PREVIEW: Pats Visit Blades in Monday Morning Affair

The Regina Pats (33-6-6-1) are in Saskatoon for a Monday morning affair with the Blades (20-24-5-1). Puck drop is at 11:30 a.m. at the Sasktel Centre. The Pats were last in action on Saturday in Red Deer and won their fourth straight game, 4-1 over the Rebels. The Blades hosted the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday and lost 3-1. The Pats are 1-0-1-0 against the Blades this season entering Monday’s third of six meetings between the two clubs. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 11:05 a.m.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Saskatoon
Record 33-6-6-1 20-24-5-1
Goals For/Against 248/148 (+100) 132/181 (-49)
Powerplay 33.3% (62/186) 20.1% (46/229)
Penalty Kill 80.3% (188/234) 76.4% (155/203)
Team Save Percentage 0.897 0.894
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (36-51-87) Braylon Shmry (25-20-45)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (20-35-55) Bryton Sayers (4-21-25)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 78-75-89-5 38-44-45-3

Lead Up: Brown and Brooks Lead Pats to Victory in Red Deer
Tyler Brown made 31 saves to lead the Pats to a 4-1 win in Red Deer over the Rebels on Saturday. Adam Brooks scored twice including the game winner while Filip Ahl and Wyatt Sloboshan added singles. Regina scored twice in the first and added a goal in each of the final two periods to win their fourth straight and improve to 33-6-6-1. The Pats outshot Red Deer 38-32 while the powerplay was two for three and the penalty kill four for five.

Head to Head
The Pats carry a 1-0-1-0 record against Saskatoon into Monday mornings contest. The Pats won 9-6 at the Brandt Centre on November 4 and lost 2-1 in overtime at home on December 10. The Pats have scored 10 goals in the season series to the Blades 8. Regina has put 87 shots on goal to Saskatoon’s 71. The powerplay has gone four for 10 and the penalty kill nine for 10. Both Adam Brooks and Jake Leschyshyn have a goal and three assists for the Pats in the season series while Sam Steel and Connor Hobbs have three points each. The Blades are led by Michael Farren, Gage Ramsay, Caleb Fantillo, Braylon Shmyr and Libor Hajek who all have two points. The Pats enter Monday tied for first in the WHL with 73 points while Saskatoon sits fifth in the East Division with 46 points in the standings.

20 Goal Scorers
The Pats boast a roster with seven 20 goal scorers through 46 games in 2016/17. Sam Steel (36), Adam Brooks (28), Dawson Leedahl (25), Filip Ahl (22), Nick Henry (21), Austin Wagner (21) and Connor Hobbs (20). The top seven goal getters for the Pats have combined to score 173 of the teams 248 goals (69.7%). Jake Leschyshyn is three goals shy of 20 for the season at 17. The Medicine Hat Tigers are tied with Regina with seven 20 goal scorers. Those seven have combined to score 159 times. Lethbridge and Kamloops are next with five 20 goal scorers while Prince George has four.

Leschyshyn Top Prospects
Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn is gone to Quebec City for the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. Leschyshyn is among the 40 draft eligible plyers who will compete Monday night in the annual showcase. The Saskatoon product will play with Team Cherry at the game tonight. Leschyshyn is enjoying a breakout sophomore season with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 45 games. In his 16-year-old season last year he put up seven goals and 16 points. Leschyshyn is ranked #31 in North America in the midterm rankings by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Moose Jaw – Wednesday February 1, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – Friday February 3, 7 p.m. – Sasktel Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Edmonton – Saturday February 4, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)





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