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Monday, May 1, 2017

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE

Photo courtesy Curtis Lothian
MONDAY ONE-LINERS

1 - The torch is still flickering for the Regina Pats, who survived a scare in Game 6 of the WHL East Final Sunday night in Lethbridge, and emerged with a 7-4 victory to advance to the WHL Finals for the first time since 1984.

2 - Social media was on fire last night, split between the Pats game and the Oilers-Ducks playoff contest in Edmonton. When Regina fell down 3-0 just 8:02 into the first period against the Hurricanes, many were writing them off and preparing for a Game 7 on Tuesday in Regina. Some of these Chicken Littles even draw a paycheque in the Regina media.

But if you've followed the Regina Pats all season - and frankly, really only 6484 have - you'll know that a 3-0 deficit is nothing to wet your pants over. And, according to the WHL on Shaw's Darren Dupont, there was no panic on the Pats bench after that third goal went in. Just shock.

And then, the veteran Pats went to work and outscored the Canes 7-1 over the final 50 minutes of the game to end the series and snuff out the Hurricanes' flame.

On to Seattle.

Never doubted them for a second.

3 - Regina has advanced to Round 4 of the WHL Playoffs and they still aren't playing with house money. They go into the championship series against Seattle as the favourites, and owning home ice advantage. It's another series where the Pats will be expected to win.

And I expect them to advance to the Memorial Cup, but the Seattle Thunderbirds present their toughest challenge to date.

4 - The Pats spanked Seattle 6-3 back on October 30 in the Brandt Centre in the teams' only meeting of the season. That night might've been the tipping point of the season when Regina started paying attention to the Blueshirts because it was the first sellout of the year at 6484.

Either way, it was the usual suspects who cashed in for the Pats in that victory over Seattle. Austin Wagner, Sam Steel, the departed Lane Zablocki, Adam Brooks, Dawson Leedahl and Connor Hobbs all scored while Tyler Brown made 26 saves to collect the win.

Oh, and how about the post-to-post pad save Brown made Sunday night with minutes to go in Lethbridge to keep the score 6-4 when the Hurricanes were threatening?

He just might've saved the game and cinched the series.

5 - Are the Tyler Brown-Haters and Darian Durant-Haters off living somewhere on a remote island consoling each other these days?

I hope so.

6 - The last time the Regina Pats were in the league final was 1983-84 and their Head Coach and General Manager was Bob Strumm. They won 48 games and their leading scorer was Dale Derkatch (159 points) while Jamie Reeve was their #1 goalie.

In 1984 a movie ticket was $2.50, the original Apple McIntosh computer went on sale, the AIDS virus was first identified by a French immunogolist and Sony produced the first CD player.  The movies Ghostbusters, Bevery Hills Cop, The Karate Kid, Splash and Romancing the Stone were all popular at the box office.  The most popular TV shows were Magnum P.I., Dynasty, Knight Rider, and Cheers.

The Prime Minister of Canada was Pierre Elliott Trudeau (for you young 'uns, that's Justin's Dad) and Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States of America.

And the Regina Pats lost Game 7 of the WHL Finals to the Kamloops Jr. Oilers.

Now the Pats are back with Unfinished Business!

7 - Did anyone think to grab a photo of the Pats team celebration around the WHL Eastern Conference Championship Trophy Sunday night?

Here's a screen-grab from the Access/Shaw telecast, but it's substandard.

It was noted the Regina Pats did not touch the trophy, as is the tradition, but it's a hollow one at best.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has never been shy of grabbing the NHL's Eastern Conference Championship trophy, and it's rarely hurt him in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Those superstitions are all between your ears.

8 - Tickets for the WHL Championship Series go on sale at noon Sask Time. However I've already heard tales of hundreds of fans lining up at Safeway Monday morning to snatch tickets when the doors opened.

So glad I purchased my four before the playoffs even began.

9 - The CFL is reeling with the news of the tragic death of Tracy Lasorsa-Simon on the weekend, wife of Hall of Famer Geroy Simon.

