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Saturday, May 13, 2017

VIGR RECAP: PATS FACING ELIMINATION

Photo courtesy Brian Liesse
The Regina Pats are once again facing elimination in these WHL Playoffs.

Nolan Volcan's even strength goal at 2:21 of the third period was the winner as the Seattle Thunderbirds outlasted the Regina Pats 7-4 Friday night at the ShoWare Centre in Kent, WA.

The victory gave the Thunderbirds a 3-2 lead in the Best-of-7 WHL championship series and the chance to wrap it up in Game 6 Sunday in Regina.

Following a humbling 6-1 loss on Wednesday, the Pats came out flying early in Game 5 as Josh Mahura and Jeff DeWitt both scored to give the visitors a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game.

However the lead was shortlived. The Thunderbirds struck back with goals from Donovan Neuls and Mathew Barzal just 52 seconds apart to tie the game up at 2-2 going into the second period.

Giving up goals in bunches has been a major problem for the Pats in this series.

Dawson Leedahl's powerplay goal at 9:32 of the middle frame gave the Pats another brief lead however back-to-back goals from Seattle's Keegan Kolesar and Barzal - only 57 seconds apart - put the T-Birds on top 4-3 after 40 minutes.

The trend continued early in the third, as the T-Birds' Nolan Volcan and Ryan Gropp beat Pats goalie Tyler Brown with a pair of goals just 1:34 apart for an insurmountable 6-3 advantage.

The Pats' Austin Wagner struck midway through the third period to provide a glimmer of hope however Seattle's Turner Ottenbreit iced the game with an empty-netter with just two seconds remaining.

Game Over: Seattle 7 Regina 4

The Thunderbirds outshot the Pats 39-37 while going a devastating 3/5 on the powerplay.  Regina was 1/3 on the man advantage.

The Pats' penchant for mini-breakdowns in this series which have led to rapid Seattle goals was a matter Coach & GM John Paddock cared little to address in his postgame news conference. "That's just hockey," Paddock shrugged.

However you know it's a matter that will be addressed behind closed doors in video sessions between now and Sunday.

And as for facing elimination for the first time since April 17 when the Pats hosted Swift Current in Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals goes, the team is not panicking.

"We've been in this position before," chimed Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs in the postgame news conference. Indeed they have, as the Pats scrapped back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Broncos to post a 5-1 victory in the deciding game.

So the teams head back to Regina on Saturday and get set for Sunday's all-important Game 6 with the Pats' backs against the wall.

Regina was again without its captain, and inspirational leader, Adam Brooks for Friday's Game 5. His status for Game 6 is uncertain.

It truly would be a shame for the Pats to lose this series given the fact they've played far from their best in the last two games. They've also shown - in Games 2 and 3 - that they can win without Brooks.

Faceoff on Sunday in the Brandt Centre is 6:00 pm on 620 CKRM, Access 7 and the WHL on Shaw.

RP
@rodpedersen


57 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just a coming home to roost of all the crappy defence they have played all season, and Brown is playing like it was suspected he would when the chips were down. Leedhal, Ahl, and Steel were once again missing in action. Both −2 on the night much like last game. Brown has gone into the tank. The defence which was overrated has played poorly. The big reason for this is that this team has no depth as Paddock completely left this team shorthanded by gutting the grit, and not keeping some forwards/or at least trading trading for some at the deadline. They exposed our fourth line and ate them but they also ate up our top line. Everyone who knew anything knew their run-and-gun was going to come crashing down. Paddocks style. He sounded beaten tonight because he is. The Pats are done like dinner.

william weppler said...

Stankowski was the star tonight just like Brown in Game #3. He made key saves at times the TBirds needed them. It was nice to see a little emotion from Brownie after the one goal as he was given no help whatsoever tonight. On 2 of the goals the only players around the net area were Pats and they screened him!!

