Regina Pats (26-31-3-4) @ Swift Current Broncos (31-29-0-4)
rTonight 7:30pm Credit Union I-Plex
r7:05 Pre-Game Show 620 CKRM
rNo Television Broadcast
rThis has been yet another great series between the Pats and Broncos with the blue and white having 4-1-0-1 record over the first 6 meetings. The last battle between these two clubs was a part of a home and home series with the Pats winning both ends finishing off with a 5-2 victory at the Swift Current Credit Union I-Plex.
rThe Broncos are currently holding down the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by one point over the Prince Albert Raiders and have a 7 point edge on the Regina Pats. They have been just holding on of late with wins in 5 of their last ten games
Who’s who: The Broncos are led by one of the most dynamic goal scorers in the WHL in Cody Eakin, he leads the Broncos with 41 goals and is tops in points with 78
Player: GP G A Pts.
rCody Eakin 62 41 37 78
rJustin Dowling 64 27 41 68
rStepan Novotny 58 24 23 47
Jordan Weal had another big night with 2 goals in the Pats 4-3 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
rPlayer: GP G A Pts.
rJordan Eberle 49 42 48 90
rJordan Weal 64 30 60 90
rMatt Strueby 61 32 20 52
rThe Pats are currently 7 points back of the Broncos for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 8 games left. After tonight, they play 3 more at home and 4 on the road, with all of them coming against Eastern Conference foes.
On the ice tonight:
rThere are 9 other games on tap tonight in the WHL with the Pats keeping an eye on the Prince Albert in Saskatoon and Vancouver in Moose Jaw.
Race for the Goal Title:
rJordan Eberle is currently 2nd in the WHL goal scoring with 42. Spokane Chief forward, Kyle Beach is tops in the league with 47 while the Broncos Cody Eakin is tied for 3rd with the Chilliwack Bruins’ Ryan Howse with 41.
Race for the Assist Title:
r17 year old forward, Jordan Weal is currently the WHL’s assist leader with 60, he leads Calgary’s Brandon Kozun by two and Spokane’s Mitch Wahl by four assists.
Battle of Top Three WHL Scorers:
rThe 2 Regina Pats are in the hunt for the Bob Clarke Trophy, which goes to the league’s top scorer. Both Eberle and Weal have a chance to be the first Pats to hit 100 points for the first time since Ronald Petrovicky did the trick in 1997-98 with 113 points. The last Regina Pat to lead the league in scoring was Dale Derkatch in 1982-83 with 179 points.
rThe blue and white are back on the ice tomorrow night at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. It’s a 7:05 puck drop with the action getting started with the pre-game show on 620 CKRM at 6:40.