Two struggling teams hit the ice in Red Deer on Friday night when the Regina Pats continue an eight-game road trip against the Rebels.
While Red Deer comes in having lost six straight, the Pats are reeling after a trip through the US Division that saw them win just once in five tries.
The last game of that trip was Saturday in Spokane, so forward Sam Steel says it was nice to have a week off to basically get away from things and reflect on what needs to be done moving forward.
“It was good to get away from the rink and just try to recharge,” Steel said. “It’s a tough road trip, win or lose. Once you start getting in a rut like that, it can be tough on guys mentally too.”
Head Coach John Paddock knows what has to be done if his team is to start playing good hockey again, and issued a challenge to his players, especially his top ones.
“When you kill penalties at 62 percent rate that’s atrocious. When you play five games and have one powerplay goal and it’s five on three, that’s atrocious,” Paddock said.“When your best players aren’t going you have no chance.
Game time is 8 PM. We will have it for you on 620 CKRM starting with the pre-game show at 7:35.