Pats Look to Derail Raiders

The Pats and Raiders come together for the first of eight meetings during the 2012-13 season.  In their eight contests last season against Prince Albert, the Pats rolled out a 6-2-0-0 mark.  Lane Scheidl was the top Pat veteran last year with eleven points in eight games.  On the Prince Albert side of things, Mike Winther had nine points in seven games.  Coming into this evening’s matchup the Pats came up short against the Hitmen on the Pink Ice last night.  Meanwhile the Raiders grabbed a 3-2 win against Edmonton.  You can listen to tonight’s game on with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show starting at 6:35.

Lead Up: Pats Can’t Overcome Hitmen
The Pats put together a strong effort on the Pink Ice last night, but found themselves down 2-1 entering the final period of play.  The Pats pressed late and emptied the net with time winding down, but Brooks Macek pounced for two goals with Hewitt out of the cage to wrap the game up on a 4-1 score.

Fourth Line Contribution
The Pats fourth line came up with the lone goal last night (Kade Pilton from Adam Brooks).  The line (Pilton, Brooks and Bryar Ortynski) finished the evening as a +1 in the plus/minus category.

Home Ice Advantage
The Pats have been uncompromising hosts to the Raiders the last four seasons at the Brandt Centre.  Regina owns an impressive 11-3-0-1 mark against Prince Albert on home ice. 

Under-16 Challenge
Some Pats prospects are off to strong starts at the Under-16 Challenge in Calgary.  Rykr Cole had a goal and an assist in Saskatchewan’s first game of the tourney while Drew Litwin added an assist of his own.  In Alberta’s second matchup it was defenceman Brady Reagan stepping up with a two helper night.

Who to Watch on Prince Albert
Mark McNeill is always a tough player to stop.  The Chicago Blackhawks pick has 17 points on the season.  Turning lots of heads early in his WHL career is German rookie Leon Draistaitl.  The young gun has twelve points in his first seventeen games.

Quick Hits
– Adam Brooks broke out of an eight game pointless streak with his assist last night
– Adam Rossignol’s next game will be his 150th WHL game
– Colten Mayor’s next goal will be the 30th of his career and 70th point

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Seattle – Wednesday Nov. 7th, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Saskatoon – Friday Nov. 9th, 7:05 p.m. – Credit Union Centre (CKRM)
vs. Lethbridge – Saturday Nov. 10th, 7 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM, Access 7)

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