SHAW announcers so pro-West it is sad. When A Tbird hits a Pat player the Pat player "gets run over!" but when its vica-versa it's hardly mentioned...they did have to mention another great Hobbs it though.

Great power play puck control tonight by Seattle and knew that Barzal had to break out soon so Pats have to counter with Steel line getting more pressure in offensive zone.

Poor Nick Henry looks lost out there....has lost all confidence and doesn't like the heavy going. They moved him down earlier this series but maybe time to sit him, and give Pierce a chance to play since he is dressed.

Wish I could be there for Sunday and Monday games...going to be loud but will be watching from BC.

Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

2 lessons learned in the emerald city 2 wins till Windsor everybody relax.

Anonymous said...

Who's kidding whom right??? Shrugging "that's hockey". Sorry buddy that's bad hockey. thirteen goals against in two games?? Look at all the minus players. Top four d-men in the league…sure they are. The Pats have shown all year they can't or won't play smash mouth hockey. The pats are very fortunate to still be in in it based on their two squeak wins, and horrible last two games. Do they think they can just turn it on at home? They built their year by beating up teams in the weak eastern conference. They went with too many average young players, and traded away all their depth, grit and age. They are too young and getting man handled by Seattle. Top four defence playing horrible and stars like Steel, Leedahl and Wagner doing nothing even strength. The loss of Lescyshyn and Brooks hurts big time but no plans were were in place for this eventuality. To add to their misery Brown is playing like crap. The pats are who we thought they were…overrated.

Jake L. said...

Brandt Center Might draw 4500 for this one. It's over Regina , no way they will come back now especially with "Brownie" in the net. 13 goals against in 2 games is NOT a Memorial Cup contender in my books.

Anonymous said...

Seattle has certainly figured out how to keep the Pats in check but it is the penalties that are killing the Pats chances of winning. They have to play their best game on Sunday or their season is done. I hope they look back at the first two games and remind themselves how even the two teams really are. Confidence is everything. Home advantage is huge for them and a win sets up for a fantastic game seven. Come on Pats, give it everything you've got!

Anonymous said...

12 goals against in 5 periods tells it all

Rod Pedersen said...

Yes it does. Crappy defensive zone play and too many penalties.

Anonymous said...

sadly the chances of the pats winning a league title and earning their way to a memorial cup could be evaporating. with all the attention on next season this was the one realistic chance the pats had to earn their way in and do something really special.

next year this team will look very different. gone are brooks, harrison and leedahl, likely hobbs, zborovskiy, wagner and ahl. sloboshian and dewitt will likely move by attrition. plus figuring out the 20 year olds will play into if brown returns.

still holding out hope for two more wins at home.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Pats can still beat Seattle if they play a solid clean game, not sure if they can win anymore after this series though. Seems like they are running out of gas. Once again we see the importance Adam Brooks played in the great season they have had. No one player can win games but his presence is obviously missed. Too bad hard hits are still a part of hockey.

Anonymous said...

The Pats have played three lines and five defencemen since january. It has worked for them, until now. It almost bit them against swift current but they found a way. It has caught up to them. they are beat up and tired. It's not bad defensive play, or mistakes, it is fatigue.

Think, if brown doesn't have the game of his life last tuesday this series is over.

takes a lot of things to go right to win a junior championship.

Anonymous said...

The whackjobs are out this morning RP!

Anonymous said...

Wow !! Pedersen sounds like his whistle has been blown and it's all over. Steppler is now whining about the play by play guys being such homers. And since when does that not happen when Regina is winning at home. One more game for the thin skinned Regina boys and "FORE" !

Anonymous said...

Wow those were a couple tough games but the pats are just down, not out. I still believe in them. This series will go to 7 games. Win or lose I'm proud of this team and enjoyed every minute of this fantastic season!!!

Hats off to Seattle. They are a damn good team with tons of depth. Pats are looking worn out but the fan support will get some life back in them.

Can't wait to welcome them back to the Brandt tomorrow.

GO PATS!!

