Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (0-1-0-0) host the Brandon Wheat Kings (1-0-0-0) in the first home game of the 2014-15 season.  The squads’ previous meeting came last night in the WHL’s Season Opener in Brandon with the Wheat Kings taking a 4-2 win.  Tonight is the eighth straight time the teams skate in non-exhibition action against each other with Brandon taking the previous seven contests.  Braden Christoffer and Jared McAmmond each have a goal this weekend for the Pats while Duncan Campbell leads Brandon into tonight with two assists.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m.
A&W Home Opener
The festivities get started well before puck drop at the Brandt Centre today.  The 620 CKRM BBQ gets going at 4:30 p.m. with free hot dogs and Coke product.  For older fans, there are beer gardens and live music from band Idol Sons.  For younger fans, Dino Bouncers will be on hand as well as Curbside Games.
Lead Up: Pats Fall 4-2 in Brandon
Braden Christoffer scored the first goal of the WHL’s new season early in the first.  The lead only held up moments as Ryan Pilon squared it up within a minute.  The Wheat Kings took the lead in the second when Taylor Green found the back of the net.  Jared McAmmond got the Pats even in the third with a shorthanded goal, but Tyler Coulter had the answer to regain the lead.  Braylon Shmyr scored and empty netter for the 4-2 Wheat Kings win on Opening Night.
Opening NightPatrick D’Amico registered the first shot of the WHL’s 2014-15 campaign while Braden Christoffer took the first trip to the penalty box and scored the  first goal.  Four Pats made their regular season debut last night in Brandon.  Jared McAmmond scored his first WHL goal (SHG) while Sam Steel got his first assist.  
Man Disadvantage?The Pats head into their second game a +1 on the penalty kill.  The Blue and White killed off all five Brandon powerplays last night and scored a shorthanded goal, courtesy of Jared McAmmond.
Upcoming Scheduleat Moose Jaw – Friday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. – Mosaic Place (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Saturday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Saturday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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