Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pats - Americans Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (19-20-3-3) wrap up their trip through the U.S. Division tonight in Tri-City against the Americans (18-23-2-0). The Pats with a win can finish 3-3-0-0 on their 6 game road trip, tonight is their 4th game in 5 nights. Puck drop is at 9:00 Regina time with the pre-game at 8:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
142/162 (-20)
137/165 (-28)
16.0% (31/194)
23.6% (43/182)
Penalty Kill
77.6% (152/196)
76.7% (148/193)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (26-43-69)
Parker Bowles (25-33-58)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
P. Wotherspoon (8-29-37)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.83 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats penalty kill struggled in Seattle on Friday and the Thunderbirds scored three times up a man to win 4-2 on home ice. The Pats outshot Seattle 37-26 in the game but the special teams was the difference.

The Tri-City Americans hosted the Saskatoon Blades on Friday and skated to a 4-3 victory. The Ams led 3-0 and 4-1 in the game but the Blades mounted a bit of a comeback. Tri-City held on in the end thanks to 20 saves from Evan Sarthou.

Richards Scores #1
Pats forward Sean Richards scored his first career WHL goal on Friday night in Seattle. What a goal it was, burning around the defenseman on the left wing and burying a backhand shot from an impossible angle into the top of the net. It took until his 28th game for the goal but it was well worth the wait. Richards now has 5 points in his rookie season.

The Streak is Over
Adam Brooks saw his league leading 15 game point streak come to an end on Friday in the loss to Seattle. Brooks was kept off the score sheet for the first time since December 9th against the Calgary Hitmen. He put up 32 points, 12 of them goals over that stretch and he holds a 3 point edge on Tyson Baillie and Brayden Burke for the WHL Scoring lead.

Wrapping up the Swing
Tonight marks the end of the Pats road trip through the U.S. Division. After starting the swing with wins over Spokane and Everett, the club has lost back to back games against Portland and Seattle. The Pats have scored 14 goals in the first 4 games and given up 13. Jordan Hollett has started all four contests but will give way to starter Tyler Brown who will make his first start since his upper body injury.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Prince Albert – January 23, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – January 24, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Saskatoon – January 29, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)


Anonymous said...

Will Hobbs be back for the game?

Phil Andrews said...

I doubt it