Monday, February 29, 2016

Pats - Rebels Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (30-25-3-4) are back on home ice this morning when they host the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup hosts, the Red Deer Rebels (37-22-1-2). Tonight is the 4th and final meeting of the season between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the first three contests. Puck drop is at 11:30 AM with the pre-game at 11:25 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
209/220 (-11)
220/181 (+39)
17.7% (47/265)
21.8% (50/229)
Penalty Kill
76.5% (202/264)
76.2% (189/248)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (34-69-103)
Ivan Nikolishin (31-44-75)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-19-37)
Colton Bobyk (15-21-36)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.15 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats gave up four goals in just over four minutes in the first period on Saturday in Saskatoon and ended up dropping a 5-2 decision. Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks provided the offense for the Pats while the Blades Ryan Graham scored a hattrick in the win.  

The Rebels took a 2-2 tie to the third at home to the Victoria Royals on Saturday but gave up 4 goals in the final frame to lose 6-2. Michael Spacek and Luke Philp scored for Red Deer while Jack Walker of the Royals had a three point night and Joe Hicketts scored twice as well for Victoria. 

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 2-1-0-0 record against the Rebels through the first three meetings of the year. The Pats have outscored Red Deer 12-9 in those games. This will be the first meeting between the clubs since the Rebels acquired forwards Adam Helewka, Luke Philp and Jake DeBrusk ahead of the trade deadline. Adam Brooks and Chase Harrison each have 5 points for the Pats in the season series while Tyler Brown is 1-1-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .946 save percentage. The Rebels Ivan Nikolishin has two goals and two assists against the Pats this year. The Rebels have clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and sit 7 points back of Lethbridge for 1st in the Central Division with a game in hand. The Pats meanwhile are 7 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd with a game in hand as well. 

The Magic Number
The Pats are on the brink of clinching a berth in the post season for a 3rd consecutive year. The Pats need three wins, or three Saskatoon losses or a combination of wins and losses that add up to three. The Pats sit 14 points ahead of the Blades in the standings. Should Saskatoon win each of their remaining 10 games they would finish the year with 72 points. The Pats currently sit with 67 so they would need three wins to finish a point ahead. Should the playoffs start today the Pats would head to Brandon for games one and two of the first round. 

Brooks Keeps it Rolling
Pats forward Adam Brooks with a point this morning would tie his own WHL leading point streak of the 2015/16 season. Brooks enters today with a 14 game streak with 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points in those games. From December 11th to January 13th Brooks had a 15 game streak with 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points as well. The Hurricane’s Giorgio Estephan and the Hitmen’s Travis Sanheim each had 14 game point streaks earlier this year. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Kootenay – March 2, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – March 4, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – March 6, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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