Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pats - Hurricanes Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (14-13-2-1) will play their 3rd game in 4 nights at the Brandt Centre when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes (20-10-0-0). Tonight is the 3rd of 4 meetings between the two clubs with the Pats winning at home 5-3 on November 15th and the Hurricanes also picking up a home victory, 6-4 on October 14th. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
90/100 (-10)
122/89 (+33)
14.6% (20/137)
29.2 % (38/130)

Penalty Kill
76.6% (108/141)
81.8% (99/122)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (14-24-38)
Brayden Burke (7-36-43)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (9-9-18)
Andrew Nielsen (7-23-30)

Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)

Average Age
17.79 yrs
18.13 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats dropped a 4-3 decision at home to the WHL leading Kelowna Rockets on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. The Pats got off to a tough start and trailed 3-1 after 1 but played a great 40 minutes afterwards, outshooting Kelowna 24-9 in the final two period but could not find the tieing goal. The result extended the Pats losing streak to 3 games. 

The Hurricanes got 3 point nights from Brayden Burke and Tyler Wong and won on the road in Brandon on Friday night 5-3. Stuart Skinner was fantastic making 40 saves for the win in the Lethbridge goal. 

Cooper gets Teddy Bear Streak
The Pats Taylor Cooper scored the teddy bear toos goal as a mamber of the Lethbridge Hurriances last season and made it back to back years on Friday night with the Pats 1st goal against the Kelowna Rockets at the Brandt Centre. It's not the first time Regina has been home to a streak extending night for teddy bear goals. Last year Pavel Padakin scored his third straight goal in such a game. He scored the teddy goal the previous two years with the Calgary Hitmen. 

Pats without 2nd D Pairing
With Sergey Zborovskiy gone for selection camp for Russia's World Junior team and James Hilsendager on the shelf with an injury that could keep him out until after Christmas the Pats are playing shorthanded on the back end. It has allowed however for Jared Freadrich and Nikolai Knyzhov to get into the lineup and play some valuable minutes for the club. 

Hobbs Continues the Streak
Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs continues to provide offense from the back end. The Washington Capitals draft pick scored a highlight reel goal last in the third on Friday night to extend his point streak to 8 games. The 18-year-old has 5 goals and 4 assists over that stretch. His 9 goals on the season has him tied for 2nd among WHL defenceman. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – December 13, 4:05 PM – Sasktel Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kamloops – December 15, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Saskatoon - December 18, 7:00 PM - Brandt Centre (CKRM)


Anonymous said...

If coaches were assessing the players by their play instead of the name on the back of their jersey the young guys would be getting proper ice time long before players are missing. Vets can make mistakes time after time with zero consequences by looks of things. Last night against Kelowna a prime example. Coaches say they are developing for down the road but looks like promotion of a select few is the goal.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what game you are watching... All I see is young guys out there

Anonymous said...

To Anon 12:06. Are you drunk? Fans getting tired of watching same brutal PP and same vets making mistake after mistake. Especially on the defence. Change things up and give others a chance. What could it hurt? Can't possibly be worse than what is happening now.

Anonymous said...

The Pats talent, effort, and progression is still vey mediocre. They have a ton of work to do if they hope be contenders in two years time, forgetting about next season.

william weppler said...

Have to agree that PP has been weak the last couple of years but I have faith that coaches will get the right mix of talent clicking.
As far as vets getting the break over young players I think that happens on all Teams; the coaches have to believe that over time vets will make fewer errors than an inexperienced player; unless you have a Connor McDavid on your Team :))
Anon 12:58 - as far as "Can't possibly be worse than what is happening now" - do you realize that Pats record is 14W 13L 2OTL 1SOL? So they have points in 17 out of 30 games and have a solid hold on a playoff spot (sitting in 7th place 8 points up on the 9th place team). I think things could be a lot worse than they are now!!