Pats Hit the Break Against Lethbridge

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (20-11-1-0) close out their pre-Christmas schedule against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7-20-3-2) tonight at the Brandt Centre.  It’s the third time the teams have come together this season.  The Pats hold a 2-0-0-0 record against Lethbridge while outscoring the ‘Canes 14-2.  Dryden Hunt leads the Pats with five points (1G, 4A) against Lethbridge while Tyler Wong heads up the Hurricanes with a pair of assists against Regina.  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have won two straight including last night’s 6-5 victory in Brandon while the ‘Canes picked up a 6-4 win against Moose Jaw last night.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey at 6:35 p.m.

Prostate Cancer Canada Night
Help us raise awareness for prostate cancer and stop by the Prostate Cancer Canada information booth at tonight’s game.  Purchase a pair of blue Pats socks to support the cause.  All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Don’t worry about dinner tonight.  Brandt Centre Concessions have you covered with two-for-one hot dogs all night.

Lead Up: Pats Pull Off 6-5 OT Comeback in Brandon
It didn’t look good for the Pats when they trailed 2-0 just 1:09 in and then faced 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 deficits.  Austin Wagner scored shorthanded in the third to get the Blue and White back within one and Chase Harrison’s shot deflected in off Patrick D’Amico’s skate late in the third to tie the game.  Midway through the overtime period, Connor Gay fired from the slot and the puck squeaked through Jordan Papirny and trickled over the line to end the games.

First ‘Half’ in the Books
While they haven’t reached the 36 game mark, the Pats close out the unofficial first half of the season tonight.  Through their first 32 games, the Pats hold a 20-11-1-0 overall record, good for 2nd in the East Division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference.  The Pats are 10-5-1-0 on home ice and 10-6-0-0 on the road.

Hitting Twenty
The Pats became the fourth team in the WHL to hit the 20 win mark last night. The Blue and White haven’t won 20 games before the Christmas break since the 2007-08 season when they won their 20th game in a similar 32 contests.  That edition of the Pats finished with 44 wins on the year.

Morgan Klimchuk made his presence felt back in the Pats lineup after returning from Team Canada Selection Camp.  Klimchuk had a goal and two assists in the Pats win over Brandon last night and has four points (2G, 2A) in two games against Lethbridge this season.

Century Mark
Kyle Burroughs picked up a pair of assists December 16th in Brandon to reach the 100 point mark for his career. The New York Islanders draft pick registered 19 goals and 81 assists in 213 games.

8 – Sam Steel has points in eight straight games with 12 points (5G, 7A)
8 – Braden Christoffer has points in seven straight games with 11 points (5G, 6A)
4 – Austin Wagner has points in four straight games with 5 points (1G, 4A)
3 – Patrick D’Amico has points in three straight games with 4 points (2G, 2A)
3 – Dryden Hunt has points in three straight games with 4 points (4A)
3 – Connor Gay has points in three straight games with 3 points (2G, 1A)

Games Played
150 – Adam Brooks has played 147 games in his WHL career

100 – Kyle Burroughs registered the 100th point of his WHL career December 16th at Brandon

Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Saturday, December 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
vs. Swift Current – Sunday, December 28th, 6:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Saskatoon – Tuesday, December 30th, 7:05 p.m. – SaskTel Centre (CKRM)

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