PREVIEW: Pats Host Broncos to Start Round Two

The Regina Pats (4-0) kick off the second round of the WHL Playoffs tonight at home to the Swift Current Broncos (4-3). Puck drop at the Brandt Centre is at 7 p.m. The Pats are coming off a first round sweep of the Calgary Hitmen, the series wrapped up last Thursday. The Broncos meanwhile, outlasted the Moose Jaw Warriors in seven games, winning the final game of the series on Monday, 3-2. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 6:35 p.m. It will also be broadcast on Access 7.

Playoffs Comparison Regina Swift Current
Record 4-0 4-3
Goals For/Against 20/6 (+14) 19/15 (+4)
Powerplay 57.1% (8/14) 20.0% (4/20)
Penalty Kill 81.2% (13/16) 88.5% (23/26)
Team Save Percentage 0.947 0.943
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (4-6-10) Steenbergen/Lindgren (8 pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (1-8-9) Max Lajoie (0-6-6)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 4-7-9-0 7-5-7-0


Regular Season Comparison Regina Swift Current
Record 52-12-7-1 39-23-4-6
Goals For/Against 353/211 (+142) 247/239 (+8)
Powerplay 31.5% (92/292) 21.7% (62/286)
Penalty Kill 81.4% (288/354) 72.7% (192/264)
Team Save Percentage 0.903 0.903
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (50-81-131) Tyler Steenbergen (51-39-90)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (31-54-85) Artyom Minulin (8-42-50)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 106-121-119-7 74-82-82-8

Lead Up: Pats Complete Sweep last Thursday in Calgary
The Regina Pats completed the four game sweep of the Calgary Hitmen on Thursday night with a 5-1 win in game four at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The two clubs skated to a scoreless first period, but in the second the Pats got two goals from Austin Wagner and one from Dawson Davidson to lead 3-0 after two. In the third, Calgary got to within one but Regina got goals late from Connor Hobbs and Jeff de Wit to take the series with a 5-1 win. Tyler Brown made 20 saves on 21 shots, the Pats powerplay was four for six and the penalty kill two for three.

Head To Head
The Pats went 7-0-1-0 against the Swift Current Broncos in eight games during the regular season. Regina won three times at home and four on the road in the season series, losing once at home in overtime. The Pats scored 43 goals to the Broncos 18 in the eight meetings. Regina outshot Swift Current 344-219, the powerplay was 12 for 33 and the penalty kill 24 for 31. Dawson Leedahl led the Pats with eight goals and 19 points in eight games. Sam Steel put up 18 points in the season series while Nick Henry and Adam Brooks each had 17 points. Tyler Brown went 4-0-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA, a .943 save percentage and one shutout against the Broncos this year. Swift Current was led by Lane Pederson who had three goals and eight points against the Pats. Aleksi Heponiemi and Glenn Gawdin each had seven points, and Ryley Lindgren picked up six. Goaltender Jordan Papirny was 0-5-0-0 against Regina with a 4.96 GAA and a .876 SV%.

Brooks Named WHL Player of the Month
The WHL announced Tuesday that Regina Pats forward Adam Brooks has been named the WHL Player of the Month for March 2017. Brooks registered 34 points (13G-21A) in 14 games to help the Pats lock up the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season Champions before moving on to sweep the Calgary Hitmen in the opening round of the Playoffs. In March, the veteran pivot put forth 10 multipoint performances in 10 regular-season games, as well as one multipoint performance in four playoff games. Brooks’ outstanding end to the regular season was highlighted on Friday, March 17, as he posted four points (2G-2A) in a 7-1 win versus Brandon. He then started the 2017 WHL Playoffs with a bang, notching four points (2G-2A) on Friday, March 24, in a 5-2 win versus Calgary in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series. This is Brooks’ second WHL Player of the Month honours, he was previously recognized in November.

Upcoming Schedule
Game 2 – Pats Vs Swift Current – Friday April 7, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Game 3 – Pats @ Swift Current – Monday April 10, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Game 4 – Pats @ Swift Current – Tuesday April 11, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)






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