Friday, February 12, 2016

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (23-22-3-4) look for a third straight win tonight when they head to Prince Albert to take on the Raiders (30-18-5-1). Tonight is the 6th of 8 meetings between the two clubs, the Pats hold a 1-1-2-1 record against the Raiders on the season.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert


Goals For/Against
167/184 (-17)
174/167 (+7)
16.1% (36/223)
18.3% (37/202)

Penalty Kill
77.1% (175/227)
80.0% (172/215)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-54-81)
Reid Gardiner (34-40-74)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Hobbs/Harrison (28 pts)
Jesse Lees (17-25-42)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats overcame a 2 goal deficit in the second period on Saturday and beat the Prince George Cougars 5-3 at the Brandt Centre. Rykr Cole scored the game winner with just over 3 minutes left in regulation and Cole Sanford sealed the victory with his second of the game into an empty net. Tyler Brown made 33 saves in the victory.

The Raiders were last in action on Wednesday in Moose Jaw where they lost 4-2 to the Warriors. Dryden Hunt scored a hattrick for Moose Jaw. Carson Miller scored his first WHL goal in his first WHL game in the loss for P.A. while Layne Bensmiller scored the other marker.

The Matchup
The Pats and Raiders have played an incredibly tight season series so far. Both teams have a regulation win and the other three have gone past regulation. The Raiders have won all three of those games, twice in overtime and once in a shootout. Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner lead the Pats with 7 points in the first five meetings of the year. Reid Gardiner leads the Raiders with 10 points and Jesse Lees has 7. The Raiders enter the night 13 points ahead of the Pats in the East Division standings but Regina does have two games in hand. The Raiders are 6 points behind the first place Brandon Wheat Kings.

Back to Back Wins
The Pats did something last weekend they had not done all year long, win on back to back nights. In the previous 9 times the team had won the first of a back to back, the next night they held a 0-5-2-2 record. However after Friday’s win over Medicine Hat the Pats followed it up with a victory over Prince George.

What a Weekend
Pats forward Jared McAmmond had a weekend to remember. The Grande Cache Alberta product returned to the lineup from injury on Friday. Then on Saturday he played in his 100th career WHL game on his 19th birthday and scored the game tieing goal in the 2nd period, his second of the year. McAmmond had missed two games with an upper body injury.

The Pats will get defenceman Connor Hobbs and forwards Adam Berg and Aaron Macklin back from injury tonight. Hobbs has missed the last 7 games with an upper body injury while Berg and Macklin have missed the last 5 and 4 contests respectively, also with upper-body ailments. Forward Austin Wagner will be in the lineup tonight as well. He left Saturday's game against Prince George after taking a slash but will be ready to go for tonight. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Brandon – February 13, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – February 15, 2:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 17, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)


Anonymous said...

Great news about all the returns to the lineup! I hope their momentum from last weekend is still in high gear! It's going to be a tough weekend against PA & Brandon.

Anonymous said...

Any word on how Colby Williams is progressing?