How have the Pats faired when...
A couple of people have asked me how the Pats faired when they have gone up two games to none when winning both games on the ROAD like they have done in this year's playoffs.
|Zack Stringer scores in overtime to give the Pats a 2-0 series lead over the Blades, on April 2, 2023. Photo: Steve Hiscock|
I can tell you that it has not happened very often in franchise history. This is just the sixth time in the club's history that they have gone up a pair when they opened on the road.
Many of you may remember the last time that Pats went up 2-to-0. The year was 1996, and the opponent was the Prince Albert Raiders. The Pats would end up losing their starting goalie (Chad Mercier) to injury and the series four games to three.
The only other time that the Pats have done it in the WHL was again against the Prince Albert Raiders back in 1990. The Pats opened with wins in Prince Albert on March 30th (5-3) and March 31st (7-3) before falling in seven games (four games to three).
Prior to the formation of the WHL, the Pats went up two games to zero on the road only three other times:
1965 - against the New Westminster Royals in the Western Canada Quarter-Final. They won on April 4th (10-4) and April 5th (4-2). The Pats won the best-of-five series three games to zero.
1958 - against the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Canada Semi-Final. They won on March 25th (6-2) and March 27th (9-7). The Pats won the best-of-seven series four games to zero.
1952 - against the Flin Flon Bombers in the Western Canada Semi-Final. They won on March 27th (3-2) and March 29th (6-2). The Pats won the best-of-seven series four games to zero.