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Pats win 3rd straight 5-2 over Saskatoon

The Regina Pats have an even dozen wins over the Saskatoon Blades thanks to a 5-2 win at the Brandt Centre on Friday night.

The Pats third win in a row did not come easy, despite what the scoreboard said. The Queen City Kids may have outshot the Blades 54-33 but the course of the entire game could have been different if not for some solid work by the team's penalty kill early on..

Through the first half of the first period, the Pats took four straight penalties, including a double minor that led to two five-on-three's for the Blades.

VIDEO: Hometown crowd pays tribute to Mr. Hockey

Wayne Gretzky figures there is no photograph fans ask him to sign more often than the one of him as a smiling preteen beside his idol Gordie Howe, who is playfully hooking a hockey stick around the future Great One's neck.

"Every time I look at the picture or sign the picture, it's nothing but great memories," Gretzky said Friday as he and several hockey legends paid tribute to Howe in his hometown. "He was nicer and better ... when I met him than even what I thought he was going to be."

Ryan Smyth's number 28 to be retired in Moose Jaw

Friday marks a special night for the Moose Jaw Warriors organization as the team will honour one of the greatest players to ever step foot in the Friendly City.

It's Ryan Smyth Jersey Retirement Night as Smyth's number 28 will head up to the rafters to join Mike Keane, Theo Fleury and Kelly Buchberger as the only Warriors' to have their numbers retired.

“It's a tremendous honour to have your name or number recognized by any organization,” said Smyth earlier this week.

Jesse Gabrielle trying to rediscover scoring touch as Regina Pat

When the Regina Pats host the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at the Brandt Centre, there will be one Pat trying to get out of a bit of a funk.

The transition from the Brandon Wheat Kings to the Pats hasn't been the easiest for forward Jesse Gabrielle. There aren't any issues off the ice, but Gabrielle hasn't been able to do his best on the ice with just four points in 14 games in blue and white.

"You don't want to think about too much. I think I need to start shooting the puck more and driving the net," said Gabrielle.

Football stars pay Regina school a visit

Some football stars certainly had a warm reception at a Regina school Friday morning. 

CFL champion Geroy Simon and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion Jon Ryan joined up for the trip to Mother Teresa Middle School. As ambassadors of the Huddle Up Foundation, Ryan and Simon spoke to students about what it means to be a champion, but didn't stop there.

Jerome Messam returning to Riders in 2015

Strike another name off the Riders list of potential free agents now that the team signed Canadian running back Jerome Messam to a contract extension.

Messam was set to become a free agent on Tuesday. The team announced the signing on Friday.

Messam will return for his second season with the Riders and sixth in the CFL. Messam joined the Riders part way through last season as they continued to try and figure out who will replace 2013 Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets after he left for the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

Riders' linebackers coach from Pittsburgh Steelers coach's family tree

The connection between the coaching staff of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL appears to be growing stronger.

It's well known that Riders head coach Corey Chamblin knows Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin quite well. Tomlin actually gave Chamblin a reference when he was in the process of becoming the new head coach of the Green and White back in 2012.

This week, when the Riders introduced their coaching staff for the 2015 season, the team announced Tyrone Pettaway as their new linebackers coach.

What's old is new again with Riders special teams coaching staff

When it comes to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and their special teams units, the team is sticking the course - kind of.

After the team gave up six touchdowns on special teams last season, there had been a lot of discussion on if coordinator Bob Dyce would be back in 2015. Head coach Corey Chamblin suggested before the New Year that would be the case. They are changing things up a little bit by bring back an old face with Cory McDiarmid returning as the team's special teams assistant, a role he held in 2013.

Pats double up Raiders 4-2

The Regina Pats can celebrate two wins in a row, however Tuesday night's win over the Prince Albert Raider's wasn't pretty.

The Blue and White hung on for a 4-2 win that certainly left a lot to be desired for the team and the 4,833 in attendance.

"I thought we're not even average, I thought we're sloppy. We made a lot of mistakes," said head coach John Paddock.

"Poor puck play, it was different things. But, just take the two points and learn some lessons from it."

Riders' kicking competition heating up

The Riders plan on bringing plenty of legs to Saskatoon for training camp in June.

After days of speculation and waiting, the Green and White officially signed former Lions and Eskimos kicker Hugh O'Neill on Tuesday.

There was delay in signing O'Neill as it's believed he was on a mountain in Thailand as part of a vacation.

"We followed Hugh back when he came out of the draft. There was a couple of different times we tried to get him and we weren't able to," said vice-president and general manager Brendan Taman.

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