Friday, November 13, 2015

Pats - Rebels Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (7-8-1-0) look for a bounce back effort tonight when they take on the Memorial Cup host Red Deer Rebels (14-6-0-0) at the Brandt Centre. It is the first of four meetings between the two teams on the season and the first of two which will take place here in Regina. The Rebels are the 5th ranked team in the CHL heading into this week. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock this afternoon with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
41/58 (-17)
76/54 (+22)
12.9% (9/70)
23.2 % (19/82)
Penalty Kill
68.8% (53/77)
79.7% (63/79)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (8-9-17)
Ivan Nikolishin (11-16-27)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-5-8)
Haydn Fleury (5-9-14)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.80 yrs
18.29 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats dropped a second straight game on Saturday when they hosted the Victoria Royals at the Brandt Centre. The League’s top team scored twice in each period to beat the Pats 6-1. Jordan Hollett came into the game in relief of Tyler brown and stopped 26 of 29 shots in just under 2 periods of work.

The Rebels were in Brandon on Wednesday and Rylan Toth stopped all 31 shots he faced as Red Deer won 4-0 over the Wheat Kings. Nelson Nogier led the way with 2 assists in the win. 
The Captain is Back
Pats 20-year-old defenceman Colby Williams will make his season debut tonight. The Washington Capitals prospect missed the first 16 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury he suffered in the off-season. Williams was the Pats MVP last year after scoring 11 goals, 30 assists, 95 PIM’s and was a plus 45 in 64 games played.

Cole Returns
The Pats will get a boost into their lineup on Friday when 18-year-old forward Rykr Cole makes his return after missing the last 7 games with a wrist injury. Cole was playing very well before injuring himself in Edmonton with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games before going down on October 16th.

Leschyshyn is back
Jake Leschyshyn is back with the Pats after competing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek B.C. With Team Canada Black, Leschyshyn scored a goal, added an assist and scored the shootout winner in a round robin game against the Czech Republic. His team finished 8th at the tournament.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Lethbridge – November 15 – 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – November 17 – 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – November 20 – 7:30 PM – Westman Place (CKRM)

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