I'll never forget meeting her in August of 2013, as she leaned up against the railing of the westside stands during a Rider practice at Taylor Field. She was one classy lady.

Our thoughts are with the Simon family during this time.

10 - The debate is raging whether the media should be allowed to cover CFL minicamps after this weekend's news that the Baltimore Ravens have offered a tryout to rookie defensive back Zavian Bingham, the star of the Riders' Florida Minicamp last week.

It seems hard to believe - but there's no proof otherwise - that Bingham came onto the Ravens' radar due to the vast amount of coverage afforded to Rider camp in Vero Beach, FL.

For instance, the Ravens didn't have anybody present at the workout so the timing of their camp invite to Bingham is fishy.

But we can't let these minicamps go on under a cloak of darkness! Coverage of these camps is vital for the growth of the league and there are just too many great stories to let pass by.

In the end, the new CFL rule to have all minicamp players signed before they take the field has turned out to be a good one, to protect against NFL teams poaching the prospects.

Now, how this Zavian Bingham situation turns out is anyone's guess.

11 - The 2017 CFL Draft goes this Sunday and hopefully the CFL governors took a few pointers away from last week's NFL Draft.

Obviously the CFL derby will never be as big as the NFL's, but having Hall of Famers announce team selections is a great idea. Rider great Scott Schultz has been called in in the past to make Rider picks, for instance.

This year's NFL Draft was held in Philadelphia but the last time it was in Philly was 1961 and NFL teams held it in a hotel ballroom with no TV coverage or players present. It's come an incredibly long way since, while the CFL's version really hasn't evolved.

If the CFL could somehow incorporate their Draft into CFL Week, they'd take a gargantuan leap forward to what the NFL currently enjoys. They'd have a built-in audience of thousands of fans already on hand.

It's an idea to think about, and toss around.

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BIRTHDAYS: Happy Birthday today to Rider alum Jerrell Freeman and Sandro Deangelis!

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THAT'S IT! SEE YOU ON THE RADIO AT 4
RP
@rodpedersen

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have not been able to go to a Pats game this season. So the picture on this article is somewhat confusing. I'm thinking it goes hand in hand with the National Anthem. Maybe I'm completely wrong.
What it reminds me of is the 1973 to 1978 TV series The Six Million Dollar man. It looks like a picture from the show of former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, portrayed by American actor Lee Majors.. With inflation and everything; today the show would be called The multi Billion Dollar man.

Rod Pedersen said...

Get with it.

Anonymous said...

Rod, take it easy on Anon 1. If he is from here, he has obviously been living in his mom's basement and has nothing better to do with his life and his job working the drive-thru at Burger King.

Anonymous said...

The Regina Pats truly are Saskatchewan's team! It's great to see the entire province rally around the team.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins lost the Stanley Cup finals to Detroit in 2008. Love the column!

Rod Pedersen said...

Two out of three ain't bad.

Anonymous said...

Anyone out there that can explain why Wong was given 2 tries on that penalty shot? Phil the Thrill threw it down saying they should've given him a third shot. Priceless.

Anonymous said...

Lots of south Sask representative on Seattle as well.
Ethan Bear
Donovan Neuls
Turner Ottenbreit

Rod Pedersen said...

Because Brown knocked the net off (unintentionally) on the first attempt.

Andrew Wiens said...

The entire province is '[rallying] around the Pats'??? I haven't seen any Pats flags or jerseys in speedy creek and, just going out on a limb here, but I doubt the situation is any different in Moose Jaw or Saskatoon either. People should still be watching with interest though as the Pats have played some very entertaining hockey this year and, with the Shaw cuts, Saskatchewan hockey fans might not have the same luxury in future years.

Anonymous said...

The Pat's run is pretty timely.
It takes the spotlight off of the Riders paying more fines.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note on the conference trophy traditions, Seattle did touch the trophy last night in Kelowna.

Anonymous said...


No comments on what happened with the Rider fines. I guess that tells us everything we need to know.

