Friday, February 26, 2016

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (30-23-3-4) return to the Brandt Centre tonight looking to make it eight straight victories when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (33-20-7-1). Tonight is the eighth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Pats hold a 2-2-2-1 record so far against the Raiders and sit 7 points back in the East Division standings with a game in hand.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Prince Albert


Goals For/Against
206/212 (-6)
189/188 (+1)
17.6% (45/256)
16.9% (38/225)

Penalty Kill
76.4% (197/258)
80.0% (192/248)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (33-68-101)
Reid Gardiner (36-44-80)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-18-36)
Jesse Lees (18-29-47)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats won a crazy back and forth contest in Lethbridge on Wednesday, 9-8 over the Hurricanes for their seventh straight victory. Lane Zablocki scored his first career hattrick, Adam Brooks had 3 assists and Cole Sanford had two goals and a helper in the victory. The Pats finished the season with a 3-1-0-0 record against the Hurricanes and their seven game winning streak is the longest since the 2007-08 season. 

The Raiders came back from down 2-1 in the 3rd to beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. Hunter Warner scored to tie the game with under 7 minutes remaining and then Reid Gardiner won it with his 36th of the season in the extra frame. 

The Matchup
The Pats and Raiders have met seven previous times this season. The Pats hold a 2-2-2-1 record in those games with one of their wins coming at the Brandt Centre and the other on the road. The Raiders have outscored the Pats 26-22 in the first seven games and have five wins. Adam Brooks leads the Pats with 4 goals and 12 points against the Raiders while Reid Gardiner has 4 goals and 13 points for Prince Albert. The Raiders sit in the 2nd spot in the East Division, 7 points back of Brandon for 1st and four points ahead of Moose Jaw who sit in 3rd. The Pats are three points back of the Warriors with a game in hand which they will play tonight. The Pats magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 4 wins, 4 Saskatoon losses or any combination of Pats wins and Blades losses that adds up to 4. The Raiders can clinch a playoff spot with a point tonight. 

Brooks Hits 100
Adam Brooks finished with 3 assists on Wednesday night in Lethbridge which made him the first player in the WHL to crack the century mark with 101 points in his first 60 games. Brooks is riding a 12 game point streak with 6 goals and 24 assists in that stretch. He is the 51st player in Regina Pats history to put up 100 points in a season, the first player to do it was Bill Hicke in the 1956-57 season. Brooks is tied for 79th  in franchise history with 71 goals, tied 63rd with 114 assists and tied 65th with 185 career points. He is also 27th in games played with 239.

Shootout Success
The Regina Pats have turned around their fortunes in the shootout over the last couple of weeks. Prior to last week Monday the club had lost 7 straight shootouts going back to last year. However they have now won three in a row when a game goes to the penalty shots. It started in Swift Current last Monday in a 4-3 win and then Tuesday they beat medicine Hat 5-4 and then Lethbridge Wednesday 9-8.

Home Ice Advantage
The Regina Pats carry a seven game winning streak at the Brandt Centre into tonight’s contest. The Pats have outscored their opponents 33-14 in those games and now sit six games over 500 at home with a 16-10-2-0 record. Including tonight, the Pats will play 8 of their last 12 games in the regular season on home ice.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – February 27, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Red Deer – February 29, 11:30 AM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – March 2, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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