Game Day – Pats In Tri City

Regina Pats vs Tri City Americans

Head to Head
This will be the first and only time this season that the Pats and the Americans will face each other for the 2011-12 season. In their only meeting a season ago on October 8th, 2010, it was the The Pats taking a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd on Brandon Davidson’s 1st of the season and a Jordan Weal shorthanded goal. Tri City picked up 5 straight goals after that en route to the 6-4 win. Matt Hewitt started his first ever WHL game and Trent Ouellette picked up his first ever point in the game.
This is the first time that these two teams have met since their blockbuster deal last December that saw Carter Ashton and a pick go to the Americans in exchange for a 1st round bantam pick in 2011 as well as Nils Moser and Tanner Olstad.

Against the U.S. Division:
Over the past 6 season, the Pats have made 3 trips through the U.S. Division, while the U.S. teams have returned the favour, here’s how things shake down:
Home:    W    L    OTL    SOL        Away:    W    L    OTL    SOL
10-11    0    4    1    0        09-10    3    2    0    0
08-09    2    2    1    0        07-08    2    3    0    0
06-07    3    1    0    1        05-06    3    2    0    0
Tot.    5    8    1    1        Tot    8    7    0    0
11-12    1    2    0    1

Last Action: November 25th – Regina Pats 5 Everett Silvertips 2
It was another great start for the Regina Pats, this time they were able to pull through with the victory. The blue and white staked themselves out to a 3-0 first period lead on two goals by Jordan Weal and one by Dominik Volek. It was a 4-2 edge by the Pats after 40 minutes of play on goals by Kohl Bauml and Josh Birkholz for Everett and Chandler Stephenson for the Pats. Matt Marantz scored the lone goal of the third for the 5-2 victory. Matt Hewitt was solid for the Pats stopping 23 shots for his 13th win of the season.

Injury List:
None to report
Games lost to injury – 25

Just the Facts
Outshot, no Problem:
The Pats have been outshot in 14 of their first 23 games this season. This hasn’t affected them in any way as the Pats record is 8-5-1-1 when being outshot, a better winning percentage as when they are outshooting their opponents (record of 4-4). The Pats lost the only game where the shots were tied.

Weal Fantastic at Super Series:
Jordan Weal played for Team WHL in both of the Subway Super Series games against Team Russia. In the 5-2 WHL win last Wednesday at the Brandt Centre, Weal had a goal and an assists, while 24 hours later, he 2 assists in the 7-5 loss in Moose Jaw.

Three to Play at U-17’s:
Two current Pats and a prospect have been named to play at the World U-17 hockey Challenge over the holiday season in Windsor, Ontario. Kyle Burroughs and Morgan Klimchuk will play for Team Pacific, while defenceman, Colby Williams (who is currently with the Regina Pat Canadians) will play for Team West.

Two in the NHL CSB’s Top WHL Skaters:
The preliminary rankings of WHL players have been released by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau and the Pats have two skaters in the WHL’s top 20. Chandler Stephenson is the 7th ranked skater, while Dominik Volek was the 15th ranked skater.

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 3/3 so far this season and in 2010-11 Weal went 8/11 for a combined 78.6%. For his career, Weal is a combined 17/27 for a scoring percentage of 63.0%.

Quick Hits:
– Brandon Underwood has passed his career high in points with 12
– Matt Hewitt has surpassed his total wins from last season with 13
– The Pats have surpassed their win total against the Central Division from last season with seven
– All four of Colton Jobke’s goals have come on the power play
– Both Morgan Klimchuk and Dominik Volek are in the top 20 in WHL Rookie scoring
– Dryden Hunt turned 16 on November 24th; he is the youngest player in the WHL by three days. Prince George’s Jake Mykitiuk was born on November 21st.

*Jordan Weal has points in 22 of his 24 games this season and had a 16 game point streak end in Seattle Wednesday night.
*Chandler Stephenson is on a 4 game goal streak (6g)

*Jordan Weal surpassed the magical 300 career WHL points mark Saturday in Spokane. He is now 3 back of Dave Michayluk (79-82) for 14th on the all time on the Pats point list. He tied with Brian Varga (78-81) for 6th on the all-time Pats list with 200.
*Matt Marantz picked up his 60th point for his WHL career last night in Everett.
*Brandon Davidson picked up his 90th career WHL assist last Friday in Moose Jaw
*Artem Bidlevskii passed the 550 career penalty minute mark Saturday in Spokane
*Colton Jobke is 6 games away from 150 for his WHL career

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, Olstad, Rieder, Scheidl, Weal, Hewitt)
20 Year Olds (91) – 3 (Davidson, Bidlevskii, Marantz)
5 (Saskatchewan), 7 (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:
Fri Dec 2nd    v/ Vancouver 7:00pm          Nov 25th        @ Everett 5-2 W            
Sat Dec 3rd    v/ Red Deer 7:00pm           Nov 23rd        @ Seattle 5-2 L            
Sun Dec 4th    @ Brandon 6:00pm            Nov 22nd    @ Portland 5-2 L               
Tue Dec 6th    @ Prince Albert 7:00pm      Nov 19th        @ Spokane 6-5 SOL
Fri Dec 9th    @ Moose Jaw    7:00pm       Nov 11th        @ Moose Jaw 3-2 OTL            
Divisional Records:
East (5-3-1-0) Central (7-4-0-0) B.C. (0-1-0-0) U.S. (1-2-0-1)        Home (6-4-0-0) Away (7-6-1-1)

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