The Pats and Blades clash for the first time since splitting a pair of Pre-Season games. The Pats went 3-5-0-0 against the Blades last season. Jordan Weal led the way for the Pats last season with 10 points against Saskatoon while Matej Stransky had 10 of his own for the Blades against Regina. The Pats play their first game at home after a four game road swing that saw the team go 1-3-0-0. Saskatoon comes in having dropped three of its last seven. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Tigers Top Pats
The Pats wrapped up their road swing against the Tigers in Medicine Hat. The teams traded goals, but two unanswered goals from Dylan Bredo and Trevor Cox gave the Tigers the lift they needed to pick up the win. The Pats managed to get one goal back, but with only one second remaining on the clock. Morgan Klimchuk scored twice for the Pats in the loss.
The Blades won the first half of the home and home in the Brandt Centre 2-1. The Pats came back the next night and were victorious 4-3, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period before Saskatoon pulled back within one.
With a pair of powerplay goals Saturday against the Tigers, the Pats jumped the powerplay five spots in the league rankings to fourteenth in the league (18.7%). Morgan Klimchuk leads the Pats with four powerplay goals with Dyson Stevenson right on his heels tallying three with the man advantage.
Facing the Home Town Team
The Pats feature two Saskatoon products in Lane Scheidl and Chandler Stephenson. Scheidl had four points (1G,3A) last season against the Blades while Stephenson had three (1G, 2A).
Who to Watch on Saskatoon
We’ll focus on the blue line as there’s plenty of talent on the Memorial Cup Host’s back end. 11th overall pick Duncan Siemens (COL), Darren Dietz (MTL), Dalton Thrower (MTL) make the Saskatoon D-zone a tough place to play.
– Morgan Klimchuk’s pair of goals Saturday pushed him into the team lead with eight
– Colby Williams leads the Pats in rookie scoring with three assists on the season
– Dyson Stevenson has points in all but three games in October
Breast Cancer Awareness Night Nov. 2nd
Friday night’s game is one of the Pats most important nights of the year; raising money for Breast Cancer Research, honouring survivors and raising general awareness for the cause. This year, fans have the opportunity to skate on the pink ice with a public skate after the game. Pats fans can also support the cause by bidding on the Pats special edition Pink Jerseys Friday night. Another way to support the cause is purchasing a Pats “Pink Toque” for $20 at the Neutral Zone Store, Online or at the Pats Office. Proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research in Saskatchewan.