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Thursday, November 23, 2017


Photo: Brian Liesse
KENT, WA — The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Regina Pats 6-3 Wednesday night in front of a boisterous and season high 6,149 fans at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds won the 2017 WHL Championship with a 4-2 best-of-seven series win over the Pats on May 14 in Regina. This was the only meeting of the year between the two teams.

Matt Berlin had a solid game in net for the T-Birds making 33 saves on 36 shots to improve his record to 7-5-0-1.

Regina (13-10-2-0) took a 1-0 lead at 10:15 of the first period on a five-on-three power-play goal from Sam Steel. Josh Mahura and Matt Bradley had the assists. Seattle (11-9-1-1) tied the game 1-1 at 14:37 of the first.

The T-Birds went in front 2-1 early in the second on a goal by Zach Andrusiak. The Pats tied it 2-2 a minute later on a goal from Cale Fleury. Mahura and Braydon Buziak had the assists.

Andrusiak struck a second time, at 9:30 of the second on the power play, to give the T-Birds a 3-2 lead and they carried that lead into the third.

Sam Steel tied the game 3-3 22 seconds into the third period. Fleury and Robbie Holmes had the assists.

Seattle then scored two goals in 2:09 to take a 5-3 lead, which was eerily similar of last years WHL Final. The T-Birds scored in bunches.

Regina pulled Brown with 2:32 left in the game for an extra attacker. Wedman picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and fired it into the empty net for the T-Birds sixth goal and a 6-3 Seattle final.

Seattle outshot Regina 40-36 in the game.

Tyler Brown finished with 33 saves on 39 shots and his record is now 9-7-2-0.

The Pats (13-11-2) are back in action on Friday against the Tri-City Americans. Puck drop is at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.  Next home game is Friday, December 8 against the Kelowna Rockets. Tickets are available at, the Brandt Centre Box office and at all Regina Safeway locations, Safeway Funzone tickets are just $13 plus tax.

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Anonymous said...

Not trying to slam anyone here just talk some numbers. Lack of offensive production compared to last year's team is obvious. Holmes on your top line and has 9 points. Playing with last year's WHL points leader Steel who is what this year 54th?
Bradley and oskanen are only guys producing at 1/2 the level the broncos or warriors guys are. Most troubling slobo your other 20 year old has 12 points. He has never produced and you need elite level 20 year olds for a mem cup run. Never ever have understood the coaches love for this guy.
Equally troubling you have 7 other guys Around 10 points or less. The 2-3-4 line all produce the same.. not much.
Jake who was supposed to be elite at this point has 11 points. I mean that's not going to cut it.
Buziak Platt locker sideaway. I mean these guys are all the same player.
You have a sub quality first line with Holmes on it. And 3 other lines all doing the same, not much.
Great for a normal season but for this year for a guaranteed spot in cup. Have to get Wagner back playing. Give Henry some time and mortgage the future on trades starting now. This year's team a tiny shred of last year's team.
When any sibgle one of the top WHL players has more points then 7 of your forwards added together you have serious problems

Anonymous said...

Didn't make the Top 10 CJHL standings nor the Honourable Mentions , this team is nothing compared to last year and that will not change much by the end of the season. If the Pats decide to BUY THEIR WAY into the Memorial Cup they will pay for it for many years ahead.
Go Warriors Go !.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone knows they need to buy their way in. Maybe they won’t sell the future.

They’re already in the big show and will most pats quit the team if we don’t win it all?

I’m pretty sure the pats brass hadn’t already considered this last year.

Can’t blame them for going for it last year. Best pats team I’ve seen in decades. Why wouldn’t they take the team for a ride!

There is nothing saying they need to win the mem cup. It’s a cash grab and gives Regina some top notch exciting hockey.

I’m ok even if we don’t have the top contender and we go through the back door. No problem for me!!!

Anonymous said...

Even the MJ fans get it but the GM doesn't seem to. Been waiting too long on Jost and now can't see the forrest for the trees. The offence is a wreck with everybody struggling from goaltending right to centre ice. The team is a couple games above 500 and will likely return at .500. They at least have a wildcard spot for now. Too much mediocre talent on this team and I am becoming to wonder about coaching. They can't seem to get anyone going. His poor start may hurt Steel at the world juniors camp. More should have been done earlier to build this team. Now they are trying to do it at the deadline. A lot of mistakes last season and now they have this substandard team in a memorial cup year. I'm sure ownership is wringing their hands. This mess of a team is all on Paddock.

Anonymous said...

going through ghe back door, take the team for a ride, cash grab, OMG is that what some supposed pats fans think like. what a loser attitude man. never win anything with that mind set. there had better be more and smarter fans than that. no wonder the pats can't win anything

Anonymous said...

Moose Jaw should be hosting men cup Regina clearly doesn't deserve it.

Anonymous said...

If u guys think the team u see now is the same one you will see after the trade deadline you are clueless.

Patience grasshopper

Anonymous said...

The fools are still out there that think the Jan 10th deadline is going to fix everything. Those that are tire pumpers or self denials won't help either. The pats are barely holding on to a playoff spot. Paddock has put too much faith and loyalty into guys who are not paying back. Time for big moves and a massive shakeup.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Do you mouth breathe too? Remember this comment in 6 months.

