Saturday, March 19, 2016

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (36-27-3-5) ride a five game winning streak into tonight’s regular season finale in Brandon against the Wheat Kings (47-18-4-2). Tonight is the eighth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Pats are 2-5-0-0 in the first seven meetings. Puck drop is at 6:30 with the pre-game at 6:05 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
243/250 (-7)
316/197 (+119)
19.0% (56/294)
23.9% (72/301)
Penalty Kill
77.9% (240/308)
81.3% (212/262)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
J. Hawryluk (44-59-103)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Ivan Provorov (21-52-73)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats gave up a 3-1 third period lead to Swift Current on Friday and trailed 4-3 late in the game but Riley Woods tied it with 56 seconds left and then Connor Hobbs scored is 19th just 10 seconds into overtime to give the Pats their fifth straight win 5-4 the final score. Adam Brooks assisted on every one of the Pats goals in the victory.  With the win the Pats leap frogged the Moose Jaw Warriors for third in the East Division. 

The Wheat Kings host the Warriors on Friday night and skated to a 6-2 victory and got to 100 points on the regular season. John Quenneville and Stelio Mattheos each had 2 goals and an assist in the win for Brandon, their 8th victory in a row. 

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 2-5-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings through the first seven meetings of the season. Brandon has outscored Regina 29-12 in those games, the Pats a 1-2-0-0 in Brandon where the Wheat Kings are up 9-5 in goals for and against. Adam Brooks leads the Pats with 3 goals and 7 assists in those contests while the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk has 10 goals and 16 points against Regina this year. Goaltender Jordan Papirny has a stellar 4-1-1-0 record against the Pats with a 1.83 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Wheat Kings are the Eastern Conferences number one seed going into the playoffs and will play either Edmonton or Medicine Hat in round 1. The Pats meanwhile have won 5 in a row and sit in third in the East Division with 80 points and a win tonight would match their total from last season with 37. 

Need A Win
The Wheat Kings gave the Pats the help they needed on Friday night with their 6-2 win over Moose Jaw. The Pats took care of business and beat the Broncos and jumped a point ahead of the Warriors for third in the East Division. A win tonight for the Pats would secure them the third seed and a first round playoff series with the second place Prince Albert Raiders. A loss however and a Moose Jaw win over Swift Current would mean the Pats would take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes in round 1. 

What A Stretch
The Pats are one of four teams in the Eastern Conference to have over 20 wins since the Christmas break. In their 36 games, the Pats have gone 21-12-0-3. The other three teams to reach 20 or more are Brandon with 25, Lethbridge with 22 and Red Deer with 21. Out West, four teams have done it as well, Seattle, Victoria, Kelowna and Kamloops. 

Brooks Goes Off
On the second to last night of the regular season, the Pats Adam Brooks took a commanding lead in the WHL scoring race. The 19-year-old assisted on every one of the Pats 5 goals to reach the 120 point plateau with one game remaining on the season. Brooks enters tonight, 5 point ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors Dryden Hunt, both players have one game left to play. Brooks is riding a four game point streak with 3 goals and 8 assists in that stretch. He has 49 points in his last 23 games. 

Upcoming Schedule
Playoffs Game 1 – TBD
Playoffs Game 2 – TBD
Playoffs Game 3 – TBD 


Anonymous said...

In addition to the Warriors/Pats battle for 3rd, the Pats MUST get the extra point over the Warriors as they have the tie-breaker with one more point than the Pats when playing each other. Even if the Pats DIDN'T give up that extra point last weekend, they would still lose the next tie-breaker with lesser goals for/against ratio through the regular season.

This is when you think back to all those close games against both Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. If the Pats had been able to hold off giving up a few loser points or been able to score a few more goals against hot goalies, games where they played dominantly a majority of the game, they would be challenging or holding off P.A. for home-ice-advantage right now. ...and more wins than last season!

It would be huge if the Pats could bring they're top game tonight and prove that they can still play with the Wheat Kings. Moose Jaw managed to shut down Patrick and Hawryluk last night, but their second unit, McGauley/Quenneville/Mattheos, is continuing to build steam, giving them two very deadly lines. Pats can't sit back and let the Wheat Kings come at them or they will lose. Period. They have to check hard and try to make them play THEIR game. That's when they've had success over them, this season and last.


Anonymous said...

ok say moose jaw loses in overtime and the pats lose in regulation isn't the first tie breker the total wins you have during the regular season which the pats would have 36 and the warriors 35 could someone please answer that QUESTION?

Phil Andrews said...

Yes first tie breaker is wins.

Anonymous said...

Raiders or Hurricanes lose to Pats in first round. Pats beat Hurricanes in 5 or Raiders in 6. Boys are playing great and I see visions of tasting a 3rd round playoff series!

Anonymous said...

The Pats can only assure themselves of 3rd in the division if they win the game tonight. Anything less and you're hoping for help from someone and backing in. It's as plain and simple as that. Trying to predict how long a series will last is a fools bet. You can win in four or be out in four. The first thing they need to do is get a grip on these stupid mistakes that are costing goals.