PREVIEW: Pats continue road trip in Red Deer Saturday

The Regina Pats (8-6-1-0) continue their road trip through the Central Division on Saturday night in Red Deer against the Rebels (7-6-0-0). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Enmax Centrium. The Pats are coming off a 2-0 defeat in Lethbridge to the Hurricanes. The Rebels meanwhile hosted the Spokane Chiefs last night and won 4-3 in overtime. Tonight is the second of four meetings between the Pats and Rebels in 2017-18, Regina took the opener on home ice, 6-1 on October 1. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Red Deer
Record 8-6-1-0 7-6-0-0
Goals For/Against 51/52 (-1) 43/48 (-5)
Powerplay 26.6% (17/64) 25.0% (14/56)
Penalty Kill 70.8% (46/65) 80.4% (45/56)
Team Save Percentage 0.883 0.884
Leading Scorer Matt Bradley (12-11-23) Brandon Hagel (5-12-17)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Josh Mahura (5-8-13) Alexeyev/Barteaux (0-0-5)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 17-14-18-2 13-12-16-1

The Lead Up: Pats fall 2-0 in Lethbridge
The Regina Pats dropped a 2-0 decision on Wednesday night in Lethbridge to the Hurricanes. The two clubs skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes but in the final five minutes of the second, Dylan Cozens would score his seventh of the season and it was 1-0 Lethbridge going to the third. Regina outshot Lethbridge 18-8 in the final frame but couldn’t beat Stuart Skinner. Ryan Vandervlis added some insurance with his second and the Hurricanes took the two points, 2-0 the final score. The Pats outshot Lethbridge 36-24, the power play was oh for one and the penalty kill one for one. Tyler Brown made 22 saves in the defeat.

Head to Head.
The Pats are 1-0-0-0 against Red Deer heading into tonight’s second meeting of four in the 2017-18 season. Regina won on home ice on October 1, 6-1. The game was tight heading to the third with the Pats leading 2-1 but they exploded for four goals in the third to take the two points. Emil Oksanen scored his first career hattrick in the win and added an assist for a four point night. Dawson Davidson and Sam Steel each had three points while Tyler Brown made 21 saves. The Rebels lone goal came off the stick of Mason McCarty with assists going to Brandon Hagel and Jacob Herauf. Lasse Petersen would make 32 saves in the loss for Red Deer. The Pats enter Saturday night with 17 points in the standings, five points back of the East Division leading Moose Jaw Warriors. The Rebels have 14 points and are two back of the first place Medicine Hat Tigers in the Central Division.

Brown Solid
Despite the loss on Wednesday, Pats goaltender Tyler Brown has been at the top of his game during the month of October. The 20-year-old has appeared in nine games and has a 6-2-0-0 record. Brown has faced 223 shots in those nine games, stopped 206 of them for a .924 save percentage. Giving up just 17 goals over that stretch, the Winnipeg product has put up a goals against average of 1.97. Brown holds the second best goals against average in the WHL so far this year at 2.64 and the ninth best save percentage at .904. For his career, Brown has played in 131 games with the Pats, holding a 68-37-8-6 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .901 save percentage to go along with seven shutouts.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Edmonton – Sunday October 29, 4 p.m. – Rogers Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – Wednesdau November 1, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Red Deer – Friday November 3, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)




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