PREVIEW: Pats host Royals in search of fourth straight win
The Regina Pats (6-4-1-0) look for a fourth straight win on Friday night when they host the Victoria Royals (9-1-1-0). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats are coming off a 2-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday, their third straight victory. The Royals meanwhile won 3-2 in overtime in Edmonton on Wednesday and have won two in a row. Tonight is the first and only meeting of the season between the Pats and Royals. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM 2, via sportscage.ca.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Victoria|
|Goals For/Against||39/40 (-1)||62/30 (+32)|
|Powerplay||27.3% (15/55)||31.3% (21/67)|
|Penalty Kill||70.8% (34/48)||73.9% (34/46)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.876||0.926|
|Leading Scorer||Matt Bradley (9-11-20)||Matthew Phillips (10-16-26)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (3-8-11)||Jared Freadrich (2-5-7)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||14-9-13-2||16-23-22-1|
The Lead Up: Pats beat Wheat Kings for third straight win
Tyler Brown made 26 saves and the Regina Pats won a third straight game on Wednesday night, 2-1 over the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Brandt Centre. George King got the scoring started for the Pats with a powerplay goal in the first period, his fourth of the year. The game stayed 1-0 until late in the third when Jake Leschsyhyn would score into an empty net, shorthanded to give Regina the 2-0 advantage. Brandon got one back with 41 seconds left off the stick of Ty Lewis, but the Pats would hold on from there for the 2-1 victory. Regina outshot Brandon 47-27, the powerplay was one for five and the penalty kill four for four. Regina improved to 2-1-0-0 against the Wheat Kings and are 5-2-0-0 on home ice.
Head to Head
The Pats and Royals meet for the lone time in 2017-18 Friday night in a matchup between the last two Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy winners as regular season champions. The Pats are 1-1-0-0 in the last two meetings at the Brandt Centre and 0-2-0-0 in the last two at Victoria. The last time they met was on November 19, 2016 in Victoria and the Royals handed the Pats their first regulation loss of the season, 5-3. The Royals are leading the Western Conference with nine wins and 19 points through their first 11 games. The Pats meanwhile are fourth in the East Division, three points back of the first place Swift Current Broncos.
Steel and Mahura Named to Team WHL
Pats captain Sam Steel and defenceman Josh Mahura will both suit up for Team WHL at the upcoming CIBC Canada Russia Series. Steel will participate in his second Canada Russia series, he has 12 points in eight games to start the season, while Mahura has put up 11 points in eight games. Both players were returned to the Pats by the Anaheim Ducks on September 29. Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock will serve as an assistant coach for Team WHL. The first game of the series will take place on November 6 in Moose Jaw and then they will play again November 7 in Swift Current.
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown continued his hot streak with a 26 save performance on Wednesday against the Wheat Kings. The 20-year-old has gone 4-1-0-0 in his last six appearances with a 1.58 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. The Winnipeg product holds the fifth best GAA in the WHL at 2.63 and the 10th best save percentage at .906. He is also tied for sixth with five wins.
Pats Vs Vancouver – Saturday October 21, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Kootenay – Tuesday October 24, 7 p.m. – Western Financial Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Lethbridge – Wednesday October 25, 7 p.m. – Enmax Centre (CKRM)