PREVIEW: Pats Wrap Three Game Road Trip in Red Deer

The Regina Pats (39-6-6-1) are looking for an 11th straight win when they wrap up a three game road trip in Red Deer against the Rebels (23-24-5-3). Puck drop is at 8 p.m. Regina time at Enmax Centrium. The Pats won their 10th in a row on Friday night in Edmonton, 5-2 over the Oil Kings. The Rebels hosted the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night and lost a third straight game, 4-1 the final. The Pats hold a 3-0-0-0 record against the Rebels heading into tonight’s fourth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 7:35 p.m.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Red Deer
Record 39-6-6-1 23-24-5-3
Goals For/Against 275/157 (+118) 176/201 (-25)
Powerplay 33.8% (72/213) 18.1% (42/232)
Penalty Kill 81.0% (213/263) 75.6% (189/250)
Team Save Percentage 0.901 0.890
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (39-58-97) Michael Spacek (23-42-65)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (24-39-63) Colton Bobyk (4-36-40)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 89-83-98-5 47-65-57-6

Lead Up: Pats Extend Win Streak to 10 Games Friday
The Regina Pats won a 10th straight game and clinched a spot in the 2017 playoffs on Friday night with a 5-2 victory in Edmonton over the Oil Kings. The Pats led 2-1 after the first, 3-2 after the second and added two more in the third period to sweep the Oil Kings in the four game season series. Wyatt Sloboshan, Connor Hobbs and Filip Ahl each had two points to lead the Regina offence. The Pats outshot the Oil Kings 39-27, the powerplay was one for two and the penalty kill went four for four. Jordan Hollett made 25 saves for his 11th win in his 12th start and the Pats improved to 39-6-6-1 on the season.

Head to Head
The Pats carry a 3-0-0-0 record against Red Deer into tonight’s fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The Pats have won both games on home ice and once on the road. Regina has scored 19 goals in the three games to the Rebels seven. The Pats powerplay has gone five 13 in the previous three meetings while the penalty kill has gone 15 for 18. Sam Steel leads the Pats with six goals and three assists in the three games. Adam Brooks and Dawson Leedahl have five points each and four others have four points. Tyler Brown has started all three games and is 3-0-0-0 with a 2.33 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Red Deer’s Austin Glover has seven points against Regina in three games with the Prince Albert Raiders and one with the Rebels. Evan Polei is next with four points in the three contests. The Pats currently lead the East Division by 13 points over the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Rebels are third in the Central Division, seven points ahead of Calgary who sits in fourth.

Pats Clinch
The Regina Pats became the first team in the entire Canadian Hockey League to clinch a spot in the 2017 playoffs on Friday night. Regina’s 5-2 win over the Oil Kings combined with the Calgary Hitmen’s loss to Medicine Hat, ensured a spot in the post season. The Pats enter Saturday night with 39 wins and 85 points in the standings. Those 39 wins is the most since 2013-14 when the Pats won the East Division with a 39-26-4-3 record. The magic number to clinch the division is 19 points, or any combination of 9.5 wins or Moose Jaw losses. The magic number to clinch top spot in the WHL is 26 points, or 13 wins. The Pats have 20 games left on the regular season.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Everett – Tuesday February 14, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Swift Current – Wednesday February 15, 7 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – Friday February 17, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)


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