PREVIEW: Pats Visit Blades in Search of 7th Consecutive Victory

The Regina Pats (35-6-6-1) hit the road Friday for their second game in five days against the Saskatoon Blades (20-25-5-1). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at the Sasktel Centre. The Pats were last in action on Wednesday and won their sixth straight game, 4-3 over the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Blades have been off since Monday when they hosted the Pats and lost 2-1. The Pats hold a 2-0-1-0 record against the Blades heading into tonight’s fourth of six meetings on the season between the two clubs. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 6:35 p.m.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Saskatoon
Record 35-6-6-1 20-25-5-1
Goals For/Against 254/152 (+102) 133/153 (-30)
Powerplay 33.0% (64/194) 20.1% (47/234)
Penalty Kill 80.6% (195/242) 75.9% (157/207)
Team Save Percentage 0.899 0.894
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (36-53-89) Braylon Shmyr (25-20-45)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (21-35-56) Bryton Sayers (5-21-26)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 81-77-91-5 38-44-46-3

Lead Up: Hobbs Late Heroics Give Pats 6th Straight Win
Connor Hobbs scored with 24 seconds left to give the Pats a sixth straight win, 4-3 over the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday night. The Pats took 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the game but each time the Warriors found a way to tie it up. But in the final minute, Sam Steel won an offensive zone faceoff and Connor Hobbs hammered home his 21st goal of the season from the blue line to give the Pats the 4-3 win. Austin Wagner led the Pats offence with a goal and two assists while Robbie Holmes had a goal and a helper. Tyler Brown made 30 saves for his 22nd win in goal and the Pats improved to 35-6-6-1.

Head to Head
The Pats hold a 2-0-1-0 record against the Blades heading into tonight’s fourth meeting of the season. The Pats won 9-6 at the Brandt Centre on November 4 and 2-1 in Saskatoon on Monday. The Blades won in overtime in Regina, 2-1 on December 10. The Pats have scored 12 goals to the Blades nine in the season series. The Regina powerplay is six for 14 and the penalty kill 13 for 15. The Pats have outshot Saskatoon 104-94 in the three games. Adam Brooks leads Regina with two goals and four assists in the season series while Sam Steel and Jake Leschyshyn both have four points. Saskatoon’s Michael Farren has scored twice and has an assist against the Pats. Five others have two points. The Pats enter Friday in first place in the WHL with 77 points while the Blades are holding down the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 46 points.

Road Warriors
The Pats enter Friday night with the best road win percentage in the WHL at .804. Regina has gone 17-3-2-1 in 23 road games so far this season. The Pats have scored 108 goals in those contests for an average of 4.69 goals per game. Only the Medicine Hat Tigers have more goals away from home with 123 in 26 games. The Pats are one goal behind Medicine Hat overall (home/away) with 254 in four less games than the Tigers. Conversely the club has given up just 69, an average of three goals against per road game. Only the Everett Silvertips have given up less goals on the road with 61 in 22 games. The Pats have given up the least goals overall (home/away) in the Eastern Conference at 152, five teams in the Western Conference have given up less, (Everett, Seattle, Kamloops, Prince George and Victoria). Regina’s road powerplay is 30 for 92, (32.6%) and the penalty kill is 94 for 116, (81.0%) with five shorthanded goals.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Edmonton – Saturday February 4, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Calgary – Wednesday February 8, 8 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats @ Edmonton – Friday February 10, 8 p.m. – Rogers Place (CKRM)


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