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Monday, February 8, 2016

Pats McAmmond has Weekend to Remember

Photo credit: Keith Hersmiller Photography
"It was a weekend I won't soon forget that's for sure."

You couldn't have scripted it any better for Regina Pats forward Jared McAmmond. The Grande Cache Alberta product started off the weekend by getting back into the lineup against the Medicine Hat Tigers. He had missed the previous two games with an upper body injury. Then on Saturday McAmmond played his 100th career WHL game, on his 19th birthday and scored a massive goal as a part of the Pats 5-3 comeback win over the Prince George Cougars.

McAmmond says it was quite a night. "We knew Gabes (Jesse Gabrielle) was on their team. We have history with him and whatever he does he does." McAmmond chuckled. "But I think from all the games I have played in between last year and this year I think that would be the most fun game I've played in. Not only because I scored a goal, not only because it was rough and tough, it was just the experience. The crowd was really into it which was really goo. The only other game I can think of is game 3 against Brandon at home (last year) and we won 3-2. I think that was my other favorite game I've been in."

It's been an interesting season for McAmmond. While the stats don't jump off the page at you, (2 goals and 1 assist) he has been one of the most consistent players on the Pats roster this year. Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch has nothing but praise for Jared and what he has brought in his second year in the league. "It's a credit to him. he is a real hard working kid on and off the ice. He is a coaches dream because he does everything that is asked of him, again on and off the ice. It's a credit to him and real happy for him. It provides more depth for us, he is a little bit older, he has some of the experience. We've talked about the stats not being there for him but he's always in a position to have some success and that's all we look for in our guys."

McAmmond's tieing goal on Saturday came 8 seconds after Cole Sanford scored on the powerplay to get Regina to within a goal late in the second period. The WHL record for the fastest 2 goals is 2 seconds. It happened on October 3rd 1998 when the Calgary Hitmen scored at 19:40 and 19:42 of the third period against the Red Deer Rebels.

The Regina Pats are back in action on Friday when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.






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