Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pats - Cougars Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (22-22-3-4) look for a second straight win tonight at the Brandt Centre when they host the Prince George Cougars (31-20-2-1). Tonight is the first and only meeting between the two clubs, the Pats are 2-1-0-1 against the Cougars in their four previous meetings. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince George
Goals For/Against
162/181 (-19)
196/167 (+29)
15.7% (34/216)
20.0% (44/220)
Penalty Kill
76.6% (169/218)
83.5% (212/254)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-51-78)
Jesse Gabrielle (33-28-61)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Tate Olson (6-35-41)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.00 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats scored 3 minutes in on Friday night and never looked back in a 5-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Brandt Centre. The Pats put 45 shots on goal in the victory. The win put the Pats 7 points ahead of the Tigers who are the closest team outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

The Cougars were in Brandon on Friday night and lost a tough one, 8-3, their second straight defeat. Former Regina Pat Jesse Gabrielle had a goal and two assists for the Cougars in the loss. The Wheat Kings were led by John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Ivan Provorov who had four point nights.

Brooks Back in Front
Pats forward Adam Brooks took back the WHL scoring lead thanks to a four assist night on Friday against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Brooks assisted on all three of the Pats goals in the 1st period and then had the lone helper on Sergey Zborovskiy’s empty net goal late in the 3rd. The four points puts Brooks at 78 on the year, 51 of those assists. He is two points ahead of Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brayden Burke of the Lethbridge Hurricanes who both have 76 points.  

Gabrielle Makes Return
Former Regina Pats forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle makes his lone visit to the Brandt Centre on the season tonight. The 18-year-old Moosomin product was traded to Prince George in the off-season for forward Lane Zablocki. Gabrielle is currently leading the Cougars in scoring on the year with 33 goals and 61 points. With the Pats last year, Gabrielle put up 10 goals and 19 points in 33 games played.

Back to Back Nights
The Regina Pats will look to do something tonight they have not done all season long. The club is looking to win on back to back nights for the first time all year. Nine times this year the Pats have won the first game of a two game in two nights stretch but on the following night they hold a 0-5-2-2 record.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 12, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – February 13, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Pats @ Swift Current – February 15, 2:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)

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