PREVIEW: Pats visit Tigers tonight in Medicine Hat

The Regina Pats (2-2-1-0) hit the road on Friday to Medicine Hat to take on the Tigers (2-2-0-0). Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. at the Canalta Centre. The Pats won their last game on Sunday afternoon, 6-1 over the Red Deer Rebels at the Brandt Centre. The Tigers are coming off a 4-2 loss in Prince Albert to the Raiders. Friday will mark the first of four meetings between the Pats and Tigers in 2017-18. Tonight’s game can be heard starting at 7:05 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Medicine Hat
Record 2-2-1-0 2-2-0-0
Goals For/Against 18/22 (-4) 14/11 (+4)
Powerplay 26.9% (7/26) 26.7% (4/15)
Penalty Kill 56.0% (14/25) 86.7% (13/15)
Team Save Percentage 0.860 0.911
Leading Scorer Matt Bradley (5-4-9) Gerlach/Rassell (6 pts)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Dawson Davidson (2-4-6) David Quenneville (0-4-4)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 5-4-9-0 4-9-1-0

The Lead Up: Big Third Powers Pats to Victory over Red Deer
Emil Oksanen scored his first career hattrick and added an assist to lead the Pats to a 6-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday at the Brandt Centre. Oksanen scored once in the first and added another in the second to give Regina the 2-0 lead. Red Deer responded on the powerplay and it was 2-1 heading to the third. That’s when Regina took over starting with Oksanen’s hattrick goal, 4:27 into the period. Bryce Platt, Josh Mahura and Dawson Davidson added goals after that to give Regina the 6-1 win. Oksanen’s four points paced the offense while Sam Steel and Dawson Davidson chipped in with three points each and Tyler Brown made 21 saves. Regina outshot Red Deer 38-22, the powerplay was two for four and the penalty kill six for seven.

Four members of the Regina Pats have at least a point in every game they have played in this season. Forward Matt Bradley leads the way, riding a five game point streak entering Friday night. The 20-year-old has scored five goals and has four assists in that stretch and is currently tied for tenth in league scoring, four points back of the leaders. Next is Emil Oksanen who has played in four games this year and has at least a point in each. Over the streak, Oksanen has scored four goals and has four assists for eight points which is good for first among all WHL rookies. Meanwhile Sam Steel and Josh Mahura have both played in two games so far in 2017-18. Steel has put up three points in both games (1G, 5A) and Josh Mahura has five points in the two contests (1G, 4A). Steel is tied for 25th in WHL scoring while Mahura is tied for fifth among the defenceman scoring leaders.

Three Point Nights
Sam Steel has two three point games to start his 19-year-old season. The first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2016 has put up at least three points in 24 of his last 68 regular season games (35.3%). He did it 22 times in 2016-17 and twice more to start 2017-18. Of those 24 games, seven times he put up four points, twice he had five and once six points. Over his last 68 games, Steel has been held off the scoresheet just 10 times and has 137 points over that stretch, the most in the entire Canadian Hockey League.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Saskatoon – Saturday October 7, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM, Access 7)
Pats Vs Saskatoon – Wednesday October 11, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – Friday October 13, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)





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