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Friday, January 18, 2019

SASKATOON - The Regina Pats dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.

The Blades struck twice in the span of 18 seconds to take the lead nine minutes into the game. First Max Gerlach and then Ryan Hughes and it was 2-0 Saskatoon after one.

The Blades extended the lead to three, four minutes into the second, Kirby Dach with the goal and it was 3-0. The Pats responded in the final six minutes of the period. Cole Dubinsky tipped home a point shot for his second of the year to get the Pats on the board. Then, with just over two minutes left in the period, Austin Pratt stole a puck in the offensive zone and scored from an almost impossible angle for his 17th and the Pats were down just 3-2 after 40 minutes.

In the third, Saskatoon scored on the powerplay early to lead 4-2. They added another at the eight-minute mark and one with less than a minute left to take the two points in a 6-2 final.

The Pats were outshot 34-17. The powerplay was 0/5 while the penalty kill went 5/6. Dean McNabb made 28 saves.

Quick Hits
- Riley Krane extended his point streak to four games, has one goal and three assists in that stretch.
- Austin Pratt set a new career high with his 17th goal of the season.
- The Pats are now 1-1-1-0 against the Blades this season.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (12-32-1-1) will host a rematch with the Blades on Saturday at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.


Enigma said...

This edition of the Pats is real bad, in fact far worse than they should've ever been. The season started with a lack of goaltending and to date it has continued. Add in a continued lack of discipline, below average talent and speed, poor leadership from it's older players makes it horrible to watch. People, coaches, media, etc. make a constant litany of excuses for them but there has been very little progression and ownership should be very concerned. Coaches keep saying there are no more rookies and that they should be progressing yet it's not happening. This team is not moving forward under the coaching they are getting. It simply isn't good enough all excuses aside. The coaching isn't up to standard and the GM hasn't done anything about it. Too much misplaced loyalty perhaps. Look when the the Everett Silvertips entered the league as an "expansion club" in 2003-04 they had nothing yet went to win the West Division Championship and were in the League finals. They did so because of coaching. There has been all kinds of excuses but the truth is we need much better behind the bench and if the GM won't do anything about it, well then perhaps the problem runs a bit higher.

Dan ( season ticket holder) said...

The fans deserve better than what we are getting from this team. As being a season ticket for a long time there comes a time when enough is enough and I think in speaking for all the time is here.

So many excuses from there young,need to gell,its a rebuild year etc,etc,etc. That may be true but I have seen zero improvement from the beginning to now and that falls on the coaching staff and John Paddock.

I do not know how many times that we have herd in a game the coaching staff contiuously scream SKATE to the players on the ice its is sickining,and if thats all the coaches can do, our leadership needs to be adjusted.

How in the hell can thoes young players get excited or motivated when they are losing game after game? They are only human and it effects them, look at there play.

One question for the head coach is why in front of your home town fans who are losing hope very rapidly would start a goal tender who has never played in a WHL game in his life?

That was disaster before the game started and look at the results the team got leveled by Rebels. THATS COACHING !!!!!

The young players on this team are not to blame all the time,they need direction and there is lack of it.

Hope there is some magic in the air for the rest of the season to show these players that hockey can be a graet game but until that time the end looks very gloomy.

william weppler said...

Haven't been many comments after Pats games this year but looks like some fans are getting restless.
The last 2 years have seen incredulous play and great teams. Any true Regiment fan had to know that this was going to happen. It's called a rebuild...and that means starting over folks!

I have been a long time season ticket holder as well and while it is not easy seeing a young team struggle I know that JP and staff are doing what they have to to get back in the mix a couple of years down the road.

Everyone who was thinking it was going to be better than it is this year should have given their head a shake.
Looking at the current roster I see a lot of young but talented players who will be better each night and each season if they are allowed to stick together and mature as a Team.

Dubinsky is going to be a star with this Team and no doubt JP is going to build around him like he built around Sammy. Wright, Massier, Fiest, Allen, Krane...the list goes on.
Be patient my friends be patient.

Mick in Uplands said...

Mr. Weppler with all due respect the players you mentioned are at best below average talent. I have followed the Pats for 60 years and have seen a lot of young guys start in the league. I also saw a lot of young guys improve as the season went on as they gained valuable playing experience. There is none of this on this Pat roster. When I saw the Pats start the season using three overages on defence, I said this team will be lucky to win fifteen games. The problem is all of the three are not even good defencemen. Other than Jake & Nick Henry there returning 19 year old kids were below average. GM Paddock I believe has done a very poor job of structuring this team.

william weppler said...

Fair enough Mick...your opinion.
My response to that is that the young players are into their 1st WHL season...maybe give them a chance...but hey...
Let's check back in 2 years and see where the Pats are at.
Go Pats Go!

Mick in Uplands said...

Mr. Weppler. Yeah, maybe I am being too harsh on the young kids and I also hope they improve. However, I still think this falls on GM Paddock on his team structure. I find it ironic that when he coached he loaded up with offensive minded overage players. This year he gives the coaches slow overage defencemen and then when he does go and gets an overage forward he trades for a guy that couldn't put it into an open net standing in the crease.