Pats Conclude Road Trip in Kelowna

The Pats conclude their B.C. Division road trip with their yearly matchup with the Kelowna Rockets.  Last season’s contest saw the Rockets grab a 3-2 win in overtime at the Brandt Centre.  The Rockets’ Colten Martin had a goal and an assist in the win while Morgan Klimchuk picked up one of the Pats’ two goals.  The Pats head into Kelowna after a big win over Kamloops Wednesday while the Rockets have lost two in a row.  Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 8:35 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Dump Blazers in Kamloops
 Teagan Sacher was impressive again for the Pats as he stole the show against the WHL leading Blazers.  Sacher stopped 40 pucks in the Pats 2-1 OT victory against Kamloops.  Lane Scheidl scored a powerplay goal in the third to force overtime and a second marker in the extra frame for the winner.

November Road Swing
The Pats play the final game of their tour through the B.C. Division tonight.  The annual swing during the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina started in Vancouver and Victoria before the second leg in Prince George, Kamloops and finally Kelowna.  The Pats have points in every game on the trip with a 2-0-0-2 record.

Finding Ways to Get Points
Over this road trip, the Pats have been outshot 145-79 in four games, but have managed to win twice and force shootouts in the two losses.  The Pats have four goals later than the ten minute mark of the third period including a last minute tying goal, final minute game winning goal and an overtime winner.

Putting Up a Wall
Matt Hewitt and Teagan Sacher have been huge contributors to the Pats’ success on this road trip.  Sacher has a .960 save percentage and 1.47 goals against average in his two wins.  Matt Hewitt sports a 2.78 GAA while featuring a 0.914 save percentage in two shootout losses

Best Against the West
The Pats have more points against the Western Conference than any other Eastern Conference team.  Regina has a
5-1-0-2 record against the West. The Western Conference holds an impressive 47-25-3-1 record against the Eastern Conference so far this season.

Quick Hits
– Morgan Klimchuk is on an eight game point streak over which he has thirteen points (6G, 7A)
–  Lane Scheidl is now ninth in WHL scoring with 31 points on the season (15G, 16A)
– The Pats have been to OT in three of their last four games

Upcoming Schedule
at Prince Albert – Friday Nov. 30th, 7 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
vs. Spokane – Saturday Dec. 1st, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Sunday Dec. 2nd, 6 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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