PREVIEW: Pats wrap road stretch in Brandon Wednesday night
The Regina Pats (15-12-2-0) wrap up their stretch of eight straight road games on Wednesday night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings (19-7-0-1). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at Westman Place. The Pats are coming off a 4-1 win in Calgary on Sunday, their second consecutive victory. The Wheat Kings were last in action on Saturday and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-4 in overtime for a fifth straight win. Tonight is the fourth of eight meetings between the two clubs in 2017-18, the Pats hold a 2-1-0-0 record in the season series. The game can be heard starting at 6:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.
|Regular Season Comparison||Regina||Brandon|
|Goals For/Against||92/98 (-6)||114/85 (+29)|
|Powerplay||23.8% (30/126)||30.4% (35/115)|
|Penalty Kill||69.6% (87/125)||76.3% (100/131)|
|Team Save Percentage||0.887||0.908|
|Leading Scorer||Matt Bradley (18-15-33)||Ty Lewis (14-34-48)|
|Leading Scorer (Defence)||Josh Mahura (8-15-23)||Kale Clague (10-30-40)|
|Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)||30-32-28-2||36-36-37-5|
The Lead Up: Lockner and Morrisseau lead Pats to Victory in Calgary
Koby Morrisseau and Bryan Lockner each had three point nights to lead the Regina Pats to a 4-1 win in Calgary over the Hitmen on Sunday night. Regina got the game’s first goal, 3:11 in when Josh Mahura scored on a slap shot from the blue line for his eighth of the year. The Calgary powerplay would tie it later in the period and it was 1-1 after one. In the second, Bryan Lockner put home his fourth on a pretty passing play with Koby Morrisseau to give the Pats the 2-1 lead. Then, just as a powerplay expired Jake Leschyshyn scored his seventh off a rebound and the Pats took a 3-1 lead to the third. In the final frame, Koby Morrisseau rounded out the scoring with his second of the season and 4-1 was the final from Calgary. Regina outshot the Hitmen 30-18, the powerplay was oh for five, the penalty kill three for four and Max Paddock made 18 saves for his fifth win of the year.
Head to Head
The Pats are 2-1-0-0 against Brandon through three games in the season series, winning twice at home and losing once on the road. The Wheat Kings have scored 12 goals in the three contests to the Pats seven. Matt Bradley, Wyatt Sloboshan and Dawson Davidson lead Regina with three points while Emil Oksanen has two assists. Ty Lewis has scored three times and has eight points against Regina. Stelio Mattheos has five points and Tanner Kaspick four. The Pats enter Wednesday, seven points back of the Wheat Kings who sit third in the East Division with two games in hand.
Pats forwards Koby Morrisseau and Bryan Lockner put up career high numbers for a single game on Sunday in Calgary with a goal and two assists each. Lockner scored the game winning goal early in the second period and Morrisseau’s marker came late in the third period to make it 4-1. Morrisseau has already passed his previous career high for points in a season with five, he had two points in 22 games last year with Spokane. Lockner has matched his goal totals from last year with four and is on pace for 21 points, eight more than he had in 2016-17.
Pats Vs Kelowna – Friday December 8, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – Saturday December 9, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kamloops – Wednesday December 13, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)