Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (31-26-3-5) play the 4th game of a four game home stand tonight at the Brandt Centre against the Brandon Wheat Kings (42-18-4-2). Tonight is the 7th of 8 meetings on the season between the East Division Rivals. The Pats are 2-4-0-0 in their first 6 meetings with Brandon. Puck drop is at 4:00 with the pre-game at 3:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
217/228 (-11)
283/190 (+93)
17.9% (49/274)
23.2% (64/276)
Penalty Kill
77.3% (214/277)
80.1% (189/236)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (35-73-108)
Patrick/Hawryluk (92 pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-19-37)
Macoy Erkamps (11-52-63)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats went to their eighth shootout of the season on Friday night and lost 3-2 to the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre. Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford scored the Pats goals in regulation and Tyler Brown stopped 43 of 45 shots in the loss. 

The Wheat Kings were in Moose Jaw on Saturday and skated to a 7-2 victory over the Warriors. Jayce Hawryluk led the way with two goals and an assist in the win While John Quenneville also recorded three points with a goal and two helpers. The win put the Wheat Kings into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with 90 points.  

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 2-4-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings so far this year. Brandon has outscored Regina 21-11 in the first six meetings of the year. Adam Brooks leads the way with 3 goals and 3 assist in the season series for Regina. Jayce Hawryluk meanwhile has 8 goals and 13 points overall in those six games. Goaltender Tyler Brown holds a 1-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings with a 2.40 G.A.A and a .938 save percentage. Brandon’s Jordan Papirny is 3-1-1-0 against the Pats with a 2.00 G.A.A. and a .920 save percentage. The Wheat Kings are 18 points ahead in the Eastern Conference standings and tonight is a possible first round playoff preview. Should the Pats and Wheat Kings meet in the post season it would the third consecutive year for the two clubs.  

Hello Playoffs
The Pats are headed to the post season for a third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last 5 seasons. The Pats clinched the playoff spot as a result of the Medicine Hat Tigers loss at home to Swift Current last night. If the playoffs were to start tonight the Pats would take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes in round one. The Pats have their sights set on 3rd in the East Division, they are 4 points back of Moose Jaw and they hold a game in hand. The two teams will meet in a home and home set next weekend starting Friday at the Brandt Centre.  

Make it 17 Straight Games
Forward Adam Brooks continued his WHL leading point streak on Friday night when he scored his 35th goal of the season in the 2nd period. Brooks point streak is at 17 games, the longest of any player in the league this year. Brooks has 8 goals and 39 assists for 37 points over that span. He is up to 108 points on the season which leads the WHL and is 1 point ahead of the Warriors Dryden Hunt. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Swift Current – March 9, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – March 11, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Moose Jaw – March 12, 7:00 PM – Mosaic Place (CKRM)

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