Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pats - Hitmen Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (14-11-2-1) are back at home for the first time since November 17th tonight when thy host the Calgary Hitmen (19-11-1-1). Tonight is the 4th and final meeting of the season between the two clubs, the Pats are 1-2-0-0 against the Hitmen on the year. Puck drop is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
84/92 (-8)
104/99 (+5)
13.7% (18/131)
20.0 % (29/145)
Penalty Kill
77.3% (102/132)
83.3% (120/144)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (14-23-37)
Radel Fazleev (14-26-40)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (7-9-16)
Travis Sanheim (7-22-29)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
17.96 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats went to their first shootout of the season on Saturday in Moose Jaw and lost 4-3 to the Warriors. Lane Zablocki, Austin Wagner and Sam Steel scored the goals for Regina but they could not beat Zach Sawchenko in the shootout and the Warriors took the extra point.  

The Hitmen came back from down 4-2 with 13:20 left in the 3rd period in Brandon last night and beat the Wheat Kings 6-4. Jordy Stallard and Carsen Twarynski each had 3 point nights while Nik Amundrud made 26 saves in his Calgary début for the victory.  

Pats Wrap up Road Swing
The Regina Pats are coming off a stretch of nine straight games on the road where they went 4-3-1-1, picking up 10 of a possible 18 points. The club picked up 5 of those points over the last three games of the road stretch with wins in Saskatoon, Brandon and then the shootout loss in Moose Jaw. The Pats enter tonight in 4th in the East Division and are the first wildcard team in the standings. They are 8 points ahead of Saskatoon who are the closest team to a playoff spot.

Pats Snap Streak in Calgary
The Regina Pats finally got a win in Calgary during their road trip. It had been 7 straight wins for the Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome until November 27th when Jake Leschyshyn scored a hattrick to lead the Pats to a 4-3 overtime victory. The Hitmen still lead the season series 2-1-0-0.

Central Division Success
The Pats hold a 9-5-0-0 record in 14 games against the Central Division so far this season. That is tied with the Kelowna Rockets for the most wins by a team from outside the division. The Lethbridge Hurricanes who play within the Central have won 10 games.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Kelowna – December 11, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Lethbridge – December 12, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – December 13, 4:00 PM – Sasktel Centre (CKRM)

1 comment:

Scott S said...

The Pats PK hasn't been a concern for me at all its the brutal PP that we have, even raising out PP percentage to mid pack of the league would most likely have us sitting in 3rd within the division. I love this coaching staff but they have real issues coaching the PP, last year we finished 21st in the league and that's where we sit currently as well.. Stats don't always lie like how the PK stat is lying.....