Friday, March 30, 2012

2011 - 2012 SEASON

REGINA PATS - TAKE ON A BRAND NEW COACHING STAFF
by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

July 26, 2011 - Regina Pats announce Brand New Coach Pat Conacher - Pat has combined 21 years of professional hockey experience as both a player and coach. He recently served as an Assistant General Manager-Assistant Coach with the Chilliwack Bruins. Prior to his time in Chilliwack, he was the Head Coach of the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), Assistant Coach of the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Assistant Coach of the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) and Assistant Coach of the Canadian National Team.
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August 3, 2011 - Regina Pats General Manager Chad Land announced that Malcolm Cameron and Josh Dixon will be the new Assistant Coaches. Malcolm comes to the club with a impressive coaching resume. He has spent the past nine seasons as a Head Coach in the ECHL, missing the playoffs just twice in that span while twice taking teams to the conference finals. Three all-star games and a runner-up for coach of the year three times highlight his coaching career in the ECHL. Prior to coaching pro, Malcolm was an assistant coach with the Acadia University Axemen (CIS) for two seasons where the Axemen won back to back Atlantic University conference titles. Josh: He brings with him a strong coaching background in the CIS and with the prestigious Okangan Hockey Academy where he was the Head Coach for the varsity team this past season. Prior to that Josh was an assistant coach with the Mount Royal Cougars (ACAC). University of Calgary and Carlton University.
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August 15, 2011 - General Manager Chad Lang announced the hiring of Rob Muntain as goalie coach. Rob brings an extensive resume working with young goaltenders across Saskatchewan. With the Saskatchewan hockey Association (SHA), Rob put together the goaltending curriculum while he was the head goaltending consultant. He has also had a role with Hockey Canada in the development of young goaltenders not just in Saskatchewan, but across the country. Highlights include: Hockey Canada's National Women Under 22 Development Camp and the Nation Goaltender's Coaches Workshop. Rob is currently an officer in the Regina Police Service.

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Team Roster: Goalies: Matt Hewitt, Adam Beukeboom Defenceman: Brandon Underwood, Brandon Davidson, Kyle Burroughs, Colton Jobke, Martin Marincin, Luke Fenske, Art Bidlevskii Centre: Jordan Weal, Tanner Olstad, Morgan Klimchuk, Trent Ouellette, Dryden Hunt Left Wing: Lyndon Martell, Lane Scheidl, Chandler Stephenson, Dyson Stevenson, Dominik Volek Right Wing: Jack Rodewald, Nils Moser, Andrew Rieder, Matt Marantz, Coach: Don Conacher Assistant Coach: Malcolm Cameron and Josh Dixon Goaltender Coach: Rob Muntain Athletic/Trainer: Greg Mayer Assistant Trainer: Darien Engelhart

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It has been an up an down hill for the Pats. At one time they were in first place, only for a moment, then slipping down to seventh place in the Eastern Division. The race at times has only been a few points between first place and eighth. A good example was on Saturday, February 4th, at Regina, the Pats faced the Lethbridge Hurricanes. They out shot them 47 to 13 with Ex-Pat Damien Kelto in net for the Lethbridge. Pats lost 3-2, before 5,002 home fans.
By Sunday, February 12, 2012, the WHL Scoring Race had but 5 points between first place and seventh. The same is happening in the League Scoring Race, for a day Jordan Weal was in first place, but keeps going from second to fourth in a very tight race.

Friday, March 16, there was only 3 points separating 5th place Regina Pats an 8th place Brandon Wheat Kings.

Saturday, March 10th, at the Regina Brandt Centre - Pats were down 4-0 less then a minute into the third period, then Pats score 5 goals in less then 7 minutes (6:49 minutes) to take the lead 5-4. Final score Regina Pats 6, Brandon Wheat Kings 4. Chandler Stephenson scored three goals.

Regina Pats rename their “Unsung Hero Award” award the “Rick Rypien Award”

During the season I posted a poll for the following: Would you like to see the Regina Brandt Centre Ice Clock back. The results were over whelming - YES - 44 to No 5.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 - First Ever WHL League Game At Moose Jaw Mosica Place - The Pats are coming off a penalty filled 5-2 preseason victory at Co-operators Centre last night. Lyndon Martell picked up a goal and an assist while Tanner Olstad, Mikael Jung, Dyson Stevenson and Chandler Stephenson all added singles. Matt Hewitt and Adam Beukeboom combined to stop 21 of 23 shots.