Anonymous said...

Now the Shaw announcers are a problem? Please.

Anonymous said...

The pats have been penalized 12 times in two games or 24 minutes. That's more than a period of being shorthanded. Doing that even with Brooks you can't win. The T-Birds have a great PP and the Pats are allowing them the chance to skewer them. This is upsetting and unnecessary but not unpredictable. Many fans have brought this up and many have pooh poohed it. The coaching staff has never got control over this all during even the last two seasons. Regular season the Pats could score on their PP and even PK so nothing was said or done. Most of these infractions are hooking, holding,tripping, high sticking, roughing, and assorted other "ME" penalties. How can Wagner take a roughing penalty on the 2 on 1 play that tied the game 3-3. On the PP that followed they went up 4-3 just before the end of the second period. That's deplorable selfishness and a total me penalty. Being a smaller team the Pats don't like the physical play and hits, so they retaliate with their sticks and roughing penalties. Team is far too small and docile.

Poor defence is also a glaring issue but they have not been taught or forced to play defence all season. D-men caught up, not pinning guys, soft compete by d-men. and Forwards don't play a two way game. Combine that with poor preparation by Paddock's gutting the team's grit and not acquiring some insurance policies at trade deadline, has lead to this. The Pats will be done on Sunday. What held so much promise had turned into this mess.

Anonymous said...

Agreed lol wow that's grasping at straws and just certifiable. Pats are not better the thunderbirds end of discussion

william weppler said...

SHAW has been pro-West Conference all of the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Rod you know hockey these pats are just overmatched by the thunderbirds. Brown is a good goalie but he will have put on a historic performance to get this series. The pk is worst I've seen ever at any level . I know these are kids but steel where are you ?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Sask boys on the Seattle team. Represent the WHL well at Memorial Cup in Windsor boys.

Jason G said...

As a lifelong Warriors fan, have a feeling Pats will come back and win series. They did it before except they had to go on road in game 6 in Swift Current. Now 2 games at home. Not seeing much of T birds during season but they were here last year lost and now just want " it" more. I know it no consolation to say well they made it this far being only 2 wins from going to Memorial Cup but be hosts next year sure hope Warriors are as well.

Anonymous said...

Typical Regina, they lose and it's the refs fault, ffs.

Anonymous said...

Circus must be in town this weekend because I see the regular clowns are out this morning. How about, for a change, we give Seattle some credit instead off laying all the blame on Paddock and the Pats. This is an experienced team with lots of vets who played in the WHL final last year, so they know what it takes to get there. They bounced back from a game 3 loss at home and played two strong games in 4 and 5. However, in the big picture the Pats got what they needed in Seattle, which was one win out of three games to send it back to Regina for game 6 and hopefully 7. Can't ask for much more than that really. Paddock & staff will address defensive breakdowns befor Sunday but I doubt he's going to through his guys under the bus at this point. They been in Saeattle since last weekend, time to get back home to Regina and the friendly confines do the Brandt Centre. Seattle has won exactly nothing to this point, they still have to get a road win. Can the Pats win two straight at home to take the title? Who knows but it will be fun. And to the clown who said there would be 4,800 fans at the Brandt for game 6, it's already sold out as would game 7 no doubt. So Seattle will have to face 6,484 screaming Pats fans

Anonymous said...

Reading the comments section I have a question. How could a terrible team like the Pats be ranked #1 all season and make it to the Western Final? Same comments appeared during each series, the results were the same, Pats found a way to win and keep the haters quiet until the next loss. Pats have not been eliminated and should be a great atmosphere and game Sunday.
Go Pats

Anonymous said...

Well with the likes of brooks, harrison,leedahl, and likely hobbs, zborovskiy, wagner, ahl and steel moving on, it will be up to the likes of sloboshan, dewitt , holmes, smart, davidson, pierce, krane, buziak, henry and lockner to lead the Pats to hosting Memorial Cup 2018

Anonymous said...

