Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pats - Hitmen Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (5-4-0-0) will play their 4th game of their Alberta road trip this afternoon in Calgary against the Hitmen (5-2-0-1). The Pats are coming off a 4-2 hard fought win in Edmonton on Friday over the Oil Kings. Calgary meanwhile dropped their third straight game on Saturday, 6-0 in Medicine Hat. Puck drop is at 4 o’clock with the pre-game at 3:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
29/32 (-3)
24/32 (-8)
19.0% (8/42)
21.2 % (11/52)
Penalty Kill
72.0% (36/50)
81.6% (40/49)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (7-6-13)
Travis Sanheim (3-9-12)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-3-6)
Travis Sanheim (3-9-12)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.96 yrs
18.07 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats scored twice in the opening three minutes in Edmonton on Friday and never gave up the lead on route to their 4th win in 5 games, 4-2 over the Oil Kings. Rykr Cole scored and added a helper in the win.

The Calgary Hitmen were in Medicine Hat on Saturday night and lost for a third straight time, 6-0 the final score. The Hitmen remained without their starting netminder Brenden Burke and have been outscored 21-6 in their last three games. 

Brown Continues Solid Play
Goaltender Tyler Brown has been great in two straight starts for the Blue and White. The 18-year-old out of Winnipeg made 41 saves in Edmonton on Friday and picked up his first victory of the season. His save percentage is up to .908 on the year.

Pats defenceman Jared Freadrich picked up his first WHL point with an assist in Edmonton on Friday. It came on Brady Pouteau’s second goal of the season. As well forward Luc Smith recorded his first point of the year with the initial helper on that same goal.

Hitmen Dominant at Home
While Rexall Place in Edmonton has been friendly to the Pats over the last four years where they have won 6 times, the Soctiabank Saddledome is quite the different story. The Pats have dropped 6 in a row in Calgary, their last win came December 16th 2011. Matt Hewitt stopped 32 pucks and Matt Marantz scoed the game winner in a 3-2 victory. In the 2011-12 season the Pats won both times in Calgary. In the last four years including the first meeting of this season the Pats are 4-12-0-1 against the Hitmen.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Kootenay – October 20, 7:00 PM – Western Financial Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince Albert – October 25, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – October 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) 

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