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Friday, April 1, 2016

Pats - Hurricanes Game 5 Preview


The Regina Pats (3-1-0) look to wrap up their first round playoff series in game five tonight against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-3-0). The Pats won games 3 and 4 on home ice to take a 3-1 series lead. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Regina
Lethbridge
Record
3-1-0
1-3-0
Goals For/Against
11/8 (+3)
8/11 (-3)
Powerplay
26.7% (4/15)
20.8% (5/24)
Penalty Kill
79.2% (19/24)
73.3% (11/15)
Team Save Percentage
0.938
0.912
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (4-5-9)
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)
2-4-5-0
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 got 32 saves from goaltender Tyler Brown and shutout the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-0 in game 4 on Wednesday to take a 3-1 series lead. Cole Sanford scored the game winner in the first period and Adam Brooks added an empty netter to round out the Pats scoring. Jayden Sittler made his first start of the series for Lethbridge and stopped 24 of 25 shots faced.

Defensive Clinic
The Regina Pats have done in incredible job shutting down the second best offense from the regular season. In 4 games the Pats have given up just 8 goals and 6 of those came in game 1 in Lethbridge. The Hurricanes powerplay has 5 of those goals, they have one short handed, one four on four and just one five on five marker. The Pats have allowed just two goals in the last three games of the series, all three of them Regina wins. 

Brown Ties Franchise Mark
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown has been nothing short of fantastic in his first ever playoffs as a starter. The 18-year-old from Winnipeg picked up his second shutout in four games of the series on Wednesday making 32 saves. Brown in his last three contests has a .978 save percentage and a goals against of 0.67. Brown has tied a franchise record for shutouts in a single WHL playoffs season with 2. He has tied Bernie Germain (1972) and Eddie Staniowski (1974), Germain did it in 16 games, Staniowski in 19 games while Brown has done it in just four starts so far. 

Upcoming Schedule
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)




5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tyler Brown so far has been awesome. Tonight we can't afford to take any penalities. Play a strong defensive game. I'll be watching & listening to the game tonight. Go Pats Go!!!!

william weppler said...

So Phil -can you clarify the next round opponent for me? Some say the brackets are set so we would play winner of Red Deer/Calgary series. I thought it would be Brandon if they win. THx.

Phil Andrews said...

Would play Calgary or Red Deer. The Pats are in the Central Division side of the Eastern Conference

william weppler said...

THx Phil.

Anonymous said...

I agree we need to be defensively strong again. Might as well get used to it because even if we do win the series we are likely playing Red Deer in the next round, and it will be the same kind of hockey with them.

The last two games Lethbridge came out of their own end without any difficulty, in fact most of the time with ease. We need a better forecheck or trap to stop those easy breakouts. Score on our chances.

Most of all stay out of the box, particularly the stick and "me" infractions. The boys have to stay the course and success will follow. Good luck and "get er done"!