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Monday, January 8, 2018

COORS LIGHT RECAP: PATS 4 RAIDERS 1

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REGINA - Jake Leschyshyn scored twice, including the game winner, and added an assist as the Pats beat the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 at the Brandt Centre on Sunday.

The Pats opened the scoring just 37 seconds in when Robbie Holmes scored his 10th on a shot from the right circle.

The Pats held that lead through to the end of the second period.

Early in the third, Jake Leschsyhyn made it 2-0 with his 13th of the year and then Bryan Lockner added to the lead with his seventh and it was a 3-0 game.

The Raiders pulled their goalie with just under seven minutes left and that’s when Leschyshyn would score his second of the contest and it was 4-0 Regina.

The Raiders got one back with a five on three powerplay with three minutes left but the Pats came away with the 4-1 victory.

Regina outshot Prince Albert 39-29 in the win, the powerplay was oh for six and the penalty kill five for six. Leschsyhyn led the way with three points, Cole Dubinsky picked up his first ever WHL point with an assist and Tyler Brown was solid making 28 saves.

Quick Hits
- Cole Dubinsky picked up his first WHL point with an assist in the third.
- Bryan Lockner has goals in three straight games.
- The Pats have beaten the Prince Albert Raiders 11 straight times going back to last season.

What’s Next?
The Pats (21-19-3) are back in action Wednesday against the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box office.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

22 comments:

william weppler said...

I like the amount of shots the Pats are getting over the last few games...although not as many goals as I would like to see it does mean they have possession and once Sammy, Gabes, Oksanan get in the game I'm thinking there will be more in the net.
I also think Sidaway, Morriseau's games have elevated lately which makes the 3rd & 4th lines better as shut down lines. Too bad we can't keep Dubinsky for the stretch but look forward to next year...doesn't back away from anyone.
JP is putting the puzzle together nicely as I expected all along he would....still need a "sniper" tho.

Anonymous said...

Thee Regina Pat Champions have won 11 straight against PA Raiders now.

Anonymous said...

There is NO way the pats have any chance this year as the Warriors are massively powerful and complete and Swift gets stronger and stronger after yet another trade Sunday ,I would definitely trade Steel and get some picks and prospects ,get rid of Brown ,as for Prince Albert I don't get why they keep making trades to improve their team this year they are going nowhere and won't even make the playoffs,and by the way I am a diehard Pats fan of 40 plus years .what a terrible year to host the Memorial Cup as last year was our year.

william weppler said...

A few completely off comments in the last few days about the Pats needing to trade Sam Steel...unbelievable...sure glad you people aren't a GM of any Team of note. This Team, and the reason JP was brought in, was to build it around Sam.

Now that Sam was given the chance to prove himself worthy at the World Juniors (after the debacle last year with him being cut) and JP is filling in where needed, with what HE (not you nor I) believes will make the Team competitive the rest of the way and in the Memorial Cup, I am thinking there is going to be a lot of crow being eaten by the end of the year.

Yes there are a lot of Teams solidifying there skill set with trades, meanwhile giving up a lot in some cases to the point there will likely be some "years of drought" coming. Will a Team like the Broncos be able to survive if they can't put a competitive playoff Team on the ice for next 2-3 years? I heard a rumour the Bronco Board turned down a deal for Bean because they thought Broncos were giving up too much. There is a reason there is a Board in that community.

As is the case every year only 1 Team comes out of the WHL so going to be a lot of very good Teams that don't make it to the show come May. The luxury the Pats have (and every Cup Host has) is the Host doesn't have to be ultra competitive during the season. That's just the way it is and like it or not, I think the Memorial Cup "format" will always have an automatic Host Team invited to ensure attendance (given that the CHL keeps ticket prices within reason!). So every Team can build all they want but the Pats only have to win a 4 Team 10 day tournament. Certainly all the Teams will be good but there is the home advantage aspect in Junior Hockey and don't discount that.

The Pats may not win the Cup but they will be competitive, and the whole event will be fantastic regardless of the outcome. If the Warriors, or Broncos, can make it then it will just be that much better.

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
In putting this year's puzzle together JP certainly has benefited from some rather lucky breaks lately, wouldn't you say? All things being equal, the fair market value on the players he recently acquired is a heck of a lot more than what he paid. But, then, I guess Paddock hasn't been shy about overpaying for certain players in the past, so I suppose it all balances out in the end.

