PREVIEW: Pats continue four game home stand against Edmonton Wednesday
The Regina Pats (21-19-3-0) are back in action on Wednesday on home ice against the Edmonton Oil Kings (11-24-4-2). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were last in action on Sunday, beating the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 and have won five of their last seven games. The Oil Kings visited the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday and won 3-2 in overtime to snap a three game slide. Tonight is the third of four meetings between the two clubs in 2017-18, The Pats hold a 2-0-0-0 record so far in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Edmonton|
|Goals For/Against||136/151 (-15)||112/175 (-63)|
|Powerplay||21.3% (39/183)||17.2% (31/180)|
|Penalty Kill||72.8% (139/191)||67.9% (114/168)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.886||0.889|
|Leading Scorer||Matt Bradley (25-23-48)||Trey Fix-Wolansky (17-31-48)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (12-23-35)||Conner McDonald (4-22-26)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||43-44-46-3||36-33-39-3|
The Lead Up: Leschyshyn paces Pats past Raiders Sunday
Jake Leschyshyn scored twice, including the game winner, and added an assist as the Pats beat the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 at the Brandt Centre on Sunday. The Pats opened the scoring just 37 seconds in when Robbie Holmes scored his 10th on a shot from the right circle. The Pats held that lead through to the end of the second period. Early in the third, Jake Leschsyhyn made it 2-0 with his 13th of the year and then Bryan Lockner added to the lead with his seventh and it was a 3-0 game. The Raiders pulled their goalie with just under seven minutes left and that’s when Leschyshyn would score his second of the contest and it was 4-0 Regina. The Raiders got one back with a five on three powerplay with three minutes left but the Pats came away with the 4-1 victory. Regina outshot Prince Albert 39-29 in the win, the powerplay was oh for six and the penalty kill five for six. Leschsyhyn led the way with three points, Cole Dubinsky picked up his first ever WHL point with an assist and Tyler Brown was solid making 28 saves.
Head to Head
Tonight is the third of four meetings between the Pats and Oil Kings, Regina has a two and oh record in the season series. Departed defencemen Dawson Davidson and Jonathan Smart both had four points in the two games while Matt Bradley has put up two goals and an assist and Josh Mahura three assists. Conner McDonald and Tomas Soustal lead Edmonton with a goal and two assists against the Pats while Trey Fix-Wolansky has put up two points.
Pats trade for Lightning prospect Libor Hajek
The Pats Hockey acquired Tampa Bay Lightning prospect defenceman Libor Hajek from the Saskatoon Blades on Monday. In exchange the Pats send 19-year-old defenceman Dawson Davidson, prospect forward Tristen Robins and a first round pick in 2019 to the Blades. Hajek (6’2, 210), is playing in his 19-year-old season in the WHL. In 33 games this year, the product of Smrcek, Czech Republic, has scored eight goals and has 17 assists for 25 points. In 167 WHL games, all with the Blades, Hajek has put up 15 goals and 62 assists for 77 points. Hajek, a second round pick of the Lightning in 2016, just finished representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Hockey Championships where he had a goal and seven assists.
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – Friday January 12, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Calgary – Saturday January 13, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – Wednesday January 17, 7 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)