PREVIEW: Pats host Prince George in lone meeting of the year with the Cougars
The Regina Pats (25-22-5-0) are back in action on Wednesday night at home to the Prince George Cougars (18-25-4-4). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were last in action on Sunday afternoon at home to Swift Current and lost 4-1 to the Broncos. The Cougars were in Swift Current on Tuesday night and lost 4-0 to the Broncos. Tonight is the first and only between the two clubs in 2017-18, The Pats hold a 3-1-0-0 record over the last four years against Prince George. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM and will also be broadcast on Access 7.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Prince George|
|Goals For/Against||169/180 (-11)||155/199 (-44)|
|Powerplay||22.3% (48/215)||16.4% (36/219)|
|Penalty Kill||73.6% (167/227)||78.7% (177/225)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.891||0.885|
|Leading Scorer||Cameron Hebig (34-34-68)||Jared Bethune (16-32-48)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (17-33-50)||Joel Lakusta (6-23-29)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||54-53-59-3||54-55-43-2|
The Lead Up: Broncos outlast Pats Sunday
The Regina Pats fell 4-1 at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday afternoon at the Brandt Centre. Despite outshooting the Broncos 17-9 in the first, the Pats found themselves down 1-0 at the break. In the second, a tough bounce off a skate ended up on the tape of Matteo Gennaro in the slot who spun and buried into the top corner and it was 2-0 Broncos after 40 minutes. In the third, the Broncos powerplay extended the lead to 3-0 before Cale Fleury broke through for the Pats with his ninth of the season and it was 3-1. Swift Current restored their three goal lead with another powerplay goal to make it 4-1 and that was the final score. The Pats outshot Swift Current 42-35, the PP was 0/3 and the PK 2/4.
Head to Head
Tonight is the first and only meeting of the season between the Pats and Cougars. Last year Prince George picked up a 5-2 victory on home ice while Regina took the previous three meetings by 5-3, 5-2 and 8-0 scores. In last year’s matchup, Regina got goals from Austin Wagner and Lane Zablocki in the defeat. Current Pats forward Jesse Gabrielle scored once in the win for P.G. while Aaron Boyd, Brogan O’Brien and Ryan Schoettler each had single points. Regina enters Wednesday two points ahead of the Saskatoon Blades who sit in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cougars meanwhile are in fifth in the B.C. Division and are 13 points out of a playoff spot.
Three players will be taking on their former clubs on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre. Jesse Gabrielle and Jonas Harkins as former Cougars and Kjell Kjemhus as a former Pat. Gabrielle spent two season in Prince George, scoring 75 goals and adding 64 assists for 139 points in 133 games. Harkins started this season, his rookie year, with the Cougars and had an assist in 14 games. Kjemhus meanwhile, was a fourth round pick by the Pats in 2016. Before being traded, Kjemhus played in three regular season games and 13 playoff games with the Pats, picking up one assist.
Montreal Canadiens prospect defenceman Cale Fleury is enjoying the best stretch of his WHL career with the Regina Pats. The 19-year-old has played in 31 games since being acquired from the Kootenay ICE, scoring three times and adding 23 assists for 26 points. The product of Carlyle, Saskatchewan is up to 36 points in 48 games total this year, which is good for a tie for 14th among all WHL defenceman. Fleury has also gone plus 15 in the 31 games with Regina.
Pats Vs Prince Albert – Saturday February 3, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – Tuesday February 6, 7 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – Friday February 9, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)