Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pats - Warriors Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (15-15-2-2) will play their final game before the Christmas break tonight at the Brandt Centre when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (16-12-4-1). Today is the 6th of 8 meetings between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 2-2-0-1 record against Moose Jaw so far. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Moose Jaw
Goals For/Against
104/117 (-13)
113/104 (+9)
14.6% (23/157)
22.7 % (29/128)
Penalty Kill
76.3% (116/152)
83.5% (101/121)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (17-28-45)
Dryden Hunt (20-25-45)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (10-11-21)
Marc McNulty (3-21-24)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
17.86 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats fell behind 5-0 to the Saskatoon Blades, 5 minutes into the 3rd period on Friday night. They went on to score four unanswered to get within 1 but the Saskatoon Blades held on and scored an empty netter with 10 seconds left for the 6-4 victory at the Brandt Centre. The Pats dropped their third straight game and 6th of their last 7.

The Warriors led 1-0 after 1 at home to Kamloops on Friday night but gave up a goal in the second and another in the third to lose 2-1. Tanner Jeannot provided the lone offence for the Warriors who dropped their second straight game.

Schioler Chooses Regina
The Pats got some great news this week when 2013 2nd round pick defenceman Liam Schioler decided to leave the USHL’s Lincoln Stars and head to Regina. The West St. Paul Manitoba product had 3 assists in 22 games with the Stars this season. The 6’2” 200 lbs defenceman brings some much needed size to the Pats back end, he went +1 in his debut Friday night. 

Barteaux Gets the Call
The Pats 1st round pick in 2014, defenceman Dawson Barteaux made his WHL debut on Friday night against the Saskatoon Blades. The 15-year-old was selected 14th overall in the 2014 draft and with Colby Williams unavailable, James Hilsendager out with injury and Sergey Zborovskiy gone with Team Russia, he got his chance to play with the big club where he went +1. It’s unclear if he will play again tonight against Moose Jaw.

Consistency the Word
The Pats will look for a much better start on home ice tonight against the Warriors. In the Pats last stretch of 7 games where they have just one win and 4 of a possible 14 points, the team has scored the first goal 3 times. In the games they have scored first they are 1-1-0-1. The Pats have been battling from behind for the most part in this rough patch including down 5-0 Friday night to Saskatoon and 4-1 to the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday. Each time the Pats got to within a goal but could not tie it up late.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Brandon – December 27, 4:00 PM – Westman Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Saskatoon – December 29, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – December 30, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Center (CKRM)

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