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Saturday, February 2, 2019

COORS LIGHT RECAP: BLADES DOWN PATS 3-1

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA - The Regina Pats fought to the end in a 3-1 home loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.

In the first, the Blades opened the scoring just as a powerplay expired, Max Gerlach banged in his own rebound six minutes in and it was 1-0. Max Paddock had a stellar opening frame, making 16 saves and the Pats trailed by just one after 20 minutes.

 In the second, the Pats found their legs and outshot Saskatoon 22-14. However, the Blades extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to Gary Haden at 7:35. The Pats got that one back thanks to Sergei Alkhimov, his 11th of the year and it was 2-1 after two periods.

Max Paddock had another incredible period with a save of the year candidate on Riley McKay. In the third, the Pats pressed for a tying goal and hit a post when they had the extra attacker, but the Blades held on and scored an empty netter with one second left to take the two points in a 3-1 final.

The Pats were outshot 42-35. The powerplay was 0/2 while the penalty kill went 5/5. Max Paddock made 39 saves in a first star performance.


Quick Hits
- Ryker Evans returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with a lower body injury.
- Sergei Alkhimov has goals in back to back games and points in three of four.
- Max Paddock made 39 saves on 41 shots and was named the games first star.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (13-35-1-2) will kick off a four-game road trip through the Central Division on Tuesday when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 8 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday February 15 against the Edmonton Oil Kings 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 Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The pats lost this game in the first period much like the Calgary game. Outshot 17-3 won't win anything. This team most nights isn't ready to play. It appears from the lack of intensity behind the bench that it's creeping into a lot of players. It appears many have mailed in the season and losing is now acceptable. Along with an obvious lack of speed and talent, discipline is still a concern. There isn't wealth of speed and talent coming back after this horrible season to build on. Having two good seasons should never mean a team that follows is as bad as this. A combination of questionable trades, bad decisions and slow reaction has got the team here. Last years Memorial Cup team was terrible up to the trade deadline and something had to be done no matter how painful. TheHC/GM, ownership and league's reputation was on the line. Swift current is in a similar mess but at least they won a league title and earned their way to the Memorial Cup. Acadie-Bathurst who won it last year are the second rated team in the country. No fall off there. A lot of false narrative as to why this has happened. The problem isn't entirely on the players and ownership better take a hard look.

Anonymous said...

You are not wrong anonymous, but I think there's a bit more to the story. The Pats were actually buyers 3 years in a row for starters.

2015-2016 - The Pats acquired Cole Sandford at the deadline for three mid to high round draft picks + Gary Haden and Brian Williams
2016-2017 - The Pats were buyers, but they made a lot of bad trades, which hurt them both in the short term (depth) and long term. Of course injuries didn't help that year.
2017-2018 - The Pats had to buy as much as they could for whatever they had left in the cupboards. They essentially depleted their cupboards to load up for the Memorial Cup, they didn't get Austin Wagner back and it didn't help that they had some key injuries before playoffs began. It didn't help that they only had two 20 year olds in the Memorial Cup. How awesome would it have been to have Austin Wagner for that tournament?

Fast forward to this year, the cupboards were barren and they had no choice, but to sell as much as they possibly could. I think the Pats did a good job with their trades this year. Of course, we need to remember that there was zero chance that the Pats were going to get Sam Steel or Josh Mahura back this year, which means that the Pats wouldn't have them on the ice, nor would the Pats be able to trade them away.

It's too bad that the Pats have essentially hit rock bottom, but after being buyers for 3 years in a row and arguably making a few bad trades in 2016-2017, this is the situation that the Pats are in. In fact, if we look a bit further into the future, the Pats will probably have to try and be sellers again next year as well.

Basically what's done is done and in order for the Pats to get out of this hole, one thing they're going to have to do is nail it at the bantam draft over the next few years. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if they could convince some quality American players to join the team as well, but what's done is done, the Pats are in full rebuild mode now. If we look at the situation in a positive light, the Pats have already restocked the cupboards, so it's only upwards from here on out. Next year might be another tough year as the Pats should be sellers again, but the fact that the Pats didn't win any Championships is making this rebuild harder to digest than if they had won at least one Championship over the last couple of years.

It would be great if the Pats were more competitive this year, but I think the self-inflicted wounds in 2016-2017 were worse than most people realize.

FG said...

Huh Huh...What?? Acadie-Bathurst is NOT the #2 team in the country. They are literally the WORST team in the entire CHL. Get your facts straight before you start crying for the sake of crying. That being said, if you actually watched the game and feel the way you do, then you don't understand hockey. That is all.

FG