Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (19-20-3-4) are back at home for the first time since January 3rd when they hit the ice at the Brandt Centre tonight against the Prince Albert Raiders (26-15-4-1). Tonight is the 5th of 8 meetings between the two clubs with the Pats winning the first 4, once in regulation, twice in overtime and one in a shootout. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert


Goals For/Against
146/167 (-21)
151/144 (+7)
15.7% (31/197)
18.4 % (34/184)

Penalty Kill
77.3% (153/198)
80.0% (152/190)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-44-71)
Reid Gardiner (29-35-64)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Jesse Lees (16-20-36)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.06 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats wrapped up their 6 game road trip on Saturday in Kennewick Washington in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Tri-City Americans. The Pats trailed 2-0 and 4-2 in the game but battled back to force OT. The shootout needed 10 rounds before the first and only goal was scored by Brandon Carlo and the Americans took the extra point.  

The Raiders were home to the Brandon Wheat Kings last night and dropped a 3-0 decision. The Raiders were outshooting Brandon 22-9 at the midway point of the contest but were trailing 2-0. Jordan Papirny made 33 saves through regulation for the shutout while Reid Duke led the way offensively for Brandon with a goal and an assist. 

Brown solid in Return
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown put forward a real good effort against the Tri City Americans on Saturday. The 18-year-old had not started a game since December 30th because of an upper body injury. Brown turned aside 35 of 39 shots faced through 65 minutes and then went 9 for 10 in the shootout.

Three Pats Crack CSS Rankings
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service released its midterm rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft on Tuesday. Sam Steel was the topped ranked Pat in North America at number 29. Adam Brooks came in at 107, this is his third year of eligibility for the draft. Finally Adam Berg was the 155th ranked player. This will be his second year entering the NHL draft.

Hobbs Out
Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs remains out of the lineup after suffering an upper-body injury against the Seattle Thunderbirds last Friday. Hobbs leads all Pats defencemen with 28 points on the year and is top 5 among defenceman in goals scored with 12.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Brandon – January 24, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Saskatoon – January 29, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – January 30, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)

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