Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zebras don't help, Ice drop game to Pats 4-2

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.

17 comments:

r4syth said...

Guess were Nathan Wieler is from!!

Anonymous said...

Is he really from Regina?

Cup Half Full said...

Yes he is. I googled him. Unless there are two Nathan Wielers officiating in the WHL then he is from Regina. I'd like to know why anyone would send a single referee to officiate a game where his hometown team is playing. Do these teams not have any rights when it comes to a poorly officiated game. That was one of the worst I have ever seen and I've watched a lot of hockey. It was pathetic. Its like the on ice officials run the league. No one can say or do anything about their obviously poor officiating without garnering a suspension or a fine or both. No game should be dictated by an on ice offical who has obviously been given free reign and when it does happen, then there is definitely something wrong somewhere and its time to fix it. I know many women who refuse to go to hockey games because of the fighting. In my opinion I have always believed that fighting happens because the refs do an incredibly poor job and the players feel they have no choice but to dole out their own justice. If you want fighting out of hockey, fix the officiating. Its definitely broken.

Anonymous said...

Sore losers!

Anonymous said...

with wieler on our side we would be good winners.wieler didn't want a load of manure not his front lawn!

Anonymous said...

You're a fucking asshole. If you knew hockey and actually watched the game, you'd realize that the refereeing made a difference.

Anonymous said...

The hit was not a charge - and certainly not a major. The d man had the puck... and he had a look. The ICE player glided in with his shoulder and hit him.

Anonymous said...

Disgraceful to say the least... No other words can describe it. Good job for Knoblauch to start waving the white towel!

Anonymous said...

Regina is 6-1 with Wieler as a referee. 3-0 when he is the sole referee. Last night was Wieler second game with the Ice. The Ice won the other game against Victoria.
Regina is a good hockey team and could be the one team has a legitimate shot at beating Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I know it's disappointing to lose but too blame the official, come on. Wieler took control of the game that's all. Something that all good official's do from time to time.

Cup Half Full said...

Bottom line is a referee from Regina should not be the referee in a game in which Regina plays. And I'm not sure which game you are speaking of Anonymous - Wieler never had control - he played a one sided game from the get go. That's not good officiating regardless what you might think. You need to get a grip. Quite frankly I think the ICE have every right to lodge a formal complaint. Unfortunately referees appear to be untouchable even if they - for lack of a better word - just plain suck.

Anonymous said...

Total lack of discipline by the Ice players and coaches. Classless act of banging sticks on the ice after the game. Neither Wieler nor the league forgets those things, and I'm sure there will be payback somewhere down the road. Instead of blaming officials, players and coaches should man up and admit they had discipline issues. Referees don't win or lose games for teams. The teams do that themselves. As I can recall there was an undisciplined check to the head by an Ice player in the Memorial Cup. That play changed the outcome of the tournament. look inside before looking outside.

Anonymous said...

Undisciplined? You obviously have no idea who this team is. They have the LEAST PIM's in the league. And the comment about the Mem Cup head shot is obviously irrelevant now, as that player isn't even around. Also, this is the first time an ICE coach as been tossed this whole year. So before you start calling them undisciplined, learn your facts. They were TERRIBLE calls, and now that you can see the proof (see Jeff's latest post), you should be able to see clearly that the refereeing was a problem. I'm not saying that is why the ICE lost, but it was definitely a factor in getting the Pat's a win.

Anonymous said...

Yes, KOOTENAY was in the Memorial Cup, nice to see you recognized that - when did Regina's season end again? Anway, new game on Wednesday and hope it is a good one!

Anonymous said...

Fact...Wieler is from Saskatchewan. 4 Pats are from SK. 8 Kootenay Ice player's are from SK plus the Head coach.

Anonymous said...

Wieler is one of the worst refs in the WHL. I read some people say "Sore losers" or "To blame a ref..." But guess what Nathan Wieler (from Regina) Will decide games! He took singlehandedly took one away from the Raiders last night. Raiders up 3 - 0. Wieler can't stand that so start to call the most cheapest calls you'd never believe. like holdiing the puck agaist the boards. he calls it delay of game. (normally the puck is just called frozen) Apparently you're not allowed to kill a penalty anymore buy getting tied up agaist the boards. final score MJ 4 PA 3 with MJ 3/10 on PP. maybe 3 of those calls being ligit.

Anonymous said...

Raiders have had a history with Wieler in the passed because of the old rivalries between pats and raiders in the 90's. He IS the WORST REF EVER!!!