Red Deer Rebels (30-24-4-1) at Regina Pats (18-39-1-2)
Wednesday, February 27– Brandt Centre 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Channels: Access7 SD, Access 70 HD, WHL Live
Meeting for the second time this season in WHL on Access action, the Regina Pats host the Red Deer Rebels for tonight’s matchup.
It’s been a tight matchup between the two teams this season, but Red Deer holds the majority of wins in the head-to-head series with a 2-0-1-0 record, leaving Regina with a history of 1-1-0-1. Both teams hold a similar record in their last five games as well. Going through a tough U.S. and East Division swing with only one home game in-between, the Rebels have come out with a 1-4-0-0 report. Similarly, Regina has faced teams from the East and Central Divisions on a few road trips in their last five games, returning with a 3-1-1-0 record. As a result, both teams sit in fifth place in their division, but Red Deer has a slight advantage towards meeting the 2019 WHL Playoffs as they sit in the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference Wild Card.
While the WHL Playoffs may be out of reach for the Pats, it’s important they push to end the WHL Regular Season on a positive note. With that in mind, they should continue utilizing a full-team effort method. While team leaders such as Austin Pratt, Ty Kolle and Riley Krane have continued to support the Pats’ efforts, bright spot players including Carter Massier, Garret Wright, Logan Nijhoff and Brady Pouteau should be remembered as they are a part of the offensive group that has scored Regina’s last 15 of 19 goals in their last five games.
Although the Red Deer Rebels didn’t do as well as they had hoped to during their U.S. Division swing, they are now trending in a more positive direction after defeating the Moose Jaw Warriors 7-3 last night. Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) recorded the third game of five points (2G-3A) or more in his WHL career, totalling 90 points (36G-54A) in the season. Reese Johnson and Brett Davis will also provide support in the offensive department to help push the Rebels back into a potential WHL Playoff spot as currently sit in second place with 65 points. Picking up his first win in five games, Ethan Anders will also look to continue his win streak tonight against the Pats.
Tune in to catch all the action at the Brandt Centre live on AccessTV as the Pats defend home territory against the Red Deer Rebels.
Record: 18-39-1-2, 39 points – fifth in East Division
Head Coach: Dave Strutch
Leading scorers: RW Austin Pratt (23-24-47), C Ty Kolle (13-11-24), LW Riley Krane (12-12-24)
Leading Goaltender: Dean McNabb (26 GP, 7-14-0-1, 4.15 GAA, .875 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: T17th – 18%
Penalty kill: 19th – 75.2%
Injuries/Unavailable: F Sebastien Streu, upper body, 1 week, D Kyle Walker, lower body day-to-day
Red Deer Rebels
Record: 30-24-4-1, 65 points – fifth in Central Division
Head Coach: Brent Sutter
Leading scorers: LW Brandon Hagel (36-54-90), RW Reese Johnson (22-23-45), C Brett Davis (18-26-44)
Leading Goaltender: Ethan Anders (49 GP, 25-18-4-0 3.09 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO)
Power play: T–17th – 18%
Penalty kill: 15th – 77.1%
Injuries/Unavailable: LW Dallon Melin, lower body day-to-day