PREVIEW: Pats look to bounce back in Prince Albert

The Regina Pats (3-4-1-0) are on the road on Friday night to take on the Prince Albert Raiders (3-3-0-0). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre. The Pats lost their last game 6-4 to the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday. The Raiders meanwhile won their last game on Saturday, 6-1 in Medicine Hat over the Tigers. Friday will mark the first of eight meetings between Regina and Prince Albert in 2017-18. Tonight’s 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 Albert
Record 3-4-1-0 3-3-0-0
Goals For/Against 31/35 (-4) 20/22 (-2)
Powerplay 28.6% (12/42) 16.7% (4/24)
Penalty Kill 64.9% (24/37) 80.9% (17/21)
Team Save Percentage 0.852 0.880
Leading Scorer Matt Bradley (8-8-16) Jordy Stallard (3-8-11)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Dawson Davidson (2-6-8) Max Martin (2-3-5)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 13-7-11-0 5-7-7-1

The Lead Up: Pats lose to Saskatoon Wednesday Night
The Regina Pats lost 6-4 to the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre. The Blades led 1-0 and 2-1 in the first but goals from Sam Steel and Josh Mahura drew the Pats even at 2-2. Saskatoon then jumped out to a 4-2 lead before Matt Bradley picked up his eighth and it was 4-3 after 20 minutes. The clubs traded goals in the second, Brad Goethals for Saskatoon and then George King for the Pats who trailed 5-4 going to the final period. Regina outshot Saskatoon 13-9 in the third but could not beat Ryan Kubic and Cameron Hebig would score an empty netter with 20 seconds left to give the Blades the 6-4 victory. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 31-27, the powerplay was oh for two and the penalty kill two for three. Matt Bradley led the offence with a goal and an assist.

Morrisseau & Williams on the Board
Pats forward Koby Morrisseau and defenceman Owen Williams picked up their first points of the season on Wednesday night, with an assist each against the Saskatoon Blades. For Morrisseau, it was his first point in a Pats uniform and for Williams it was the first in his WHL career. Morrisseau was acquired by the Pats in a trade with Spokane this summer and was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Williams was taken in the ninth round of the 2015 Bantam draft by the Pats. Both players are playing in their 17-year-old seasons.

Paddock Named to 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Coaching Staff
The Western Hockey League, in conjunction with the Canadian Hockey League, Moose Jaw Warriors, Regina Pats, Swift Current Broncos and Hockey Canada, announced Wednesday the coaching staff for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock will serve as an Assistant Coach for Team WHL, he in his fourth season with the Regina Pats. Paddock was the 2016-17 and 2014-15 recipient of the WHL’s Dunc McCallum Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year. He was also named 2016-17 WHL Executive of the Year and recipient of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy. Team WHL will compete in games one and two of the Canada Russia Series, on November 6 in Moose Jaw and November 7 in Swift Current.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Edmonton – Sunday October 15, 4 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – Wednesday October 18, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Victoria – Friday October 20, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)






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