Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pats - Royals Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (7-7-1-0) return home on Saturday night to host the Victoria Royals (13-5-0-1) at the Brandt Centre. The Royals are looking to sweep their road trip through the East Division tonight, they have beat Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Brandon for a 5 game winning streak and are the best team in the WHL with 27 points on the season. It is the first and only meeting of the season between the two clubs. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
40/52 (-12)
62/37 (+25)
13.6% (9/66)
19.0 % (15/79)
Penalty Kill
71.6% (53/74)
89.7% (61/68)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (8-9-17)
Alex Forsberg (6-16-22)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Sergey Zborovskiy (3-5-8)
Joe Hicketts (1-20-21)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.80 yrs
17.79 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats offense could not get it done in Swift Current on Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Broncos. Jon Martin scored twice for the home side, his 17th and 18th goals of the year and the Broncos outshot the Pats 39-26 in the contest.
The Victoria Royals won a 4-1 decision in Brandon on Friday night against the Wheat Kings, their 5th straight victory. Joe Hicketts and Matthew Phillips each had two points in the win while Coleman Vollrath stopped 39 of 40 shots faced.
Brown shines in first game as ‘starter’
On Friday night Tyler Brown took over the starting netminder role for the Pats after the team traded Daniel Wapple to Vancouver. Brown was fantastic in Swift Current stopping 36 of 38 shots faced and his save percentage is up to .910 heading into tonight.

Cooper gets on the board
In game number 4 since returning to the Pats lineup, 20-year-old Taylor Cooper scored his first goal of the season on Friday. Sam Steel stole a puck in the left corner and fed Cooper in front who got the monkey off his back. The goal was a big one, tieing the game 1-1 in Swift just 24 seconds after the Broncos had taken the lead.
Two Young Squads
Two of the WHL’s three youngest teams will play tonight at the Brandt Center. The Pats average age is 17.8 while the Royals are a shade lower at 17.79. Only the Saskatoon Blades are younger at 17.75 years. The league average is 18.01.
Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Red Deer – November 13, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Lethbridge – November 15, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – November 17, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now we will get a chance to see what a good young team looks like. Age can often be a crutch teams lean on when they are generally performing poorly. The Royals have been beating everyone with Brandon being the last victim. It doesn't bode well for the Pats who with or without the missing players, have only been mediocre.

The Pats may have to do a critical examination of their roster. What they have may not be what they need. I think they have a lot of work to do in order to compete for a championship in two seasons.