Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pats - Hurricanes Game 2 Preview

The Regina Pats (0-1-0) look to rebound from a tough game 1 loss when they take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0). The Pats dropped a 6-3 decision in game 1 of the best of seven Eastern Conference quarter final. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
3/6 (-3)
6/3 (+3)
33.3% (2/6)
33.3% (4/12)
Penalty Kill
66.7% (8/12)
66.7% (4/6)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (1-2-3)
Millette/Atwal/Babenko (3pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Hobbs/Zborovskiy (1 pt)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)

Regular Season Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
304/218 (+86)
19.0% (56/295)
28.9% (86/298)

Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
79.3% (230/290)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
Brayden Burke (27-82-109)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Andrew Nielsen (18-52-70)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.96 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats gave up a 12 powerplays to the WHL’s top man advantage in a 6-3 game 1 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Pats fell behind 2-0 early but scored three unanswered to lead 3-2 in the second. The Canes tied it up late in the second and then the Pats fell apart in the third. They took 6 penalties in the final frame, Lethbridge scored three times and took the victory. 

Powerplays Galore
Special teams played a huge factor in game 1. The Hurricanes scored 4 times on 12 powerplay opportunities in the win for a 33.3 per cent efficiency. The Pats put up the same percentage scoring twice on 6 advantages. 

Brooks Keeps Going
Pats forward Adam Brooks kept his scoring pace going into the first game of the playoffs. The regular season leading scorer picked up three points in game 1. He scored the Pats first goal of the series in the first period and then assisted on both the teams second period goals. Brooks is tied for the WHL playoff scoring lead with those three points. 

Goals A Plenty
Through 4 games in the regular season the Pats and Hurricanes combined to score 11.5 goals per game. The Pats scored 24 times to the Hurricanes 22 in the season series. The two clubs combined for 9 more goals in game 1 of the playoffs. The two teams have scored 55 goals in 5 meetings this season. 

Upcoming Schedule
Game 3 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – March 29, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 4 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – March 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 5 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 1 , 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This game is quite likely the Pats season. Win and they still have a shot, lose and it's over in 4 or 5. The third period sunk them but they were undisciplined the entire game. If you take away the five penalties in the third there were still seven in the first two, and that's far too many. If the leaders won't lead then the followers won't follow.

In the LP you can see the frustration and disgust in Paddocks comments. Who could blame him. Astounding that a team could be going into the third period tied and then just hand the game away on needless selfish penalties. What were they thinking, or were they?

The Pats will need to be going hard from the 1st minute to the 60th and maybe longer. Absolutely time to put up or shut up.