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Sunday, May 20, 2018

COORS LIGHT RECAP: TITANS HOLD OFF PATS 8-6

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA - Noah Dobson had two goals and two assists while Jeffrey Truchon-Viel had two goals and an assist as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan held off the host Regina Pats 8-6 on Sunday and earned a berth in Friday's semifinal at the Memorial Cup.

Truchon-Viel leads all scorers at the Canadian major junior championship with six points.

Ethan Crossman struck twice and Liam Murphy added a goal and two assists apiece for the Titan (2-0) while Samuel Asselin also chipped in.

Cameron Hebig had a pair of goals for Regina (1-1). Jared Legein, Matt Bradley, Josh Mahura and Nick Henry rounded out the attack. Sam Steel tacked on four assists.

Evan Fitzpatrick made 32 saves for the win in net while Max Paddock turned aside 26-of-32 shots in defeat. Kyle Dumba came on in relief for the Pats to start the third and made three saves.

Dumba had a rough welcome to the game by misplaying a Crossman wrist shot and deflecting it into his own net at 1:39 of the third period.

But the Pats comeback started a few minutes later with Hebig's second of the game.

A nice passing play on the power play led to a one-timed goal by Henry that made it a 7-4 game. Mahura then got a shot through several screens at 14:10 of the third on the power play to make it a two-goal game.

Another screen on Fitzpatrick allowed a shot from Bradley to find the back of the net.

Regina pulled its goalie and kept the pressure in the Titan end, but couldn't find the equalizer.

Truchon-Viel got his second goal shorthanded at 13:11 of the second period when the puck got logged in Paddock's right skate. The Acadie-Bathurst captain jammed the puck in for a 6-2 advantage.

Truchon-Viel scored his first on the power play at 8:49 with a tip-in at the side of the net.

Legein got one back for Regina at 10:45 when he whipped a wrist shot over the glove of Fitzpatrick.

Asselin made it 4-1 at 3:10 of the second period when a nice cross-ice pass from Murphy re-directed off his skate and into the net. Asselin struck twice in the Titan's tournament opening win over the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.

The Titan broke the game open early in the first period by scoring three times in a span of 1:21.

Dobson tied the game at 1-1 after picking up a rebound from Paddock, who had just made a sprawling save off a 2-on-1 rush.

Crossman then sniped one top corner just over a minute later above Paddock's blocker.

Murphy, who scored the overtime winner against Swift Current, made it 3-1 by finding the back of the net off another rebound at a bad angle.

Hebig got the Pats got off to a quick start by scoring just 13 seconds into the game.

Dobson's second came in the dying seconds into an empty net.

Both teams get a day off Monday. Acadie-Bathurst faces the Ontario Hockey league's Hamilton Bulldogs (0-1) on Tuesday night before Regina takes on rival Swift Current (0-1) Wednesday to wrap up round-robin play.

Notes: Humboldt Broncos goaltender Jacob Wassermann, a survivor in the April 6 bus crash that killed 16 people, was in attendance and received a standing ovation in the first period.

(Canadian Press)

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

The game summed up the Pats season - bad goals at critical times and good effort when it was a little too late.

Anonymous said...

A real pathetic effort by the Pats who stood around for two periods while the Titan made fools of them. Super poor goaltending and a lacklustre effort for two periods and change. If you don't play for 60 minutes you don't win. The best this team can do is likely a tie-breaker which is almost and impossible way to win a cup. The late minute heroics mean nothing because it's still a loss and nothing more. Certainly not worth the $90 we seasons ticket holders had to pay. The players and coaches had better look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Kyle Dumba?!

william weppler said...

One minute and 10 seconds in the 1st period was the story tonight...ugh!
Have to hand it to Titan as they are good...fast, powerful fore-checkers and transition game is awesome.
Was great to see the guys not give up though so hope can rest up for the biggest game of the year on Wednesday and come out firing on all cylinders.
Got to cheer for Broncos tomorrow again not just because they are another Saskie Team, but if Bulldogs can remain winless it is even better for us.
And oh by the way Sammy....please shoot more!!

william weppler said...

2nd Anon - it just kills me when you say that "you HAD to pay $90". No one made you...it was your choice. You could have not purchased a ticket and watched on TV, or not watched at all.

Anonymous said...

HUH !! I see the Pats lose and they don't make the top column on here. Pathetic goal tending at both ends and especially Regina's. If the Pat's were not the hosts they would have had to put out a disgusting $85.oo each to watch this mess of a game. Still can't fill the joint when Regina is playing ? What does the tell you? Or perhaps Weppler is right "Their waiting for fans from Quebec and other places to arrive" ! LOL. Bathurst would win 4 straight if this was a best of 7 , they can outskate the Pats and have much better goal scorers. They let up in the 3rd period and let the Pats back in the game and once again "Thanks To The Referees" !