(Photo Sketch - of the new Mosaic Place)

(Picture of the new Mosaic Place)

(Picture of the inside - Ice Service)
Tonight marks the first time a game will be played at the brand new Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw and it's very fitting that the best rivalry in the Western Hockey League has the honour.
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October 12, 2011 - was Regina Pats Athletic Therapist-Trainer Greg Mayer's 1,000 game (including Moose Jaw Warriors, Hired July 3, 1997 and Regina Pats).

Greg is entering his 15th WHL season and seventh with the Pats. His first 7 were spent with Moose Jaw. Prior to joining the Warriors, he earned hi Bachelor of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia in 1995.

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and Certified Atheltic Therapist (CATA). Greg operates a hockey specific conditioning business in the off-season. He also served as a trainer with the Team Canada U-18 (2000) and World Juniors (2001, 2010 winning silver).

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Thursday, February 9, 2011 - Practice at Strasbourg - The Regina Pats headed north to Strasbourg on Thursday, February 9, for our very first "Regina Pats Community Practice presented by STC". Check out all the pics from our practice and family skate! Thanks again to all the fine people of Strasbourg for having us out for the day!







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February 10, 2012 -
CHL AND WHL LAUNCH MOBILE NETWORK -
The Canadian Hockey League and MRX today announced the launch of 63 new league and team websites specifically designed for viewing the CHL Network on mobile devices.



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February 01, 2011 - Pats Radio Play-by-Play Announcer leaves - The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today, that Broadcasting and Communications coordinator Dan Plaster is leaving the organization, as of February 18th, 2012, to join the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders in a community relations role. Plaster has been with the Regina Pats since August 2008, originally as the Director of Communications, then moving into the broadcast booth at the start of the 2010 season.

Regina Pats President Brent Parker “We appreciate the time, effort and commitment that Dan has made to our organization and we wish him all the best in this new opportunity. It is flattering to us that the Roughriders have recognized the good work we have done in the community and chosen to recruit one of our employers to enhance that area of their operation. The timing for us is not the best by any stretch but this is a unique opportunity for Dan and we certainly did not want to stand in his way.”

Regina Pats Vice President of Business Operations Cliff Mapes “I am extremely happy for Dan and at the same time disappointed to see him leave us. Dan has been a committed, hard working, reliable employee and will be very difficult to replace. I want to thank Dan for the years he has given us and wish him all the best as he moves on to working in football.Dan Plaster, “I would like to thank Brent, Cliff and the entire Regina Pats organization for allowing me the pleasure of working for one of the premier franchises in junior hockey. I'm grateful for the experience, but even more, I will cherish the people I have worked with and the life-long friendships I have forged in my time with the Regina Pats.”
********************It has been announced that Pats new play-by-play announcer will be Phil "The Thrill" Andrews of CKRM Regina. Phil started his play-by-play in the third period of Saturday, February 11, 2011 game, with ex-announcer Dan Plaster as the colorman. For Phil what a thrill the game was tied 1-1 at Regina. Pats scored two goals by the 2:14 mark of the period and has been broadcasting the rest of the Pat games.

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REGINA PAT AWARDS:

Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyMorgan Klimchuck
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyChandler Stephenson
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyBrandon Davidson
Most Goals - LeagueTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyJordan Eberle
Top Scorer - LeagueBilly Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk TrophyJordan Eberle
Unsung HeroRick Rypien (First Year)Adam Poleskii
Most Popular PlayerBilly Hicke TrophyJordan Weal
Most Community MindedMike Kartusch Memorial AwardTanner Olstad
Player of the Year - MVPRegina Pats TrophyJordan Weal
Leading Vote-GetterMolson Three Star AwardJordan Weal
Scholastic Award
Jack Rodewald

Friday, March 9, Regina Pats won a big victory over Moose Jaw 5-4 before a sell-out at Brandt Centre. It will be in the the first time since the spring of 2008 that the Pats have been in the play-offs. Last game of the Season: It had to be one of the wildest finishes ever in the East Conference. By the time the evening was over, only 1 point separated 5th to 8th place. Kootenay dropped from 5th to 8th. It was Saskatoon finishing in 5th with 83 points, Brandon 6th with 83 points (Saskatoon had 40 wins to Brandon's 39); Regina Pats finished with 82 points, with Kootenay was in 8th (Regina Pats had 37 wins to Kootenay's 36). Regina Pats will play Moose Jaw Warriors in the first round of the play-offs.


Friday, March 23, Regina Pats Head Coach - Pat Conacher, selected as Eastern Conference nomination for WHL coach of the year.
He was using words like “surprised” and “honoured.”

