PREVIEW: Pats Visit Broncos Looking for Bounce Back Effort

The Regina Pats (29-6-6-1) hit the road Saturday to take on their East Division rivals, the Swift Current Broncos (25-14-3-5). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at the Credit Union Iplex. The Pats hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night at the Brandt Centre and lost 8-5. The Broncos have been off since Wednesday when they lost in Lethbridge 5-1. Tonight is the third of eight meetings between the two clubs. The Pats are 2-0-0-0 in the previous two meetings and are seven points ahead for first in the East Division with five games in hand. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 6:35 p.m.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Swift Current
Record 29-6-6-1 25-14-3-5
Goals For/Against 227/135 (+92) 168/157 (+11)
Powerplay 31.0% (53/171) 21.7% (41/189)
Penalty Kill 81.0% (171/211) 73.6% (123/167)
Team Save Percentage 0.897 0.900
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (33-47-80) Tyler Steenbergen (34-25-59)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (19-31-50) Artyom Minulin (7-27-34)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 73-66-84-4 52-52-57-6

Lead Up: Pats Drop Back and Forth Affair with Medicine Hat
The Regina Pats dropped a back and forth affair with the Medicine Hat Tigers, 8-5, at the Brandt Centre on Friday night. Medicine Hat jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead but the Pats got to within one before the intermission. In the second the Tigers scored twice to the Pats one and it was 5-3 after two. In the third, the Pats drew even at 5-5 but the Tigers responded with three in a row, one into an empty net and picked up the two points. Sam Steel led the Pats with a goal and three assists while Max Paddock made 26 saves in goal. Regina was two for four on the powerplay in the loss and outshot Medicine Hat 41-34.

Head to Head
The Pats are 2-0-0-0 against Swift Current heading into tonight’s third meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Pats have outscored the Broncos 14-4 in the first two meetings. The Pats currently leads the East Division with 65 points. The Broncos are seven points back in third place and have played five more games. Regina has outshot the Broncos 82-54, the powerplay has gone three for seven and the penalty kill five for six. Dawson Leedahl leads the Pats with four goals and three assists in the two games. Nick Henry and Connor Hobbs are next with five points each. Goaltender Tyler Brown is 2-0-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Swift Current is led by Kaden Elder and Lane Pederson who both have three points against Regina this season. Six other players have a single point. The Pats have won four in a row against the Broncos going back to last season.

Hobbs On Top
Pats defenceman Connor Hobbs currently sits atop the defenceman scoring lead in the Western Hockey League. The 19-year-old product of Saskatoon has 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points in 38 games this season. Hobbs previous career high was set last season when he had 19 goals and 41 points in 58 games. The Washington Capitals prospect has scored five times on the powerplay, has 17 PP assists, four shorthanded points and three game winners. Hobbs is one of four Pats in the top 20 in defence scoring in the WHL. Josh Mahura is tied for 10th with 36 points, Chase Harrison is alone in 13th with 35 points and finally Sergey Zborovskiy is tied for 14th with 34 points. In total, the Pats defence corps have scored 33 goals this year.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Brandon – Sunday January 22, 4 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Calgary – Friday January 27, 8 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledone (CKRM)
Pats @ Red Deer – Saturday January 28, 8 p.m. – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)




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