PREVIEW: Pats look to bounce back Saturday in Saskatoon


The Regina Pats (24-20-4-0) are on the road Saturday night to take on the Saskatoon Blades (22-21-2-1). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at the SaskTel Centre. The Pats were last in action on Friday night, falling 5-3 at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Blades were last in action on Tuesday in Calgary, losing 6-5 to the Hitmen. Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings between the two clubs in 2017-18, The Pats hold a 1-2-1-0 record so far in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Saskatoon
Record 24-20-4-0 22-21-2-1
Goals For/Against 157/166 (-9) 147/181 (-34)
Powerplay 22.2% (44/198) 20.2% (34/168)
Penalty Kill 73.3% (154/210) 75.5% (148/196)
Team Save Percentage 0.890 0.878
Leading Scorer Cameron Hebig (31-31-62) Braylon Shmyr (24-38-62)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Josh Mahura (16-29-45) Dawson Davidson (7-21-28)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 50-48-56-3 49-38-57-3

The Lead Up: Tough first sinks Pats against Warriors Friday
A tough first period was the difference as the Pats fell 5-3 at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night. The Warriors led 4-0 after the opening 20, outshooting Regina 21-8 in the process. The Pats responded in the second with a powerplay goal from Jesse Gabrielle, his fourth of the year, and it was 4-1 after two. In the third, Moose Jaw got the lead to 5-1 with Jayden Halbgewachs potted his 50th of the season. Josh Mahura would then score twice for the Pats, his 15th and 16th tallies of the year to make it a 5-3 game and that was the final score. The Pats outshot Moose Jaw 37-16 in the final 40 minutes and outscored them 3-1, but could not complete the comeback. Regina outshot the Warriors 45-37, the powerplay was two for four and the penalty kill one for three. Josh Mahura led the way with two goals and an assist while Ryan Kubic made 32 saves.

Head to Head
Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings between the Pats and Blades, Regina is 1-2-1-0 in the season series. The Pats are led by Matt Bradley who has four goals and seven points in four games against Saskatoon. Jake Leschyshyn is next with five points while Emil Oksanen has four. The Blades Braylon Shmyr has scored four times against Regina and has 11 points, up next is Brad Goethals and Kirby Dach who have four points. The Pats are currently five points ahead of Saskatoon in the East Division, the Blades hold two games in hand. Tonight, Cameron Hebig, Libor Hajek and Ryan Kubic will make their returns to Saskatoon after being acquired in trades earlier this month. The Pats will take on former teammates Tyler Brown and Dawson Davidson.

Mahura Red Hot
Pats defenceman Josh Mahura is on a scoring tear since returning to the lineup on January 1. The 19-year-old signed prospect of the Anaheim Ducks has scored five goals and has 11 assists in nine games in the month of January. In his last four games, the product of St. Albert, Alberta has scored four times and has six assists for 10 points. He currently sits fifth among all WHL defencemen with 45 points and is alone in second with 16 goals. Mahura is on pace to put up 74 points this season which would well surpass his career high of 53 points set last year in 73 games between Regina and Red Deer.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Saskatoon – Wednesday January 24, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – Saturday January 27, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – Sunday January 28, 4 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)



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