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Sunday, October 8, 2017

PATS 7 BLADES 3

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REGINA - Emil Oksanen and Matt Bradley each had two goals and two assists to lead the Regina Pats past the Saskatoon Blades 7-3 on Saturday night in Western Hockey League action.

Sam Steel, Jake Leschyshyn and Jeff de Wit also scored for the Pats (3-3-1).

Braylon Shmyr struck twice with Cameron Hebig also chipping in for Saskatoon (1-4-0).

Max Paddock turned aside 18 shots for the win in net. Nolan Maier stopped 34 shots in defeat.

Regina went 4 for 10 on the power play while the Blades were 1 for 6 with the man advantage.

(Canadian Press)

3 comments:

william weppler said...

Great game...great atmosphere...my 1st this year so was good to get back at it.
The boys came away with a victory but you could tell by JP's antics on the bench he was not that satisfied with some of the play of some his players or the reffing. I'd have to agree on both topics.
Although they handled the Blades quite easily they did let off the pedal and got involved in some pretty sloppy play...but that can be fixed and JP will see to it one way or the other.
Some bloggers have indicated that the Pats play early in the season is of great concern...and trades should be made to improve the Team asap.
The key word here is "early". Give the Team some time...there are a number of new players, learning a new system, under a new set of coaches...kind of reminds me of Chris Jones coming in to lead the Riders...didn't start out well but seems to be working out now.
At this point I agree JP doesn't have the talent level he ended last year with, and we all knew that was going to happen, especially JP.
Right now our Top 6 Forwards and Top 4 D are good, but if injuries happen then our depth may be shallow in both cases.
The other concern is "motivation" of a Team that has a "seat at the table" so to speak. Might be the biggest challenge for the Coaches especially for the younger players on the Team.
Some are advocating to "give up the future" for a Championship...I do not agree and am confident that JP will handle it well. It's not that easy when you will likely have at least 4 or 5 other Teams in the WHL making a run for it as well...the Warriors being one of them I think. The "sellers" are licking their lips for the January trade deadline...should be fun!

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Are the champs back on track now?

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute Weppler. You don't want to see the Pats do everything in their power to win a WHL and Memorial Cup Championship? I haven't seen the Pats win a WHL or Memorial Cup Championship in my lifetime. I would like to see them win the WHL Championship, enter the Memorial Cup tournament through the front door and win that Championship too, at least once in my lifetime.

I've been a Pats fan since the late 1980's. I don't think I'm asking for too much, but perhaps I am.

If you were a Pats fan in 1974, I could understand your position a little more, but even if you were, you have to agree that they're due for another WHL and Memorial Cup Championship. A lot of time has passed since then and there are a lot of current Pats fans that haven't seen this team win the WHL or Memorial Cup Championships.

Last year was probably the year to go for it though.