Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (34-27-3-5) begin their final week of the regular season tonight when they host the Saskatoon Blades (25-40-4-0).Tonight is the 8th and final meeting between the two clubs on the year. The Pats are 3-3-0-1 in the first seven games of the year. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
233/243 (-10)
209/305 (-96)
18.9% (54/286)
17.9% (51/285)

Penalty Kill
78.1% (235/301)
78.5% (237/302)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (37-77-114)
Connor Gay (24-44-68)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-22-40)
Colton Waltz (5-25-30)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.66 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats dominated in Moose Jaw on Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Warriors. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 42-27 and Adam Brooks, Austin Wagner and Lane Zablocki each had a goal and two assists in the win. Jordan Hollett stopped 26 of 27 shots faced for his third straight and the teams third straight victory.   

The Blades game up 6 goals in the first period on Saturday in Brandon en route to an 8-1 loss to the Wheat Kings. The loss was Saskatoon’s fourth in a row and four Wheat Kings had three point nights in the victory. 

The Matchup
The Pats and Blades have met seven previous times this year, the Pats hold a 3-3-0-1 record in those games. The Pats have outscored the Blades 22-21 in the season series so far and are 2-1-0-0 on home ice. Adam Brooks has 6 goals and 6 assists in the first seven games of the year for Regina while Ryan Graham and Connor Gay each have 7 points for Saskatoon. Pats goaltender Tyler Brown has started all seven meetings and has a 2.41 GAA and a .920 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. Brock Hamm is 3-2-0-0 for the Blades with a 3.21 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Saskatoon was eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend; it will be the third year in a row the team will miss the post season. The Pats meanwhile are a point back of the third place Moose Jaw Warriors heading into tonight. The Warriors will host the Prince Albert Raiders this evening. 

Brooks Comes Out Ahead
Pats forward Adam Brooks went head to head with his former teammate Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors on the weekend. Heading into the home and home set, Hunt led the WHL scoring race by a single point but Brooks flipped the tables on him. Brooks had 5 points to Hunt’s one in the two games and now he sits three points ahead at 114 with three games left on the season. 

Hollett Steps Up
With starting goaltender Tyler Brown on the shelf with an illness, rookie Jordan Hollett made three straight starts last week and won all three. The 16-year-old went 3-0-0-0 with a 2.27 G.A.A. and a .924 save percentage in those contests. He made 36 saves in a 5-2 win in Swift Current last Wednesday, 24 saves in the 5-4 shootout win over Moose Jaw Friday and then 26 stops in the Pats 5-1 win in the rematch with the Warriors on Saturday. Hollett is up to 10 wins now in his rookie campaign. 

Zablocki Has Big Week
Pats forward Lane Zablocki is riding his best stretch of games in his WHL career. The rookie forward, playing in his 17-year-old season, has points in three straight games, 3 goals and 4 assists. 7 points in 3 games almost matches the best month of his season when he had 8 points in 13 games in November. Zablocki is 16th amongst all WHL rookies with 36 points. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Swift Current – March 18, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – March 19, 6:30 PM – Westman Place (CKRM)

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