PREVIEW: Pats host back half of home and home with Swift Current Sunday
The Regina Pats (25-21-5-0) host the back half of a home and home set on Sunday against the Swift Current Broncos (34-12-3-1). Puck drop is at 4 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were in Swift Current on Saturday afternoon and lost a tight one 3-1 to the Broncos. Today is the fourth of six meetings between the two clubs in 2017-18, The Pats hold a 0-3-0-0 record in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 2:05 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Swift Current|
|Goals For/Against||168/176 (-8)||197/149 (+48)|
|Powerplay||22.6% (48/212)||31.9% (59/185)|
|Penalty Kill||74.0% (165/223)||79.8% (174/218)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.891||0.913|
|Leading Scorer||Cameron Hebig (34-34-68)||Aleksi Heponiemi (23-67-90)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (17-33-50)||Colby Sissons (11-40-51)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||54-53-58-3||71-57-60-5|
The Lead Up: Pats drop 3-1 decision in Swift Current Saturday
The Regina Pats dropped a hard fought 3-1 decision to the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday afternoon. Regina got the game’s first goal with the powerplay when Libor Hajek slapped home his 10th of the season and it was 1-0 after 20 minutes. Swift Current drew even on a Glenn Gawdin tip and the game was tied heading to the third. In the final frame, Gawdin scored his second of the night to make it 2-1 and then the Broncos added an empty netter for a 3-1 victory. The Pats were outshot 44-23, the powerplay was one for four and the penalty kill four for five. Ryan Kubic made 41 saves in the Regina goal, Stuart Skinner with 22 saves for Swift Current.
Head to Head
Today is the fourth of six meetings of the season between the Pats and Broncos, Regina is 0-3-0-0 in the season series, losing once at home and twice on the road. Cameron Hebig has 12 points against Swift Current this year, one with the Pats and 11 as a member of the Saskatoon Blades. Matt Bradley is next with two goals and two assists while Cale Fleury has two goals and a helper. The Broncos Glenn Gawdin has scored four goals and has six points against Regina while Tyler Steenbergen and Aleksi Heponiemi have put up five points. Regina enters Sunday 17 points behind the Broncos who sit second in the East Division and hold one game in hand.
Pats goaltender Ryan Kubic was outstanding on Saturday making 41 saves on 43 shots in the loss in Swift Current. The 19-year-old made 11 saves in the first, 17 saves in the second and 14 in the third to give the Pats a chance on the road. Kubic has started in seven games since being acquired from the Saskatoon Blades and holds a record of 4-2-1-0 with a 2.85 goals against average and a 0.924 save percentage.
Pats forward Cameron Hebig extended his point streak to five games with an assist on Saturday. The overager has put up three goals and six assists in the streak. In seven games since joining the Pats, Hebig has scored four times and has 10 points. He has scored one game winning goal and once shorthanded and is averaging 1.43 points per game.
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