Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (6-5-0-0) return to home ice for the first time in two weeks when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (9-2-0-1) today at the Brandt Centre. The Pats are coming off 5 straight road games where they won 3 times and have been victorious in 5 of their last 7. The Raiders meanwhile were last in action Friday night when they hosted the Moose Jaw Warriors and won 7-2. Puck drop is at 4 o’clock this afternoon with the pre-game at 3:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert
Goals For/Against
33/39 (-6)
51/40 (+11)
18.0% (9/50)
24.5 % (12/49)
Penalty Kill
66.7% (40/60)
79.2% (38/48)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (7-6-13)
Reid Gardiner (9-13-22)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-5-8)
Jesse Lees (4-7-11)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.96 yrs
18.09 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats completed their five game road trip on Tuesday with a win in Cranbrook over the Kootenay ice 3-2. Goaltender Daniel Wapple put forward one of his best performances of the year making 37 saves for his 5th win. The Pats got goals from Sam Steel, Riley Woods and Colton Kroeker in the victory.

On Friday the Raiders were home to Moose Jaw and put 52 shots on goal in a 7-2 victory, their 5th in a row. Reid Gardiner and Simon Stransky led the way with three points a piece and Rylan Parenteau made 29 saves in the win. 

Cooper Returns
The Pats will welcome overage forward Taylor Cooper into their lineup for the first time this season. The Sherwood Park native underwent off-season shoulder surgery but the long road back comes to fruition tonight. Cooper scored 25 goals and had 60 points in 65 games last year, split between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Regina Pats.

Richards joins Pats
Sean Richards, one of the Pats listed forwards, out of St. Albert Alberta has decided to play in the WHL. Richards, who is playing in his 17-year-old season, started the year in the AJHl with the Olds Grizzlys. In 9 games he scored 4 times and had 6 points to go along with 39 penalty minutes. As a result of his decision to come to Regina, the club has re-assigned forward Trygve Many Guns to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.

Raiders off to hot start
The Prince Albert Raiders have stormed out of the gate and are the 10th ranked team in the country. Prince Albert enters the day in first place in the East Division with 19 points in 12 games played. Reid Gardiner is leading the club in his 19-year-old season with 22 points, that's tied for 3rd best in the entire WHL. 

It’s been a battle
Both the Pats and Raiders won 4 of the clubs 8 head to head matchups last season. The home steam won 5 of those games. The Pats won 4 times in regulation last year against the Raiders and one of their losses came in overtime. The Pats won the last three contests of last year.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – October 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Moose Jaw – October 31, 7:00 PM – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – November 6. 7:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)

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