Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pats - Hurricanes Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (4-4-1-0) make Lethbridge the next stop of their three game road swing to face the Hurricanes (1-7-0-1).  Both teams squared off once in the pre-season with Regina capturing a 5-2 win over Lethbridge.  2013-14 saw the Pats take the season series with a 3-1-0-0 record against the ‘Canes.  Morgan Klimchuk led the way with 11 points (4G, 7A) in just three games.  Riley Sheen led returning Hurricanes with three points (2G, 1A) in four games against Regina.  Coming into tonight’s game the Queen City Kids have lost two straight after last night’s 1-0 loss to the Ice.  Lethbridge has dropped five straight including a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Victoria yesterday.  You can listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Shut Out 1-0 by IceIt was a night for the Pats where they did almost everything right, but score a goal.  Troy Murray scored the game’s only goal 33 seconds into the second period and six seconds into Kootenay’s second powerplay of the game.  That held up as the game winner despite the Pats outshooting the Ice 34-16 through sixty minutes and 11-3 in the third period.  Wyatt Hoflin picked up his first shutout of the season in the 1-0 Kootenay victory.
Pucks to the NetRegina has outshot opponents in five out of nine games this season, holding a 4-1-0-0 record when doing so.  Last night marked the first time the Pats didn’t win when leading the shot count.  The Pats have only been outshot three times this season and tied once (Tri-City – Oct. 10th).
Busy Between the PipesDaniel Wapple has started all but one of the Pats’ nine games and six straight games.  The Saskatoon product is 3-4-1-0 on the season with a 3.26 GAA and a 0.885 SV% in eight games.
Tough on the RoadThe Pats penalty kill ranks 20th in the WHL at 73.5%.  On the road the Blue and White have been more efficient, only allowing four goals on 20 opportunities (80.0%).  That ranks the Pats 11th in the WHL when killing penalties away from home.  They also have a shorthanded goal on the road.
Upcoming Schedule
at Calgary – Sunday, October 19th, 4:00 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (RM2–
vs. Portland – Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Swift Current – Friday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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