Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pats - Rebels Game 4 Preview

The Regina Pats (5-3) host game four of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series tonight at the Brandt Centre against the Red Deer Rebels (6-2). The Pats got a massive 6-3 win in game 3 Tuesday night and now trail the best-of-seven, two games to one. Puck drop is at 7 o'clock with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM.

Playoff Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
29/20 (+9)
26/23 (+3)
30.8% (12/39)
25.8% (8/31)
Penalty Kill
73.7% (28/38)
75.8% (25/33)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (6-13-19)
Adam Helewka (7-2-9)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (2-5-7)
Colton Bobyk (1-3-4)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)

Regular Season Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
243/253 (-10)
260/205 (+55)

19.0% (56/295)
22.5% (61/271)
Penalty Kill
78.4% (247/315)
77.0% (218/283)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (38-82-120)
Ivan Nikolishin (31-51-82)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (19-22-41)
Colton Bobyk (20-27-47)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.75 yrs
18.24 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats and Rebels went to the third period tied for the third time in the series on Tuesday night. This time the Pats were the ones to find the offense in the final stanza, picking up three goals from Connor Hobbs, Rykr Cole and Austin Wagner and beat the Red Deer Rebels 6-3. Sergey Zborovskiy, Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner each had two points in the win for the Pats who outshot Red Deer 40-28 in the game. 

Monster Man Advantage
The Pats powerplay scored it's 6th and 7th goals of the series on Tuesday night in game 3. The man advantage has been dominant in the three games so far going 7 for 19 for a 36.8 per cent efficiency. Overall the PP is sitting at 30.8 per cent for the playoffs which leads the WHL. Prior to game 3, all 5 of the Pats goals in the series through two games had come with the man advantage. That changed in game 3 with two even strength markers and one short handed.

Leschyshyn Comes Through
Pats rookie forward Jake Leschyshyn had a big impart in game 3 on Tuesday night scoring his first of the playoffs in the first period and assisting on a third period goal from Rykr Cole. Leschyshyn is currently tied for 9th in rookie scoring with 3 points. Last night the Saskatoon product played in his 17th career playoff game as a result of joining the Pats late last year for 9 post season games and now has 8 more this year.

Steel and Brooks Recognized by CSS
Pats forward Sam Steel and Adam Brooks were among the NHL Central Scouting final rankings for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Steel remained basically in the same spot he was at the midterm, dropping from 29th to 30th in North America. Brooks made a big lea from 107th to 72nd from the midterm to final rankings. Pats listed prospect, defenceman Scott Perunovich also made the CSS list. The Hibbing, Minnesota native is 161st among North American skaters.

Upcoming Schedule
Game 5 – Pats @ Red Deer – April 15, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
Game 6 – Pats Vs Red Deer – April 17, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM) (If necessary)
Game 7 – Pats @ Rebels – April 19, 7:00 PM – Enmax Centrium (CKRM) (If necessary)

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