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Saturday, May 19, 2018


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REGINA - Playing in the limelight has already become of strength of Regina Pats goaltender Max Paddock.

The 17-year-old made 31 saves and Nick Henry scored the winner with 32 seconds remaining in the third period on Friday night as the host Pats opened the 100th Memorial Cup with a 3-2 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs.

"This was certainly his biggest stage,'' Regina head coach John Paddock said of his goaltender and nephew. "But throughout his early life here in teens, he's played in a lot of big things in other sports that were the highest thing at that time from volleyball to baseball.

"He has that knack it seems like.''

Both Paddock and the Pats hadn't played in a game in over six weeks. Regina was eliminated in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs on April 2 by the Swift Current Broncos, who went on to win the league title.

Paddock didn't even suit up in that series due to an injury. His last game action came over two months ago in a regular-season matchup against Swift Current on March 16.

Despite the break, the young goaltender didn't think nerves factored that much into the matchup.

"I mean it's the Memorial Cup so obviously I was nervous, but it was just like any other game for me,'' he said.

John Paddock said before the game that there was no wrong decision to make whether it be starting Paddock or Ryan Kubic, who played in the first round against Swift Current.

He also warned his goalies about a recent Game 7 involving Nashville and Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the NHL playoffs in which the Predators pulled their goalie early in the first period following a rough start.

"I said to each of them separately, 'Did you see Game 7 with Nashville and Pekka Rinne getting pulled after eight minutes?' So you have to be ready,'' Paddock said.

The game appeared as though it was heading to overtime before Henry collected a rebound in front of the Hamilton net and wristed it past goaltender Kaden Fulcher. Josh Mahura and Sam Steel also scored for Regina.

Marian Studenic and Robert Thomas found the back of the net for the Bulldogs, the Ontario Hockey League champions. Fulcher turned aside 27-of-30 shots for Hamilton.

Bulldogs coach John Gruden said that his team got what they deserved.

"I think we could all say that wasn't us,'' he said. "Whether it's from too high from that and the quick turnaround, not taking anything away from Regina, they worked extremely hard.''

Mahura tied the game once again just at 15:30 of the second with a nice end-to-end rush which he finished off with a wrist shot that went top right-hand corner.

Studenic had given Hamilton a 2-1 advantage two minutes prior when his wrist shot went over Paddock's glove and just under the crossbar.

It took just 19 seconds into the second period for the Pats to find the scoresheet. Steel, the team's captain, one-timed a shot past Fulcher on the power-play to even the game at 1-1.

Thomas opened the scoring midway through the first period on a tipped Justin Lemcke shot from the point that went above the left shoulder of Paddock.

It's the seventh time in Regina's 100-year history that it is hosting Canada's major junior championship. The Pats have won the Canadian Hockey League title four times, most recently in 1974.

Regina has Saturday off before facing Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Sunday. Hamilton, meanwhile, doesn't play again until Monday night against Swift Current.

Notes: A pre-game military themed ceremony featured soldiers rappelling from the rafters, a bagpiper and ceremonial puck drop... Attendance was 5,678.

(Canadian Press/Ryan McKenna)


Anonymous said...

Pats got lucky. Hamilton will get better once they get used to the Brandt Barn and play with some referees that don't call 4 out of 5 penalties in a row against them. "Go Swift" !

Anonymous said...

What was actual attendance if anyone knows?.??

Anonymous said...

so anonymous, you were one of those that predicted that the pat wouldn't have a chance against Hamilton i bet lol

Anonymous said...

Had Paddock been in net, Swift Current wouldn't be at the show plain and simple. Swift got the benefit of a lot of weak calls in the first series. When you do they things Hamilton did, you're going to get called. They also let a lot go that should have been called. The Pats won because they played better AND they were off 46 days. Their timing was off but they are just going to get better and better. Now it's up to Swift to see if they can even win a game here. You can already hear the trolls whining!

