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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

COORS LIGHT RECAP: PATS DROP WHEAT KINGS 5-2

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BRANDON, MB – The Regina Pats won a third consecutive game, 5-2 in Brandon over the Wheat Kings on Tuesday night.

The Wheat Kings opened the scoring 2:52 into the first but Jesse Gabrielle replied with a powerplay goal for his 8th and it was 1-1 after 1.

In the second, Gabrielle would pot his second of the game, ninth of the season and Regina took their first lead. The Pats got it to 3-1 when Jared Legien scored on a partial breakaway for his 19th and that was the score heading to the third.

In the final frame, Luka BuRzan scored on a Brandon powerplay to cut the Pats lead to 3-2.

However, Regina responded with a powerplay goal of their own from Cameorn Hebig, his 37th and the two goal lead was restored. Hebig added an empty netter late for his 38th and the Pats took the two points in a 5-2 final.

Sam Steel and Cameron Hebig led the offence with three point nights while Jesse Gabrielle and Jared Legien chipped in with two points each and Max Paddock made 22 saves.

The Pats outshot Brandon 51-24, the powerplay was two for three and the penalty kill was three for four.

Quick Hits
- Sam Steel became the ninth player in Pats history to reach 200 assists in his career. He has also jumped into 13th in overall franchise scoring with 312 points.
- The Pats finish the season series with Brandon with a 5-3-0-0 record.
- The Pats penalty kill is 17 for 18 over the last three games.

What’s Next?
The Pats (28-22-5) will return to home ice on Friday night to take on the Kootenay ICE at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office and at any Regina Safeway where Funzone Tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pats are starting to rock n' roll at the right time!

Riders Westman said...

The Regina Pats look much improved from their last game (pre-trade deadline) in Brandon. They were most deserving of the win in a game where they out up over 50 shots on goal and were dominant. All is not doom and gloom with the Pats. In a short tournament, who knows what could happen if they were to get on a roll? However, for my two cents, it is not just finding chemistry among all the new players which could hold them back. It is a lack of killer instinct and not making the most of their opportunities, which I believe was also a problem for the Pats last year. With it 3-2, and Regina out shooting the Wheat Kings badly in the second period, it was still only a one goal game, although Regina certainly had numerous chances to score. They just did not capitalize, with two on one's ending up missing the net being one example, or passes not getting through to the player with a wide open net being another example of missed chances. Against really strong teams such as the Jaw or Speedy Creek or Everett or the other contestants in the Memorial Cup, this cannot occur if Regina wants to have any hope of being competitive. There was too much play on the perimeter and not enough traffic or drive to the net. John Paddock has been around the hockey rink a long time and he is a good coach as well as manager. He does have his work cut out for him though as he must motivate this group to dig deeper and give more. There is plenty of talent but hard work and as teammates will give Regina it's best chance in the playoffs and in the Memorial Cup. As to the newbies, Kubic did not play so I cannot say but Paddock was fine. The D is now much better, or at least the first two pairings of Mahura and Hyman, and then Hajek and Fleury. Hyman is big but a bit slow so Mahura's speed is a nice compliment, while both Hajek and Fleury can play physical as well as carry the puck. That said, the third pairing on D should play but not as much if they can manage going primarily with four D when it counts; there were times when Brandon had Scholler and Poteau hemmed in and on their heels. Up front, Steel was not very noticeable to my surprise. He just did not seem to be clicking as of yet with his linemates, such as Hebig, who was quick and all over the ice, scoring two goals. Bradley was good but at times was passing too much while Gabrielle played like an agitator and picked up a goal (maybe two of them). Henry is another good player on the wing who did and wins puck battles. Bradley was strong, but at times passed when he could shoot, and Gabrielle scored twice as well as playing his agitator role. There is also Leshyschen and Legien who played very well too, (the same for Osiken). More experience for the fourth line is in order.

Anonymous said...

Pats are setting themselves up for a first round match up with Swift Current. Adios Pats.

william weppler said...

