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Monday, May 1, 2017

VIGR RECAP: PATS MOVE ON TO WHL FINAL

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LETHBRIDGE - The Western Hockey League championship is set.

The Regina Pats scored five straight goals to come from behind and defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-4 on Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Pats will play the Seattle Thunderbirds for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Game 1 goes Friday in Regina.

It was terrible start for the Pats, who fell down 3-0 before the first period was even half over.

However the Queen City kids collected themselves and notched a pair of goals - from Robbie Holmes and Josh Mahura - to cut the deficit to 3-2 after 20 minutes.

The Hurricanes went up 4-2 early in the second but from there, their sticks fell silent.

Filip Ahl began the comeback for the Pats when he scored at 15:47 of the second period and Nick Henry tied the game less than two minutes later.

Jeff de Wit and Austin Wagner scored a minute apart midway through the third while Wyatt Sloboshan added an empty netter to complete a three-point outing. Robbie Holmes and Josh Mahura had first-period goals to round out the offence.

Tyler Brown made 24 saves for the win as Stuart Skinner stopped 38-of-44 shots in a losing cause.

Regina went 1 for 3 on the power play while Lethbridge went 3 for 3 with the man advantage.

The Pats, who entered the post-season as the No. 1-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, set a franchise record for wins in the regular season. Their last WHL championship came back in 1980.

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WEST FINAL

KELOWNA - Austin Strand scored the first of three straight goals in the second period as Seattle downed the Rockets 3-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.

Alexander True and Mathew Barzal also found the back of the net for the Thunderbirds, who got a 17-save outing from Carl Stankowski.

Nolan Foote was the lone scorer for Kelowna. Michael Herringer stopped 19-of-22 shots in a losing cause.

Seattle's Keegan Kolesar was ejected late in the first period after receiving a major for checking from behind.

(Canadian Press)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Champions are who we knew they were!!!!!! Eastern Conference Champs

Anonymous said...

Seattle will kick their Butts in the next series and the Champions will become CHUMPS. You read it here first.

Anonymous said...

Great come from behind win, shows character and team grit. A WHL championship series and 4 wins from the Memorial Cup.

Go Pats

william weppler said...

How was that for a comeback by the Team with no grit, no guts, no depth, poor goaltending? ...should I go on?
Talk about stepping it up when needed...the 3rd liners provided the kickstart and then it was Tyler Brown (again), and the vets, from then on in.
A great win and now some rest for the T-Bird series. Going to be another good one I am sure.
Everybody says Pats are the underdog but that is a good thing.
Paddock has built a character Team this year faced with the adversity of also needing to build a foundation for next year. What a mastermind he is, The Regiment THANKS YOU.
Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

Amazing come-from-behind win to close out the series. It was a full team effort. Credit to the Hurricanes for a well-played, tough series and a great season all around.

I was definitely impressed with Jeff de-Wit, Filip Ahl, Robbie Holmes, and the effort the rest of the team gave after being down 3-0 in the first period. It was great to see Nick Henry get the monkey off of his back and score the tying goal.

Good luck to the Pats in the WHL Championship final! 4 more wins to go!

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Wtg boys you've done Regina and the province proud!! Great team victory when adversity came early on.
GO PATS GO

Steve in YQR

Anonymous said...

Well Regina..... it is time to blow the roof off the. Brandt Centre on Friday night. The City should explode to support the Queen City kids.

As far as the game tonight went, it was definitely scary to give up a 3-0 lead. The DEPTH players for Regina came through. Nobody can doubt Paddock about his deadline moves. This team is worth all of you jumping on he wagon.

Go Pats Go

Anonymous said...

hahaha (second comment)...bitter fans from the other series that pats won....how's the offseason going??

Anonymous said...

Anon #2 must be either a moose jaw or saskatoon fan commenting for the golf coarse as winning isnt in their vocabulary .

Dustin said...

Even if Seattle wins it makes no one a CHUMP. Great season, great playoff.

WesternMBRiders said...