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed that the Pat's lost the game today. But I'm more disappointed in the the so called fans in this city that they can't even come and fill the rink and show the team we are behind them. All you hear is about how much the the tickets are, and yes I realize not everyone can afford to buy a complete ticket package but come on I'm sure we should be able to fill a 6000+ capacity rink by purchasing one ticket! Go on Google and search past memorial cup ticket prices and you may be surprised at what other cities charged. In the end it will be many years if ever that we host another memorial cup! Regina you should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

Lots of Brandt employees going to be in trouble on Tuesday for not showing up to fill those seats that Brandt had to buy to make it look good.

Good thing they have deep pockets

Anonymous said...


Both goalies were bad tonight. That being said, Paddock has to go back to Max because Kubic may have soiled himself in the 3rd period. I kept waiting for his Mommy to come down to the bench with hot cocoa in hand and say it will be alright.

Anonymous said...

Any hockey club hanging their hat with Connor Mc David better wake up, he's not team captain material.

Intheknow.

Anonymous said...

As a lifelong Pats fan and Regina resident all those empty seats especially on national tv absolutely disgusts me to see and it reminds me of some riders home games ,I just don't get where our pride is,common Regina get it together.I thought our so called wonderful government brags about how our province is the place to be

Anonymous said...

boy, people sure know how to be negative must have learned that in childhood when parents didn't treat you like they should have with respect go pats go why worry about being a disappointment when it comes to butts in the seats/ all people opinions are valid some saying it costs too much that's they re opinion respect it! people saying it is an embarrassment to not fill rink i say people choose to do what they want that's a good thing! now with the performance of the pats they are one team in four all teams are vying for cup perhaps maybe you can give credit to other team when pats lose you know its only common sense just my two cents and go pats go!

Anonymous said...

Blame the people who set the ticket prices for the poor attendance. Civic pride and the fans pride in the Pats can't and won't be bought for $90 a ticket in this economy or for this level of hockey.

I hope who ever had a financial stake in the Memorial Cup loses their shirt. Serves them right for the level of attempted greed.



So when is the NHL looking to hold an outdoor hockey game at new Mosaic?

Anonymous said...

After reading the comments I had to check to make sure the sun came up today. Its a long weekend, the weather was fantastic and not everyone can or would pay $90 to go to the game. It's a free country, and the soldiers who gave there lives for us to have this choice have this tournament named after them.

Anonymous said...

90 dollars is too much to pay for a ticket to a hockey game? One good reason that the NHL will never put a team in Saskatchewan. People are too cheap in Saskatchewan to spend money on live sports. But the same goofs have no problem dropping $100 into the VLT's at their local watering hole and racking up a $75 tab. Saskatchewanians do not deserve nice things.

Anonymous said...

$90 per ticket is way too much to watch a bunch of amateurs.

The NHL will never come to Saskatchewan because there isn't the necessary population nor large enough companies to provide corporate sponsorship money. At $90 per ticket, and a family of 4, going to a game (in the nose bleeds) would run you $400-$450 after a drink&snacks. Many people would rather go away for a whole weekend for a little bit more, than spend that for 3 hours of entertainment.

10-11 games in the CFL, people might make that financial commitment. 41+ home games in the NHL, very few in Saskatchewan could or would.

Professional sports entertainment, and now amateur sports, are on the verge of out pricing themselves for tickets, for most sports in Canada.

Anonymous said...


THIS!! There is no better way to put it. As accurate as it gets!!

90 dollars is too much to pay for a ticket to a hockey game? One good reason that the NHL will never put a team in Saskatchewan. People are too cheap in Saskatchewan to spend money on live sports. But the same goofs have no problem dropping $100 into the VLT's at their local watering hole and racking up a $75 tab. Saskatchewanians do not deserve nice things.

Take a good look in the mirror and see how pathetic many of you are. Maybe you have to go buy that mirror at your nearest Walmart or start a Gofundme so someone will buy it for you.

Anonymous said...

Go away somewhere for a whole weekend for a little bit more than $450 for 4 people... to where? Moose jaw? Hahaha. You're one of the dummies that the original commenter had in mind I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Swift current games getting higher attendance than the hometown backdoor Patsies.

Anonymous said...

Yup. $600 for 4 days 3 nights camping, hiking, mountain biking in Canmore.

Time spent with kids: priceless


Much better spending and giving my money to team owners to watch amateurs or spoiled millionaire professionals play a game that I can watch on tv.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha sounds like the time of your life! Don't call yourself a true sports fan if you'd rather spend your money on a crappy vacation to the butthole of Alberta and watch the games on tv. You're a joke of a sports fan!