Was a good 2 points and looks like the newbies are gelling little by little so should be strong come playoff time. It does look like Broncos are in the sights for 1st round now.

Nice to see Paddock play well again. Hebig and Steel clicking very well and 2nd line also contributing a lot. Henry playing better all around so must be getting his legs back after the injury lay off...only good news for JP.
The next few games with 3 against Warriors will be interesting...alas will not be able to attend or likely watch as on a Cruise in the Carib. Anyone looking for cheap home game tickets check out Sec 208 Row 1 on Pat's ticket site as have them for sale.

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

to anon a nice break for the pats then, they are in the cup already give you re head shake lol the pats could give a rats ass losing to sc in first round this could actually be a good thing. the patscan take out swift current by the way if they really want to but I'm not sure they would beasmotivated as sc knowing they are already there

Anonymous said...

Some of these clowns who comment about the Pats kill me. A week and a half ago...after two close losses to SC...well that Pats weren't going to make the playoffs. Now...well...they are gonna be seeded too highly and lose in the first round.

And furthermore...judging from the comments, some of these losers don't even know that the Pats have a spot in the Memorial Cup...regardless of what happens in the WHL playoffs.

Another thing, If I was SC, the last team that I would want to face in the first round is the Pats. A team that is now stacked, has literally nothing to lose. Could you imagine the gnashing of teeth that would happen in SC if the Pats pulled the upset and knocked SC from the playoffs? All those draft picks and young talent traded...down the drain!

Anonymous said...

The Pats give a rats about losing to swift in the first round? And could actually be a good thing, and could take out swift if they wanted too???? Wow maybe you don’t get the concept of competitive sports. You play to win the game!!!! I can also guarantee you the Pats, management, players coaches etc would sooner play some good playoff hockey against high level teams and maybe win some rounds or maybe even the whl then get knocked out first round and practice for a month. I can also guarantee you the Pats today are gearing up for a playoff run and could give a rats ass about the mem cup.

Anon#6

Anonymous said...

Mr. Weppler.... You Cruise and They Lose ! That's all I can say.

Morgan said...

Another win for the pats! Boom shak-a-laka!!! Look out WHL!!! These pats are red hot!!!

Anonymous said...

John Paddock forgot more about hockey than people think they know so I give him a lot of credit when explaining his process and answering questions. Before and after the trades to revamp the team he essentially stated the standings are set and most likely not changing so the goal should be to get this team to gel as a group then get into the playoffs. If they lose to S.C or whomever in the first round that is the mootest of points unless you speak to the bottom line business impact that playoff revenue brings. That's not his worry.

He has built a team for a 9 day tournament in May and if it's healthy and has to wait to play while everyone else has beaten the snot out of each other then the Pats have an outstanding chance to win the Memorial Cup.

This tenure of Pats hockey has been nothing short of successful. One need only recall how it used to be. If John Paddock stepped down on Wednesday he's have a job somewhere in hockey by Thursday. The other two former GMs - one is running a hair salon the other I have no idea where he went to, but hockey had no use for them at any level.

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

The worlds most storied franchise, the Regina Pats, will be in the Memorial Cup...

Will your team...

Andrew Wiens said...

It’s a good thing that you like stories because your team hasn’t raised a significant banner in 37 years. By the way, if my team is still playing come May at least they will deserve to be playing. I have no interest in a championship banner that should have an asterisk on it.

Andrew Wiens said...

The Brandon Wheat Kings this year post trade deadline kind of remind me of the Swift Current Broncos the year they traded Cody Eakin. Prior to the trade they were comfortably in the playoffs but following Eakin's departure they went on to drop 13 games in a row. If Brandon doesn't get it together soon they are going to be in the same boat, especially since the Raiders and Blades are playing decent hockey these days. However, if I were a Wheat Kings fan I don't think I would be too upset considering the haul they got for their two players.

