioning.

Being down 3-1 in an opposing barn when your season is on the line and coming back to win going away...and the Pats have to play a lot better?? Come on debbie downers.

william weppler said...

These last 2 games have been hard on the ticker for an old guy like me but think I can handle one more at least :))

I am not sure who is going to get the W on Monday but I am sure it is going to be a hard fought game right to the last whistle...no doubt another overtime game.

Having had a drink to come the nerves after the game last night I started reflecting on this series and the season. Whomever comes out of this series is going to deserve it but there are a few things I am going to remember either way.

If the Pats are winners, or maybe regardless of outcome, I am going to remember how JP gave Adam Brooks the opportunity to be on the bench win or lose in the last few games of this series. I believe his words after Game 5 were "He deserves to be there". How did that decision affect the Bronco's psyche and as well Adam's fellow team mates? So far it looks like a brilliant one.

To have his great season cut short by an unfortunate check it must be gut wrenching for Adam to sit on the bench knowing his WHL carreer is likely over and only be able to give moral support to help his Team win the next game. He does deserve to be there as he has led this Team for the last 2 years with his effortless and tireless skating ability and strong offensive skills. Having spent much of his 1st 2 years on the bench under some very wierd coaching "strategy" he has risen above, and well beyond, that put down to become a great player with hopefully a long career in the NHL still ahead. Well done Adam Brooks!

I will also remember the great goaltending in this series. Wow! Both Papirny and Brown have made hi-lite reel saves after saves to keep their Teams alive. At times they have both been "left out to dry" but somehow manage to make the save most of the time. Kudu's to both.

Also, it seems that both Teams have managed to stifle some of the highly offensive skilled players on the opposing Team. Certainly Sam Steel has not got the number of points expected but still the Pats are in Game 7, without their other star Mr Brooks to assist. For the Broncos, Steenbergen and Heponiemi have been almost invisible point wise but the Broncos are still around. And that my friends is why this is a TEAM game. Others have to step up when your best are not.

Besides the obvious (i.e. goaltending) I point to Ryley Lindgren and Glen Gawdin as those that have stepped up for the Broncos. Lindgren for his scoring, and Gawdin, well, Gawdin for almost everything. As the Captain he has given big hits, taken big hits, contributed offensively and defensively. In last nights game I am sure he didn't leave the ice in the last 10 minutes. As Captain he is doing his job very very well. Hats off to you Mr Gawdin!

From the Pats I feel that Wyatt Sloboshan, and Connor Hobbs have been the catalysts that have kept this series going, with an honourable mention to Austin Wagner. Hobbs has contributed some offensively but he has the Broncos keeping thier heads up whenever he is on the ice. He has laid some of the biggest and cleanest hits of his year in this series, while still leading a lot of rushes and pinching in the offensive zone. Wyatt has stepped in for Brooks and filled those skates likely better than anyone has expected. I have always liked his skills but this series he is gaining confidence every shift and last nights game, with his linemates offensive showing, proved that the Broncos have to shut down not only Steel and crew but now the so-called 2nd line as well.

I think the momentum is now in the Pats favour, BUT that's what the Warriors thought as well going back to their barn. We all know how that turned out. With another sellout in the offing and with the help of a couple of bus loads of Broncos fans this Game #7 is going to be one to remember.

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Broncos in 7!!

Anonymous said...

Pats in 7!!

Larry said...

GAME #7
SOLD OUT IN 45 MINUTES!
GO PATS GO!!!

Anonymous said...

Tickets sold out

william weppler said...

Kelln - is the Pats FB page down?

Anonymous said...

a WIN is better. much better!

Anonymous said...

Sold out so fast online ! Let's go Monday night , take game 7 Pats and then defeat either Med Hat or Lethbridge 4 straight

Anonymous said...

Mr. Weppler's heart-felt comment above is excellent and deserves to be featured as an article on this fine rodpedersen.com blog! He is what has been missing since the loss some months ago of Phil the Thrill's Wednesday columns.

Anonymous said...

If your not sure who's going to get the W on Monday (Pats of course, never doubt), why the Go Pats Go! and talking past tense like their season has ended like a debbie downer? Its only getting started. NEXT- Hurricanes. Bring it on!

Let's Go Pats!!!!!!!