Congratulations! Other than the first 8 or so minutes of the first period, the rest of the game represented what this team can do. Play like this or even close to that level, but consistently, and the Dub Championship shoud be theirs, keeping in mind Seattle plays a strong defensive style and Bar all has really stepped it up again.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the Pats as they pulled off an improbable win last night but that only happens every once in a while. Brown wasn't at his best this series. Neither was the PP or PK which actually was was terrible. r We won't be champions if Paddock doesn't get that fixed quickly. We have been behind in the last two series and that''s not a great way to win consistently. Lethbridge were hoping for another 7 game series win and it didn't happen. It wasn't the grit or goaltending that won this game but role players who stepped up when others didn't. The last two series wins have been sloppy and shaky so the Pats better get to a better place if they want to go to the Memorial Cup. The only thing anyone will remember is who wins the League and that's all that matters. Being 2nd isn't a moral victory.

Paddock knows they can and will have to be better than the last two series. Seattle takes a lot of penalties and if the Pats can fix their special teams it will be a huge advantage. The Pats need to come out strong as the 2-3-2 isn't a great format. The Pats have seen a lot of defensive hockey but the Thuderbirds haven;t had to face the depth of a lineup like the Pats have. The number of games predictions are for fools. It is however the Pats series to lose.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Number 2 didn't you make the same prediction against Calgary,Swift Current, Lethbridge and now Seattle. What a schmuck!
Poster number 12 can you not enjoy the success so far? My guess is you think criticizing makes you smarter than everyone else. Life is much better when you enjoy the sunshine instead of looking for storm clouds. Maybe give it a try.

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
I agree that the next series should be another good one, but I am curious who you were referring to when you said that 'everybody says that the Pats are the underdog but that is a good thing'? For instance Rod just said on point 3 of the Monday Morning Goalie that the 'Pats will be expected to win'. Also, when you consider the adversity the Pats have overcome this year on numerous occasions and the fact that Seattle is likely without Ethan Bear (which is comparable to the Pats playing without Hobbs), it is hard to believe that any thoughtful fan or media personality could have them as the underdogs.

Anonymous said...

This Vigr stuff you have on your website is amazing! I just ordered some off the sight and within about ten days I feel better than I ever have! Like really really amazing I don't know what else to say but thank you!!! I had to thank you for having this stuff on your site!! Great blog as usual!

Go Pats Go!!!

Chris from MJ (originally from Regina though)

william weppler said...

Regardless of the outcome of this series I for one WILL remember this season...one of the greatest and most satisfying for a huge Pats fan like myself.

Andrew - I never overhype the Team and know it is going to be a humdinger of a series as Seattle is solid, and have some experience in a WHL Final series. I agree that this year's Pats team has went thru tons of adversity and come out smiling on the other side...kudu's to the players and coaching staff for that. A healthy Pats team against a Bear-less Thunderbirds Team makes for a more even series I think, and over a 7 game series if Browny can be stellar like he has been so far I think we will come out on top. We have tremendous offensive talent and will have to be strong defensively but I do pick offense over defence in this one. Steel will pick it up so T-Birds will have 2 strong lines to contend with and the 3rd is not too shabby either. I don't necessarily hold much faith in CHL Rankings because of the disparity between Leagues and how certain Teams play, etc. The West appears to be a more defensive Conference with strong Goaltending aiding in that. I disagree with Roddy that they will be "expected" to win if only based on the season's CHL Ranking but that's what a lot of people will think, not understanding how winning actually works. Do I think they are a very good Team? Yes. And yes you know I want them to win but Seattle and Barzal will have a lot to say about that, and the 2-3-2 is not the greatest format but understand why it is like that. I've heard all year (on this blog) how the Pats are only where they are because they play in a weaker Division, and a weaker Conference compared to the West Conference teams, so I guess that is why I came up with the "underdog" label (to make some bloggers feel better - lol). Maybe they aren't but in the end it doesn't really matter as both Teams have earned the right to be where they are and other Teams are golfing :))
Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

Regina Pats in 5 Bub!
Better luck next time Seattle.

Andrew Wiens said...

It sometimes feels like the Silvertips have, over the last few years, singlehandedly given the Western conference the reputation for being 'defensive'. During the regular season the Pats and Thunderbirds allowed roughly the same number of goals, and Seattle does have some pretty impressive offensive talent themselves (though not as explosive as Regina's). I am very intrigued coming into this series to see Stankowski play in net. From what I understand Toth is ready but Seattle is still dressing a 17 year old rookie who is quite undersized by current WHL goaltending standards. You have to think that the Pats could have an advantage in net when you consider the amount of experience that Brown has and the fact that he should be mentally tougher given the criticism he has received and overcome and his experiences this year in the playoffs. Then again, maybe Stankowski is too young to feel the presure.