I think that as a Broncos fan one really exciting thing going into this years playoffs is that if Swift can make a deep run the travel situation for the team and the fans is going to be great. Most likely: Regina, Moose Jaw, and Medicine Hat (not that any of those series are givens).

Anonymous said...

yes, they are competitive no question about that !maybe that's why they want a break to win the whole thing! winning the memorial cup would be a lot better than winning whl championship and losing memorial cup . and i do know a lot about competitive sports thank you!

william weppler said...

Riders Westmen - disagree on Steel comments. He is scoring at a 1.5 pts/g pace, has been out of the Pats lineup lots, led Team Canada in scoring, played with different line mates almost every game, now trying to get used to new team mates. Oh and BTW he got 3 pts on 5 goals last night as did Hebig his new line mate... But he is not very noticeable? 😀

willy said...

When are they going to change this column to "THE ANDREW WIENS...WILLIAM WEPPLER HOUR". I try to get sensible comments on here many times and quite often they don't make it , but these two seem to have the right key to the door. Doesn't everyone's opinions count or do you have to be a SPECIAL FAN?

Anonymous said...

The difference between me and u Andrew is that if my Pats aren't in the Memorial Cup final and your Broncos are or the Moose Jaw warriors are I will be cheering for them.

There is too much hate in your sole. Find something that makes u happy in life. It's just a game.

And why does my comment about them being the most storied junior franchise upset u so much. It's true.
Travis

william weppler said...

Willy - I doubt many comments get blocked much less sensible ones. How would we know since you don't contribute using a real name.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Wiens is nuts. He prefers a Pats loss to a Bronco win. It makes no sense.

Willy said...

I'll have you know Mr. Weppler that Willy is my real name and just who are you to be telling me how to use names on here. Actually, how do we really know your name is Weppler? And who really cares about names as long as you are making sense on here . I believe that it is up to Rod Pedersen to be telling us what to do. You are just another guest on here or have you forgotten that also ?

Andrew Wiens said...

Travis, the Regina Pats are to Broncos fans what the Calgary Stampeders are to Roughriders fans; so you can act self righteous if you want but my sentiments are hardly uncommon in the sporting world. By the way, did you cheer for Calgary in the last two Grey Cups or did you enjoy seeing Huff and Bo-Levi fail yet again?

Andrew Wiens said...

It’s been making plenty of sense this year - have you looked at the results of the Broncos/Pats season series so far?

Andrew Wiens said...

Travis, it deosn’t upset me that the Pats are the most storied franchise in junior hockey. It also doesn’t upset me that they haven’t won a league title in 37 years, and since it doesn’t seem to upset you either (eg stories seem to be foremost in your mind) I guess we can both be happy - right?

Andrew Wiens said...

Willy, for someone who is so quick to remind Mr Weppler who is in charge of this column it is odd that in your first post you are complaining to Rod that he supposedly doesn’t post your material. If you are willing to accept Rod Pedersen’s authority on the name issue then why not on the issue of what gets posted as well?

Morgan said...

Lots of angry nervous Broncos and Warriors fans on rod's blog these days. They just keep telling themselves that their team is better than the pats in hopes that it will make them feel better. It's fun to witness!

Anonymous said...

What’s the Pats record against the Warriors and Broncos this season? Even since the trade line? Just relax a on the chest pounding how awesome the Pats are for time being. At this point I would say those 2 teams are the measuring stick in the east division and off the top of my head I don’t think the Pats have won a single game either team yet.

Andrew Wiens said...

Morgan, the Pats certainly have a decent team, but in Moose Jaw and Swift Current we don't need to tell ourselves anything if we want to feel better - we can just go on the WHL website and look at what the scores have been so far this year; to this point you don't have that luxury do you?

Morgan said...

I have the luxury of knowing that my team will be in the memorial cup this year... Do you have that same luxury Andrew Wiens?

Andrew Wiens said...

Morgan, if you had bothered to read my earlier posts you would know that I have zero interest in your 'luxury'. Actually winning a championship is far different from 'winning' it due to luxury.