Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pats v Canes Preview

From Greg Harder's Slap Shots....

Pats-Hurricanes preview
By Greg Harder Sat, Jan 22 2011

LETHBRIDGE (15-22-2-7)
at REGINA (17-23-5-1)
Today, 7 p.m., Brandt Centre
Radio: 620 CKRM
Key injuries: REGINA — F Nils Moser (knee, 1-2 weeks), D Tyler Pavkovich (concussion, day-to-day). LETHBRIDGE — None to report.
Overview: It’s another game with playoff consequences for the Pats, who sit ninth in the Eastern Conference, one point up on Lethbridge and three behind Prince Albert in the race for a playoff spot . . . Regina and Lethbridge haven’t met since mid-October, when they went to a shootout twice in a span of five days. The Pats notched a 3-2 SO victory in Lethbridge, followed by a 4-3 SO loss at the Brandt Centre. That was Regina’s only loss in nine games that have gone to a shootout this season . . . The Hurricanes are led by C Cam Braes (22-19—41, 45 GP), LW Austin Fyten (18-21—39, 30) and LW Mitch Maxwell (12-19—31, 46) . . . The Pats have a 7-3-0 record since the Christmas break. Lethbridge is 3-5-0-1 in the New Year after dropping 12 of its previous 13 games, including a stretch of eight straight losses . . . Lethbridge gave up three unanswered goals in the third period Friday night, losing 6-4 to the host Brandon Wheat Kings.


Game Day - Pats & Hurricanes
January 22, 2011

The Regina Pats look to continue their hot second half tonight as they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes, puck drop at the Brandt Centre is 7pm.

The Pats look to win their thrid in a row Saturday night as the Lethbridge Hurricanes come to town. Last night the Pats beat the Swift Current Broncos for the sixth staright time this season.

Tonight the Hurricanes get to town after losing 6-4 in Brandon last night.

Saturday, January 22nd
Brandt Centre
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Regina Pats

This is a matchup of a pair of teams both clawing for the final playoff spots in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, heading into the weekend, just a single point separate the Hurricanes and the Pats. The first two games of the series saw the road teams winning in shootouts.

The faces of the Lethbridge Hurricanes:
G – Brandon Anderson
The 18 year old goaltender is having a solid second season as a WHL goaltender. Anderson has taken the reigns of the Hurricanes, playing in all but 10 games this season, picking up 11 wins.
LW – Austin Fyten
The 3rd year forward is having a breakout season with the Hurricanes. Fyten has had to fight through some injuries, but he has picked up 37 points in 29 games this season.
RW – Alex Kuvaev
The rookie forward from Moscow, Russia is having a solid first season with the Hurricanes. The 17 year old forward is the 106th ranked North American skater on the recent NHL CSB mid-term rankings.