PREVIEW: Pats Head To Moose Jaw For Rebound Performance
Regina, Sask. – The Regina Pats head to the Moose Jaw Events Centre for a Trans-Canada Highway Clash rematch against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 p.m., Saturday.
The Regina Pats have another opportunity to clinch a playoff berth tonight as they play the Warriors for the final time this season. Regina would need to gather at least a point or receive a Swift Current Broncos regulation loss against the Red Deer Rebels in order to guarantee a ticket to the post-season.
It’s a quick turnaround tonight for the Pats who take on the Warriors for the eighth time this season, as the Pats play the third of four games in five nights as well as the second game of three contests this weekend which wraps up tomorrow afternoon in Saskatoon.
The Pats are coming off a 9-5 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday, as the club has now dropped five of their last six games, eying a bounce back performance tonight. The Pats opened the scoring in the first period but allowed six unanswered Warriors goals, with three of them coming in the opening stanza.
Connor Bedard tallied five points (3G-2A) along with his 10th career hat-trick while Alexander Suzdalev (1G-2A), Tanner Howe (2A) and Stanislav Svozil (2A) chipped in with multi-point games. Riley Ginnell scored for a second straight game and Zackary Shantz picked up his first career WHL point with an assist. The Pats went 1-4 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
The final shots were 40-26 for the Warriors. Jagger Firkus led the way for Moose Jaw with four points (3G-1A), while Brayden Yager (3A), Atley Calvert (1G-2A) and Ryder Korczak (1G-2A) finished with multi-point games. Jackson Unger helped the Warriors to their fourth straight win, making 21 saves.
|Team Record||32-28-3-1 — 68 points||39-22-0-3 — 81 points|
|Division Ranking||4th East||3rd East|
|Conference Ranking||6th Eastern||4th Eastern|
|Past 10 Games||5-4-1-0||6-4-0-0|
|Last Game||9-5 L vs Moose Jaw (Mar 17 2023) Final||9-5 W @ Regina (Mar 17 2023) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(64/234) 27.4%||(61/227) 26.9%|
|PP (Home)||(31/114) 27.2%||(36/119) 30.3%|
|PP (Away)||(33/120) 27.5%||(25/108) 23.1%|
|PK (Overall)||(61/266) 77.1%||(41/218) 81.2%|
|PK (Home)||(23/121) 81.0%||(20/115) 82.6%|
|PK (Away)||(38/145) 73.8%||(21/103) 79.6%|
|PP vs. Opp.||(3/21) 14.3%||(9/26) 34.6%|
|PK vs. Opp.||(9/26) 65.4%||(3/21) 85.7%|
|Leading Rookie||Suzdalev (37-44-81)||Riche (7-9-16)|
|Most PIM||Vaughan – 78||Brenton – 58|
|Leading Scorers||Bedard (66-68-134)||Firkus (36-44-80)|
|Suzdalev (37-44-81)||Yager (26-48-74)|
|Howe (33-47-80)||Calvert (37-29-66)|
|Svozil (10-66-76)||Korczak (26-38-64)|
|Valis (20-28-48)||Mateychuk (8-54-62)|
|Last 5 Games||9-5 L vs Moose Jaw (Mar 17 2023) Final||9-5 W @ Regina (Mar 17 2023) Final|
|6-3 W vs Brandon (Mar 15 2023) Final||7-3 W vs Swift Current (Mar 12 2023) Final|
|7-0 L @ Medicine Hat (Mar 11 2023) Final||4-3 W @ Swift Current (Mar 10 2023) Final SO|
|5-4 L @ Lethbridge (Mar 10 2023) Final OT||5-3 W vs Prince Albert (Mar 4 2023) Final|
|3-2 L vs Edmonton (Mar 8 2023) Final||4-1 L @ Saskatoon (Mar 3 2023) Final|
|Leading After 1st||19-6-2-0||24-5-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||24-2-2-0||30-1-0-1|
|Tied After 1st||7-3-0-0||7-6-0-1|
|Tied After 2nd||4-7-0-0||7-4-0-0|
|Trailing After 1st||6-19-1-1||8-11-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||4-19-1-1||2-17-0-2|
|Out Shooting Opponents||12-8-0-1||15-7-0-1|
|Out Shot by Opponents||18-20-3-0||21-13-0-2|
|1 Goal Games||12-5-3-1||16-2-0-3|
|2 Goal Games||3-3-0-0||6-3-0-0|
|3 Goal Games||10-8-0-0||6-9-0-0|
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN
- Radio: 620ckrm.com
- Stream: WHL Live
It’s the final of eight meetings in the season series between the Pats and Warriors. The Pats are 196-151-13-9-8 vs. the Warriors, all time.
