Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pats - Ice Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (30-26-3-4) look to snap a three a three game slide tonight at the Brandt Centre when they host the Kootenay Ice (10-47-6-0). Tonight is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Pats are 2-1-0-0 against the Ice in the three previous games this season. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison


Goals For/Against
210/222 (-12)
132/277 (-145)
17.8% (48/269)
14.3% (32/223)

Penalty Kill
76.9% (206/268)
72.1% (189/262)

Team Save Percentage

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (34-70-104)
Zak Zborosky (25-31-56)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-19-37)
Cale Fleury (6-15-21)

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

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.81 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats dropped a tight 2-1 decision at home Monday morning to the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels got goals in the first period from Evan Polei and Jake DeBrusk and then from there smothered the Pats defensively. Regina finally broke through with half a second left in regulation when Sam Steels cored to make it 2-1 and that was the final score. Tyler Brown stopped 32 of 34 shots in the loss. 

The Ice were in Medicine Hat last night and were shutout 3-0 by the Tigers. Matt Bradley had a three point night for the Tigers who got 19 saves from Nick Schneider who picked up the blank sheet. Decal Hobbs was solid in the Ice goal making 34 saves on 37 shots in the loss. The defeat was Kootenay's 8th in a row. 

The Matchup
The Pats and Ice have met three previous times this season with the Pats winnign twice, once at home and once on the road. The Pats have scored 13 goals in those games while Kootenay has 12. Adam Brooks leads Regina with 3 goals and 7 points in those games, Connor Hobbs has 4 goals and a helper. Zab Zborosky leads the Ice with 3 goals and 4 assists in the first three meetings while Matt Alfaro and Austin Wellsby each have 5 points. The Pats enter the day 7 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd in the East Division while the Ice have been eliminated from playoff contention.  

Brooks Keeps it Going
Adam Brooks matched the WHL high 15 game point streak he set himself earlier this year with an assist on Monday morning against Red Deer. In the first 15 game streak Brooks put up 32 points while this time around he has 7 goals and 26 assists for 33 points. Brooks leads the WHL with 104 points, two points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors Dryden Hunt and 6 ahead of the Lethbidge Hurricanes Brayden Burke. 

Hobbs Back?
Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs was a late scratch from Monday’s game at home to the Red Deer Rebels. The 18-year-old Washington Capitals prospect came down with an illness that forced him to miss the game. He skated with the team on Tuesday and may return to the lineup tonight. Hobbs leads all Pats defencemen with 37 points, 18 of them goals which is top 5 in the WHL. 

Busy Stretch Continues
Tonight the Regina Pats will play their 12th game in 20 days and 9th game in the last 15. The busy stretch has been mostly successful for the Pats having won 8 of their last 12 and are 6 and 3 in their last 9 contests. The schedule doesn't lighten up going forward either, after tonight the Pats will host Swift Current Friday, Brandon Sunday, head to Swift next Wednesday and then play a home and home with Moose Jaw Friday and Saturday. 

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

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