Pats Battle Wheat Kings for Weekend Sweep

The last time the Pats and Wheat Kings faced off was the Pats’ Home Opener back on the first weekend of the WHL Season.  Now halfway through the season and in a new year, the Pats and Wheat Kings finally go head to head for the third time.  Brandon took the first two meetings with Regina to open the season.  Alessio Bertaggia and Ryan Pulock each had four points in the 3-2 and 7-4 Wheat Kings victories.  Six Pats had two points in the first two games with Dyson Stevenson scoring twice.  The Pats play their third game in as many nights tonight after wins against Medicine Hat and Prince Albert to open the weekend.  The Pats have wins in their last four games.  The Wheat Kings come to Regina after dropping a 4-2 decision to Medicine Hat.  Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 5:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Christoffer Scores Two in Pats Road Win
The Pats fourth line found the scoresheet as Braden Christoffer scored twice in the Pats 5-2 win over Prince Albert.  Christoffer opened and closed the Pats scoring on the evening with Dyson Stevenson, Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk tallying for the Pats as well.  Teagan Sacher made 30 saves for his seventh victory of the season.

Moving On Up
The Pats turned things around in the second half of the season, starting out 5-1-0-0 and now sit on a four game winning streak.  Regina now sits just one point out of a playoff spot and six away from fifth place in the conference while moving to fourth in the East Division.

Back from Quebec
Pats forward Adam Brooks and Assistant Coach are back with the team after returning from the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec.  As a member of Team West, Brooks was named the player of the game in one contest and scored one goal in five games as Team West came in 9th at the tournament.

Who to Watch on Brandon
The Wheat Kings feature a pair top draft prospects manning the blue line in Ryan Pulock and Brandon Roy.  Pulock was ranked 3rd among WHL skaters by Central Scouting in the preliminary rankings for the NHL Draft.  He has 31 points in 35 games this season.  Roy was ranked 9th among WHL skaters by CSS and features 23 points in 41 contests.

Quick Hits
– Luke Fenske leads the Pats in the +/- category with a plus eight rating
– Braden Christoffer’s two goals were the first of his WHL career
– Griffin Mumby earned his first WHL point with an assist against Prince Albert

Upcoming Schedule
at Prince Albert – Wednesday, Jan 9th, 7 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
vs Calgary – Friday, Jan 11th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM/Access 7)
at Brandon – Saturday, Jan 12th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)

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