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PREVIEW: Pats wrap U.S. road trip in Spokane

 

The Regina Pats (13-11-2-0) conclude their U.S. Division road trip on Saturday night in Spokane against the Chiefs (12-9-1-0). Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. Regina time at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Pats are coming off a 6-0 loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday night. The Chiefs were in Everett on Friday and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Silvertips. Tonight is the first and only meeting between the two clubs in 2017-18. The game can be heard starting at 8:35 with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Spokane
Record 13-11-2-0 12-9-1-0
Goals For/Against 81/88 (-7) 85/81 (+5)
Powerplay 24.8% (28/113) 16.8% (18/107)
Penalty Kill 71.2% (79/111) 77.5 (76/98)
Team Save Percentage 0.889 0.890
Leading Scorer Matt Bradley (16-12-28) Hudson Elynuik (12-20-32)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Josh Mahura (7-15-22) Ty Smith (3-18-21)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 27-29-23-2 30-24-29-1

The Lead Up: Pats Blanked by Tri-City Friday
The Regina Pats were shutout 6-0 by the Tri-City Americans on Friday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington. The Americans scored three times in the first and three more in the second in the victory. Carson Focht, Nolan Yaremko and Morgan Geekie led the way with three point nights for Tri-City while Patrick Dea made 30 saves for the shutout. Regina outshot the Americans 30-24, the powerplay was oh for five and the penalty kill six for nine.

Head to Head
The Pats won the lone regular season meeting with Spokane in 2016-17, 4-2 at the Brandt Centre. The Pats scored twice shorthanded in the win, one from Austin Wagner and the other from Jake Leschyshyn on the same penalty kill. The Chiefs got goals from Ethan McIndoe and Curtis Miske in the defeat. Regina has won four in a row over the Chiefs, their last loss coming on December 1, 2012 6-5 in overtime at the Brandt Centre. The Pats enter Saturday 10 points back of Moose Jaw for first in the East Division, the Warriors hold two games in hand. The Chiefs meanwhile are nine points back of the U.S. Division leading Portland Winterhawks who also hold two games in hand.

Breaking the Streak
The Pat carry a two game slide into Saturday night in Spokane, it is the fourth time this year Regina has dropped back to back games, but the club has yet to reach three consecutive losses this season. You have to go all the way back to late February of 2017 to the last time the Pats lost more than two in a row. It came as part of a five game losing streak that ended on March 5, 2017. Regina then rattled off eight straight wins to end the regular season and started the playoffs four and oh.

Ending on a High
Over the last six Western road swings for the Pats, the club has lost just one game in regulation in their last game of the trip. The Pats are 2-1-2-1 in the last six years in the concluding matchup of their five game swing. The lone regulation loss coming in Kelowna in November of 2012. One of the clubs two wins in the last six years to finish a trip came in Spokane in November of 2013, 3-2 in a shootout over the Chiefs.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Red Deer – Friday December 1, 8 p.m. – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
Pats @ Calgary – Sunday December 3, 5 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – Wednesday December 6, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

 

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