January 29, 2013 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Regina Pats
Regina, Saskatchewan - Pats past and present were on the ice at the Brandt Centre Monday night to support former Pats Captain Kyle Deck and his battle against Kidney Disease. The two-part event featured an alumni game involving many Pats greats and a skills competition with current Pats, alumni and media showcasing their individual skills.
Alumni Game Recap
Despite Team White (featuring Mike Sillinger, Frank Kovacs and Jamie Heward) being touted as the pre-game favourite, it was Team Blue who jumped out to an early lead. Brad Anderson opened the scoring just 2:30 into the game and Team Blue kept rolling from there. Mike Kirby scored twice and added an assist in the first half as Team Blue opened up an 8-2 lead through 25 minutes. Rod Houk was a dominant force between the pipes, stopping 18 of 20 shots in the frame.
After a short intermission, Team White hit the ice on fire looking to get back into the contest. Martin Smith opened the second half scoring for Team White and the comeback was on. Jared Jagow led the charge scoring five times in the half to total six goals on the night while adding one assist. Goaltender Shaun Fleming helped White get back in the game, only allowing one goal on nine shots in the second. Down 9-7 in the dying minutes, Kelly Markwart and Jagow scored 1:03 apart to tie the game 9-9 and send the game to a shootout. Team Blue would stave off the comeback and take the game on Kirby's shootout winner for the 10-9 victory.
Six Generations of Pats
Skills Competition Recap
After a quick warm-up and ice resurfacing it was time for the current Pats to join with some of the Alumni and members of the media for the Prairie Mobile Skills Competition.
The Fastest Skater Challenge opened up the events with each current Pats player putting up times under 14 seconds in their preliminary runs. Chandler Stephenson (Team Blue) posted the best time with 12.94 seconds to complete his lap. Lane Scheidl (Team White) posted the second best time (13.23) to advance to the Finals. Stephenson wouldn't be able to match his first run, but still earned Team Blue the victory. On the Alumni side of things, Kyle Ross and Jared Jagow posted the best times with Ross outskating Jagow in the final to earn Blue another win and a 4-0 lead after one event.
With Team Blue commanding an impressive early lead, Team White needed a strong showing in the Three Man Breakaway Challenge to bounce back into the contest. The Team White shooters would sneak the puck behind Blue netminder Teagan Sacher while Team Blue could only beat Matt Hewitt once to make it a 5-3 score after two events.
Up next was the Hardest Shot Competition as skaters attempted to post the fastest slapshot. Alumnus Jamie Heward showed the kids a thing or two when he stepped into a 95 mph shot on his first attempt. He followed it up with the hardest shot on the evening, clocking his second attempt at 97 mph to earn Team White another point. The voice of the Pats, Phil Andrews, stepped up for Team Blue with a 73 mph shot to beat out CTV's Lee Jones (67 mph) in the media category and even the event score at one point a side. Chandler Stephenson stepped up again for Team Blue and ripped a 94 mph shot to break the event tie and put Team Blue ahead 7-4 after the third challenge.
Team White's members showed off their accurate shots in the Accuracy Challenge and brought the score a little closer. First, Global Regina's Derek Meyers added to Blue's lead with an unorthodox strategy of firing one-timers and beating out 104.9 The Wolf's Ryan Mochoruk in the media category. Mike Sillinger stepped up and put on a clinic for both Alumni and current Pats when he knocked out four targets in five shots to get Team White back even in the challenge. Rookie forward Adam Brooks would give Team White the event win when he nearly matched Sillinger's run, hitting four targets in six shots to move the score after four events to an 8-6 Team Blue lead.
The Breakaway Challenge can make or break a team's performance in the Skills Competition and it was no different Monday night. The first five shooters were stoned by the goaltenders before Mike Sillinger (White), Kelly Markwart (Blue) and Jared Jagow (White) scored in a row to make the score 9-8 in favour of Blue. Darian Henry restored the two point lead, going five-hole on Matt Hewitt. Morgan Klimchuk responded to pull White back within one before Lane Scheidl finally evened the score at ten a side. The score remained tied until White fielded a surprise final shooter... Kyle Deck. The former Pats Captain got Sacher to bite on a quick move then roofed the puck to win the competition for Team White by an 11-10 score.