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Game Day – Pats Finish Trip In Red Deer

 

Regina Pats at Red Deer Rebels

Head to Head
This is the first of four meetings of the season between the Regina Pats and the Red Deer Rebels. Three of the four games a season ago went to extra time with the Pats winning both of the games at the Enmax Centrium in a shootout.

2010-11 Against the Rebels:   
                     GP    G    A    Pts    PIM    +/-
Myles Bell         4     1    2     3     8     -3
Garrett Mitchell  4     1    1    2      4     -1
Andrew Rieder   4     1    1     2     2     0
Jordan Weal      4    1    1     2      8     -2

2011-12 Schedule:                                                2010-11 Schedule:
October 15th Regina @ Red Deer 7:30pm                Oct 6 Red Deer 6 at Regina 5 overtime
December 3rd Red Deer @ Regina 7:00pm               Dec 11 Regina 4 at Red Deer 3 shootout
December 17th Regina @ Red Deer 7:30pm             Jan 7 Regina 2 at Red Deer 1 shootout
February 29th Red Deer @ Regina 7:00pm               Jan 15 Red Deer 6 at Regina 0

Last Action
The Pats rolled into Rexall Place in Edmonton 24 hours ago and came away with a dominating 6-2 victory over the Oil Kings. The game was tied at 2 heading into the 3rd period before the Pats exploded for four straight goals. Brandon Davidson scored twice while his defensive partner, Brandon Underwood notched 3 assists. Matt Hewitt picked up his league leading 7th win of the season, stopping 24 of 27 Edmonton shots.

Injuries:
None To Report
Games lost due to injury – 7

Just the Facts
Pats Acquire 20 year old:
The Regina Pats filled out their third and final 20 year old position early yesterday as they picked up forward Matt Marantz from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a 4th round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2013. Marantz joined the Pats in Calgary and played against the Hitmen. He will wear #10 to finish the trip, but will switch to #32 when he gets home.

On the Road Again:
The first half of the season for the Regina Pats is a grueling one 10 of their first 16 are on the road and if you extend it to early December, 20 of the Pats first 32 games are on the road. The road has been kind thus far for the blue and white as they currently are 5-1 away from the Brandt Centre to start the season

WHL Firsts:
This has been a quick start for the Regina Pats and a trio of rookies also achieved WHL firsts over the first three games:
Morgan Klimchuk – 1st WHL goal and point (Sept 23rd v/ SC)
Jack Rodewald – 1st WHL goal, point and multi-point night (Sept 23rd v/SC)
Dominik Volek – 1st WHL assist and point (Sept 23rd v/SC) 1st WHL goal (Sept 24th @ SC)
Adam Beukeboom – 1st WHL start in goal (Sept 30th @ KOO)
Dryden Hunt – 1st WHL point (Oct 1st @ LETH)
Kyle Burroughs – 1st WHL goal (Oct 7th v/ LETH)

Youngsters lead the way:
Jordan Weal currently leads the Pats in scoring with 11 points, but the next two players in the team scoring race play on the same line in Dyson Stevenson (10) and 16 year old rookie Morgan Klimchuk (10). Dominik Volek rounds out the line and he too is having a great start to his rookie campaign with 8 points

In Matt we Trust:
19 year old goaltender, Matt Hewitt is one of the main reasons why the Pats are off to a great start. He is tied for first in the WHL in wins (7) while he’s eighth in goals against average (2.34) sixth in save percentage (.924) and is tops in shootout wins with 2.

Quick Start in the East:
The Regina Pats 7-2 start to the season would usually put them in the driver’s seat early in the season, but the whole Eastern conference has come out of the gate flying with all but 4 teams are above the .500 mark.

Weal Lethal in the Shootout:
The Pats have a pair of shootout victories already this season, and a big part of those wins has been the stick of Jordan Weal. He is 2/2 so far this season and in 2010-11 Weal went 8/11 for a combined 76.9%. For his career, Weal is a combined 16/26 for a scoring percentage of 61.5%

Milestones
*Jordan Weal is 19 points away from the magical 300 career WHL points mark and is 16th all time on the Pats point list. He hit the 185 assist plateau last Friday night and has passed Josh Holden for 10th on the Pats all-time assist list.
*Brandon Underwood the season opener was his 150 career WHL and is 20 minutes away from 300 career minutes.
*Lane Scheidl is 6 games away from 150 for his WHL career. He is also 2 points away from 60 for his WHL career
*Brandon Davidson is 5 points away from the 100 point plateau for his WHL career
*Artem Bidlevskii is 30 minutes from 550 career penalty minutes.

Team Make-up:
16 Year Olds (95) – 3 (Burroughs, Klimchuk, Hunt)
17 Year Olds (94) – 5 (Peel, Rodewald, Stephenson, Volek, Beukeboom)
18 Year Olds (93) – 5 (Zimbaluk, Martell, Moser, Ouellette, Stevenson)
19 Year Olds (92) – 9 (Blidstrand, Jobke, Underwood, Elynuik, Olstad, Rieder, Scheidl, Weal, Hewitt)
20 Year Olds (91) – 2 (Davidson, Bidlevskii, Marantz)
5 (Saskatchewan), 8 (Alberta), 2 (Manitoba), 7 (British Columbia), 1 (Sweden), 1 (United States), 1 (Czech Republic)

Drafted/Signed Players:
Brandon Davidson (EDM 6th ’10), Jordan Weal (LA 3rd ’10), Ricard Blidstrand (PHI 7th ’10), Colton Jobke (Signed FA MINN)

Next 5 Games: (all times local)                   Last 5 Games:
Thur Oct 20th     v/ Calgary 7:00pm             Oct 14th         @ Edmonton 6-3 L            
Sat Oct 22nd    @ Prince Albert 7:00pm         Oct 12th        @ Calgary 4-3 W            
Sun Oct 23rd    v/ Prince Albert 6:00pm         Oct 8th        v/ Prince George 2-0 L           
Wed Oct 26th    @ Saskatoon 7:05pm           Oct 7th        v/ Lethbridge 5-4 W               
Fri Oct 18th    v/ Edmonton 7:00pm              Oct 1st        @ Lethbridge 4-1 W       

Divisional Records:
East (2-0-0-0) Central (5-1-0-0) B.C. (0-1-0-0) U.S. (0-0-0-0)        Home (2-1-0-0) Away (5-1-0-0)

Shootout/Penalty Shot Record:
Shooters:                                                   Goaltenders:            Penalty Shot:
Jordan Weal 2/2        Dyson Stevenson 0/1    Matt Hewitt 5/8        Brody Sutter (Leth) v/ Matt Hewitt (Oct 7th Goal)
Lyndon Martell 1/1    Morgan Klimchuk 1/2                                   Last time Pats had a penalty shot   
Dominik Volek 1/1                                                                    Garrett Mitchell, Feb 16th/11Eric Williams PA (miss)

Current Leaders
Goals – 3 with 4 (4)                            PIM – Campbell Elynuik (22)                            Shootout Winners – Klimchuk/Volek (1)
Assists – Jordan Weal (8)                    Fighting Majors – Elynuik/Stevenson (2)            Shorthanded Points – Underwood/Weal (1)
Points – Jordan Weal (12)                   Wins – Matt Hewitt (7)
PPG – 3 with  (2)                                GAA – Matt Hewitt (2.34)
SHG – Brandon Underwood (1)             SV % – Matt Hewitt (.923)
Game Winning Goals – 4 with (1)         Plus/Minus – Colton Jobke (+10)

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