Anonymous said...


Trading Steel for picks and prospects when the Pats are the host team for the Mem Cup. Yeah, that's gonna happen! Start playing with a helmet son!

Anonymous said...

If Pats win you whine if they lose you whine whats the problem

Anonymous said...

People are talking like the Pats are stuck in the basement. Sure, they're lower in the standings than they were last year but we lost a ton of key players. They're still above 500 and I think they've turned a corner since Christmas (how can people complain about 5 wins in the last 7 games).

This die hard fan has faith Paddock will make the necessary tweaks in the next 3 days (hopefully for a good solid defenceman) and the Pats will be competitive come May.

GO PATS!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Bill, I would not take steel off the table. Certainly it would be a monster deal but you don’t need me to tell you never say never!

Personally, I’m not a huge Steel fan. He’s good but I think the Jordan’s (Eberle and weal) were far more impactful players. I thought his skating was exposed in the world juniors. But that’s just my opinion.

Actually, it’s not just my opinion. He was barely drafted in the first round and we’ve had many many much higher draft picks from the pats. This is an indication of how the professionals rate him.

Crazy things happen. I do agree that it’s HIGHLY unlikely he would be traded. The pats have made so many public commitments to him that it’s virtually impossible to trade him now.

AND, he is a fine player but not untouchable in my eyes!!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the 3rd poster that you definately trade Steel who has excellent trade value rather than keep him and for what? Look out for the future should be the plan going forward. Why strip the already bare cupboards and for what??? This team has no chance of even winning a game in the Memorial Cup let alone competing in it with elite teams. IMO Brown should also be outright released and go with youth to gain valuable experience for down the road. If Brown is released I doubt any team in the WHL would even pick him up! Mind boggling decision to stick with Brown this year when your hosting a memorial cup. I just do not get it and cant figure out Paddocks thinking in this one.

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
You would do good to ignore 'rumors out of Swift Current'; the board doesn't have a say in the trades that the team makes, Manny does - and he has the last word. If the board had to rubber stamp every transaction the GM considered making nothing would ever get done, and what would be the point of hiring a GM if you don't trust him to do his job? I've heard half a dozen rumors just as ridiculous as the one you just mentioned and none of them have turned out to be true.

Andrew Wiens said...

Also, Reagan Bartel said in talking to the coach of the Hitmen last night that they had 8 teams 'seriously interested in Bean' including I am assuming the Pats. Did the ownership groups in those other 6 markets also veto the Bean trade or did 6 other GMs like Manny maybe just think that for that price there are better options?

Anonymous said...

Lucky breaks...explain

william weppler said...

Andrew please elaborate. I don't think JP gets lucky in anything he does. What deals did he get screwed on and vica versa?
When building up (as well as looking to the future) a GM has to look at a whole lot of things. He can't end up with a bunch of prospects of the same age as that just runs him into problems when they get to 19 and 20 years old. This may be one of the things that is toughest of all as people look at certain deals and say "why the heck would he trade that guy?" but in the end it it to relieve him of a problem down the line.
Anyways interested to hear your input on the certain deals.

Anonymous said...

Steels skating was exposed at world juniors? What where you watching his skating was unreal! They made a commitment to host the memorial cup , trading him would be like cutting their own throats. They didn't put a bid in for cup to build for the future.

Anonymous said...

How was Eberle a more impact player? 50 goals and we missed the playoffs that year by like 9 or 10 points. A team with a 50 goal scorer probably should make the playoffs. And in his years here as a Pat, they only advanced to the second round once and that was in his first year when they had more veteran talent. His biggest impact on the team was that Parker didn't trade him and kept this team from getting some future assets for him, granted that was Parker's biggest mistake. But Eberle didn't lead this team to any success. Steel at least was part of a team that got us to the WHL Final.

Anonymous said...

I echo the last anons comments completely, Steel was nothing short of incredible at the jrs and why on earth would they ever consider trading him the year they're hosting the memorial cup? These comments are idiotic at best and some of these posters need to give their heads a shake. The are getting more competitive and have been winning games without key players during the jrs. Add to that Gabrielle is coming back to town, this team will compete for the WHL title again and this team will be competitive at the Memorial Cup, and JP will continue to work his magic until the trade deadline.

Anonymous said...

WTF are you smoking pal???!!!