There is no need for someone to stand up a give a rah rah speech. Every guy who dresses for 6 has take a look at Tyler Brown and say to himself I gotta be better cuz that kid is the reason I'm here and I havnt been good enough I havnt helped him enough I've let him down . Don't play with shame but with desire to prop your boy up. It's there it can be done

Andrew Wiens said...

I find it very amusing that Mr Weppler is complaining about the Shaw announcers being 'pro-West'; I'll bet he didn't have any problem with those same announcers being pro-Regina for the first three rounds. There were times during the previous rounds when I wondered if the gentlemen calling the games even knew who the Pats were playing with all of the gushing they did over Steel, Wagner, Hobbs, Brooks, etc...
It would be nice if all of the posters who insist on bashing Tyler Brown after every loss would actually take the time to point out which goals he should have stopped. Most of the goals that went in last night were of the 'no chance to stop' category - no matter how good a goalie is he still needs some help in front of him.
Whether you are a Pats fan or a T-birds fan you shouldn't count the Pats out of this one yet. They have repeatedly shown during these playoffs that they are at their best when their backs are against the wall. The toughest win to get against them is the fourth one and Seattle had better realize that.

Jim from Regina said...

Gee, all the tough guys that hide behind the "Anonymous" identities take to this blog to bash teenage kids. Proud of yourself? The Pats are still in the finals and have been a great team to watch all year. They are not out of it until Seattle wins 4 games. If these Pats players and coaches are so bad as you suggest, what does that say about all the players and coaches from all the other teams that have not played for weeks? I am proud of our Pats and still think they could win. Or maybe Seattle is just a better team. So what.

Anonymous said...

Well said Jim.

GO PATS!

Anonymous said...

Ease up a bit boys! It ain't over till its over and the chubby lady sings.

Anonymous said...

Hey , the Pats are champs in my mind, they won the eastern conference and if lose to Seattle in game 6 or 7 of WHL final, so be it. Great season nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

Wow, negativity and haters. 2 wins away from a championship with 2 home games. This team is still alive. 20 other WHL teams would trade for this position. It is far from over.

Anonymous said...

C'mon people these are teen aged kids. Both teams will be jacked up for game 6. Will the Regina crowd be enough to get the Pats over the hump. Right now on the basis of games 4 & 5 the T-Birds just simply want it more and worked harder. However, it could be the Pats turn in game 6 & 7. The Pats played all year to get home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. They got it and now have to take advantage of it.

Anonymous said...

Steel will be back he's not ready for the nhl and Anaheim doesn't rush their players in. Hobbs and Wagner all depends on how the farm teams are Hershey usually has a solid core of d men so that could force Hobbs back and Wagner is going to a good Ontario team which he'll have to fight for a spot so they're not guaranteed to be gone

Anonymous said...

Actually, they sold out very quickly.

Anonymous said...

Can't just play 4D even if they are the best. Also, need to rotate ALL lines. The 4D and top lines are exhausted. Seattle basically uses 6D and 3 lines But of course circumstances do prevail so certain guys like Barzel, etc are up more. IMO Paddock and Struch being outcoached.

Anonymous said...

Well Said.

Anonymous said...

