Regina, Saskatchewan –The Regina Pats (13-9-1-0) use the ferry today to cross over to Vancouver Island for their lone matchup this season with the Victoria Royals (13-11-2-0). Last season, the Pats captured a 3-2 win on home ice against the Royals. Colby Williams leads the returning Pats with a goal in that contest while Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist for Victoria. Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have won five straight games and eight of nine including last night’s 6-2 win over Vancouver. The Royals got back in the win column last night with a 3-1 win over Everett. Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. CST.
Lead Up: Pats Take Fifth in a Row 6-2 Over Giants
The Pats looked to be in store for a tough start to their B.C. Division road swing when the Giants opened up a 2-0 lead in the early stages of the first period, but Adam Brooks and Dryden Hunt each scored to bring them even before the break. The Blue and White took it from there, scoring four more unanswered from Kyle Burroughs, Austin Wagner, Hunt again and Braden Christoffer for a 6-2 win.
On for the Goals
The Pats’ five even strength goals last night had one thing in common... James Hilsendager was on the ice for each of them. The rookie defender was a +5 in the plus/minus category. That’s the highest single game mark this season for a Pat and in the WHL yesterday. Hilsendager is +4 on the season.
Check the Scoreboard
Teams haven’t had much luck against the Pats if they head to the intermission trailing the Queen City Kids. When leading after the first period, Regina is 7-0-0-0 on the year and 8-0-0-0 when leading after forty minutes. Teams chances of success improve if they hit the first intermission tied when the Pats are 3-6-0-0. Tied after two periods, though, the Pats are 3-1-1-0.
Margins of Victory
The Pats have won plenty of games in convincing fashion this season. The club is 8-2-0-0 in games decided by three or more goals. They’ve been good in tight contests as well boasting a 5-2-1-0 record in one goal contests. The area that needs improvement is a 0-5-0-0 record in games decided by two goals.
at Prince George – Wednesday, November 26th, 9:00 p.m. CST – CN Centre (CKRM)
at Kamloops – Friday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. CST – Interior Savings Centre (CKRM)
at Kelowna – Saturday, November 29th, 9:05 p.m. CST – Prospera Place (CKRM)