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Pats/Tigers Thoughts from Wednesday

I'm sure that I can't re-hash the events any better than our local media sources. Here's Rod's re-cap, Greg Harder's blog entry and the LeaderPost article (also by Greg H.).

Summary:
Medicine Hat Tigers 4 At Regina Pats 7 - Status: Final
Nov 4, 2009 - Brandt Centre - Regina, SK

Medicine Hat 2 1 1 - 4
Regina 2 2 3 - 7

1st Period-1, Regina, Strueby 9 (Teubert, Weal), 10:01 (pp). 2, Regina, Strueby 10 (Weal, Eberle), 11:12 (pp). 3, Medicine Hat, Gal 7 (Kundratek, Carr), 14:41. 4, Medicine Hat, Hamilton 5 (Vey, Cameron), 17:01. Penalties-Rieder Reg (tripping), 3:27; Mospanchuk M.h (high sticking), 9:46; Vey M.h (hooking), 10:58; Bredo M.h (roughing), 14:17; Favreau Reg (roughing), 14:17.

2nd Period-5, Regina, Carlson 2 (Hricina, Weal), 7:01. 6, Medicine Hat, Vey 7 (King, Carr), 17:47 (pp). 7, Regina, Leffler 7   17:56 (sh). Penalties-Sohn M.h (major-fighting), 3:09; Favreau Reg (major-fighting), 3:09; Leffler Reg (cross checking), 11:26; Gal M.h (roughing), 16:12; Isherwood M.h (roughing), 16:12; Borstmayer Reg (roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 16:12; Hutt Reg (boarding), 16:12; Leffler Reg (roughing), 16:12.

3rd Period-8, Medicine Hat, Vey 8 (Hamilton, Cameron), 0:27. 9, Regina, Leffler 8 (Eberle), 4:01. 10, Regina, Eberle 13 (Weal, Davidson), 11:48 (pp). 11, Regina, Mitchell 1 (Hutt, Davidson), 14:13. Penalties-Teubert Reg (delay of game), 1:57; Konan M.h (interference), 6:22; Kessy M.h (checking from behind, checking from behind), 10:30; Hamilton M.h (roughing), 14:13; Isherwood M.h (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 14:13; Gustafsson Reg (elbowing), 14:13; Mitchell Reg (roughing), 14:13.

Shots on Goal-Medicine Hat 12-12-13-37. Regina 9-11-10-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Medicine Hat 1 of 5; Regina 3 of 5.
Goalies-Medicine Hat, Bunz 8-7-2-1 (21 shots-16 saves); Dubyk 1-1-0-0 (9 shots-7 saves). Regina, Ketlo 4-5-1-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
A-3,626
Referees-Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Derek Nernberg (139), Chad Marshall (95).

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Some thoughts from the game.....
Damien Ketlo is really making me a believer. I honestly don't recall a goalie making saves of the spectacular sort like he has recently and he made at least 2 or 3 of them in this contest. He's getting better each game.

For all of the Colten Teubert haters out there.... Grow Up! He has been a beast recently and in this game he was a stalwart on D. I've noticed that people near me aren't on him as much.... until he makes what people perceive to be a mistake by him.... in my opinion the errors are becoming few and far between. He's becoming a real leader.

It was nice to see Carlson get his first as a Pat, especially against his former club. He has been a fine addition to the Pats blue line corps. His speed and his puck moving ability have helped the Pats backend a ton.

Strueby scores a couple of his specialty...garbage... goals. At least you know he's going to the net and getting chances. Goals are goals and the more he scores the better it is for the whole team.

A couple of nice snipes by Leffler who seemed like he tried to pick the team up and put them on his back for periods of time. It was like he was trying to will the team to win.

Jordan Weal was truly amazing this game... he was all over the ice and all over the score sheet picking up 4 assists. His effort and his creativity cause the opposition to pay that much more attention to him freeing up his linemates for scoring chances. Could have easily been the first star.

Jordan Eberle is truly a gift for us fans to watch. I know he gets a ton of press and attention but this kid is special. I hate drawing comparisons to former Pats so I won't. All I know is that in my thirty years of watching Pats hockey he is one of the best.

I wish I would have taken a pen to scribble notes down but I didn't and I was going by memory and mentioned the players that really stood out. Gardiner had a good game (getting some ice time now), Hutt is getting his stride, Davidson was again solid, Mitchell finally got his first of the year and is looking more and more like he's going to take the next step, Gustafsson seems to be getting it now and soon he will break out. I have nothing bad to say about this one so I won't try to drum up anything.

I will post my Pats/Blades thoughts tomorrow.

KS

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