Trax said...

Where's Paddock in the team picture there? Looking for to the next round!
GO PATS GO

Anonymous said...

What was with the 3 stars last night...

Losers get #1 and 2?

Rafal said...

Hi Rod, this is exciting times in Regina, is WHL Final being broadcast on TV anywhere??? Can't find it anywhere listed.

Anonymous said...

The Pats are Saskatchewan's team? HAHAHAHA! No one west of Pense, East of Balgonie, North of Lumsden or south of the Trans Canada wants the Pats to win. You know that.

Classic Roddy.

Anonymous said...

The Leavitt announouncers kept calling Cousins a 15 year old, he turned 16 in Feb. Irrelevent facts and fake are common but in a hockey broadcast, give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Canes got all 3 Stars, they are all their graduating players that won't be back with the team next year from what I understand. 1) Wong 2) Zborosky 3) Alfaro

Anonymous said...

It is a tradition with many teams to name the 3 overage players as 3 stars. Nice touch to allow the fans to cheer one last time for these players.

Jeff Bahrey said...

Andrusiak spent time growing up in Yorkton as well...moved away about 6 years ago

Jon said...

Regarding the 3 stars....it's tradition to give the 3 Stars to the home teams 20 year olds when they lose at home...last chance to acknowledge them in Jr hockey.

Anonymous said...

The Pats have no tradition so the fans would not know that.

Anonymous said...

Less Pats more Riders, the team Saskatchewan is actually behind.
All of the province behind the Pats, Rod, sometimes you say the funniest thing.

Rod Pedersen said...

I didn't say that. The commenter did.

What Game U Watching? said...

What about Regina home grown Tyler Adams?Typical Regina Pat fans

Anonymous said...

15 in terms of hockey bud

Anonymous said...

20 year old players pal, get with the program

Anonymous said...

Don't worry the wagons full, maybe next year for you guys

Anonymous said...

You homers just don't get it! Whining about spring camp coverage, get over it the Riders are 2nd fiddle at the moment and there are plenty of other sites to feed your need for cfl needs

Dustin said...

It's his 15 year old season. Leedahl is a 20 year old but he is 21. Ect

Anonymous said...

More Pats and no Riders. Can't support a Chris Jones led team. He's a pompous you know what. Go Pats Go

Andrew Wiens said...

I think that clueless posters who aren't aware of the 20 year old 3 star tradition and who also don't understand that a player can be 16 while playing in his '15 year old season' just demonstrate how many bandwagon jumpers there are this time of year (for any team that is still playing). I'm sure the Pats don't mind though as bandwagon jumpers pay the same ticket prices as everyone else (maybe even more actually since most teams sell playoff ticket packages prior to the playoffs at a slightly discounted rate). Regarding the Rider fines, I am kind of curious why Justin Dunk hasn't issued an apology for apparently being wrong about the Manziel situation. No actual evidence has come to light that the Riders worked him out so maybe he should swallow his pride for once and admit he was wrong. And why in the world does Manziel need a publicist?? He doesn't seem to have any trouble generating publicity.

Pearse Gribbon said...

Why wouldn't all of Saskatchewan be cheering for Regina? Would you rather an American team maybe 2(Erie) be playing for the Memorial Cup? I sure would be cheering for whatever Canadian team we have left.

RWAH said...

for clarity the WHL sets players age and eligibility by birth year so cousins was 15 on December 31 2016 so is classed as a 15 yr old for the entire 2016/17 year. on the other end of the scale so players classed as 20s are 20 on December 31 but will be 21 before the end of the hockey season.

Jonny Morgan said...

What's up with this bingham guy. First he tweets that he's on the ravens with fancy pics and now he's playing for the riders again. I think this kids gonna get us in some fine trouble if it comes out he didn't actually sign a contract. Or is he just dumb?

Anonymous said...

Justin Dunk over at 3Down Nation is now claiming that Chris Jones tried to recruit 36-year-old ex-dogfighter Michael Vick before he settled on 33-year-old Vince Young. I guess signing Young was a youth movement.

