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PREVIEW: Pats travel to the SaskTel Centre for home-and-home finale

Regina, Sask. – The Regina Pats (2-6-0) play the finale of their home-and-home against the Saskatoon Baldes (5-1-1) at 4:00 p.m., inside the SaskTel Centre.

These two teams last met on Friday night, with the Blades winning 5-2 for their 207th all-time victory against the Pats, as both teams came into action with exactly 206 wins against each other, all-time. The loss for the Pats extends their losing-streak to six games, while the win for the Blades extends their winning-streak to three straight contests.

The Pats gave up the opening goal for a sixth straight game, as the Blades grabbed a 2-0 lead with goals in the first and second. Cole Dubinsky scored his second in as many nights while Bedard scored his first in five games, making it 3-2 going into the third. Two unanswered goals for the Blades would later seal it in the third. Regina outshot Saskatoon 39-30 in the hockey game, and have now outshot their opponent in three of the last four games. Nolan Maier was the difference in net for the Blades, making 37 saves on 39 shots for his 95th career win.

With four points this season, the Regiment are tied for fifth in the Eastern Division standings with the Prince Albert Raiders. A win today would pass the Raiders in the divisional standings as they are not in action.

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The Blades come into tonight’s matchup sitting second in the Eastern Division with 11 points and fourth in the WHL with a 5-1-1 record. They have now recorded at least a point in six straight games since their 7-1 opening night loss to Moose Jaw. Former Pats’ draft pick Tristen Robbins was named the WHL Week 3 Player of the Week, scoring two goals and six assists in three games. He is currently riding a six game point-streak and is tied for second in the WHL in scoring with 14 points, while his 11 assists rank first. Kyle Crnkovic is on a seven game point-streak, while his six goals is tied for second in the WHL

Goaltender Nolan Maier broke the Blades franchise record for shutouts in a career, recording his 10th on Friday against the Tigers. He is also 25 wins away from setting the WHL’s all-time record for most wins by a goaltender in their career.

HEAD TO HEAD

This will mark the second of six meetings between the Pats and Blades this season.

2021-22 HEAD TO HEAD:

Date Away Home Time Result
October 22nd Saskatoon Regina 7:00 p.m. MDT  L, 5-2
October 24th Regina Saskatoon 4:00 p.m. MDT
January 7th Regina Saskatoon 7:00 p.m. CST
January 8th Saskatoon Regina 7:00 p.m. CST
March 25th Regina Saskatoon 7:00 p.m. CDT
March 30th Saskatoon Regina 7:00 p.m. CDT

The Pats are 206-207-27-12-6 vs. the Blades, all-time. The Blades are 7-1-2 over their last 10 meetings after winning the season series 3-1 last season.

HEADLINES

  • Goaltender Matthew Kieper was named to the NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players To Watch List on Tuesday, October 19th…the
    17-year-old Winnipeg native was listed as a C level prospect after going 2-4, with a 2.68 GAA and .902 SV% in his first six starts.
  • 16 year-old forward Connor Bedard is the youngest player in franchise history to wear a letter after he was named an assistant captain prior to
    the 2021-22 season…Sam Steel and Barret Jackman were previously the youngest to wear a letter, with both being 17-years-old.
  • The Regiment currently have the highest average attendance in the Eastern Confrence and the third highest in the Western Hockey League behind Everett and Spokane with an average crowd of 3,795…the Pats have welcomed 15,180 fans into the Brandt Centre through four home games this season and have a capacity percentage of 58.3%, which ranks sixth in the league.

BY THE NUMBERS

8: Number of points (1G-7A) for Regina Pats defenceman Ryker Evans is tied for sixth among defenceman in in the WHL, while his seven assists
ranks tied for fourth…the Calgary, AB, native also ranks tied for second among defencemen in power play points with four.

6: Straight losses for the Regina Pats is the longest losing-streak since Febuary 23 – March 13 of the 2018-19 season, where they lost seven
straight games…over this recent stretch, the Pats have been outscored 27-to-13 for a -14 goal differential.

7: Consecutive games with a point (3G-5A) for Pats forward Cole Dubinsky is the longest point-streak by a Pat’ this season and longest of his
career…four of his seven points this season have come on the power play (1PPG-3PPA)…his 1.14 PTS/G and seven points leads the Pats roster.

2-3: Record for the Regina Pats when outshooting their opponent this season…they are the only WHL team with a below .500 record when outshooting opponents this season…they have outshot the opposition in three of their last four games.

WHATS NEXT

  • 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct 29th – Regina Pats (2-5-0) at Swift Current Broncos (2-5-2)
  • 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct 30th – Swift Current Broncos (2-5-2) at Regina Pats (2-6-0)
  • 7:00 p.m., Wednesday Nov 3rd – Moose Jaw Warriors (3-5-0) at Regina Pats (2-6-0)
  • 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov 6th – Brandon Wheat Kings (4-5-0) at Regina Pats (2-6-0)
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