Pats host Tigers on WHL on Shaw & Access7

Keith Hershmiller



Medicine Hat Tigers (45-18-1-0)
at Regina Pats (44-10-7-1)

Friday, March 3 – 7 p.m. (Saskatchewan)/
6 p.m. (Mountain) – Brandt Centre

Channels: Local Shaw SD; Shaw HD304; Shaw Direct Satellite TV Classic HD120 or Advanced 620; Access7


Two of the top teams in the entire Canadian Hockey League go head-to-head Friday night as the Regina Pats – ranked second in the nation – play host to the seventh-ranked Medicine Hat Tigers on WHL on Shaw and Access7.

Both clubs have sewn up their respective berths into the 2017 WHL Playoffs and while the Pats seem all but destined to hold down first place in the East Division, the Tigers are feeling the heat of a surging Lethbridge Hurricanes squad nipping at their heels, only four points behind in second place.

The Pats are coming off back-to-back losses earlier this week, having fallen to the Swift Current Broncos in overtime on Feb. 26 before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Feb. 28.

The Tigers enter Friday as winners of three straight – having edged the Calgary Hitmen, Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince Albert Raiders this past week.

There is no shortage of electric talent to take in tonight, with the Pats boasting the two of the top three scorers in the entire CHL. Anaheim Ducks prospect Sam Steel leads all of Canadian major junior hockey with 115 points (44G-71A) in 56 games this season, while captain Adam Brooks sits third in the country with 103 points (33G-70A) in 56 contests.

The Tigers roll out their own arsenal of speedy, shifty talent up front with Chad Butcher sitting fifth in WHL scoring, having tallied 89 points (23G-66A) in 60 games.

Tyler Brown guards the Pats crease, having appeared in 42 games, accruing a record of 27-7-5-1 with a 2.68 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and four shutouts.

At the other end, Michael Bullion has been a brick wall since coming to Medicine Hat in a mid-season trade from the Portland Winterhawks. In 30 games this season, the product of Anchorage, Alaska, is 17-9-1-0 with a 3.20 GAA, .895 SV% and two shutouts – both of which have come over the course of his 18 outings with the Tigers. Nick Schneider also tends to the Tigers crease, going 31-10-1-0 with a 3.36 GAA and .889 SV%.

Friday marks the fourth and final regular season meeting of the year between the Pats and Tigers. Regina holds a 2-1-0-0 record to this point in a series that has been high-scoring in nature with the two teams combining for 34 goals in the three contests to date.

Last time out, the Tigers scraped out their lone victory in the series with an 8-5 decision on Jan. 20 in Regina. Butcher racked up five points (1G-4A) while Steven Owre chipped in with four points (2G-2A) of his own in the big win.

Regina Pats

Record: 44-10-7-1
Head coach: John Paddock
Leading scorers: C Sam Steel (44-71—115); C Adam Brooks (33-70—103); LW Dawson Leedahl (32-48—80)
Leading goaltender: Tyler Brown (42GP, 27-7-5-1, 2.68 GAA, .909 SV%, 4 SO)
Power play: First – 31.9 per cent
Penalty kill: 11th – 79.5 per cent
Injuries/unavailable: F Filip Ahl (lower body, day to day); F Robbie Holmes (upper body, one to two weeks); F Jake Leschyshyn (lower body, indefinite); D Jonathan Smart (lower body, day to day)

Medicine Hat Tigers

Record: 45-18-1-0
Head coach: Shaun Clouston
Leading scorers: RW Chad Butcher (23-66—89); C Mason Shaw (26-60—86); C Steven Owre (23-51—74)
Leading goaltender: Nick Schneider (45GP, 31-10-1-0, 3.36 GAA, .889 SV%)
Power play: Second – 29.0 per cent
Penalty kill: T-7th – 79.9 per cent
Injuries/unavailable: Ty Schultz (lower body, two weeks)

Season series

Oct. 22 – Regina (8) at Medicine Hat (5)
Jan. 3 – Regina (6) at Medicine Hat (2)
Jan. 20 – Medicine Hat (8) at Regina (5)
March 3 – Medicine Hat at Regina

WHL on Shaw schedule

Wednesday, March 8 – Saskatoon Blades at Calgary Hitmen
Friday, March 10 – Swift Current Broncos at Saskatoon Blades
Saturday, March 11 – Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL on Access7 schedule

Saturday, March 11 – Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors

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