Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (25-23-3-4) look for a third straight win tonight when they head to Prince Albert to take on the Raiders (31-19-5-1). Tonight is the 7th of 8 meetings between the two clubs, the Pats hold a 1-2-2-1 record against the Raiders on the season and sit 11 points back in the East Division standings. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert


Goals For/Against
178/192 (-14)
177/174 (+3)
16.1% (38/236)
18.2% (38/209)

Penalty Kill
77.3% (184/238)
79.6% (179/225)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (28-57-85)
Reid Gardiner (35-41-76)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (14-16-30)
Jesse Lees (17-26-43)

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 3rd period on the road Monday afternoon and beat the Swift Current Broncos 4-3 in a shootout. Cole Sanford led the way with 3 assists and scored the eventual shootout winner. Tyler Brown turned aside 29 shots for his 4th consecutive win.

The Raiders were last in action on Monday when they hosted the Moose Jaw Warriors and lost 5-0. Dryden Hunt scored a hattrick and had two assists in the win while Zach Sawchenko made 37 saves for the shutout.

Pats Snap Streak
Monday’s win in Swift Current marked the end of the Pats 5 game winless streak on the road. The Pats previous road win had come on their U.S. Division road trip in Everett in overtime. The Pats enter the night with a 11-13-4-1 record on the road and are 0-1-1-1 in Prince Albert on the year, this will be their last visit to the Art Hauser Centre this regular season.

Adam Brooks, Sam Steel and Cole Sanford take some impressive point streaks into tonight’s contest. Adam Brooks has points in 7 straight (1G 13A). Steel has a 6 game streak going (2G 7A) and Sanford has points in 4 straight games (4G 5A). Steel and Sanford’s linemate Sean Richards is also enjoying his most successful stretch of his career with points in 5 of his last 6 (2G 4A).

Steel Matches Career Mark
Pats forward Sam Steel had two assists on Monday in Swift Current and has tied his career high in points for a season with 54. Last year Steel had 17 goals and 37 assists in 61 games played. This year he has 19 goals and 35 assists in 55 games.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Kootenay – February 19, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Edmonton – February 21, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Medicine Hat – February 23, 8:00 PM – Canalta Centre (CKRM)

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