Failure unfamiliar to Pats coach

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Curtis Hunt isn't quite sure what to do with himself. He's never been in this situation. And he hopes to never experience it again.

Hunt, coach of the woeful Regina Pats, will miss the WHL playoffs for the first time in his five-year career.

"I'm in uncharted waters," Hunt told a Regina newspaper. "There's some frustration but we don't need to sit around and fire up the hot stove and say who's at fault and point fingers.

"I think we all need to look at ourselves, we need to look at what we could have done differently or better. That includes all of our players.

"There are some guys in there who didn't give us what they had the ability to give us."

The Pats, winless in their past 29 games, could challenge the WHL record (36) early next season.

Regina has already established a futility record for consecutive road losses with 26.

SONNE RISES IN CALGARY: Brett Sonne, Calgary's top bantam draft pick last spring, has joined the Hitmen for the stretch run.

Sonne (19 goals and 52 points in 45 games) was the sixth-highest scorer in the Pacific International Junior B Hockey League.

He also led the Port Coquitlam Buckeroos in the playoffs with six points. The 5-ft. 11-in., 172-pounder could see action in the club's final two regular-season games this weekend in Lethbridge (Friday) and Red Deer (Saturday).

ICE CHIPS: Calgary Flames first-rounder Dion Phaneuf walked home with most of the hardware at Red Deer's year-end banquet. He was named the Rebels player of the year, MVP and top defenceman ... Kelowna goaltender Derek Yeomans was named Greyhound WHL player of the week yesterday. The Rockets 'tender went 3-0, including a 2-1 OT win over the Hitmen.


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