Anonymous said...

In a hockey sense, he is in his 15 year old season, therefore he's considered a 15 year old. Much the same as 20 year olds should never be called 21 year olds. They are in their 20 year old season, therefore they are 20 year olds all season long, not 21 year olds even if they turn 21.

Anonymous said...

"But if you've followed the Regina Pats all season - and frankly, really only 6484 have"

Lol. What a load of arrogant excrement. Hey Pederson, how many tickets to Pats games did you pay for.

Rod Pedersen said...

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Anonymous said...

Rod - I guess you have been told not to comment on the Rider fines?

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with Anon about your comment Rod. "But if you've followed the Regina Pats all season - and frankly, really only 6484 have"

I would bet about half of that 6484 got free tickets and would not go otherwise. I would say they are hardly fans at all. Where were they in October when the Pats were getting 3K per game?

I think your comment lacks class. You whine all season about people not following the Pats and then only give credit to the suckers in the building. Does listening to CKRM for the Rider games mean any radio listener isn't a fan?

You lost a lot of respect from me with that senseless pot shot. For that I am choosing not to read you blog anymore after 12 years of following you.
BTW I have paid for 20 games this year.




Anonymous said...

You'd think Bingham was the 2nd coming of Darrelle Revis. Oh yeah, this is Riderville so of course he is. He had 4 interceptions in mini-camp so that makes him All-World. We act & sound like a bottom place club - oh yeah, we are. My apologies. The courting & spurning of Michael Vicks is just business as usual.

Anonymous said...

I don't get why so much hate on the Pats from other cities in Saskatchewan? Is it jealousy? Do you dislike the team? the fans?

Anonymous said...

Excited to see the Pats finish that series off the way they did. Seattle series should be a good one and Sask is represented on that team as well. Interesting how the games are played in that one 2 home 3 away 2 home.

Rod Pedersen said...

^^^ Bye bye

Anonymous said...

Ticketmaster put tickets on sale at 11. Thanks Ticketmaster! #morons

Anonymous said...


The loons are out today Roddy!

Anonymous said...

^^^ Bye bye?
Harvard Broadcasting _CKRM) not pleased.

Anonymous said...

WE in Saskatoon have signs all over the City just about as many as Regina has about the Rush.

Rod Pedersen said...

Beat it.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is hate for the Pats, it just the rivalry between the teams. For a lot of people, its often hard to cheer for a team that you wanted to beat all year - a lot of people will cheer for anyone else besides that team.

I will be pulling for the Pats (quietly:) ), but I also won't be too upset if they lose.

I enjoy this blog, whether I agree with things that are said or not, but it also brings out the worst in people since we can post anonymously. There has been a lot of arrogance from some of the Pats fans on here, so that could cause some bitterness from some rivals. I don't think any other team (in WHL anyway), has a place like this blog where fans can go and cheer for their team - but unfortunately that also brings out the distractors. Good for Rod to have this for fans to voice their opinion (good or bad).

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see the Riders and Seahawks tweet out support for their hockey brothers.

Anonymous said...

No mention of the attempt at Mike Vick? Lol of course not ...

Anonymous said...

Wow Rod there's some real winners out here today! Don't listen to the haters, appreciate your blog and your show.

Anonymous said...

Come on Rod... Brown let's at least one bad goal in a game. That's not going to cut it in Mem Cup. As long as he stops the ones he should...Pats coast to WHL championship. Skinner was the only reason(and Brown) Lethbridge wasn't swept. He clearly ran out of gas at the end.

Anonymous said...

Alex Bassie has been waived by the Colts and is a frees agent in CFL. He would look good in green....come on Jones go get him!

Anonymous said...

You beat it Pedersen. You think your the only human being on Earth the way you get YOUR way with the garbage you put on here . You only like to print most things that Thin Skinned Regina people want to say and your all over people that are from out of town if you don't like their comments . Keep enjoying your FREEBEES that get you into any sport event around and quit the BULLSHIT that you pay for your tickets . Let the people know who you really are , just another Thin Skinned Loser from Vagina. That's you.

