Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS - 1

vs. REGINA PATS -7



Parts taken from the Regina Pats Web Site: 

Here we go! Last three games of the Regular Season this week, all within the division and all have a HUGE impact on the Eastern Conference Standings.

If the Pats win two out of their three final games, they wrap up the Division. They'll look for win number 39 on the season tonight against the Prince Albert Raiders.

The first 2,500 fans in the building can pick up Kyle Burroughs Collector Cups on the concourse courtesy of SaskMilk and it's the final Wiener Wednesday of the season!

Was under the weather so taking story from Regina Pats Web Site:  

By Colton Hordichuk - ReginaPats.com

Regina, Saskatchewan - Wednesday evening, the Regina Pats (39-25-3-3) and the Prince Albert Raiders (33-32-3-2) went head-to-head in their final meeting of the season. Before puck drop, the Pats honoured Logan McVeigh, Boston Leier, Jesse Zgraggen, and Dyson Stevenson for reaching the milestone of playing 250 Western Hockey League games in their career.

Raiders forward Collin Valcourt batted the puck out of mid-air and opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game. Dakota Conroy and Josh Morrissey picked up helpers on the play. At 12:37, Stevenson responded with his 37th of the season from Zgraggen and Chandler Stephenson.

At the midway mark of the frame, Morrissey sat a pair for hooking. The Blue and White’s man-advantage was cut short by about 15 seconds when Braden Christoffer was called for slashing. Christoffer returned to the ice two minutes later, but Pats forward Connor Gay was assessed a holding minor to once again put the Blue and White down a man. The home team’s power play stood tall as the first period came to a close with the game knotted at one apiece.

Early in the second period, Stevenson struck again with a power play marker at 3:01. Gay and Stephenson registered assists on the Pats’ go-ahead goal. Prior to the television timeout, Conroy was given the gate for high sticking. Just as his minor for expired, Gay put the Pats ahead by two with help from Stevenson and Leier.

In the latter half of the stanza, Christoffer sat for boarding. While down a man, Stephenson jammed home his league-leading ninth shorthanded goal. The Pats offence didn’t stop there, though. When they returned to even-strength, Dryden Hunt made it 5-1. Following Hunt’s 21st of the 2013-2014 campaign, Gay flattened Ryan Coghlan behind the Raiders’ goal, and Coghlan was slow to get up. Just as the horn sounded to conclude the frame, the Raiders’ Reid Gardiner dropped the mitts with Christoffer in a spirited tilt. The Pats led by four at the second intermission.

About five minutes into the third, Leon Draisaitl connected with a wide open Conroy, but Dawson MacAuley stuck out the right pad and robbed the Raiders’ forward. The Raiders had a chance to generate some late offence after Chase Harrison was called for hooking. Morgan Klimchuk had a glorious opportunity to score shorthanded, but Cole Cheveldave turned away the Calgary Flames’ prospect. With 6:30 to go, McVeigh connected with Gay and the Saskatoon native put home his second of the night.

Christoffer was assessed a high sticking minor, and Klimchuk finally cashed in shorthanded. When all was said and done, the Pats blew by the Raiders in their final meeting of the season, 7-1.

Three Stars
1. Dyson Stevenson - 2G,1A
2. Chandler Stephenson - 1G,3A
3. Carter Hansen - +1 plus/minus

Next game: vs. Brandon – Friday, March 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Next home game: vs. Brandon – Friday, March 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)