Friday, March 4, 2016

Pats - Broncos Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (31-26-3-4 continue their home stand at the Brandt Centre tonight when they host the Swift Current Broncos (21-34-5-3). Tonight is the fourth of six meetings on the season between the two clubs. The Pats are 2-1-0-0 in the first three games. The Pats can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight and a Medicine Hat loss to Edmonton. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Swift Current


Goals For/Against
215/225 (-10)
163/216 (-53)
18.0% (49/272)
18.4% (40/217)

Penalty Kill
77.2% (210/272)
75.3% (162/215)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (34-73-107)
Jon Martin (36-30-66)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-21-39)
Max Lajoie (7-23-30)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.03 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats got a hattrick from Cole Sanford and three assists from Adam Brooks on Wednesday night and beat the Kootenay Ice 5-3 at the Brandt Centre. The win snapped a three game slide for the Pats and they sit with 69 points with 8 games left on the regular season. 

The Broncos were last in action on Tuesday when they lost at home to the Red Deer Rebels 5-2. The defeat pushed the Broncos losing streak to 5 games. Lane Pederson and Artyom Minulin scored the goals for Swift in the loss.   

The Matchup
The Pats and Broncos have met three previous times this year with the Pats winning two of those, once in regulation the other in a shootout. Both teams have 9 goals in the season series. Sam Steel leads the Pats with a goal and 4 assists in those games while the Broncos Jon Martin and Tyler Steenbergen each have 5 points against Regina. The Pats enter the day 5 points back of Moose Jaw for third in the East Division while the Broncos are 11 points back of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Broncos have a game in hand on the Oil Kings but time is running out with just 9 games left on their schedule.  

Tonight Could Be It
The Regina Pats can clinch a spot in the 2016 post season tonight with a victory and a Medicine Hat loss of any kind to Edmonton. The Pats have 69 points this year and Medicine Hat and Saskatoon, should they win out would finish with 71 and 70 points respectively. One loss by both those clubs would also secure a playoff berth for Regina as well. The Pats have gone to the post season in each of the last two years and in three of the last four. 

Brooks Sets The Bar
Adam Brooks broke the longest point streak of the season in the WHL on Wednesday when he picked up three assists to extend his streak to 16 games. He has 7 goals and 29 assists in that stretch. The previous longest streak was 15 games which was set by Brooks himself through December and part of January. He had 32 points over that stretch. Brooks currently leads the WHL in scoring with 107 points, 4 points ahead of Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors. 

Make it 10 Straight
The Pats powerplay is on its best stretch of the season having scored at least a goal in 10 straight contests. In those 10 games the man advantage has gone 12 for 40 for a 30 percent efficiency. The hot stretch has the Pats powerplay at 18 percent for the first time all year, that is good for 19th in the WHL. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Brandon – March 6, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – March 9, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – March 11, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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