PREVIEW: Pats back in action against Swift Current Wednesday night
The Regina Pats (1-1-0-0) are back in action on Wednesday night at home to the Swift Current Broncos (1-0-0-0). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats won their home opener on Saturday, 4-3 over Brandon while the Broncos beat the Saskatoon Blades to start the season on Friday, 5-2. Wednesday will mark the first meeting between the two clubs since their thrilling seven game playoff series in the second round of 2017. Tonight’s game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Swift Current|
|Goals For/Against||5/11 (-6)||5/2 (+3)|
|Powerplay||16.7% (2/12)||0.0% (0/1)|
|Penalty Kill||37.5% (3/8)||100.0% (2/2)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.823||0.920|
|Leading Scorer||Matt Bradley (3-0-3)||Gawdin/Steenbergen/Elder (2 pts)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Dawson Davidson (0-2-2)||Minulin/Khaira/Schmiemann (1 pt)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||3-1-1-0||0-1-4-0|
The Lead Up: Pats win home opener Saturday
Matt Bradley scored twice including the game winner in the third to lead the Pats past the Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-3 at the Brandt Centre on Saturday night. George King got the scoring started for the Pats in their home opener with his first career goal. Matt Bradley added to the lead with a goal on a penalty shot and it was 2-0 after one. The Wheat Kings drew even with two powerplay goals in the second before Wyatt Sloboshan ripped a shot into the top corner from the left circle to give the Pats the 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. In the final frame, Bradley scored his second of the night, third of the season to extend the lead to two. Brandon got one back with their net empty from Tanner Kaspick but the Pats held on after that for the 4-3 victory. Bradley, Sloboshan and Dawson Davidson each had two points while Tyler Brown made 15 saves in the win. Regina was one for seven on the powerplay and one for three on the penalty kill.
Regina Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn was returned to the club by the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night. Leschyshyn, a second round pick by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, was with the NHL club from the beginning of training camp but did not appear in a pre-season game. The Saskatoon product has been rehabbing from a knee injury he suffered in January of 2017. Prior to the injury, Leschyshyn had scored 17 goals and had 40 points in 47 games with Regina. He missed the end of the season and the entire playoffs with his injury. Meanwhile, captain Sam Steel and defenceman Josh Mahura both remain with the Anaheim Ducks. Steel had an assist in his second NHL pre-season game of the year on Sunday night against the Golden Knights. Mahura has appeared in two games so far for the Ducks, recording one shot on goal and two penalty minutes.
Regina Pats forward George King picked up his first ever WHL goal against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night. The Calgary product gave the Pats the 1-0 lead with a powerplay goal in the first period. King, was signed by the Pats from the OCN Blizzard of the MJHL this off-season. The 19-year-old scored 36 goals and 54 points in 50 games last year in the MJHL, his goal total was second overall in the entire league.
Pats @ Moose Jaw – Friday September 29, 7 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Red Deer – Sunday October 1, 4 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Medicine Hat – Friday October 6, 7 p.m. – Canalta Centre (CKRM)