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Obviously your a swift fan who cant count but it was 4 out of 6 penalties and one of those penalties in the 3rd period and Hamilton could not capitalize.Go Acadie only today against Swift.

Anonymous said...

Pats got lucky like swift got lucky in the first round with the Pats having Paddock Oksanen Gabrielle Hajek out.

Anonymous said...

Attendance... Attendance was 5,678. It will be much les when Regina isn't playing .

Anonymous said...

“Pats got lucky” like Swift got lucky in the first round with the Pats having Paddock Hajek Oksanen Gabrielle hurt.

OldBaldGuy said...

Lucky? Give it a rest. Personally I am ecstatic that two Sask teams are in the hunt. Please put away your petty bias on this. I am liking Swift being there and would love a Bronco Pats final. Right now you are oozing bad vibes and it might come back to bite you. Pats, after 46 days off started slow and picked up speed. Paddock was hot. Everybody worked hard and the win deserved. We'll see how Swift does today against Acadie-Bathhurst. Hopefully your chest pumping bravado didn't jinx them...

Morgan said...

Pats win Baby!!! The Pats looked like their usual dominant selves! They didn't skip a beat! This is our turf and our trophy Baby!!! Go Pats Go!!!

Morgan said...

5678. The nose bleeds were a little empty and so were the lower bowl seats behind the nets. Otherwise the arena was completely packed! It was a rockin house and a rockin good time in the provincial capital last night. Our Pats played some beautiful hockey that only they can play. Go Pats Go!!!

Morgan said...

Jealous much? Only a jealous crybaby from swift current would call the officiating in last night's game one sided. Hamilton played with poor discipline and took silly penalties. Meanwhile, your boys from swift current are running out of gas and running out of luck! They've been playing on the edge getting lucky for far too long now! Lady luck is a fickle friend who always turns on her friends eventually! Bye bye Broncos!!!

Anonymous said...

"got lucky" .. give us a break. It was the intervention of the hockey gods that did the deed.

Anonymous said...

Lot of whining coming from people saying they want to go but can't because of the money. Awwwwwww!!! Go out for a nice supper and see what the cheque is.

Is this event here every year? Nope! Saw a lot of people from across the country having a great time last night as did I. If you want to "take a stand" and miss out, don't blame organizers, blame yourself.


Anonymous said...

may the best team win just let it be the pats lol

Anonymous said...

Attendance was 5,678, but obviously not everyone showed up. Looked terrible in the ends on TV. Even some US twitter account called Empty Seats Galore tweeted pics.

Anonymous said...

Go Pats! Go Broncos!

Anonymous said...

Wooo at a be boys!!!

william weppler said...

A great win after the long layoff. Paddock was a savior I thought and should have received a Star, but the Team as a whole played well.

Attendance was what I expected (around 5700) as I assume some of the Quebec and Broncos fans with full week packages weren't in the City yet.

The Event Plex was a busy place after the game and Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra was terrific (even for an old guy like me).

Will be cheering for the Broncos today...will be a great week no matter what happens on the ice.

Anonymous said...

So sad to see the empty seats on TV last night. They must have used a number that represented 'seats distributed'. Doesn't mean they were used. Some good shots of the sparsely-filled stands up on various Twitter accounts.

And I would question how many are actually paid for. Typically, at least 1,000 seats are reserved for and distributed to sponsors, military personnel, CHL executives(every team can book seats but the amount who use them is declining annually). Same goes with suites.

This MemCup was one that very few teams wanted to host because of the ever-increasing costs that the CHL imposes on host cities. Only the best hotels and restaurants are used. Extensive transport services have to be provided.

All of this is loaded onto the backs of unfortunate hockey fans who do buy tickets at inflated prices.

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Anonymous said...

I heard that some people didn't want to pay the insanely high ticket prices for this year's memorial cup. Since when is $85 extremely high? God Canadians (especially Saskatchewanians) can be cheap!!!