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
So you don't think that JP gets lucky in anything he does, eh? Answer me this then: when you heard the price that the Pats paid to get Legien and Gabrielle did you dance a little jig? If you didn't, you should have because you know as well as I do that Paddock didn't pay the 'current going rate' for either of those players. Normally when a trade goes down (especially this time of year) there would have been a certain amount of back and forth action - offers and counter offers from multiple GMs all trying to outbid each other while attempting to be somewhat responsible given their team's situation.
If you read the Leader Post, however, you know that that didn't happen in the trade for Legien; rather, Legien walked into Cameron Hope's office and said something to the effect of: 'I'm not playing for you anymore so trade me to Regina or I'll go play junior A'. Given the current market, Buziak and a conditional 7th round pick is not likely to pry away an almost a point a game 19 year old forward - unless a little luck is involved.
Consider Gabrielle: last year in a similar situation but in a market environment in which prices were much less inflated than they are right now, the Kelowna Rockets paid a 1st and two 5th round picks to acquire Reid Gardiner when he got sent back from the AHL and said that he would only go to the Rockets. Isn't it peculiar, then, that a forward like Gabrielle with similar scoring potential and in a vastly more inflated market environment just went to Regina for less? You can't say that it's because he is 20 because most of the expensive 19 year olds being traded right now are also one and done's. Perhaps there are some similar and fortuitous circumstances at work here (either Gabrielle only agreed to return to junior if he was traded to Regina or the Bruins only agreed to send him back if PG traded him to Regina - either way Paddock got lucky again). And by the way, I'm not the only one questioning the price that Paddock paid for Gabrielle; Phil Andrews basically said the same thing while pondering the issue with Shawn Mullin on the Broncos pre-game show the other night.

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
Upon thinking about the issue a bit more I don't think that Paddock has necessarily overpaid on any of his trades except maybe one - the Mahura/De Witt deal. I totally get why he would want Mahura and agree that given Mahura's skill set and the fact that he was 18 at the time he should have fetched a high price, but I was confused then (and still am) why De Witt and Zablocki were included in the trade. At the time Zablocki was an established scorer while De Witt was a marginal bust for a player that was rated as high as he was in the bantam draft. I realize that sometimes teams like to take a chance on a high end prospect who is struggling, but it seems wise to do so for minimal risk (ie you don't give up an established point producer to get a project). Zablocki went to Red Deer and predictably was a solid contributor for them down the stretch and in the their playoff series against the Canes whereas De Witt did not have similar success. He showed a few flashes against Lethbridge but was pretty much nonexistent against the Broncos (I sit directly behind the visitors bench at the I-plex and I spent a lot of time staring at his motionless jersey on the bench (strange considering how shorthanded the Pats were at times in that series). This year both players have been traded yet again, De Witt for a 6th round pick I think and Zablocki for a heck of a lot more; and speaking of this year, you have lamented on numerous occasions how the Pats consistently outshoot opponents yet fail to put many pucks in the net - I'll bet, were he still with the Pats, that Zablocki would make a big difference in that area, wouldn't he?

william weppler said...

My assumption Andrew is that if Zablocki were still here Mahura would not be here. Pretty straight forward from my point of view.
Other players included in that trade were just throw ins as neither GM knew what their stock would be worth down the line (even De Witt's).

Andrew Wiens said...

Mr Weppler,
I guess we will never know what went on in trade negotiations between Paddock and Sutter last year but let me give you a possible if not probable scenario. Paddock goes to Sutter and says, 'will you give me Mahura for two 1st round picks and Dawson Barteaux'? Sutter thinks for a while and counters with, 'make one of the first rounders an optional and throw in Zablocki and you have a deal'. Paddock then responds by saying, 'I think that price is a bit too high for Mahura, can you throw in one more player?' Sutter: 'deal, you can have Mahura and De Witt for that price. If that's what happened then Paddock would also have to admit that he paid too much in the trade since De Witt's contributions to the Pats last year amounted to almost nothing. He does have Sidaway to show for it but he is hardly a player (so far) who has me gripping the edge of my seat when he steps onto the ice.
Here's the thing that I as a Broncos fan find really gratifying in all this. Pats and Warriors fans (not necessarily you) spent the last half of the season on this blog last year trash talking each other about their inevitable meeting in the second round. The Broncos basically didn't even exist. Yet, in the end, the GM of arguably the best Pats team in franchise history had to overpay for a premium player at trade deadline just to get past the Broncos in the 2nd round - talk about eating crow eh?