Regina Pats (16-37-1-2) at Moose Jaw Warriors (30-15-6-2)
Saturday, February 16 – Mosaic Place 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Channels: Access7 SD, Access 70 HD, WHL Live
With the end of the 2018-19 Western Hockey League Regular Season just 30 days away, the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors are still just getting to know each other.
They’ll get plenty of chances to interact in the final few weeks though with four of eight meetings still remaining in their season series. Heading into Saturday night, the Warriors hold a 3-1 lead the season series.
For the Pats, the WHL Playoffs won be a reality in 2019, but they’re still providing plenty of thrill for their fans down the stretch. Case in point, against a heavily-favoured Oil Kings team Friday night, Max Paddock stopped all 32 shots sent his way for the second shutout of the season as part of a 4-0 win. Leading scorer and 19-year-old forward Austin Pratt has continued to develop into a consistent offensive threat for Regina as well, giving their young players some guidance to find their own offensive ways heading into next season.
On the Warriors’ side, they’ve put themselves in a good spot to make the WHL Playoffs, but appear to be firmly entrenched in the third for the remainder of the season. At 68 points with 15 games remaining, the Warriors are 12 points behind the Saskatoon Blades for second in the East Division and 11 points up on the fourth-place Brandon Wheat Kings. What hasn’t changed though is the fact that the Warriors are a dangerous team as any to contend with offensively, even though they rank 14th in goals for this season. Where the Warriors have made their hay is on defence, allowing the fourth-fewest goals in the entire league. If the Warriors can figure out a way to let both sides operate at full power without compromising the other, they’ll be tough to contend with come late March.
Catch all the action from Mosaic Place Saturday night with WHL on Access action!
Record: 16-37-1-2 – Fifth in East Division
Head coach: Dave Struch
Leading scorers: RW Austin Pratt (21-22—43), C Ty Kolle (12-10—22), LW Riley Krane (12-9—21)
Leading goaltender: Max Paddock (39 GP, 11-22-1-1, 3.42 GAA, .898 SV%, 2 SO)
Power play: 19th – 17.5%
Penalty kill: 20th – 75.0%
Injuries/unavailable: F Duncan Pierce (upper body, day-to-day), G Dean McNabb (upper body, day-to-day)
Moose Jaw Warriors
Record: 30-15-6-2 – Third in East Division
Head coach: Tim Hunter
Leading scorers: LW Tristin Langan (39-46-85), C Justin Almeida (23-54-77); LW Brayden Tracey (24-35-59)
Leading goaltender: Adam Evanoff (28 GP, 15-9-2-1, 2.56 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: 2nd – 27.1%
Penalty kill: 7th – 80.5%
Injuries/Unavailable: F Tate Popple (lower body, week-to-week), F Kaedan Taphorn (upper body, week-to-week)
Sept. 30 – Moose Jaw 2 Regina 1
Oct. 20 – Moose Jaw 3 Regina 2
Dec. 14 – Moose Jaw 1 Regina 2
Dec. 15 – Regina 3 at Moose Jaw 6
Feb. 16 – Regina at Moose Jaw *
Feb. 23 – Regina at Moose Jaw
March 8 – Moose Jaw at Regina *
March 9 – Regina at Moose Jaw
* Indicates WHL on Access broadcast