PREVIEW: Pats Look to Rebound in Game Two Friday Night

The Regina Pats (4-0-1) host game two of their second round playoff series tonight with the Swift Current Broncos (5-3-0). Puck drop at the Brandt Centre is at 7 p.m. The Pats dropped game one of the series on Thursday night, 2-1 in overtime. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 6:35 p.m. It will also be broadcast on Sportsnet 360.

Playoffs Comparison Regina Swift Current
Record 4-0-1 5-3-0
Goals For/Against 21/7 (+14) 21/16 (+5)
Powerplay 53.3% (8/15) 15.4% (4/26)
Penalty Kill 86.4% (19/22) 88.9% (24/27)
Team Save Percentage 0.946 0.950
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (4-6-10) Ryley Lindgren (6-4-10)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (1-8-9) Max Lajoie (0-6-6)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 5-7-9-0 7-5-8-1


Regular Season Comparison Regina Swift Current
Record 52-12-7-1 39-23-4-6
Goals For/Against 353/211 (+142) 247/239 (+8)
Powerplay 31.5% (92/292) 21.7% (62/286)
Penalty Kill 81.4% (288/354) 72.7% (192/264)
Team Save Percentage 0.903 0.903
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (50-81-131) Tyler Steenbergen (51-39-90)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (31-54-85) Artyom Minulin (8-42-50)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 106-121-119-7 74-82-82-8

Lead Up: Pats Drop Game 1 in OT to Swift Current
The Regina Pats dropped game one of their second round playoff series with the Swift Current Broncos on Thursday night, 2-1 in overtime. The Pats opened the scoring in the first when Austin Wagner picked up his fourth of the post season. Regina held that lead until the final minute of regulation. However, with 38.7 seconds left, Lane Pederson put home his third to force overtime. In the extra frame at 15:12, Ryley Lindgren slapped his sixth into the top corner from the slot and the Broncos took the 1-0 series lead. Tyler Brown made 34 saves in the Regina goal, Jordan Papirny 53 for Swift Current. The Pats were oh for one on the powerplay and six for six on the penalty kill in the defeat.

Brooks Extends Streak
Pats forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Adam Brooks extended his point streak to 15 games in Thursday’s game one loss. The Winnipeg product had an assist on the club’s lone goal. Brooks has scored 13 goals and has 20 assists in those 15 games going back to the end of the regular season and the first five games of the playoffs. Seven of the games in the streak, Brooks put up at least three points and in two of them he had two points. The overage forward is currently tied for 14th among WHL playoff scorers with eight points, three of them goals.

Brown Stellar Again
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown continued his strong play in the playoffs in game one Thursday. The 19-year-old turned aside 34 of 36 shots and was named the 2nd star in his first loss of the 2017 post-season. In five starts, Brown has made 141 saves on 149 shots for a .946 save percentage, second best in the WHL. Those eight goals allowed in five games is good for a 1.52 goals against average which leads all playoff goalies. For his career, Brown has made 17 playoff starts, he holds an 11-5-1 record with a 2.34 goals against average and a .925 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.

Playoff Experience
The Pats roster boats 308 games of playoff experience entering Friday night’s game two. Adam Brooks leads the way with 30 post season games in his five year career. Dawson Leedahl and Austin Wagner are a close second with 28 while Josh Mahura (27), Connor Hobbs (25), Sergey Zborovskiy (23), Jeff de Wit (23) and Jonathan Smart (20) all have at least 20 games played. The Broncos meanwhile have 232 games of playoff experience. Jordan Papirny is by far the leader with 57 playoff starts. Six Pats are playing in their first playoffs, the Broncos have 13 playoff rookies.

Upcoming Schedule
Game 3 – Pats @ Swift Current, Monday April 10, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iples (CKRM)
Game 4 – Pats @ Swift Current, Tuesday April 11, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Game 5 – Pats Vs Swift Current, Friday April 14, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM) If necessary


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