Alexander Suzdalev Scores Twice In Must-Win Game 6 For Regina Pats

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Going into Game 6 on Saturday night, Washington Capitals prospect Alexander Suzdalev and the Regina Pats trailed 3-2 in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Saskatoon Blades. It was win or go home for Suzdalev and the Pats.

Suzdalev and the Pats answered the bell, taking down the Blades 5-3 on home ice and forcing a decisive game 7 Monday night in Saskatoon. Suzdalev recorded the first two goals for the Pats, giving them an important early lead in game 6.

Suzdalev’s first goal of the game came at 14:53 of the first period, tying the game 1-1. Suzdalev clapped a bomb from a sharp angle low on the right side, beating Saskatoon netminder Ethan Chadwick high-glove side.

Suzdalev’s scored the next goal of the game as well, coming at 5:04 of the second period, giving the Pats a 2-1 lead. This time Suzdalev would deke and fire a wrister from inside the slot for the tally.

Suzdalev was named the third star of the game. The rookie now has three goals and 8 assists in his first six WHL postseason games for a 1.83 points per game average.

Suzdalev led all WHL rookies in goals (38), assists (48), points (86), power play goals (17), and power play assists (19), and tied for first in points per-game (1.30) during the regular season. He is a lock for WHL Rookie of the year, which has yet to be announced.

The Regina Pats named Suzdalev their Nick Pappas Rookie of the Year on Monday. (More here)

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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15 Responses to Alexander Suzdalev Scores Twice In Must-Win Game 6 For Regina Pats

  1. GRin430 says:

    It sure would be a pity to break up that Suzdalev-Bedard bromance…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sudzy is a world-class hockey talent. A candidate for “Please don’t Stephenson” our Suzdalev when he heads towards the Caps

    • KimRB says:

      His offensive talent is pretty obvious. Needs to work on much of his game though. He dropped to the 3rd round, for a reason. Probably not NHL ready, for a good two years.

      • GRin430 says:

        Do you mean that top-6 forwards are actually supposed to play some defense? In the CHL? Is that even allowed?

        • KimRB says:

          Sarcasm? I don’t want to start lecturing you, and look like I have a rod up my butt, unless I know whether you’re kidding, or not.

          But anyhoo, at least most kids in the ECHL look like they’re paying some attention to defense, but Suzdalev, at times, looks like he thinks defense is a 4 letter word.

          • GRin430 says:

            Sorry, that was definitely sarcasm (when in doubt on any of my comments, assume sarcasm, or some other lame attempt at humor).

            One of the reasons I actually favor US college kids or Swedish leaguers vs. Canadian Juniors is that most college/Swedish coaches make their forwards play D… Most coaches in Canadian juniors do not if you can score. Scoring totals in the CHL (WHL, OHL and especially QMJHL) are thus usually massively inflated vs. other developmental leagues. It turns out it is slightly easier to score against 16-yr-olds who don’t play defense than it is to do so against. older kids or men who do (more sarcasm).

            • KimRB says:

              What you’re saying is true, but the WHL, which Suzdalev is playing in, of course, is the most NHL-like of the CHL leagues. They’re not as wide open as the OHL and QMJHL. So there’s that.

      • novafyre says:

        I’d still love to see him develop in Hershey or even North Charleston. Both have done a lot in developing new talent.

        • dwgie26 says:

          Yep Bedard will move on. So should Sudz. He has skill for AHL, but needs to smooth out some rough edges.

          • KimRB says:

            Suzdalev has NHL skill level, the question is how good is he gonna be at everything other than shooting and passing. He has some things to work on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good to see Suzdalev elevate his game in big games.

  4. KimRB says:

    I’ve been saying all along that people shouldn’t hand the Memorial Cup to Regina, just because of Batman and Robin, aka Bedard and Suzdalev. I don’t care how talented those two are, they can’t carry that whole team. Regina was barely above 500 for the regular season, and there’s a lot of really strong teams in the WHL, like Seattle, Red Deer and Ryan Hofer’s Kamloops. If Regina wins that series, it’ll be a big upset.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Man it would be so sweet to have both Bedard and Suzdalev!!

    Please Hockey gods let this happen

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