Vanstone: Pats need home improvements

Robservations …

• No, Regina Pats fans were not performing The Wave Saturday night in the Brandt Centre. This was only the sight of people getting up to leave following the Lethbridge Hurricanes supposed a 6-2 lead in the next period. This was the final goal, and also the last straw, because the WHL’s Pats dropped for the fourth period to complete a five-game house stand.  

• At least it can be said that the Pats brought the fans out of their chairs.

• If main figures in major hockey leagues are actually committed to participant security, they can reevaluate severe sanctions against battling and start penalizing the ending of checks.

• Seriously, what is the purpose of completing a test? A participant who has relinquished the puck should not need to worry about being smashed into the boards per second or two later.

• and what’s the purpose of fighting? It’s purposeless. On Friday, by Way of Example, that the Pats’ Bryce Platt along with the Saskatoon Blades’ Evan Fiala rip-off. It was a fight for the sake of a fight — a needless spasm of pugilism that was then replayed about the Brandt Centre’s centre-ice scoreboard. Player security is such a clear priority that fighting is showcased through the in-house video system. The wrong message is being sent.

• Additionally from Friday’s game, the Pats’ Scott Mahovlich accidentally chased the puck into the stands and was given an automatic penalty for delay of game. Those calls drive me nuts — which, admittedly, is a brief trip. If a participant is clearly hoping to force a stoppage in play, then call a penalty. But if a puck is cleared over the Plexiglas at a fashion that is obviously accidental, exercise some common sense.

• Formerly in the game, the Blades’ Cameron Hebig was at a vulnerable situation when he had been checked into the boards. No call. But if a puck lands at the stands …

• And if there is evident cross-checking? No call then.

• How unique were the 2016-17 Pats? Their penalty-killing unit, including Adams Brooks and Austin Wagner, was more dangerous than many teams’ energy plays. On Saturday, by contrast, the Hurricanes were 4-for-7 about the power play with.

• I simply heard an ad for its All-Star Celebrity Classic — an old-timers sport that is to be played Feb. 17 at noticed mecca of baseball, Mosaic Stadium. The advertisement referred to “NHL Hall of Famers.” One issue: There is no such shrine. The intended reference is into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

• The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been in the marketplace for a quarterbacks coach now that Jarious Jackson has left Regina to become the B.C. Lions’ offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach. Think about filling the vacancy with Kevin Glenn?

• following is a twist: Jesse James was robbed. The modern day James, a tight end with the Pittsburgh Steelers, must have been given a game-winning touchdown Sunday against the New England Patriots. The TD was overturned following video review. The Patriots ended up holding to get a 27-24 victory.

• CBS analyst Tony Romo may break a Cleveland Browns game and make it interesting.

• Pleasant Folks who have a plug Jasper Nye, Doug Jones, Jake Gagnon, Les Lazaruk, Jack Brodsky, Rick Brodsky, Ashley Howard, Larry Kielo, Brent Parker, Brian Utley, Colby Whyte, Holly Armstrong, Maureen Baker and Caelan Armstrong.

rvanstone@postmedia.com