Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (20-20-3-4) play their second home game in as many days this afternoon at the Brandt Centre  when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings (29-13-2-2). The Pats are 1-3-0-0 against the Wheat Kings heading into today's 5th of 8 meetings between the two clubs. Puck drop is at 4:00 with the pre-game at 3:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
150/169 (-19)
176/132 (+44)
15.6% (31/199)
19.3% (37/192)
Penalty Kill
77.3% (157/203)
77.0% (117/152)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-44-71)
Nolan Patrick (18-34-52)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Macoy Erkamps (8-37-45)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats came back from down 2-1 in the 3rd to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 4-2 at the Brandt Centre on Saturday night. Regina got 31 saves from goaltender Tyler Brown in the victory. Sam Steel scored twice while Adam Berg and Cole Sanford provided the other offence.  

The Wheat Kings were in Saskatoon on Saturday where they outshot the Blades 31-20 in a 6-2 win, their 6th victory in 7 games. Reid Duke scored a hattrick from Brandon in the win while John Quenneville and Macoy Erkanps each had three point nights.  

Sanford Says Hello
Pats forward Cole Sanford played in his first game as a Pat in Regina on Saturday and he did not disappoint the home town fans. The 20-year-old Vernon B.C. product scored the games opening goal, his 24th and added an assist in the Pats 4-2 win over P.A.

Richards Coming On
Pats forward Sean Richards has his best offensive output going in his last three games. The 17-year-old has points in three straight, a goal and 2 assists. He set up Sam Steel for the game winning goal on Saturday with 2 minutes left in regulation. Richards is up to 7 points on the year.

Familiar Foes
The Regina Pats have played more gamed against the Brandon Wheat Kings in the last three seasons than any other team in the WHL. 8 times during the regular season plus two straight years in the playoffs with 9 more meetings for a total of 29 to this point this year. The Wheat Kings have ended the Pats season in both of the last two years. In the last four years the Pats hold a 13-19-3-1 record against their division rivals. In Regina that record sits at 8-8-1-0. This season the Pats are 1-3-0-0 against Brandon with the lone win coming on the road in overtime.

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

Pats Vs Medicine Hat – February 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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