Friday, January 29, 2016

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (20-21-3-4) kick off a home and home set at the Brandt Centre tonight against the Saskatoon Blades (17-27-4-0). Tonight is the 5th of 8 meetings between the two clubs with both teams winning twice so far, one of the Pats losses came in a shootout in Saskatoon. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
150/173 (-23)
140/198 (-58)
15.4% (31/201)
16.9 % (33/195)

Penalty Kill
76.3% (158/207)
82.0% (178/217)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-44-71)
Cameron Hebig (22-27-49)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Libor Hajek (3-15-18)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.66 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats were last in action on Sunday when they lost at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0. Jayce Hawryluk led the way with two goals and an assist and the Wheat Kings limited the Pats to 22 shots on goal. The Brandon powerplay scored three times in the contest.   

The Blades are coming off a 6-2 loss to Brandon on Saturday. The Wheat Kings John Quenneville led the way offensively with a goal and three assists while Red Duke recorded a hattrick. Cameron Hebig scored both Blades goals in the loss.  

Pats Call Up Holmes
The Regina Pats added 16-year-old forward Robbie Holmes to their roster for this weekends games. Holmes was an 11th round pick of the Pats in 2014 and in 22 games this season with the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL has 4 goals and 3 assists.

Injury Bug Bites
The Pats have had a rash of injuries over the last two weeks. First they lost defenceman Connor Hobbs at the end of the U.S. road trip and then last weekend forwards Adam berg, Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond all went down due to injury. The Pats will likely play a man short tonight against Saskatoon.

It’s a Big Weekend
Tonight is the first half of a home and home set between the Pats and the Blades. Regina is looking to stay above the Edmonton Oil Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers in the Eastern Conference standings. They sit 2 and 5 points back respectively. The Blades meanwhile are 7 points back of  Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Conference and are 9 points back of the Pats.

Steel Plays at Top Prospects Game
Pats forward Sam Steel was among the 40 top draft eligible players to take part in the 2016 BMO NHL/CHL Top Prospects game in Vancouver last night. The 17-year-old is ranked 29th in North America at the midterm by the Central Scouting Service. Steel and Team Cherry lost 3-2 to Team Orr. It was Orr's 6th straight win the the prospects game.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – January 30, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – February 5, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince George – February 6, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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