Play-offs: Eastern Division Quarter Final -


First Ever WHL Play-off Game At Moose Jaw Mosica Place -
Friday, March 23 -Regina Pats went 2 for 4 on the power play, while it was Moose Jaw only 1 for 6, as the visitors won 3-2 before 4,714 spectators at Mosaic Place. Regina Pats scored first, a power play goal by Stevenson who took a pretty pass from Jordan Weal and jamming it past goalie Luke Siemens. Moose Jaw responded on the power play with 25 seconds remaining in the first period when Cam Braes passed to Howden. In the second period with Moose Jaw on a power play, Trent Ouellette saw Olstad skating down the boards, flipped the puck high out of his zone and Tanner Olstad skated under it, scoringa the short-handed breakaway. Pats fought off 4 straight penalties
Regina killed off four straight penalties in the second period before Moose Jaw tied the game with 2:46 left, Sam Fioretti picked up the puck and scored on a hard shot to the high part of the net.

Early in the third period, Moose Jaw on a power play had rookie call-up Brayden Point did a wrap around shot, which Pats goaltender Matt Hewitt blocked with his pad. It was under review, no goal, which gave the Pats an up lift. The visitors got into penalty trouble, 6 consecutive penalties. Finally the Pats got a chance on a power play, Stevenson, his second goal, picked up Jordan Weal's rebound shot and scored at 6:52. Moose Jaw had only lost 3 games at home during the season. Regina Pats goaltender Matt Hewitt was was # 1 Star making 31 saves on 33 shots.

Saturday, March 24 - It was all Moose Jaw in the second game as they ran all over the visiting Regina Pats to the tune of 8-1 before 4,714 fans at Mosaic Place. Cody Beach and Eric Arnold each scored 2 goals and had 1 assist for Moose Jaw to tie the series at 1-1. The route started in the first when Tanner Eberle came from behind the net and sent a pass a cross the crease to Beach, who had just climbed off Pats defenceman Artem Bidlevskii, scoring into the open net. The Warriors went up 2-0 early into the second period on a power play, as Kenton Miller skated between the face-off circle and scored at 1:59. Just over 3 minutes later it was 3-0 as Beach tipped in Dylan Mciirath's high shot off the cross bar. Then 3:21 later, Beach scored again, as he skated from behind the net and passed to Eric Arnold. Pats then changed goalies, but it wasn't over yet, as Adam Beukeboom had to stop the final 5 shots, including a break-a-way by Andrew Johnson. Just 1:39 into the third period, on a wrap around, Johnson made it 5-0. The Regina Pats finally scored 4 minutes later, when Dyson Stevenson scored on a long shot, that surprised Warrior goaltender Luke Siemens. Then moose Jaw scored 3 goals in 41 seconds: Cam Braes, Sam Fioretti and Eric Arnold for the lop sided score.
Tuesday, March 27 - Moose Jaw Warriors forward Cody Beach was suspended for Game three for a derogatory comment to the Regina bench in game two at Moose Jaw. The first period heart the home club as they lost 5-3.

Before a sell-out crowd of 6,372 fans, the visitors took a 2-0 lead just 50 seconds into the period. Quinton Howden scored 2 goals as Moose Jaw led 5-1 after the first period. The second period was scoreless. The only great chance was Regina Pats Chandler Stevenson hitting the goal post with 6:40 left. Regina tried a come back but it was to late as they scored 2 goals in the third period both by Wayne Scheidl.

Wednesday, March 28 -  Moose Jaw wins 5-4 in the second overtime period before another sell-out. It was 15 year old Brayden Point scoring his 2nd play-off goal at 6:15, scoring a back hand on a rebound. Moose Jaw took a 1-0 lead after the first period. Warriors went up 2-0 as Henry scored as the puck bounced off the back boards at 2:31. Pats Jordan Weal scored at 6:54 on a turn over. Moose jaw then went up 3-1 as Eric Arnold scored on a power play at 18:43. Pats scored with only 30 seconds remaining in the period as Kyle Burroughs scored on a long low shot.  In the third period Pats took the lead 4-3 on a 2 on 1 break. Martin Marincin skated towards the goal, receiving Dyson pass at 5:48.  Less then 2 minutes later Marincin scored his second goal, a hard shot from the point at 7:20. At the 12:44 mark Pats Dyson Stevenson got a 5 minute major for clipping . Moose Jaw tied the score at 15:51 with 2 players on top of Pats goaltender Matt Hewitt!

Friday, March 30 -  Adam Beukeboom took over goaltending for the Regina Pats.  It looked bad for the Pats after the first period, they were out shot 14-0 and down 4-0. Regina scored the only goal in the second period, when Oullett scored at 9:36 on a turn over, shooting from the point. In the third period Pats made it 4-2 on another turn over which went right to Lane Scheidl, scoring under the goaltenders arm at 7:51. James Henry scored at 17:27 to give Moose Jaw a 5-2 victory and the series 3-1.