The final score may have read 8-6 for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, but Regina Pats head coach and general manager John Paddock was not mincing words when asked about the play of his team Sunday night at the Memorial Cup.
“The third period disguised a whole bunch of crap.” Paddock said. “That team is very fast, they are very good. The opposition always has a say in how you play. They did a lot of things to stop us and we did nothing. Their best players outplayed our best players from the goaltender out.”
After a Cameron Hebig goal just 13 seconds in, Acadie-Bathurst took control of the game scoring three times in an 82 second span to take control of a game they led 7-2 at one point early in the 3rd before Regina staged a furious 3rd period comeback that ended short as the Titan scored an empty-net goal moments before time expired.
Hebig says while the start was great, they couldn’t capitalize on it.
“We just took our foot off the pedal and you can’t let that happen and its unacceptable.” Hebig told reporters. “We can build off the third period as we know we can play with them. We just have to work hard every shift and not have the lapses that we did in the first and second.”
Captain Sam Steel, like Hebig, says the effort was unacceptable, but they ended on a positive.
“We didn’t deserve to win with the two periods of inconsistent hockey that we played, but we showed when we play we are a completely different team so we need a lot better start on Wednesday when we play Swift Current.” Steel said.
Noah Dobson had two goals and two assists for the Titan and was named the game’s first star. The defenceman, expected to be a top-ten pick in this year’s NHL draft, says his team is guilty of not putting in a 60 minute and they will learn from it.
“We just stopped playing our game and opened the door to give them momentum.” Dobson said. “I think we learned from this experience to not sit back and keep playing our game when we have the lead.|
The Titan are now 2-0 while the Pats are 1-1. On Monday at 6, the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs will take on the WHL champion Swift Current Broncos with both teams going in at 0-1.
The Pats will finish off the round-robin with a game against Swift Current Wednesday night.
1st Game Period-1, Regina, Hebig 1 (Steel), 0:13. 2, Acadie-Bathurst, Dobson 1 (Asselin, Murphy), 4:31. 3, Acadie-Bathurst, Crossman 1 (Balmas, Ivan), 5:35. 4, Acadie-Bathurst, Murphy 2 (Dobson, Truchon-Viel), 5:52. Penalties-Steel Reg (inter. on goaltender), 18:05.
2nd Game Period-5, Acadie-Bathurst, Asselin 3 (Murphy, Dobson), 3:10. 6, Acadie-Bathurst, Truchon-Viel 1 (Morand, Rubtsov), 8:49 (PP). 7, Regina, Legien 1 (Bradley, Pouteau), 10:45. 8, Acadie-Bathurst, Truchon-Viel 2 13:11 (SH). Penalties-Asselin Bat (high sticking), 5:40; served by Platt Reg (too many men), 7:28; Murphy Bat (slashing), 12:13; Leschyshyn Reg (roughing), 14:17; Galipeau Bat (roughing), 14:17.
3rd Game Period-9, Acadie-Bathurst, Crossman 2 (Ivan, Galipeau), 1:39. 10, Regina, Hebig 2 (Steel, Henry), 4:40. 11, Regina, Henry 2 (Steel, Mahura), 7:39 (PP). 12, Regina, Mahura 2 (Steel, Hebig), 14:10. 13, Regina, Bradley 1 (Fleury, Hajek), 18:03. 14, Acadie-Bathurst, Dobson 2 19:59 (EN). Penalties-Francis Bat (holding), 6:09; Henry Reg (boarding), 10:22; served by Balmas Bat (too many men), 11:29; Hebig Reg (high sticking), 14:42; Truchon-Viel Bat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:42.
Shots on Goal-Regina 13-11-14-38. Acadie-Bathurst 15-17-5-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Regina 1/3; Acadie-Bathurst 1/3.
Goalies-Regina, Paddock 1-0-0-0 (32 shots-26 saves); Kubic 0-1-0-0 (4 shots-3 saves). Acadie-Bathurst, Fitzpatrick 2-0-0-0 (38 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Jonathan Alarie (8), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Sylvain Losier (71), Chad Huseby.