PREVIEW: Pats look to bounce back Friday against Tri-City
The Regina Pats (13-10-2-0) return to action on Friday night in Kennewick, Washington to take on the Tri-City Americans (13-7-2-0). Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. Regina time at Toyota Center. The Pats are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday night. The Americans were last in action on Wednesday as well, losing 3-0 at home to the Everett Silvertips. Tonight is the first and only meeting between the two clubs in 2017-18. The game can be heard starting at 8:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Tri-City|
|Goals For/Against||81/82 (-1)||75/75 (E)|
|Powerplay||25.9% (28/108)||24.4% (21/86)|
|Penalty Kill||71.6% (73/102)||78.7% (74/94)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.893||0.905|
|Leading Scorer||Matt Bradley (16-12-28)||Topping/Geekie (23 points)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (7-15-22)||Dylan Coghlan (6-14-20)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||27-29-23-2||19-21-30-3|
The Lead Up: Pats drop 6-3 decision in Seattle Wednesday
The Regina Pats fell 6-3 in Kent, Washington to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday night. Regina opened the scoring on a 5 on 3 powerplay when Sam Steel scored from the slot for his eighth of the season. Seattle got a tying goal four minutes later and it was 1-1 after 1. Zach Andrusiak would score twice in the second for Seattle, Cale Fleury one for Regina and it was 3-2 Thunderbirds heading to the third. 22 seconds in, Sam Steel scored on a wraparound for his second of the night and ninth of the season to tie the game 3-3. However the T-Birds got the eventual game winner with eight minutes left, added another on the powerplay and an empty netter in the final minutes to make it 6-3 and that was the final score. Seattle outshot the Pats 40-36, the Regina powerplay was one for three and the penalty kill two for four.
Head to Head
The Pats dropped the lone regular season meeting with the Americans in the 2016-17 season, 6-5 at the Brandt Centre. Adam Brooks had three assists in the loss for Regina while Connor Hobbs and Dawson Leedahl each had two points. Vladislav Lukin had three points for Tri-City and three others put up two points. Regina led 5-2 after the first period, only to see the Americans score four unanswered and take the win. Regina enters Friday, 10 points back of the East Division leading Moose Jaw Warriors while the Americans sit six points back of the Portland Winterhawks who lead the U.S. Division.
Pats captain Sam Steel is playing some of his best hockey of the season over the last four games. The first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks is riding a four game point streak heading into Friday night with four goals and two assists in that stretch. Steel, a product of Sherwood Park Alberta, has points in six of his last seven games, scoring five times and adding three assists. For the season, Steel has nine goals and 25 points, three back of Matt Bradley who leads the team with 28.
Fleury Gets Number One
Defenceman Cale Fleury scored his first goal in a Pats uniform on Wednesday against Seattle. It was his seventh of the year overall and in his last three games with Regina, he has scored a goal and has three assists for a three game point streak. The Montreal Canadiens prospect is up to 14 points on the year, that’s inside the top 30 for all WHL defencemen.
Pats @ Spokane – Saturday November 25, 9 p.m. – Spokane Arena (CKRM)
Pats @ Red Deer – Friday December 1, 8 p.m. – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
Pats @ Calgary – Sunday December 3, 5 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)