Friday, February 19, 2016

Pats - Ice Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (26-23-3-4) look for a fourth straight win tonight when they return to the Brandt Centre to take on the Kootenay Ice (10-42-5-0). Tonight is the 2nd of 4 meetings on the season between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 1-1-0-0 record in the first two games, both of which were played in Cranbrook B.C. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
182/194 (-12)
118/249 (-131)
16.3% (39/239)
14.4% (30/208)

Penalty Kill
77.4% (185/239)
72.5% (177/244)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (31-58-89)
Zak Zborosky (21-27-48)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (14-17-31)
Cale Fleury (6-15-21)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.81 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats picked up their first road win over the Prince Albert Raiders on the season on Wednesday 4-2. Adam Brooks led the way with 3 goals and an assist while Tyler Brown made 34 saves for his 5th straight win in goal. The victory was the Pats 3rd in a row and 6th win in their last 8 contests.  They hold the best record over the last 10 games in the entire Eastern Conference at 7-3-0-0.

The Ice had a tough night in Brandon on Wednesday losing 11-1 to the Wheat Kings. Matt Alfaro scored the lone Kootenay goal in the loss while Jayce Hawryluk had a 6 point night for Brandon in the win.

The Matchup
The Pats and Ice have met two previous times this season, both in Cranbrook B.C. The Pats won the first contest 3-2 on October 20th but dropped the second on January 8th, 5-3. Riley Woods leads the Pats offensively against the Ice with a goal and two assists for 3 points. Austin Wellsby meanwhile has a goal and 4 assists against the Pats.

Brooks Dominant
Adam Brooks carries an 8 game point streak into tonight’s game. He has 4 goals and 14 assists for 18 points over that stretch. Brooks enters the day with 89 points on the season, 4 points back of the Warriors Dryden Hunt who leads the WHL with 93. Brooks has two games in hand on Hunt.

Wagner Sets Career High
Pats forward Austin Wagner potted his 21st goal of the campaign on Wednesday night in Prince Albert. That surpasses his total from last year when he scored 20 times in 61 games and finished with 39 points. This year through 54 games, the L.A. Kings prospect has 47 points and sits 4th amongst all Pats.

Home Ice Advantage
The Regina Pats have enjoyed the friendly confines of the Brandt Centre over the last month. The club carries a 4 game home winning streak into tonight’s contest and have won 7 of their last 9 on home ice. Their overall home record sits at 14-10-2-0.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Edmonton – February 21, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Medicine Hat – February 23, 8:00 PM – Canalta Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Lethbridge – February 24, 8:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM)

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