PREVIEW: Pats host first of three straight games against Moose Jaw Wednesday
The Regina Pats (29-23-5-1) are on home ice Wednesday for the first of three in a row against the Moose Jaw Warriors (42-9-1-2). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were last in action on Sunday in Saskatoon and fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Blades. The Warriors were last in action on Saturday, beating the Kootenay ICE 6-0 for a third straight victory. Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings on the season between the Pats and Warriors, Regina holds a 0-3-1-0 record in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Moose Jaw|
|Goals For/Against||190/195 (-5)||255/157 (+98)|
|Powerplay||22.5% (55/245)||25.9% (50/193)|
|Penalty Kill||74.9% (194/259)||79.5% (159/200)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.895||0.904|
|Leading Scorer||Cameron Hebig (38-36-74)||Brayden Burke (28-74-102)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (18-37-55)||Kale Clague (10-50-60)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||57-64-65-4||81-83-85-6|
The Lead Up: Paddock stellar in shootout loss to Saskatoon Sunday
The Regina Pats dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday afternoon at the SaskTel Centre. The Blades opened the scoring with a powerplay goal from Logan Christensen, 6:12 into the first and it was 1-0 after 1. The game stayed 1-0 until early in the third when Matt Bradley hammered home his 33rd from the slot on the powerplay to tie the game for the Pats. The goaltenders clamped it down from there and the game went to a shootout. It took seven rounds for the extra point to be decided and Michael Farren picked up the winner for the Blades who took the 2-1 victory. Regina outshot Saskatoon 39-29, the powerplay was 1 for 4 and the penalty kill went 4 for 5. Max Paddock made 28 saves.
Head to Head
Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings between the Pats and Warriors, Regina is 0-3-1-0 in the season series. Josh Mahura leads the Pats with two goals and seven points against Moose Jaw. Cameron Hebig has six points while Sam Steel and Libor Hajek each have five points. The Warriors are led by Jayden Halbgewachs who has eight points against Regina while Brayden Burke and Kale Clague each have four points.
Pats goaltender Max Paddock continued his strong play on Sunday making 28 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss in Saskatoon. The 17-year-old has gone 3-0-1-1 in his last five starts, making 140 saves on 150 shots for a .933 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average. The Brandon product has improved his overall save percentage from .887 to .901 in that stretch and his goals against average has dropped from 3.59 to 3.08. For the season, Paddock is 9-5-1-1 in 21 appearances.
Pats defenceman Cale Fleury has reached a new career high for points in a season. The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals and has 40 points in 54 games this year. The previous high for the Montreal Canadiens prospect was 37 points set last season with the Kootenay ICE. 30 of the defenseman’s 40 points this year have come as a member of the Pats.
Pats @ Moose Jaw – Friday February 16, 7 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – Sunday February 18, 2 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – Monday February 19, 4 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)