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PREVIEW: Pats start U.S. road trip against Tri-City Saturday Night

 

The Regina Pats (12-21-3-2) will kick off their five game road trip through the U.S. Division on Saturday night when they visit the Tri-City Americans (13-19-4-1). Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. Regina time at the Toyota Center. Pats are coming off a 5-4 shootout win at home against the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday. The Americans hosted the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday and dropped an 8-5 decision. Tonight is the first and only meeting of the season between Regina and Tri-City, the Pats won the lone meeting last year at home, 5-1. The game can be heard with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. on 620 CKRM.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Tri-City
Record 12-21-3-2 13-19-4-1
Goals For/Against 108/148 (-40) 100/143 (-43)
Powerplay 17.0% (26/153) 18.9% (25/132)
Penalty Kill 79.7% (137/172) 84.3% (145/172)
Team Save Percentage 0.885 0.905
Leading Scorer Austin Pratt (13-21-34) Sasha Mutala (14-30-44)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Zach Wytinck (5-26-31) Lajoie/Zazula (11 points)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT-SO) 35-35-32-1-3 22-37-37-2-2

Quick Facts
– The Pats are 2-7-0-1 in their last 10 meetings with Tri-City. Regina is looking to snap a four-game road losing streak against the Americans on Saturday night.
– Austin Pratt has a goal and three assists in four career games against Tri-City.
– Regina is 4-3-0-1 in eight games since the Christmas break.
– The Pats have added defenceman Steven Zonneveld and goalies Danton Belluk and Matthew Kieper to their roster, Zonneveld and Belluk will be with the team for the rest of the year, Kieper is up on an emergency basis.
– Zach Wytinck is sixth among all WHL defencemen with 31 points on the season. His 26 assists are tied for fourth and his 13 powerplay helpers are tied for fourth in the league.

Deadline Moves
The Pats made a couple of trades ahead of the 2020 WHL trade deadline. On Wednesday night, they send 18-year-old defenceman Tyson Feist to the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. On Thursday, 19-year-old goaltender Max Paddock was traded to Prince Albert in exchange for 17-year-old forward Jakob Brook, a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third round pick in 2022. The Pats will receive the third round pick if Paddock returns next year for his 20-year-old season. On Friday, the Pats traded Caiden Daley to Saskatoon for a sixth round pick in 2021 and acquired 17-year-old forward Cole Carrier from Kelowna for a 6th and 8th in 2020.

Career High
Pats forward Logan Nijhoff scored two goals on Wednesday against Prince George and has set a new career high for goals in a season with eight. Last year, he scored seven goals in 59 games, but has reached eight goals in 37 games this season. The 18-year-old has also matched his career high in points for a season with 17. He has scored three goals and three assists in eight games since the Christmas break.

Pats Approaching Notable Career Highlights
Austin Pratt is 8 games away from 300 in his WHL career.
Robbie Holmes is 4 points away from 100 in his WHL career.
Zach Wytinck is 1 game away from 200 in his WHL career and 2 points away from 100.
Carson Denomie is 27 games away from 200 in his WHL career.

Last Pats Game
The Regina Pats came back from down 3-1 to beat the Prince George Cougars 5-4 in a shootout on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre. In the first, Fillip Koffer scored twice in the first 12 minutes to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Carson Denomie got one back for the Pats, his 12th of the campaign, to make it 2-1. Prince George restored the two-goal lead just over a minute later and led 3-1 after 20 minutes. In the second, the Pats got to within one when Riley Krane set up Logan Nijhoff on a two on one for his seventh and it was 3-2. 50 seconds later Carson Denomie tipped in a point shot for his 13th and it was a 3-3 game. Prince George took the lead back late in the second on a goal from Connor Bowie and it was 4-3 after two. In the third, Logan Nijhoff found a tying goal with 3:12 remaining, his second of the night and eighth of the season. That forced overtime and eventually a shootout. The shootout went five and Zach Smith scored the winner as the Pats took the extra point in a 5-4 final score.

Last Pats Game Vs Tri-City
November 9, 2018 – Nick Henry had four assists, Jake Leschyshyn scored a hat trick and Aaron Hyman chipped in with three asissts as the Pats beat Tri-City 5-1 at the Brandt Centre. Parker AuCoin scored the lone goal for the Americans. Max Paddock stopped 39 of 40 for the Pats, Beck Warm made 28 saves for Tri-City.

Last 10 Games Vs Opponent
November 9, 2018 – Tri-City 1 @ Regina 5
November 24, 2017 – Regina 0 @ Tri-City 6
January 13, 2017 – Tri-City 6 @ Regina 5
January 16, 2016 – Regina 4 @ Tri-City 5 SO
October 10, 2014 – Tri-City 3 @ Regina 1
November 15, 2013 – Regina 3 @ Tri-City 5
October 19, 2012 – Tri-City 6 @ Regina 3
November 26, 2011 – Regina 1 @ Tri-City 6
October 8, 2010 – Tri-City 6 @ Regina 4
November 21, 2009 – Regina 7 @ Tri-City 1

Pats Leaders Vs Tri-City (Career)
Austin Pratt – 4 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 PTS.
Carson Denomie – 5 GP, 1G, 0A, 1 PT.
Zach Wytinck – 2 GP, 0G, 1A, 1 PT.
Riley Krane – 1 GP, 0G, 1A, 1 PT.
Kyle Walker – 10 GP 0G, 1A, 1 PT.
Donovan Buskey – 3 GP, 0-0-0-1, 4 GA.

Individual Streaks (Active)
N/A

Individual Streaks (Recent)
Austin Pratt – 4 games (December 15 – December 30, 1G, 5A).
Robbie Holmes – 4 games (December 15 – December 30, 3G, 3A).
Ryker Evans – 4 games (December 15 – December 30, 2G, 3A).

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Everett – Sunday January 12, 6 p.m. – Angel of the Winds Arena (CKRM)
Pats @ Portland – Tuesday, January 14, 9 p.m. – Veterans Memorial Colliseum (CKRM)
Pats @ Seattle – Friday, January 17, 9:35 p.m. – ShoWare Center (CKRM)

 

 

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