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Pats Take Streak to Swift Current

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (18-10-1-0) match up with the Swift Current Broncos (15-13-0-4) for the fourth time this season.  The Pats hold a 1-2-0-0 record against the Broncos, winning the teams’ previous meeting by a 2-1 score in overtime.  Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel lead the Pats with a goal and an assist each against Swift Current.  Coda Gordon leads all skaters in the season series with three points (2G, 1A).  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have won five straight and 13 of their last 15 while the Broncos are 4-5-0-1 in their last ten games.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Sweep Home and Home 3-2 in Brandon
Manitoban forward Adam Brooks had the answer for Jordan Papirny in Brandon Friday night as the third year forward scored twice.  Braden Christoffer scored the Pats’ first goal before Brooks tallied his first, only to have Nolan Patrick and Reid Duke answer for the Wheat Kings.  Brooks nabbed his second of the contest nine minutes into the third and Daniel Wapple foiled Brandon the rest of the way, making 32 saves overall for the 3-2 win.

Thinking Positive
Going +3 Friday, Kyle Burroughs pushed his league leading plus/minus to +31 on the season.  The Pats Captain has been a plus player in every game over the Pats’ five game win streak and a minus in only four games this season. Colby Williams (+20) and Braden Christoffer (+19) also sit in the WHL’s top ten while  Sam Steel’s +16 rating is good enough to place him atop the leader board for WHL rookies.

Breakout Season
Adam Brooks continues to impress in his breakout season.  The Winnipeg, MB product now has 22 points (12G, 10A) which leaves him just one point away from matching his 115 game total from his first two seasons.  Brooks has been finding the back of the net with regularity, tallying 7 times in his last 13 games.

Last Line of Defence
Fresh of his Goalie of the Month nod in November, Daniel Wapple started putting his case together for December against Brandon.  The Pats tender turned away 58 of 62 shots (0.935 SV%) and has now won nine straight starts.  Wapple is 5th in the WHL with a 2.62 GAA and 7th with a 0.913 SV%.

Streaks
5 – Sam Steel has points in five straight games with 7 points (3G, 4A)
5 – Pavel Padakin has points in five straight games with 6 points (3G, 3A)
5 – Braden Christoffer has points in five straight games with 6 points (2G, 4A)
3 – Adam Brooks has points in three straight games with 4 points (2G, 2A)

Milestones
Games Played
150 – Dryden Hunt played in his 150th WHL game November 28th at Kamloops
150 – Adam Brooks has played 144 games in his WHL Career

Statistical
100 – Kyle Burroughs has 97 points in his WHL Career
8 – Chase Harrison matched his career high of 8 points (42GP) in 27 games played December 5th at Brandon

Upcoming Schedule
at Saskatoon – Saturday, December 13th, 7:05 p.m. – SaskTel Centre (CKRM)
vs. Lethbridge – Wednesday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m.  – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Swift Current – Saturday, December 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)

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