PREVIEW: Pats continue road swing in Medicine Hat Tuesday


The Regina Pats (35-25-5-1) are looking for a third straight win on Tuesday night when they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers (34-24-8-0). Puck drop is at 8 p.m. Regina time at Canalta Centre. The Pats were last in action on Sunday in Edmonton, beating the Oil Kings 7-4. The Tigers last game was Sunday, beating the Kootenay ICE 4-3 for a third consecutive win. Tonight is the fourth and final meeting on the season between the Pats and Tigers, Regina holds a 2-1-0-0 record in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 7:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Medicine Hat
Record 35-25-5-1 34-24-8-0
Goals For/Against 224/221 (+3) 242/229 (+13)
Powerplay 23.7% (65/274) 22.4% (57/254)
Penalty Kill 74.6% (214/287) 77.5% (148/191)
Team Save Percentage 0.894 0.890
Leading Scorer Cameron Hebig (40-48-88) Mark Rassell (48-29-77)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Josh Mahura (21-43-64) David Quenneville (26-47-73)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 63-75-81-5 65-90-77-8

The Lead Up: Sam Steel puts up four points in 7-4 win in Edmonton Sunday
Sam Steel scored three times and added an assist to lead the Regina Pats to a 7-4 win in Edmonton on Sunday afternoon. The Pats got goals from Nick Henry (12), Jake Leschyshyn (17) and Sam Steel (26) to lead 3-0 after one. In the second, Edmonton got one back, but the Pats responded with three of their own. Sam Steel with his second of the night, 27th of the year made it 4-1, then Jake Leschyshyn scored his second of the game, 18th of the season and finally Cale Fleury picked up his 12th and it was 6-1 after 40 minutes. In the third, Sam Steel finished his hat trick with a powerplay goal, his 28th of the season as the Pats took the two points in a 7-4 final. Steel led the offence with four points while Cameron Hebig and Emil Oksanen both put up three assists.

Head to Head
Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Pats and Tigers, Regina is 2-1-0-0 in the season series. The Pats have outscored Medicine Hat 9-7 in the three games, the powerplay has gone one for seven and the penalty kill nine for 10. Emil Oksanen, Cale Fleury and Cameron Hebig each have four points against the Tigers this year, while Matt Bradley and Josh Mahura have three points. The Tigers are led by David Quenneville and Ryan Chyzowski who have three points in the season series, four others have put up two points against Regina.

Hebig Rolling
Since being put back to the center position the last two games, Pats forward Cameron Hebig has put up some big offensive numbers. The Edmonton Oilers signed prospect has put up three assists in back to back games to extend his point streak to four games. The 20-year-old has been centering a line with Jake Leschyshyn and Emil Oksanen and the three have combined to put up 13 points in two games. Hebig leads the Pats with 88 points on the year in 62 games, since joining the Pats, he has 30 points in 22 games.

Leschyshyn sets career high in goals
Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn scored three goals over the weekend in two Pats wins over Calgary and Edmonton. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect is up to 18 goals on the year, one better than his previous career high of 17 he set last season. The 18-year-old has 37 points in 58 games, his previous high in total points was also set last year with 40.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Kootenay – Friday March 9, 8 p.m. – Western Financial Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Lethbridge – Saturday March 10, 8 p.m. – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince Albert – Wednesday March 14, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)


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