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By Greg Harder Wed, Feb 16 2011 COMMENTS(0) Slap Shots
PRINCE ALBERT (23-30-2-3)
at REGINA (20-30-6-1)
Today, 7 p.m., Brandt Centre
Radio: 620 CKRM
Key injuries: REGINA — D Artem Bidlevskii (wrist, day-to-day), C Colin Reddin (shoulder, day-to-day), RW Andrew Rieder (knee, day-to-day), D Tyler Pavkovich (concussion, indefinite). PRINCE ALBERT — G Jamie Tucker (thumb, week-to-week).
Overview: It’s the seventh of eight meetings between the Pats and Raiders, who are battling for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (Regina trails by four points, with one game in hand) . . . The Pats have a 4-2 record so far in the season series, including three straight wins. They’ve also won all three games at the Brandt Centre. The final meeting of the eight-game season series is March 9 in P.A. . . . G Matt Hewitt is slated to get his second consecutive start tonight. He has been Regina’s goalie of record in all four wins against the Raiders, posting a 3.02 GAA and a .933 save percentage . . . Pats scoring leader Jordan Weal (28-45—73, 57 GP) leads the team with five goals and five assists in six games versus the Raiders this season. LW Tanner Olstad has four goals and two assists in six contests while Shayne Neigum has four goals and one helper in five games . . . Raiders top scorer Jonathan Parker (37-33—70, 58 GP) has five goals and five assists in six games against the Pats while F Justin Maylan (12-35—47, 52 GP) has four goals and five assists . . . In the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 5 at the Brandt Centre, Raiders D Harrison Ruopp, a native of Regina, had a career-high three assists and a plus-four rating. He was also involved in one of five fights during the penalty-filled affair . . . Tucker had his hand cut by a skate in that game, leaving rookie Eric Williams to carry the load in net. He has a 13-12-1-1 record with a 3.53 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Williams has a 1-2 record against Regina this season with a 4.64 GAA and an .873 SP . . . The Raiders, who beat the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 on Tuesday, have been in a win-one, lose-one pattern since the last weekend of January . . . The Pats snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout decision over the Medicine Hat Tigers . . . Prince Albert has a 9-17-1-0 record on the road. The Pats are 13-14-3-1 at home . . . The Pats and Raiders are tied for 18th in the WHL on the power play (16%). Prince Albert is 12th on the penalty kill (80.2%) while Regina sits 19th (76.4%).
Head to Head
This is the 6th of 8 meetings between the Pats and the Raiders. The Pats are 4-2-0-0 in the six previous meetings with a win the last time they met in Regina on February 5th. The Pats rolled out to a 4-1 lead and cruised to a 5-4 victory. Jordan Weal picked up a goal and 2 assists while Tanner Olstad scored twice and added a helper. Matt Hewitt picked up the win with a 36 save performance and is 4-0 against the Raiders this season.
The last time these two played in Prince Albert was on January 18th. That night, the game was tied at 1 after the first and at 2 after regulation on goals by Jordan Weal and Lyndon Martell. The Pats had a power play in overtime, but were unable to score. In the shootout, Jordan Weal and Shayne Neigum scored while Matt Hewitt stopped 2 of three Raider shooters for the 3-2 victory. Hewitt stopped 42 of 44 Raider shots for the win, while Neigum picked up the shootout winner.
Pats Leading Scorers v./ Raiders:
Player GP G A Pts Pim +/-
Jordan Weal 6 5 5 10 4 3
Colin Reddin 6 1 5 6 4 -1
Shayne Neigum 6 4 1 5 11 0
Brandon Davidson 6 0 5 5 2 3
2010-11 Special Teams:
Power Play – 3/33– 9.1% (1 shg)
Penalty Kill – 24/28– 85.7% (0 shg)
2010-11 Season Series
Dec 14/10 Regina 3 @ Prince Albert 6
Dec 17/10 Prince Albert 4 @ Regina 6
Dec 18/10 Regina 4 @ Prince Albert 6
Jan 01/11 Prince Albert 1 @ Regina 3
Jan 18/11 Regina 3 @ Prince Albert 2
Feb 05/11 Prince Albert 4 @ Regina 5
Feb 16/10 Prince Albert @ Regina 7pm
Mar 09/11 Regina @ Prince Albert 7pm
Goals by Brandon Davidson and Lane Scheidl put the Pats up 2-0 halfway through the second period, but by the time regulation had finished, the Tigers tied the game at 2. An exciting overtime solved nothing, so the best two shootout teams in the WHL battled it out. The Pats got shootout markers from Shayne Neigum and Lane Sheidl (winner) for the 3-2 victory. Matt Hewitt made 34 saves in the win.
