PREVIEW: Pats kick off home and home with Blades Friday in Saskatoon
The Regina Pats (12-31-1-1) kick off a home and home set on the road on Friday against the Saskatoon Blades (26-13-6-7). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the SaskTel Centre. The Pats were last in action on Wednesday at home, losing 4-3 to the Kootenay ICE. The Blades last game was on Saturday when they fell 5-4 at home to the Portland Winterhawks. Tonight is the third of six meetings between Regina and Saskatoon, the Pats are 1-0-1-0 so far 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 and will also be broadcast on Access 7.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Saskatoon|
|Goals For/Against||117/186 (-69)||156/134 (+22)|
|Powerplay||17.6% (32/182)||18.6% (36/193)|
|Penalty Kill||72.2% (161/223)||80.1% (117/146)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.875||0.906|
|Leading Scorer||Austin Pratt (16-19-35)||Kirby Dach (17-31-48)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Nikita Sedov (0-9-9)||Dawson Davidson (8-35-43)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT-SO)||34-45-37-1-0||55-49-46-4-2|
The Lead Up: Pats lose tight one to Kootenay Wednesday
The Regina Pats lost a tight one, 4-3 to the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre. The Pats got the game’s first goal early in the first period on the powerplay, Brady Pouteau picked up his second of the year to make it 1-0. The ICE tied it up with eight minutes left in the frame and it was 1-1 after one. In the second, the Pats powerplay gave them the lead back at 1:58. Sebastian Streu scored from the left circle, his fifth, and it was 2-1. Once again, the ICE tied it on the powerplay and then Valtteri Kakkonen gave them their first lead at 3-2 and Kootenay took that lead to the intermission. Early in the third, the ICE took a two-goal lead thanks to Davis Murray. Regina got back to within one on a beauty goal from Duncan Pierce at 6:11, his sixth and it was 4-3. The Pats pressed for a tying goal, outshooting Kootenay 12-5 in the third but could not find a fourth marker and fell 4-3. The Pats outshot the ICE 29-22, the powerplay was two for nine and the penalty kill was four for five. Sebastian Streu and Nikita Sedov led the offence with two-point nights.
Pouteau on a Tear
Pats overage defenceman Brady Pouteau is enjoying his best offensive stretch of the season. The former fourth round pick of the Pats has points in three straight games, scoring twice and added two assists for four points in that stretch. Pouteau scored shorthanded on Saturday against the Red Deer Rebels and then followed that up with a powerplay goal in the first period against Kootenay on Wednesday. Pouteau missed significant time at the start of the year because of off-season shoulder surgery but has found his game over the last few weeks, with five points in 11 games as well as 21 shots on goal.
Three Straight for Streu
Pats forward Sebastian Streu extended his goal scoring streak to three games on Wednesday against the ICE. The 19-year-old has scored in four of his last five contests and since returning from the Division 1 World Juniors, has four goals and nine points in 11 games. For the season, Streu has put up five goals and 12 points in 17 games played.
Pierce Finding His Touch
Pats forward Duncan Pierce has picked two goals and two assists in a three-game point streak entering Friday night. The 18-year-old has put up six points since the Christmas break to reach six goals and 14 points on the season. His 14 points are fifth most on the team to this point in the year.
Pats Vs Saskatoon – Saturday January 19, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – Friday January 25, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – Saturday January 26, 7:30 p.m. – Westoba Place (CKRM)