The Score - Regina 4 – Kootenay 2
What Happened – Oh the Nathan Wieler show surely had things out of sorts for the home side but 15 shots in a game usually means you’re on the wrong side of the W. Though, granted it's tough to mount an attack shorthanded for 21 minutes.
The Turning Point – A 2-2 game in which the Ice had taken control of Jeff Hubic’s ill-advised charging major on Pats captain Brandon Davidson gave the visitors a five minute power play. They finally cashed in on their 9th attempt of the evening.
The Goals – After being outshot 7-2 to start the hockey game Wand’s battle with Rodewald halfway through the first energized the Ice but an errant cross-ice pass in the Pats zone by Jeff Hubic – playing forward on this night – ended up on Tanner Olstad’s stick. A 3-on-2 ensued and 16-year-old rookie Dryden Hunt one-timed his 3rd of the season past Lieuwen. 1-0 Pats… After killing off almost six minutes in penalties the Pats got the Ice running around shortly thereafter. A post here, a great Lieuwen save there and a rebound popped out to Weal parked at the side of the net. He got his 34th; 2-0 Pats… In the third and desperately needing one, the Ice finally got both a call and a goal. With Morgan Klimchuk off for tripping Elgin Pearce found Luke Paulsen at the point. He fired his second through a screen. 2-1 Pats… With the new found momentum, Spencer Wand intercepted a clear in the neutral zone and dropped to Max. He ripped his 22nd. 2-2 and the place was jumping. That was about to change… Fresh off of not missing a shift after the charging major, Davidson skated into the Ice zone and fed Chandler Stephenson. There was a pick on the play that could’ve been called but on this night nothing was going the Ice’ way. Stephenson deked Lieuwen to put the Pats up 3-2…. Lane Scheidl added an empty-net goal to seal the deal for the Pats.
The Celebration – Hunt’s exuberance – he’s a Nelson product that moved over the pass from Kimberley four years ago – after the Pats first goal was augmented by the two Nelson Peewee teams in the crowd.
The Fight – This one looked planned for awhile. Rodewald, 17, skated to centre ice to accept Wand’s challenge. After he took a couple in the spirited bout, Wand’s right cross downed Rodewald. The two faced-off against each other – Wand with the Saskatoon Midget Contacts and Rodewald with the Notre Dame Midget Argos – last season in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. A history perhaps?
The Rookies – Thought Luke Philp made the trek down for tonight’s game but the 16-year-old will join the team for the road trip out east this week. His Canmore Eagles didn’t make the playoffs and Philp is eligible to join the Ice for the rest of the season.
Not a good sign – Walking by me in the media and scouts room prior to the game was F Drew Czerwonka on crutches with a knee-brace on. Strained knee ligaments almost certainly, and hopefully not a tear.
The Penalties – In the second period the Ice got a lot of time in the box. First Brock Montgomery skated through the crease behind Pats goaltender Matt Hewitt and was dumped by the Pats goaltender but drew the goaltender interference. Banging his stick in frustration he drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for good measure giving the Pats a four minute man-advantage. After almost killing the entire thing, Tanner Muth took a cross-checking penalty to give the Pats a short two-man advantage. Of the five minutes of penalties, Pats star Jordan Weal was on the ice for four of them. Five-on-five a minute later the Pats dominated and Weal put one in.
The Toss – Ice assistant coach Jerry Bancks – not pleased with the lack of a call on a spear to Max Reinhart’s chest after falling down in the Pats corner – had some choice words for referee Nathan Wieler. Wieler tossed him. If you know Jerry Bancks, he’s a man that rarely gets on the zebras, that’s how ugly this one was getting. When Klimchuk tripped Paulsen in the 3rd and Wieler's arm went up, he got a standing O from Section P.
The Hit – All the momentum on their side Hubic was a little too excited and crushed Pats captain Brandon Davidson behind the Pats net. A charging penalty it was. A major? Don’t think so.
The Crowd – 2911. Angry on this night. Wieler would’ve had a tough time getting a police escort out of the building tonight. The local constabulary being Ice fans and all.
Rec Plex Three Stars
1. D Brandon Davidson – one assist, +2
2. D Spencer Wand – Fight, assist – both game-changers
3. D Martin Marincin – completed the three-star D-man trifecta
What it means – This one could hurt. The Ice fall to 32-19-4-4 and still at 72 points. The Hitmen beat the Blazers tonight and leap-frogged the Ice into 4th in the Eastern Conference. They have 73 points. The Pats are four points back in 7th.
Up Next: Four games in five nights through the Prairies starts Tuesday night in Brandon. That Ferland guy that burned the Ice last Tuesday for two goals got four tonight against Prince Albert.