Andrew Rieder (Knee) – Day to Day
Tyler Pavkovich (Head) - Indefinite
Artem Bidlevskii (Wrist) – Day to Day
Games lost due to injury – 75
News and Notes
1st Canadian Outdoor Junior Game:
On Monday, February 21st, 2011, the Regina Pats will take on the Calgary Hitmen at McMahon Stadium in Calgary for the first ever outdoor junior game. Tickets will be $12 and $15 apiece and ticket packages are available at the Pats office by calling 522-PATS. The Pats will be wearing a jersey much like they wore during the 1950’s when they were the junior affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
Canada Winter Games:
The top 15 year old players from each province will be participating in the Canada Winter Games from February 11th to 27th. Men’s hockey will be played during the first week of the games. 5 players from the Pats 2010 WHL Bantam Draft will represent their province:
B.C. – (D) Kyle Burroughs (3rd/47th), (C) Brett Harris (5th/107th)
Alberta – (C) Morgan Klimchuk (1st/5th)
Saskatchewan – (D) Colby Williams (4th/67th) inj. , (LW) Ty McLean (5th/91st)
Assistant Trainer, Leigh Fitzpatrick will be a part of Team Sask’s hockey staff.
B.C. will play Manitoba in the quarter finals, while Alberta faces New Brunswick and Saskatchewan meets Quebec.
After a rough start to the second half of the season, the Pats power play has started to come round. They have scored man-advantage goals in 8 of their last 10 games.
This past Saturday night was a battle of the top two shootout teams in the WHL. The Medicine Hat Tigers were 5-0 heading into the game, but with the win, the Pats handed the Tigers their first shootout loss, and at the same time, upped their record to a sparkling 9-1.
*Jordan Weal has 20 (9g 11a) points in his last 13 games and is in the WHL’s top ten scorers.
*Brandon Davidson has points in 7 of his last 9 games (2g 7a) end last night and has career highs in goals and points
*Shayne Neigum has points in 5 of his last 7 games (4g,1a).
*Jordan Weal is 6 points away from 250 points in his WHL career. He is also 8 points away from cracking the top 20 on the all-time Pats point list (currently tied with Mark Janssens with 245) and passed Clark Gillies for 12th on the Pats all-time assist list (167 assists). He is also the only Pat to play in all 57 games this season.
*Garrett Mitchell is 3 points away from 100 in his career. He tied Kevin Clemens (83-88) for 18th on the Pats all-time games played list.
*Brandon Davidson is 5 points away from 80 for his WHL career
*Colin Reddin is 4 points away from 100 in his WHL career. He has also reached a career high in assists for a season.
*Mark Schneider is 11 games away from 200 in his WHL career
16 Year Olds (94) – 1 (Stephenson)
17 Year Olds (93) – 7 (Bell, Pavkovich, Stevenson, Ouellette, Borstmayer, Moser, Martell)
18 Year Olds (92) – 7 (Blidstrand, Jung, Rieder, Weal, Hewitt, Scheidl, Olstad)
19 Year Olds (91) – 4 (Bidlevskii, Davidson, Mitchell, Ketlo)
20 Year Olds (90) – 3 (Reddin, Neigum, Schneider)
7 (Saskatchewan), 6 (Alberta), 1 (Manitoba), 6 (British Columbia), 1 (Sweden), 1 (United States),
Garrett Mitchell (WSH 6th ’09), Brandon Davidson (EDM 6th ’10), Jordan Weal (LA 3rd ’10), Ricard Blidstrand (PHI 7th ’10)
East (14-12-0-0) Central (5-12-3-1) B.C. (1-2-2-0) U.S. (0-4-1-0) Home (13-14-3-1) Away (7-16-3-0)
Goals – Jordan Weal (28)
Assists – Jordan Weal (45)
Points – Jordan Weal (73)
Plus/Minus – Weal/Martell (5)
PPG – Jordan Weal (7)
SHG – Mikael Jung (2)
Game Winning Goals – Jordan Weal (4)
PIM – Shayne Neigum (153)
Fighting Majors –Shayne Neigum (13)
Wins – Matt Hewitt (11)
GAA – Matt Hewitt (3.57)
SV % - Matt Hewitt (.900)
Shootout Winners – Colin Reddin (3)