Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (23-23-3-4) play their second game in as many nights tonight when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings. (35-16-2-2). Tonight is the sixth of eight meetings between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 1-4-0-0 record against their division rivals. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
169/187 (-18)
218/157 (+61)
16.3% (37/227)
21.4% (50/234)
Penalty Kill
77.0% (177/230)
77.2% (149/193)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-55-82)
Nolan Patrick (27-42-69)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (13-16-29)
Macoy Erkamps (10-42-52)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision in Prince Albert on Friday to the Raiders. The Pats got a short handed goal from Austin Wagner and then a powerplay goal from Connor Hobbs in the loss. Carson Miller, Dalton Yorke and Reid Gardiner scored for Prince Albert in the victory.  

The Wheat Kings hosted the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night and breezed to a 7-1 victory. Jayce Hawryluk had two goals and five points in the victory, Nolan Patrick had four points and Ty Lewis added three more.

The Matchup
The Pats are 1-4-0-0 against the Wheat Kings on the season. The lone win came in overtime back on December 4th in Brandon. Since then the Wheat Kings have won twice in a row, 6-3 and 4-0 on December 27th and January 24th. The Pats are led by Adam Brooks offensively in the season series, he has two goals and two assists in the first five games. Sam Steel is next with three points and Austin Wagner has 2. The Wheat Kings meanwhile are led by Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk who has 8 goals and 11 points in 5 games against Regina. Nolan Patrick has chipped in with 7 assists and Reid Duke and John Quenneville each have 5 points. The Wheat Kings have 7 wins in their last 10 games while the Pats have 4 wins and an SO loss.

Hobbs Impactful in Return
Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs got back into the lineup against the Raiders on Friday after missing the previous 7 games with an upper body injury. The 18-year-old Washington Capitals prospect scored on the powerplay for his 13th of the season and was named the games third star.

Wagner Strikes Short Handed
Pats forward Austin Wagner was a question mark all week leading into Friday’s contest in Prince Albert but in the end he was able to play. Not only did he get into the game but he scored a short handed goal in the first period to tie Jesse Gabrielle for the WHL lead with 6. Not to mention it was Wagner’s 20th goal on the season which ties his career high from last year. Adam Brooks assisted on the short handed marker and leads the WHL in short handed helpers with 6.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Swift Current – February 15, 2:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 17, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – February 19, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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