PREVIEW: Pats continue road trip against Kootenay Friday
The Regina Pats (1-6-0-0) continue their Central Division road trip on Friday night against the Kootenay ICE (3-2-0-0). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at Western Financial Place. The Pats are coming off a 4-2 loss in Lethbridge to the Hurricanes on Wednesday. The ICE were last in action on Monday when they beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-0. Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Pats and ICE this season. Tonight’s game can be heard with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Kootenay|
|Goals For/Against||19/36 (-17)||22/20 (+2)|
|Powerplay||20.7% (6/29)||28.6% (6/21)|
|Penalty Kill||62.2% (23/37)||79.0% (15/19)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.854||0.883|
|Leading Scorer||Nick Henry (1-7-8)||Peyton Krebs (2-6-8)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Aaron Hyman (2-5-7)||Dallas Hines (0-4-4)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT-SO)||5-5-9-0-0||8-5-8-0-1|
The Lead Up: Pats start road trip with hard fought loss in Lethbridge
The Regina Pats kicked off their three-game road trip with a 4-2 loss in Lethbridge to the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. The Pats got off and running early when Riley Krane put home a rebound for his first of the year, 1:34 into the first to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes got it back at the 11-minute mark and it was 1-1 after 1. In the second, the Hurricanes scored twice and took a 3-1 lead to the third. Regina got to within one on the powerplay at 7:57 when Robbie Holmes finished off a pretty passing play with Nick Henry and Austin Pratt and it was a 3-2 game. However, with four minutes left, a dump in came off the skates of the linesman into the slot and Ty Kolle would jump on the loose puck and score his second of the night for Lethbridge to make it 4-2 and that was the final score. The Pats went one for three on the powerplay and the penalty kill was one for two. Robbie Holmes led the offence with a goal and an assist, while Max Paddock made 29 saves.
Pats forward Austin Pratt is riding a three-game point streak entering Friday night’s contest against the Kootenay ICE. The 19-year-old has put up three goals and two assists in those three contests. Last Friday, Pratt scored twice and had an assist in Regina’s 6-5 win over Swift Current. He followed that up with a goal against Brandon on Saturday and picked up an assist in Lethbridge on Wednesday night. For the season, Pratt has three goals and three assists for six points in seven games played, that is tied for third on the team. The product of Lakeville, Minnesota leads the Pats with 27 shots on goal this year.
Henry Finding His Touch
Pats alternate captain Nick Henry has been putting up good numbers over the last five games of the season. The Colorado Avalanche fourth round pick has a goal and six assists in his last five games and leads the team overall with eight points on the year. Henry has been held off the scoresheet just twice through seven games and has a three-point and two-point night so far on the year.
Krane On the Board
Pats forward Riley Krane picked up his first goal of the season on Wednesday night in Lethbridge. The 18-year-old put home a rebound in the first period that gave the Pats a 1-0 lead. A product of Dawson Creek, BC, Krane was drafted in the eighth round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He scored his first career WHL goal in Swift Current in March of 2017, Wednesday’s tally was his second career goal. Krane has posted points in back to back games entering Friday night and has a goal and an assist in three games played.
Pats @ Calgary – Sunday October 14, 2 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats Vs Spokane – Wednesday October 17, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – Saturday October 20, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)