Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pats - Hurricanes Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (29-23-3-4) look for a 7th consecutive victory when they complete their two game road trip in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes (40-19-1-0). Tonight is the 4th and final meeting of the season between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 2-1-0-0 record so far. Puck drop is at 8:00 Regina time with the pre-game at 7:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
197/204 (-7)
241/173 (+68)
17.5% (44/252)
28.5% (69/242)
Penalty Kill
76.8% (195/254)
80.9% (195/241)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (33-65-98)
Brayden Burke (20-70-90)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-18-36)
Andrew Nielsen (15-45-60)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.13 yrs

The Lead Up

The Pats gave up a two goal lead late in the 3rd in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night but still managed to pick up the two points in a 5-4 shootout win. Austin Wagner had a goal and an assist in regulation and Lane Zablocki scored the winner of an 8 round shootout. The Pats with the win swept the season series with Medicine Hat for the first time since 1997/98. Tyler Brown made 33 saves for his 7th consecutive win in the Pats goal. 

The Hurricanes were last in action on Saturday when they lost in Calgary to the Hitmen 3-2. Cory Millette and Ryan Vandervlis scored the Lethbridge goals in the loss, their third in a row. Jakob Stukel led the Hitmen with 2 goals in the victory.

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 2-1-0-0 record against the Hurricanes in the season series. Both of the wins have come at the Brandt Centre and the loss on the road. The Pats have scored 15 goals to the Hurricanes 14 in the first three matchups. Adam Brooks has 3 goals and 7 points in those games to lead the Pats while Brayden Burke has one goal and 7 assists for Lethbridge. The Hurricanes enter the day leading the entire Eastern Conference with 81 points and were the first team to clinch a playoff spot. They are two points ahead of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the best record in the conference. The Pats meanwhile are 5 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd in the East Division with two games in hand, one of which will be played tonight.

Brooks Named CHL Player of the Week
Pats forward Adam Brooks was recognized as the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week on Tuesday for his 13 points in four games. The Pats won every one of those contests, one of which he put forward a 6 point performance against the Kootenay Ice. It is the first time the 19-year-old received the national honour. Brooks in 59 games has 98 points which is 2nd amongst all WHL scorers, one back of Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Brooks carries an 11 game point streak into tonight with 6 goals and 214 assists over that stretch.

Powerplay Rolling
Over the Pats 6 game winning streak the team’s powerplay has at least one goal in all but one of those games. Overall the PP has gone 6 for 25 for a 24% success rate. For the season the Pats man advantage is above 17 percent for the first time all year at 17.5. That is tied for 19th in the WHL. Cole Sanford has the most powerplay goals on the season, split between Medicine Hat and Regina he has 12.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Prince Albert – February 26, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – February 27, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)

Pats Vs Red Deer – February 29, 11:30 AM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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