Anonymous said...

Me Weppler,,,Where r u? Maybe rewatching Harts game last nite....we don’t need a tender..if we can score 7 goals a game we will be panic

Anonymous said...

Moose Jaw guess what wrong year to have a good team.

Anonymous said...

Regina guess what? Wrong year to host mem cup.

Anonymous said...

Go Pats Go! Go Pats Go! Go Pats Go!
We're in the CUP! We're in the CUP! We're in the CUP!

Anonymous said...

Pats made a big mistake using 20 year old spots on Brown and Slobosyan. Good thing Paddock still has 6-7 weeks to correct this.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine a Warriors vs. Pats memorial cup game?

william weppler said...

As usual lots of comments after a loss but few after a win.

1st Anon started off with some good comments and actually agree with a number of them. But let's get something straight - any true Pats fan that thought we would have the same calibre of team as last year is not really much of a hockey person.
The Pats had a great run last year and were a very very good and exciting Team. They lost to Seattle not because of goaltending (which some think was the only problem) but because of injury to some key players (Brooks; Wagner; Henry) which allowed the opposition to key on the remaining skilled players. Seattle was a very good Team as well and deserved to win the WHL Title.
The Pats lost a whole lot of talent after last year, and not only their 20 year olds like some Teams...that is a big reason the Warriors are a force to be reckoned with.
Getting back to 1st Anon's comments:
1. Jake L - I was thinking Jake is not what I thought he would be but after listening to Coaches I agree that he has been out for a number of months so will maybe take a bit longer to get back to where he was (needs conditioning and regain "soft-touch") and become the expected talent he was drafted for. I believe he will be THE #2 Center in the new year.
2. Sloboshan - the coaches are impressed with him for 2 reasons. While not a powerful offensive force he was one of the key players in last years playoff run (if you recall), and according to Coaches is a very good leader in the dressing room. Anytime a player is named Captain of their Team (Blades) it means something and that is what JP said about him when the he was brought in. Similar to bringing in Bradley who has been very good both from a defensive and offensive aspect, as well as Leadership in the room (which we fans do not see). Will Wyatt survive if Wags returns - ??
3.Buziak Platt Lockner Sideaway - yes, they are 3rd and 4th line players and those types of players are needed on a team - they are called "muckers", "diggers", etc. and are there to give the elite players a rest basically. No Team is ever going to have 4 or even 3 lines that produce offence consistently so the Pats are no different than any other Team. The problem is that the Top 6 for the Pats are not producing consistently. Looking at the Broncos right now they have a Top 3 (a fantastic scoring line right now) that is basically winning all their games (just add up their Top 3 point totals and compare to the rest of the Team - it's crazy)... BUT they will never get to the Memorial Cup with only that line scoring.

As far as goaltending you know where I stand. Tyler Brown is a good goaltender but it takes a Team to win. If it is only goaltending then why wasn't there 1 of the Top 3 WHL Goaltenders (Hart; Ingram; Edmonds) from last year in the WHL Final (where Brown and a rookie Stankowski squared off)? Pretty simple I think - it takes a Team, some breaks, and solid offensive and defensive play to win a CHL Title, not just goaltending.

If you're looking at statistics (Hart vs. Brown currently) then trading for Hart right now means you're going to have just over 1 less goal scored against you, and only 46 more saves in 1000 shots. Really, how much of an upgrade is that at what cost? ...then what do you do if Hart gets hurt assuming you've dropped Brown? Statistics also don't figure in how many goals the Team in front of you is scoring; the quality of the shots being stopped; etc.

The Pats need some offense to be a contender. I am confident JP will acquire it.

Anonymous said...

We will see, what till deadline.

Anonymous said...

Moose Jaw guess what. Get your own sports blog. Oh yeah, no one cares about the warriors in your own city to write about them.

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
You can question how much of an upgrade Hart or Skinner would be over Brown but there's no question that both those goalies would be upgrades. If you disagree then take the issue up with Hockey Canada whose scouts have shown a fair degree of interest in both Hart and Skinner but not a lot in Brown. Both Hart and Skinner would also be upgrades over Brown for another reason - they are both 19. Pick up one of those guys and not only do you have no drop off in net, but you would also have room for Wagner if he were to return and you wouldn't have to drop one of your other 20 year olds. Speaking of which, Sloboshan is a very good player, but I don't think it is hard to think of a better possibly available 20 year old. Why not Estephan who can score with the best of them and also has experience as a captain.
By the way, most of the games the Broncos have won this year have not just been because of the scoring of their top line - they have also played good team defense and benefited from good goaltending. There have been a lot of games this year where the Broncos have held the opposition to 3 goals or less, and when that happens your top line doesn't have to score a lot of goals (although if they do anyway I suppose it looks good on the stats sheet).

Anonymous said...

Pats are not now and will not be Memorial Cup contenders this year . They are only in it because of hosting it . Suspected that they would have tried more to have a competitive team this year because they are hosting it . From Regina but not a Pats fan . IF my Team doesnt make it there i am hoping they do win it but see it as a long shot for sure