4500? Ha Sold out in a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

Comments like above that the Pats are teenagers and just kids make me laugh. Yes the Pats are teenagers, but unless the rules have been changed for Seattle and their players are all in their 20's and 30's aren't they the same age? I would agree these last two games would lead a person to believe that's the case. These last two it has looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins VS the Regina Tim Bits. The Pats players have looked scared, timid, and afraid on the ice these last two games. The only player on the Pats that has brought his A game is Hobbs, the rest of the players look like that are thinking " I can't hit that T-Bird, because he's huge and we are just little guys". For some reason the Pats have played these last two games without the need to play sixty minutes of disciplined but not afraid to hit hockey. They haven't played with the desire they did against the Broncos and they haven't showed they was this series. They haven't given 110% for sixty minutes and as a fan that's what is dissapointing.
The team has been playing in spurts five minutes here, and five minutes there not for sixty minutes these past two games. The Pats have not showed they want to do what it takes to win. Comments like they are only teenagers and kids are the exact reason the Pats haven't been to a final since 84 and haven't won a Memorial Cup since 74.
One it is okay to lose, but lose a series knowing you have given it your all and have played knowing you have given 110% and just don't have enough talent to win. Yes its fine to lose, but do so with some dignity, and show some desire to compete. When the Pats have shown up and have played they have shown they are just as good and have likely more skill than Seattle, but when the team has shown little desire the scoreboard is lopsided in Seattle's favour and the Birds are proving they want it more. Maybe the Pats think heck next year we just have to lace up our skates and we are in the Memorial Cup. That's a pretty sad way to have to get to the Memorial Cup, but the Pats have looked like they all have given up on this series.

Jim from Regina said...

You must be psychic to know what the Pats players are thinking. So the Pats players aren't trying, they can play hard for a few minutes but then decide to go into hiding for the rest of the game. I believe every player on every shift gives it all they got or they wouldn't be there. They are playing equal or better players from the other team that is trying hard as well. To assume the Pats don't have the heart when you don't have a frickin clue what you're talking about, is extremely disrespectful. Perhaps Seattle is just a better team. We'll find out. Using your rational, unless a championship is won by the team, they are soft players. So the players on 29 NHL teams, 20 WHL teams, losers in NFL, CFL, and any other non champion teams are all pussys? I would bet you never played past bantam hockey but just shoot your mouth of Mr. Anonymous. You're disgusting!!

Anonymous said...

So will Seattle just charter from Regina to Windsor for the memorial Cup?

Anonymous said...

Most of the fans who are posting about playing for fun and don't be hard on these boys have a loser mentality, and are perpetuating losing by the team. A great many fans were tots or not even born the last time the Pats even got to a WHL final. They grew up watching a losing team and organization. The know nothing about winning unlike Kelowna who almost every year is in a conference final. Having lost so much over the years most of these "they're just little teenagers" crowd have no expectation of excellence and none will be forthcoming. Losing mentality is still the norm around here. This is only the first time in three years under Paddock that the Pats have won more than one playoff round. Maybe this is as good as it gets. The results from "Host Teams" at the Memorial Cup isn't very good. With the limited talent, size, and character coming back, the team will fit right in. Remember 2001 ? Great teams are defined by Championships they win. The Pats are not a great team. The T-Birds have shown they are willing to do more than the Pats in order to get to Windsor. There is little doubt they will be ones going.

Anonymous said...

Lil Willy Weppler has been pro-regina all of the play-offs its getting sickening he can't give a unbiased opinion to a game.

dom said...

I am proud of what the Pats have done in the playoffs. Unless I missed something they didn't make any blockbuster trades besides the red deer deal. They tweaked the roster abit. This team is geared to finish strong and win or lose I thank the Pats organization for supplying us with a exciting brand of hockey. I will be amongst the regiment tomorrow and let the chips fall where they may. Go Pats. You have made us all proud and don't sell yourselves short. FYI. How many of your NHL teams are still in the playoffs and if they aren't did you write into your teams blog and bash them. Come on peeps.

Dom

Ron Taylor said...

Astounds me how the trolls crap on this. Down but not out. Don't break your ankles falling off that wagon. GEEZ!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to have got your ire there Ovechkin, or is this Crosby? I know it says "Jim from Regina," but you must be a top line forward in the current NHL or maybe you're a past inductee in the Hall of Fame? Whomever you are if you honestly think the Pats have played and have given their all these last two games, you my friend are higher than Cheech and Chong in up in smoke.
The Pats have played a combined 1/2 a first period and ten minutes of the third in yesterday's game and didn't bother to show up at all in game four.
I know that likely bothers you me saying that and I know your opinion is the only one that matters coming from someone going to or already in the hall of fame. However, if you honestly think that players on teams in sports give their all 110% of the time and you think they do this game in and game out, I seriously want some of whatever your inhaling just so I can live in that fantasyland from which you live and come from.

