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PREVIEW: Pats Take on Royals On Saturday

Victoria, B.C. – The Regina Pats continue their Western Canada road trip tonight inside Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena at 8:05 p.m. Saskatchewan time against the Victoria Royals.

The Pats are coming off a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Giants on Friday in Langley, snapping the teams three game skid. Borya Valis (1G-1A), Tanner Howe and Sam Oremba scored in the victory, while Drew Sim made 47 saves for his third shutout of his WHL career. The final shots were 47-35 for the Giants. Regina went 1-2 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.

Meanwhile, the Victoria Royals are coming off a a 5-2 loss to the Prince George Cougars on Saturday for their seventh straight loss. The Royals last win came on October 29 when they defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 in overtime. The Royals are currently 3-16-3-0 with just nine points, sitting in last in the WHL standings coming in.

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MATCH UP

Regina

Victoria

Team Record 10-11-1-1 — 22 points 3-16-3-0 — 9 points
Division Ranking 4th East 5th B.C.
Conference Ranking 7th Eastern 10th Western
League Ranking 12th 22nd
Past 10 Games 4-5-1-0 1-8-1-0
Streak 1-0-0-0 0-6-1-0
Last Game 3-0 W @ Vancouver (Nov 25 2022) Final 5-2 L vs Prince George (Nov 19 2022) Final
Home Record 5-5-0-1 2-7-2-0
Away Record 5-6-1-0 1-9-1-0
GF 81 52
GA 86 102
PP (Overall) (23/97) 23.7% (12/95) 12.6%
PP (Home) (12/46) 26.1% (6/48) 12.5%
PP (Away) (11/51) 21.6% (6/47) 12.8%
PK (Overall) (21/105) 80.0% (28/94) 70.2%
PK (Home) (8/46) 82.6% (14/48) 70.8%
PK (Away) (13/59) 78.0% (14/46) 69.6%
PP vs. Opp. (0/0) 0% (0/0) 0%
PK vs. Opp. (0/0) 0% (0/0) 0%
Leading Rookie Vaughan (2-0-2) Trembecky (0-1-1)
Most PIM Vaughan – 35 Newman – 39
Team PIM/GM 14.5/Game 13.5/Game
Leading Scorers Bedard (19-30-49) Poole (12-8-20)
Howe (11-16-27) Patton (5-11-16)
Suzdalev (12-14-26) Gannon (5-7-12)
Valis (10-10-20) Parker (1-11-12)
Svozil (3-17-20) Hodson (6-3-9)
Last 5 Games 3-0 W @ Vancouver (Nov 25 2022) Final 5-2 L vs Prince George (Nov 19 2022) Final
5-2 L @ Winnipeg (Nov 19 2022) Final 9-1 L vs Prince George (Nov 18 2022) Final
9-5 L @ Winnipeg (Nov 17 2022) Final 7-4 L vs Portland (Nov 12 2022) Final
5-2 L @ Saskatoon (Nov 13 2022) Final 5-1 L vs Portland (Nov 11 2022) Final
6-2 W vs Red Deer (Nov 12 2022) Final 4-3 L @ Edmonton (Nov 4 2022) Final OT
Leading After 1st 8-1-1-0 0-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd 9-0-0-0 0-0-0-0
Tied After 1st 1-2-0-0 3-7-1-0
Tied After 2nd 1-4-0-0 0-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st 1-8-0-1 0-9-2-0
Trailing After 2nd 0-7-1-1 3-15-2-0
Out Shooting Opponents 6-5-0-1 0-1-3-0
Out Shot by Opponents 4-6-1-0 2-15-0-0
1 Goal Games 3-3-1-1 1-2-3-0
2 Goal Games 1-1-0-0 1-2-0-0
3 Goal Games 4-5-0-0 1-6-0-0

WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN

HEAD-TO-HEAD (0-0-0-0)

It’s the Pats first matchup against the Royals since January 31, 2020 when Regina defeated Victoria 5-4 in a shootout at the Brandt Centre. The last time the Pats were in Victoria to play the Royals was November 17, with Victoria winning 2-1 in regulation. The Royals joined the Western Hockey League in 2011, and the Pats are 5-4-0-0 all-time against Victoria, going 4-1 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Pats only franchise victory in Victoria was November 17, 2012 with the Pats winning 3-2 in regulation.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Connor Bedard played his 100th career game last night.
  • Tanner Howe is 2 points away from 100 career points.

HEADLINES

  • Connor Bedard extended his point-streak to 22 straight games which passed his career-high of 22. He’s also recorded a multi-point game in nine of his last 10 contests with 27 points (9G-18A) during that time. He also has goals in five of his last seven contests.

BY THE NUMBERS

49: Number of points (19G-30A) in 23 games for Pats captain Connor Bedard leads the WHL, while his 19 goals are first, and his 30 assists are also first…the North Vancouver, BC product also leads the WHL in power play assists (15) and power play points (20).

30.8: Shooting percentage for Alexander Suzdalev this season is first in the WHL (12-for-39)…the Washington Capitals 2021 third-round pick has points in nine straight (6G-11A-17PTS)…his eight power play goals are tied for second in the WHL.

143: Shots on net in 23 games this season for Connor Bedard leads the WHL, as he is averaging 6.21 per-game, while he averaged 5.25 shots on net per game last year, with 326 shots in 62 games, leading the league.

8: Points over Tanner Howe’s last five games (4G-4A), as he has points in four of his last five games coming into action today…the Prince Albert, Sask. product has 27 points (11G-16A) in 22 games this season which is tied for 17th in WHL scoring.

16: Power play goals for the Regina Pats over their last 11 contests, having scored at least one power play marker in 11 straight…during that time, the Pats man-advantage has gone 16-for-50, running at 32.0%…overall, the Pats power play is 10th in the WHL at 23.7%.

7: Goals for Borya Valis over his last eight contests, as he has scored in five of his last eight games with seven goals and four assists for 11 points during that time…on November 9 vs. Edmonton, the Denver, Colorado product recorded a career-high four points, as well as his first career hat-trick.

COMING UP
7:05 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Regina Pats (10-11-1-1) at Kelowna Rockets (9-9-1-0)
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Regina Pats (10-11-1-1) at Kamloops Blazers (10-5-3-1)
7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 – Regina Pats (10-11-1-1) at Prince George Cougars (13-9-0-0)

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