Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

Don’t Miss the Action
Tickets for tonight’s game against Prince Albert are included for Season Ticket Holders and can be found in the Season Ticket Booklet.  If you have not picked up your Season Tickets, stop by the Pats Office before heading to the game.  For general admission, tickets are available at the doors at $10 for adults and $5 for youth.  Tonight’s game will also be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.
The Regina Pats (4-1-0-0) welcome the Prince Albert Raiders (1-2-0-1) to the Cooperators Centre tonight at 7:00 p.m.  It’s Prince Albert’s second visit to the Queen City in the pre-season, though the Pats and Raiders did not face off in the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.  The Blue and White finished that tournament 3-0-0-0 while the Green and Gold split their games with a 1-1-0-0 mark.  The Pats are led in scoring by rookie Sam Steel who leads the WHL with 6 goals and 10 points in three games.  Matteo Gennaro leads the way for the Raiders with four points (2G, 2A) in four pre-season contests. 
Lead Up: Pats Shred Wheat Kings 4-1
After an 8-6 loss the previous night, the Pats showed a much stronger defensive posture against Brandon, only allowing one goal in their 4-1 win over the Wheat Kings.  Sam Steel took centre stage again by scoring twice and adding an assist.  Connor Gay and Braden Christoffer each had two assists while Jacob Elmer and Kyle Burroughs scored the Pats’ third and fourth markers.  Rookie defender Kale Clague had the lone goal for Brandon in the loss.  Daniel Wapple made 30 saves in the Pats goal for the win.
Plus Players
The Pats feature four players in the top five in plus/minus rating for the WHL Pre-Season.  Second-year defenceman Chase Harrison leads the way at +9 with Sam Steel sitting at +8 right behind him.  Sergey Zborovskiy is +7 while Adam Brooks sits at +6.
To The Bigs
Four Pats are on their way to NHL Training Camps/Prospect Tournaments.  Chandler Stephenson heads to Washington after signing with the Capitals this spring and has eyes on a spot with the big club or the Hershey Bears.  Morgan Klimchuk will be with the Calgary Flames at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C.  Kyle Burroughs heads to New York Islanders Camp hoping to earn an entry level contract while Dryden Hunt will participate in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament with Carolina.
Tough Choices
The battle for spots in the Pats’ forward ranks continues with 19 forwards (including those heading to NHL Camps) remaining on the roster.  Four of those are over-agers, four are 19, three are 18, five are 17 and three are 16 all pressing to make the final cuts.

Upcoming Schedule
at Prince Albert – Friday, September 12th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre
at Brandon – Friday, September 19th, 6:30 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)
vs. Brandon – Saturday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM) HOME OPENER

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