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Thursday, November 16, 2017

PATS OUTLAST HITMEN 4-3

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REGINA - Sam Steel and Nick Henry each had a goal and an assist to lead the Pats to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.

Emil Oksanen got the scoring started with a powerplay goal early in the first, his 11th of the year. Calgary tied it up five minutes later with a powerplay goal of their own, but Sam Steel would respond for Regina with his sixth of the season and it was 2-1 after 20 minutes.

In the second, Matt Bradley gave the Pats a 3-1 lead when he snapped his 16th into the top of the net. However, 33 second later, Tristen Nielsen tipped home a point shot to bring Calgary to within a goal heading to the third period.

In the final frame, Nick Henry would swat his first of the year out of midair, just 15 seconds in, and again the Pats had a two goal lead. The Hitmen powerplay got them back to within a goal at 10:42, but Regina would hold on from there for the 4-3 victory.

The Pats outshot the Hitmen 40-28, the powerplay was one for four and the penalty kill two for four.

Sam Steel and Nick Henry each had a goal and an assist to lead the offence while Max Paddock made 25 saves.

Quick Hits
- Nick Henry scored his first goal and first assist since returning from injury.
- The Pats improved to 9-4-0-0 on home ice this season.
- Regina has won five in a row over Calgary going back to the 2017 playoffs.
- The attendance was 5754.

What’s Next?
The Pats (12-8-2) will kick off their five game U.S. Division road trip on Saturday night in Portland against the Winterhawks at 8 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game in Friday, December 8 against the Kelowna Rockets. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office and at all Regina Safeway locations, Safeway Funzone tickets are just $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

10 comments:

william weppler said...

A good win last night against a stubborn Team and always nice to get 2 pts. before going on an extended road trip. Will be interesting to see how the Team personnel will change from now until they reenter the Brandt Center on Dec 8th.

Lots of rumours going around about trading for "the best goaltender in the WHL" whomever that is, and what is it based on? Connor Hart comes to mind but at what price?
I have been trying to get info on Austin Wagner's status but everything is hush hush. If he were to return to the Pats it creates many dilemmas, but maybe not all bad ones.
We could use his speed, penalty killing ability and although he was snake bitten last year for goal scoring he is somewhat of a threat in the offensive zone.
Since he is a 20 year old we would have to off load 1 of 3 we have on roster - Bradley; Sloboshan or Brown. I am thinking Wyatt would be the odd man out.
We could also use Wags for "trade bait" thus keeping the current 3 20's on the Roster (for now). I am sure the trade could bring talent into the organization for use either this year or next couple of years.

Is Tyson Jost still in the Pats future? I see he has only dressed for 6 of the Avalanches games but appears he is on the injured list currently. I am not holding my breath on him showing up here; but maybe JP has something cooking.


Have a good run on the West Cost boys!

Anonymous said...

Less than inspiring effort by the Memorial Cup Host team. Once again they didn't play a complete game. This is becoming the norm for this team. It's happened numerous times already this season and cause 3 or 4 losses. Once again the Coach/GM appeared very unhappy with the performance. He was right cause it was bad. Young Paddock showed his worth. The GM knows this is an issue and has to fix it soon because this can't be allowed to continue. Far too many passengers last night like so many nights before. They need a winger for the top line like; yesterday. Perhaps they could find one standing on the road during their trip. To call this team a work in progress is not an exaggeration.

Anonymous said...

Remember this is ONLY a Memorial Cup Team because they are hosts. This is NOT a great junior hockey team and it will start to show after this West trip. I pick them for about 8th overall. Go Swift Go !

Anonymous said...

OOPS THAT SHOULD HAVE READ 18TH NOT 8TH.

Anonymous said...

Tyson Jost will be a Regina Pat after the World Juniors. The writing is on the wall. Just got sent to the American League. Pats may not lose a game after Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Bill, I dont see trading Wagner. Im betting on henry being the bait! Any trade will be a younger guy going to a team with next year in their sights.

A trae package could include Brown but there will be young guys involved. Brown would be a throw in! And personally, I wouldn't trade Brown!

Only a contender would trade for Steel etc and only a contender would trade for a 20 year old and...... the Pats wont be helping out a contender!!!!

Anonymous said...

Weppler - What do you mean Austin Wagner was snake bitten in terms of scoring goals last year? He had 30 regular season goals and 16 playoff goals. He scored more playoff goals than any other player last year. Reid Gardiner was second with 15. Wagner played injured for a good chunk of the playoffs as well and was still the best player on the ice most nights.

Trade Wagner? Not a chance. He's the fastest skater in the league and was arguably the best player on the ice for either team in the playoffs most nights last year. He's a game changer. The Pats need him. Trading him would be a huge mistake.

Anon - Trade Henry? Why? He has good chemistry with Sam Steel. The Pats don't need to trade him, they just need an impact left winger for the Steel-Henry line.

Anonymous said...

I’m not that sold on Henry. Of course I’d rather keep him but if he’s the bait to grab the “goalie “ people think we need, so be it.

He will likely be in the league next year whereas a 20 year old won’t be.

The only Pats other teams will trade for, are those that can play at least another year. Henry could be the nucleus for a big mem cup package. And of course the only teams trading impact players to the Pats, are the ones who aren’t going for it this year.

william weppler said...

Yea I was maybe a little hard on Wagner, but in reference to the scoring, for the amount of chances (e.g. clear break aways) he had during the season he should have had 50 goals :))

In reference to trading him, or not, I was just pointing out the "options" as it would be an option albeit a good dilemma as I pointed out.

My preference would be to keep him as a 20 year old as he has a lot of good points - but then who do you move? Sloboshan was also a very good player in the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Don't waste a 20 year old spot on a goalie. Go out and get an experienced 19 year old that can handle the load. Get Wagner into the line-up which helps the offence. If Jost comes available, big upgrade. Then swing a deal to get either Bean or Ethan Bear and this team looks very much like a Memorial Cup contender.