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Sunday, December 10, 2017

PATS TAME TIGERS 4-2

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Regina – Max Paddock made 32 saves and Robbie Holmes scored with just over four minutes left to give the Pats a 4-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre.

The Pats took a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds in when Matt Bradley tipped in his team leading 20th. However the Tigers responded with two goals and led 2-1 after the opening period.

Emil Oksanen scored with just over three minutes left in the second, his 12th, and the game was tied 2-2 heading to the third.

In the final frame, Robbie Holmes put home a rebound for his sixth with just over four minutes left and that stood up as the game winner. Jake Leschyshyn added an empty netter late and the Pats took the two points, 4-2 the final score. Cale Fleury led the offence with three assists while Jake Leschyshyn and Emil Oksanen both scored once and added an assist.

Regina outshot Medicine Hat 46-34, the club did not have a powerplay and the penalty kill was four for five.

What’s Next?
The Pats will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. 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)

7 comments:

Pat the Patriot said...

Interesting that when Uncle John throws in his rather inexperienced second year backup goaltender (his nephew), there is a different result against a good team (Med Hat). The team plays tighter defensively due to trying to cover for the younger goalie? Or young Paddock just played well, or at least better than the 20 year old overager Brown? In Brandon tonight, the Wheat Kings beat the Kelowna Rockets. Brandon was outshot pretty badly, but Logan Thompson once again made the big saves when needed (even if there is the odd weak one, he bends but does not break, and solid goaltending has contributed to Brandon's success which was not expected this year). And with Kelowna, they used their second and third string goalies. Even with control of most of the game, they lost the contest as the two youngsters in net were shaky. Seeing any parallels? But apart from in goal, two more decent players up front and at least one more strong D man is a must if this team is to be remotely competitive during the WHL playoffs and in the Memorial Cup. Time will tell but eleven if a trade or two is made and they catch up to Brandon, it may be tough for Regina to topple Moose Jaw or Swift Current this year. Portland , Victoria and Kelowna are no slouches either.

Anonymous said...

Max paddock gives the Pats the best chance to win it is obvious the must move on from Tyler Brown and trade for a true number 1

Anonymous said...

HUGE win for the Pats!

Anonymous said...

I'm all for Max Paddock in net as the future of the pats

william weppler said...

Just to clarify Pat the Patriot - the Pats don't have to "topple" anyone to get to the Memorial Cup so not sure why you are bringing that up. Only two teams from WHL are going to be in the Cup...the Regina Pats, and hopefully the Warriors or Broncos.

There have also been a lot of comments on here regarding how "everyone" said that the Pats were going to be even better this year than last year. I am not sure who this "everyone" was because it wasn't the media and it wasn't the Pats organization themselves. Just because the Pats/Regina/Saskatchewan were fortunate enough to get to host this great event some non-hockey fans (I assume) automatically think that the Pats were going to have the greatest Team in their history. Sorry to disappoint but great hockey teams just don't happen they are built. They had a phenomenal year in 2016-17 and it was very exciting seeing the talent mature and meld together to almost get to the big one. Some bloggers have said they should have traded away the talent last year to ensure success this year...you can never ensure success in any sport, especially in the CHL when you're dealing with teenagers for the most part. You can bet that JP is working to fill in where he sees necessary, and really doesn't give a r&^t's a%$ as to what we say on this blog.

Now back to the game last night. As JP said after the Friday game where was the "fighting" spirit earlier in that game?...well it showed up in the 1st period last night and maybe helped get the Team going. After a slow few minutes in the 1st they were not going to be denied. Good all around game by the Team with a few players really stepping up. Jake L has started slow this year after injury but think he is really starting to come alive of late...certainly no one has the hustle he shows lately.

It will be interesting to see who steps up over the next month to fill in for the loss of Steel and Mahura...although Josh may find it hard to crack the lineup with the D talent at Junior camp. Good luck to both of them!

Anonymous said...

Hart won't be traded and we couldn't afford him anyway…get Grant from Prince George…he's better and a year younger…it's also lets the pats pick off another 20 year old they so need….can't go into the second half with an inconsistent and leaky starting goalie…time for management to get with the program and do what should have been done long ago...

Anonymous said...

Time to move on from Brown, he has had more than enough time to prove himself this season. Just never seemed to find his confidence this season. He takes up an overage spot that can be much more useful elsewhere on the team. I'm pretty sure this is the beginning of the end for Brown in a Pats Jersey. Whether that means we turn to Paddock or bring in some fresh blood in the crease, it's definitely time to make that change.