Pats camp (Day 1)
Top prospect Adam Brooks scored a highlight-reel goal and added an assist to lead Team Red to a 4-3 shootout win over Team Grey in the first rookie scrimmage of Regina Pats training camp on Friday.
Brooks, who had several quality scoring chances in the game, helped set up Colton Kroeker’s first-period marker. Then, trailing 3-1 in the third, Brooks danced around a would-be defender and cut to the net before tucking it upstairs on goaltender Adam Jones.
Red’s Colin Burston tied it up late in the third period and Ross Heidt added the winner in the shootout. Goaltender Troy Martyniuk started for Red and allowed two goals in the first period (there was no shot clock), followed by Liam Banks (one goal, second period) and Nicholas Schneider (no goals, third period). Corwin Stevely, Liam Finlay and Kyle Westeringh replied for Grey. Patrick Gora got the start (one goal, first period), followed by Brett Pongracz (no goals, second) and Jones (two goals, third).
In the vet scrimmage, Dyson Stevenson scored the first goal in Team Blue’s 4-3 win.
Braden Christoffer, Cole Hamblin and Desmond Bear had Blue’s other markers. Emil Sylvegard, Dryden Hunt and Lane Scheidl replied for Team White. Starting goaltenders Matt Hewitt (White) and Adam Beukeboom (Blue) each allowed two goals. White’s Teagan Sacher allowed two goals in relief. Blue’s Tanner Burgardt gave up one.
The Pats are slated to hold four scrimmages Saturday at the Co-operators Centre: 9 a.m. (rookies), 12:30 p.m. (vets), 5:30 p.m. (rookies) and 7:45 p.m. (vets). On Sunday, there are to be two early scrimmages (9 a.m. rookies, 12:30 p.m. vets) before a major roster cutdown. That’s followed by two evening practices (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) in preparation for Monday’s Blue & White game (2 p.m., Co-operators Centre).
Defenceman Colton Jobke addressed the uncertainty of his situation due to the pending NHL lockout. Assuming NHL training camps are cancelled, he’ll report directly to camp with the AHL’s Houston Aeros in late September.
After that, who knows? Maybe he stays or perhaps the Wild decide they have a full house on the farm and send him back to junior.
Naturally, Jobke made it clear that his focus is on graduating to the pro ranks this season – lockout or no lockout.
“You want to always be moving forward,” he said. “You never want to be complacent with where you are in life or your career. My goal is to move forward, do the best I can here and when I get a chance in Houston, show them what I have.”
Jobke’s status – and the impact it might have on the 20-year-old situation – is the biggest question mark facing Regina right now.
If he ends up back with the Pats, they immediately become a much better team, especially following the graduation of fellow blueliners Brandon Davidson, Artem Bidlevskii and Martin Marincin.
Jobke hopes to join his former teammates in the pros, but he also insists that coming back to Regina would be a pretty good consolation prize.
“I think it would be awesome,” he said. “I really like the organization. We have a great group of guys here and it gives me another year to develop physically, off the ice and on the ice. I can mature more. I’m lucky the situation I’m in, still eligible for one more year of junior. There’s a lot of guys out there who just graduated from junior who have a lot of uncertainty whether they’ll even be playing hockey in the next couple months. If there is a lockout and I don’t earn a spot on Houston I’d be excited to come back here and pick up where I left off.”