Anonymous said...

The Pats are how we thought they were.

william weppler said...

lol...good one Jim.

The Former "Jim from Regina" said...

You got me Mr. Anonymous. I'm really not "Jim from Regina". I don't want to reveal my identity but my name does rhyme with Smalexander Schmomechkin. I don't think it would be a good idea for you to smoke pot because your mommy and daddy who live upstairs would be seriously pissed.

WesternMBRiders said...

Six points for Game 6: (1) Easy to criticize but far tougher to come up with a solution (2) Some of those on here being critical are the same ones who are on the bandwagon when the Pats win (3) It ain't over until it is over (4) Regina has not done it the easy way all playoffs so let's see if they have one or two more in the tank (5) Seattle is a very good well coached team, so losing to them would be no travesty (6) The series has been good and the teams are evenly matched, so I intend to enjoy another game, or maybe two more, and it would be nice to see Brooks back, but only if healthy. Ultimately, and I do say this without in anyway thinking my opinion is any more or any less valuable than the opinion of everyone else in here, but Regina, in the 4 games there were in Brandon this season, played in spurts. At times it was almost like they went asleep for awhile. But then they would wake up, and have so much speed and skill, they would always come through. I do not believe it is the coaching but I do wonder about the intensity of some of their key players when the chips are down. I have not seen anyone on the Pats put in the effort of someone like Easnor has from Seattle. At the end of the day, Brown has been fine and should not wear the goat horns. The Pats team, almost each and every one of them, has been very good. One never knows, but I could see a winner take all Game 7. Happy Mother's Day and enjoy the game. The picture quality on Shaw, even with HD, is poor but the quality of the hockey makes up for it. Regina should be proud no matter the result. The Pats franchise is on the mend and should be credible for the foreseeable future.

benny said...

all these anonymous guys here probably couldn't coach themselves out of a paperbag. haha, Jake L, great guess bud, 4500 fans, takes 4 games to win a series not 3. tomorrow is a new day. bowing out in the first round is being overrated, making it to the WHL final is not.why dont you clowns take your dogs for a walk around wascana, or do you even know where that is? go home. - benny

benny said...

"team has no depth" hahahaha, okay warriors fan.

Anonymous said...

Peter Loubardias is the former voice of the Pats... If anything he has a strong connection to this city... not Seattle. Smh

Anonymous said...

Lots of weak penalties going against pats , we'll see how they fare at home, with home reffing advantage

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is they are teenaged kids. They are unpredictable. It has nothing to do with a losing attitude. Gosh, some of you people that post on here live and die with these kids wins and loses. Get a life and enjoy the games instead of throwing garbage out like they are afraid to hit, expectation of excellence, show some desire, willingness to compete. It is tough winning on the road in the playoffs when you have teams of equal ability. The Pats achieved their goal of winning one to get home ice advantage back. Now they have to use it. They are more than capable of winning games 6 & 7 on home ice.

Anonymous said...

Love seeing Pats fans complaining about play by play bias. You were all cool with TV announcers treating the Swift Current Broncos like supporting cast members of The Sam Steel Show, but a little excitement for a very good Seattle squad and the pissing and moaning gets passionate. Hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Golly, gee, whiz as Howie Meeker would say. It has got to the point where people argue about play by play bias? I have never yet heard a home announcer anywhere that wasn't bias. The game is on Access (H/Q in Regina). The play by play guy years ago did Pats play by play. Of course he is bias, but so what. You got two ears to listen, one mouth to yap. Try opening these two, and keeping the other one shut. Or better yet if the bias really bothers you, hit the mute button and put the other two things on either side of your nose to good use and just watch and enjoy.