Anonymous said...

As good as he is, how much is the size of Stankowski (goaltender for the Thunderbirds) going to be a factor in this series? He is listed as 5'9 159lbs. The Pats are used to playing against much larger goaltenders. When Stankowski is screened and / or on his knees, this has to be a factor, no? Would there not be more open net in these situations compared to the large goaltenders that the Pats have been playing against?

Anonymous said...

WOW - is there a full moon out there or what? The crazies are crawling out from the dark. Rod, although I do not always agree with you on some things (mostly Riders), I do understand that that is where you make your money so you can't get too critical on some of the crap that goes on in that organization.

As for the posters that think the Pats organization is giving away free tickets to most of the fans that are at their games...Really? You clearly have no idea how a business is run. I am pretty sure that the owners are in the business to make money...not give it away. If you are going to come up with some crazy theory, try coming up with something a little more believable. GO PATS GO!

JPR said...

Please Rod make these guys tag a name to their posts it would make it so much more entertaining or weed out the the useless comments.

Andrew Wiens said...

If Skinner wasn't 6'4 then Dahlstrom would have ended the game in the Tigers favor about 15 seconds before Wong actually did end it - size matters in net (Stankowski must have some crazy good positioning and lateral movement)

Anonymous said...

I guess WHL final is not televised?

WesternMBRiders said...

When a team has not made it to the WHL Final in 33 years (not 3, not 13, but count em, 33 years), and is the oldest franchise in Canadian Major Junior, from a mid sized City in a province which per capita produces as many NHL'er's as anywhere else, one would think that the comments on this blog today would be largely positive and congratulatory. In any event, from a season ticket holder of the Brandon Wheat Kings, I say nice win last night Pats, and good luck against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Last year, BWK beat them but every game was close. They have returned a lot of the same players and have Matt Barzal once again. I think the young goaltender, who has been so good for them, could end up being the aspect for Regina to perhaps expose in that he has not faced a team with this much speed and skill yet, and may wear out, just like Skinner finally did after playing so tremendously. All Brown has to do is be steady and stop what he should, and Regina should win. However, to my friend who says Regina are the undeniable favorites, I will say that if they do not play consistently and are not patient when Seattle tries to blanket them with their strong team defensive concept, the Pats could be in for a tougher ride than anticipated. You can out shoot and have way more offensive zone time, but all it takes is Barzall to go end to end and pot a couple, and Regina will have their work cut out. But, if I was betting, I will go with the series as 4-2 Regina (sorry to Seattle as they would be runner up two years in a row and be half way to matching the feat of the Buffalo Bills).

Anonymous said...

The fans.

Yvrbased said...

The Seahawks have signed quarterback Jake Heaps, according to Field Yates of ESPN (Twitter link)

Anonymous said...

I have to say this because no one else is...if Jones keeps this garbage up with being fined over and over with roster violations how could anyone be proud of winning any championships like this...he is breaking the rules to do this and it's making the rider organization look very bad throughout the league...teaching kids not to cheat but yet you let them cheer for it...setting a very bad example

Anonymous said...

HOLY MAKINAW ! That's a beautiful thing ! Hamilton Tiger Cats kissing the Grey Cup 2017 in victory !

Anonymous said...

JPR.... How do you weed them out all they have to do is use a different name every time . Cannot be done.

Anonymous said...

Six beers is well beyond thy limit Brother Makinaw!

Dom in YEG said...

Just hoping that TSNGO and CFL finally update the CFL DRAFT TRACKER on the TSNG0 App as they still have the DEMESKI draft.

But hey no young people use APPS

Same o Same o


Lets go Riders Stuff it to the other teams

Anonymous said...

Roughies organization broke all the rules and then some to gain their tainted colluded 2013 gc victory. True.

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal if he contacted Vick?

This Guy said...

Over react much?