Tuesday, March 20, 2012

IT WILL BE THE REGINA PATS

AND MOOSE JAW WARRIORS

IN ROUND ONE PLAY-OFFS





by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

For the first time in years, the Regina Pats will get a touch of play-off hockey. You have to go back to the spring of 2008, yes it has been three years. Although Moose Jaw finished second in the Eastern Conference and Regina seventh, the two split the regular season series with a record of 4-2-2. The first-two games will be this Friday in Moose Jaw.

PATS PLAYOFF FAN BUS

From Regina Pats Web Site: Regina, Saskatchewan – WHL Playoff action is returning to the Brandt Centre and the Pats are pleased to announce that Two Fan Buses will be going to Moose Jaw for each of the first two games in the series. Cost of the Fan Bus is $40 which includes your game ticket and the bus transportation. To purchase your seat or for more information contact Jan or Nicole at Pats office - 522-5604

Plenty of great seats still remain for Games #3 and #4 in the Brandt Centre. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Brandt Centre Box Office or by calling - 543-7800 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

The Regina Pats are excited to welcome Mosaic, as the game sponsor for all Pats Home games in their 1st Round Match-up. The first 3000 fans at each of the Pats first two home games will receive a special playoff gift courtesy of Mosaic.

The last time the Regina Pats won a series against Moose Jaw, you have to go back along ways. The year was 1998, the Josh Holden era

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EAST DIVISION QUARTER FINALThursday, March 19, Regina Pats were almost perfect on the specialty team, scoring four power plays on five attempts, while Moose Jaw went zero for eight. That was the big difference as Pats shut out the Warriors 7-0 at the Agridome. It took only ten seconds for Pats first power play. Brad Stuart scored at the 31 second mark. Stuart, Boyd Kane, and Brett Lysak, scored two goals each while Josh Holden scored the other on a short handed break-a-way. Ryan Hoople celebrated his 21st birthday, facing 25 shots for his first career play off shutout.

Friday, March 20, Pats lost the services of veteran Josh Holden as they edged Moose Jaw 2-1 at the Regina Dome, before 6,029 fans. With but 1:48 seconds remaining in the game, Pats were leading 2-0. A Regina Pat defenseman had just body checked a Warrior at the left side of the Regina net. Holden was trying to pass by the Warrior as he fell. Holden caught his skate and suffered a severe laceration to the back of his left hand. Moose Jaw pulled their goalie and scored with twenty seconds remaining to erase Hoople's second consecutive shutout bid.

Sunday, March 22, Regina Pats defenseman, Dmitry Yakushun, scored at the 8:07 mark of the second overtime period at the Moose Jaw (Crush Can) Civic Centre in front of 2,756, it gave the Pats a 4-3 victory. It was Yakushun's first goal with the Pats. The Warriors trailed 3-0 late in the second period as they came back to tie the contest. It was Chad Hinz scoring a shorthanded goal at the 18:26 mark of the third period.

Monday, March 23, it was the second straight game that they played into a double overtime and the second time a Pat defenseman was the hero. Clint Cabana went wide from the left circle with a lot of traffic in front of Warrior goalie, Donovan Nunweiler. Clint cut across in front of the net and tucked it between the goalies legs. It gave the Pats a 6-5 decision at the Civic Centre as 2,446 watched and Regina sweeped the series four straight.