Embarrassed and disappointed.
Regina Pats head coach John Paddock was not mincing words after his team fell 6-4 to the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night.
The loss comes just four days after the Pats manhandled the Blades tto win 7-3 on Saturday.
Paddock said there are probably some bad games he’s forgetting, but still felt Wednesday night’s game was “the most poorly executed, unorganized game that we’ve had in three-plus years (in Regina).”
The Blades, on the other hand, rebounded nicely from this weekend’s loss, highlighted by the play of Cameron Hebig.
“Hebig outplayed everybody he played against in this game and that just shouldn’t be. He’s a good player but that shouldn’t be,” Paddock said.
Hebig collected first star honours in the game after a two goal, two assist night.
It was a high scoring opening frame for both teams, with Blades defenceman Libor Hájek getting the board first at about the five-minute mark and the goals kept coming.
The Pats answered back three minutes later with a goal from Pats captain Sam Steel, and just three minutes after that Hebig hit the board for his first of two goals on the night.
Ninety seconds later Josh Mahura found the net, but the Blades quickly responded again, this time with goals from Seth Bafaro and Braylon Shmyr.
A goal from Pats forward Matt Bradley with less than two minutes left in the period sealed a seven-goal period.
The next two periods didn’t go much better for the Pats.
After letting in his fifth of the night, Regina goaltender Max Paddock was removed from the game in favour of 20-year-old Tyler Brown.
Brown let just one more goal in after a solid effort, but the Pats weren’t able to get rolling again.
The Blades sealed the 6-4 win with an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left in the game.
“They came hard tonight and we just didn’t match their effort,” said Mahura after the game.
“We went over some stuff we wanted to do to start on and we just didn’t execute.”
John Paddock said his team should be ready for a lengthy film session on Thursday after their effort against the Blades.
“I don’t think they took (a win) for granted. I just think it probably shows how big the process is with some of our guys,” Paddock said.
“It was painful to watch, to be part of, we’re embarrassed.”