Game Day Preview: Pats Hit the Road to Moose Jaw to Take on the Warriors Saturday
The Regina Pats (16-37-1-2) hit the road on Saturday night to take on the Moose Jaw Warriors (30-15-6-2). Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. at Mosaic Place. The Pats were in action last night at home to Edmonton, blanking the Oil Kings 4-0 at the Brandt Centre. The Warriors last game was on Thursday when they lost at home to Edmonton 3-2. Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings between Regina and Moose Jaw in 2018-19, the Pats are 1-3-0-0 in the season series. Tonight's game can be heard with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m. on 620 CKRM and will be broadcast on Access 7.
Regular Season Comparison Regina Moose Jaw
Record 16-37-1-2 30-15-6-2
Goals For/Against 144/219 (-75) 172/152 (+20)
Powerplay 17.5% (39/223) 27.1% (52/192)
Penalty Kill 75.0% (204/272) 80.5% (132/164)
Team Save Percentage 0.884 0.908
Leading Scorer Austin Pratt (21-22-43) Tristin Langan (39-46-85)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Nikita Sedov (0-15-15) Josh Brook (14-43-57)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT-SO) 39-56-46-2-1 44-63-58-6-1
The Lead Up: Max Paddock stones Oil Kings in Pats 4-0 home win Friday
Max Paddock made 32 saves for his second shutout of the year to lead the Pats to a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. In the first, the Pats got the period's lone goal just over 11 minutes in. Austin Pratt tucked in his team leading 21st and it was 1-0 after one. In the middle frame, the Pats extended their lead on a five on three powerplay. Riley Krane picked up his 12th to make it 2-0. Four minutes later, the Pats got a shorthanded goal from Carter Massier on a breakaway, his second and it was 3-0 after 40 minutes. In the third, Regina got the lead to four when Garrett Wright ripped his fourth of the year into the top corner to make it 4-0 and that was the final. The Pats were outshot 32-30, the powerplay was one for four and the penalty kill went five for five with a shorthanded goal. Austin Pratt led the offence with a goal and an assist, while Max Paddock made 32 saves for his second career shutout.
Pats forward Blake Allan has found some offensive touch in the last five games. The 17-year-old has a goal and two assists in that stretch, his first three points with Regina since being acquired from the Kootenay ICE in January. Allan went his first 13 games with the Pats without a point, but scored in Lethbridge last Tuesday, picked up an assist in Red Deer last Friday and added another helper last night against Edmonton.
Paddock Holds Strong
Max Paddock recorded his second career shutout on Friday, making 32 saves against Edmonton. The 18-year-old has gone 5-6-0-1 since Christmas, posting a 2.40 goals against average and a .932 save percentage to go along with one shutout. The product of Brandon, Manitoba has dropped his goals against average from 3.93 to 3.41 and his save percentage is up to .898 from .880 since Christmas. Paddock has accounted for 11 of the Pats 16 wins this season.
PK Strong Again
The Pats have gone 22 for 23 on the penalty kill in their last six games for a 95.6 per cent success rate. The club has a shorthanded goal in that stretch from Carter Massier and has reached seven shorties on the season. The seven shorthanded goals are tied for eighth in the Western Hockey League this year. The Pats penalty kill is up to 75 per cent on the season, giving up 68 goals on 272 shorthanded situations.
Pats Vs Kootenay - Wednesday February 20, 7 p.m. - Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Calgary - Friday February 22, 7 p.m. - Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Moose Jaw - Saturday February 23, 2:30 p.m. - Mosaic Place (CKRM)
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