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PREVIEW: Pats host first half of home and home with Moose Jaw Friday

 

The Regina Pats (18-42-1-2) are in action at home on Friday to kick off a home and home set with the Moose Jaw Warriors (35-19-6-2). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were last in action on Saturday afternoon at home, losing 4-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Warriors last game was on Tuesday when they fell at home to the Saskatoon Blades 4-2. Tonight is the seventh of eight meetings between Regina and Moose Jaw in 2018-19, the Pats are 1-5-0-0 in the season series. 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 Moose Jaw
Record 18-42-1-2 35-19-6-2
Goals For/Against 162/251 (-89) 204/182 (+22)
Powerplay 17.5% (45/257) 27.4% (63/230)
Penalty Kill 76.3% (232/304) 79.4% (158/199)
Team Save Percentage 0.882 0.904
Leading Scorer Austin Pratt (24-25-49) Tristin Langan (48-54-102)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Nikita Sedov (0-16-16) Josh Brook (15-51-66)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT-SO) 43-63-51-3-2 53-73-71-6-1

The Lead Up: Pats 4-1 decision at home to Lethbridge Saturday
The Regina Pats got 34 saves from Max Paddock in a 4-1 defeat at home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at the Brandt Centre. In the first, the Pats outshot the Hurricanes 13-8 but neither team would score and it was scoreless after the opening period. In the second, the Hurricanes scored three times in the first 13 minutes, Nick Henry, Jordy Bellerive and Dylan Cozens with the markers and Lethbridge led 3-0. The Pats got on the board at 14:23 on the powerplay, Austin Pratt tipped home his 24th to make it a 3-1 game. The Hurricanes responded 32 seconds later on a goal from Jake Elmer and it was 4-1 after two periods. In the third, the Pats outshot the Hurricanes 10-9, but the period went scoreless and Lethbridge took the two points in a 4-1 final. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 39-38, the powerplay was one for five, the penalty kill three for three and Max Paddock made 34 saves.

Milestone Night
Pats forward Austin Pratt will play in his 250th Western Hockey League game tonight against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 19-year-old began his career with the Red Deer Rebels, where he played in 165 games, scoring 31 goals and 31 assists for 62 points. He was acquired by the Pats halfway through the 2017-18 season and has played in 84 games with Regina. The product of Lakeville, Minnesota has scored 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points in those 84 games. He leads the club with 24 goals and 49 points this season, both of which are career highs. Pratt has also appeared in 17 playoff games in his WHL career, two of them with the Pats.

Streu Back
Pats forward Sebastian Streu returned from a three-game absence due to an upper-body injury on Saturday. The 19-year-old picked up an assist in his first game back to reach 20 points in 32 games this year. Streu was listed and signed by the Pats just before Christmas and has set a career high in points for a season, his previous high was last year with Kootenay when he had 12 points in 54 games. Streu has put up 0.63 points per-game this year and over a 68 game season, that projects to be a 43 point campaign. He is two goals away from matching his previous career high of nine goals which he scored last year with the ICE.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Moose Jaw – Saturday March 9, 7 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – Wednesday March 13, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – Friday March 15, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

 

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