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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pats - Hurricanes Game 3 Preview


The Regina Pats (1-1) see their first round series shift to the Brandt Centre tonight for game 3 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1). The Canes won game 1 of the series at home 6-3 but the Pats rebounded on Saturday to win game 2, 3-0. Puck drop tonight is at 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
1-1-0
1-1-0
Goals For/Against
6/6 (Even)
6/6 (Even)
Powerplay
28.6% (2/7)
26.7% (4/15)
Penalty Kill
73.3% (11/15)
71.4% (5/7)
Team Save Percentage
0.906
0.911
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (3-2-5)
Millette/Atwal/Babenko (3pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (1-1-2)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
1-3-2-0
2-1-3-0

Regular Season Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
36-28-3-5
46-24-1-1
Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
304/218 (+86)

Powerplay
19.0% (56/295)
28.9% (86/298)
Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
79.3% (230/290)
Team Save Percentage
0.902
0.913
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)
78-68-87-8
88-107-103-4
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.96 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats put forward a dominating effort in game two, shutting down the Hurricanes in a 3-0 win. Adam Brooks scored twice and then Sam Steel added an empty netter to seal the victory. Tyler Brown turned aside all 27 shots he faced in the Pats goal. Stuart Skinner stopped 25 of 27 shots for the Hurricanes. 

Discipline The Key
In game one of the series, the Pats gave the WHL’s best powerplay 12 chances and the Hurricanes scored on four of them en route to a 6-3 victory. In game 2 however the Pats allowed just three powerplays, killed them all and had the better chances when down a man. The Pats are now 11-15 on the PK in the series. 

It Was a First
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown had a fantastic night in game two in Lethbridge. The 18-year-old stopped all 27 shots he faced for his first career WHL playoff win and playoff shutout. The Winnipeg product now holds a 3.00 GAA in the series and a .906 save percentage. Brown has three shutouts now this year, the first two coming against the Saskatoon Blades during the regular season. 

Shutting Down the Fire Power
The Lethbridge Hurricanes finished the regular season with 304 goals scored, that was second only to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the entire WHL. The Pats in game 2 were only the third team all season long to shutout the Hurricanes. The Raiders did it on December 4th and the Kootenay Ice on February 6th. It was also only the 8th time all year Lethbridge did not score at least two goals.  
Upcoming Schedule
Game 4 – Pats Vs Lethbridge – March 30, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 5 – Pats @ Lethbridge – April 1, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
Game 6 – Pats Vs Lethbridge – April 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Strong defence is the key to this game and the series. A track meet doesn't work in the Pats favour. Winning battles and smothering defence always wins. The Pats have enough firepower to score on their chances from turnovers and the transition game. They wrestled home ice away so they now need to use to their advantage. No need to put on a show just put up a "W".