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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pats - Hurricanes Game 4 Preview


The Regina Pats (2-1-0) look for a third straight win and a 3-1 series lead when they host game 4 tonight against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-2-0). The Pats won game 3 on Tuesday night 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
2-1-0
1-2-0
Goals For/Against
9/8 (+1)
8/9 (-1)
Powerplay
28.6% (4/14)
23.8% (5/21)
Penalty Kill
76.2% (16/21)
71.4% (10/14)
Team Save Percentage
0.917
0.897
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (3-5-8)
Cory Millette (2-2-4)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (1-1-2)
Arvin Atwal (0-3-3)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
1-4-4-0
3-1-4-0

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 battled hard for a 3-2 win in game 3 and took a 2-1 series lead over the Hurricanes. Adam Brooks assisted on all the Pats goals which came from Cole Sanford, Sam Steel and Rykr Cole. Tyler Brown was fantastic making 30 saves for his second consecutive win. The Canes got goals from Giorgio Estephan and Andrew Nielsen in the loss. Lethbridge outshot Regina 32-22 in the game. 

Special Teams Battle
Powerplays were a big factor in game 3 between the Pats and Hurricanes. The Pats managed to score twice up a man in the win but also gave up a short handed goal in the first period. The Hurricanes had 6 powerplays in the game and scored once. The Pats have 4 goals on the man advantage in the series on 14 tries while the Canes are 5 for 21. The Pats hold the playoffs best powerplay at 28.6 per cent through three games while the Hurricanes are tied for fourth at 23.8 per cent. 

Brooks In On Everything
There is no doubt the Pats Adam Brooks has been the difference in the series so far. Brooks is second in playoff scoring with 8 points in three games. The Pats have 9 goals in the series and Brooks has been in on all but one of them. That one was an empty netter late in game 2 so every goal the Pats have scored with a goaltender in net, Brooks has either assisted on or scored. He has 3 goals and 5 assists so far. 

Brown Steps Up
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown put forward another stellar performance in game 3 turning away 30 shots for his second consecutive win. In the last two games, Brown has stopped 57 of 59 shots faced for a .966 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA. Overall Brown has the 6th best GAA in the playoffs at 2.67 and the 7th best save percentage at .917. 

Upcoming Schedule
Game 5 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 1 , 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
Game 6 – Pats Vs Hurricanes – April 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)
Game 7 – Pats @ Hurricanes – April 6, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just need to feed the Canes more of the same. Strong team defence and timely scoring are the keys to a win tonight and the series. We need to be more engaged off the start and be a little more determined to win battles. For the first 30 minutes we didn't win any. Crank up the work ethic even more tonight.

Anonymous said...

Remember how Hilsendager and Zaobrovskiy each got three games last playoffs for less egregious hits? This two game garbage is a laugh. If the league officials led Doerksen had any integrity, they would never show their faces in this city again. Ridiculously embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

I think because it happened in the first five minutes of the game, that counts as a game. If it had happened later in the game, I'm sure it would have been three games and not two to Folk.

FG