2022-23 HEAD TO HEAD
|September 23rd||Regina||Moose Jaw||7:00 p.m. MDT||L, 5-4|
|September 24th||Moose Jaw||Regina||7:00 p.m. MDT||W, 6-3|
|October 20th||Moose Jaw||Regina||7:00 p.m. MDT||L, 5-2|
|October 23rd||Regina||Moose Jaw||4:00 p.m. MDT||L, 2-1|
|December 16th||Moose Jaw||Regina||7:00 p.m. CST||L, 5-2|
|February 11th||Regina||Moose Jaw||7:00 p.m. CST||W, 8-4|
|March 17th||Regina||Moose Jaw||7:00 p.m. CST|
|March 18th||Moose Jaw||Regina||7:00 p.m. CST|
Moose Jaw leads the season series 5-2, outscoring Regina 34-27. The Pats won last years season series 6-4, going 5-0 at home and 1-4 on the road. The Pats have recorded at least a point in 15 of their last 24 meetings against Moose Jaw (13-9-1-1) coming in. Over the last six seasons, the Pats are 5-8 in Moose Jaw and 9-3-1-1 in Regina.
INDIVIDUAL HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS
|Moose Jaw Warriors
The Pats are 14-9-2 over their last 25 games since Jan. 8, which is when Connor Bedard returned from the World Juniors, defeating Calgary twice (6-2 & 6-5), Saskatoon (7-4), Portland (4-3), Swift Current (5-2), Lethbridge twice (3-2 & 4-2), Moose Jaw (8-4), Medicine Hat (6-3), Brandon 3x (4-3, 6-3, 6-3), Winnipeg (5-3) & Red Deer (6-5)…during that time, they have outscored their opp. 110-to-108 (+2 goal diff).
The Regina Pats are on the brink of reaching the WHL playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season…in order to clinch tonight, Regina must gather a win or an extra-time loss…of the Swift Current Broncos lose in regulation, the Pats clinch no matter their result.
Feb. 8, Connor Bedard scored his 60th goal in his 49th game, becoming the first Regina Pats player to reach the 60 goal mark since Ronald Petrovicky (64, 1997-98)…he’s the fifth fastest Regina Pats player to 60 goals tying Dale Derkatch who last did so in 1983.
BY THE NUMBERS
134: Points (66G-68A) in 53 games for captain Connor Bedard leads the WHL…his 66 goals are tops and 68 assists are first…since having his 35-game point-streak end on Feb. 3, he’s recorded 44 points (22G-22A) over his last 16 games, with points in 14 of those.
33: Goals for this season for Pats forward Tanner Howe following his two goal game, including a short-handed goal on Wednesday against Brandon in a 6-3 win…the Prince Albert, SK product is on a two game point-streak (2G-2A) and reached the 80 point mark last night.
207: Total wins for GM and Head Coach John Paddock as coach of the Pats is now second in all-time franchise history as he passed Murray Armstrong (206) on Mar. 15…he picked up his 200th win as coach of the Pats on Feb. 11.
39: Number of points (5G-34A) in 24 games for Stanislav Svozil since coming back from the World Juniors on Jan. 13…the Czechia product is first amongst defencemen in assists with 66 and tied first in points with 76…his 1.46 points/game is second amongst all defencemen.
2: Number of goals in back-to-back games for forward Riley Ginnell who heads on a two game point-streak come into tonight (2G-1A)…the Calgary, AB product has recorded six points (3G-3A) over his last eight games, with points in five of those contests.
- 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19 – Regina Pats (32-28-3-1) at Saskatoon Blades (45-14-4-1)
- 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 24 – Regina Pats (32-28-3-1) at Saskatoon Blades (45-14-4-1)
- 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25 – Prince Albert Raiders (27-34-3-0) at Regina Pats (32-28-3-1)