Tuesday, April 19, 2016

REGINA PATS & RED DEER REBELS

 IN 7th & DECIDING GAME



 Rod Pedersen web site: - Tonight’s Game Seven is the first the Pats are involved in since the 2000 WHL Playoffs when they faced off against the Saskatoon Blades.  The last time the Blue and White won a seventh was 1982 when the Pats knocked off the Lethbridge Broncos.  Since then, the Pats have only been involved in four game sevens (1984, 1990, 1996, 2000).  The last time the Pats moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals was 1993.  Cole Sanford is the only player on the Pats roster to play in a seventh game.  The over-ager was named the second star, posting a goal and two assists against the Kootenay Ice in the second round of the 2014 WHL Playoffs 

Wheels on the Bus: - This second round matchup hasn’t just been a grind on the ice.  The travel through seven games has been impressive.  With 830 km separating Regina and Red Deer (taking the Trans-Canada) and the series going the distance, the Pats have logged 4,150km of travel on the bus.  That’s roughly 40 hours on the bus in the last ten days.

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Through six games in this second round playoff series, the home team has won every game. The Pats have yet to lose at the Brandt Centre in these playoffs and hold a 5-0 record while the Rebels are 5-1 at the Enmax Centrium. The Pats have outscored the Rebels at the Brandt Centre 17-8 while Red Deer at home has 12 goals the Pats 6. It is down to sudden death, due or die game.


 Bill Hicke was the Regina Pats' general manager and co-coach the last time the team advanced to the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. It was April of 1993. The Regina Pats had just dispatched the favoured Saskatoon Blades in a best-of-seven East Division semifinal. The smooth-skating Swift Current Broncos were next on the agenda for a Pats team that reached the third round of the playoffs despite finishing slightly under .500 during the regular season.

Photo: Don Healy,  Regina Leader Post