Pat Chat - September 17th
September 17, 2012
The Pats are preparing for the opening of the regular season, starting Friday night in Brandon.
|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
The Week That Was
Friday, September 14th – Blades 2 Pats 1
The Pats entered the final weekend of the WHL Pre-Season with an even 1-1-0-0 record. The Blue and White had some good chances, but couldn't manage more than a lone marker and fell to the Blades 2-1 in the Pats first game at the Brandt Centre this year. Chandler Stephenson scored his first of the Pre-Season as the Pats only goal.
Saturday, September 15th – Pats 4 Blades 3
For the fourth time in the Pre-Season, the Pats found themselves outshot. The exhibition finale was the most lopsided margin yet as the Blades peppered Matt Hewitt with 41 shots on the evening. The Pats only mustered four shots in the third, but scored on three of them working out a 4-3 win in Saskatoon. Morgan Klimchuk scored twice for the Pats including an empty netter which turned out to be the game winner.
Shaking Up the Defence
The Pats were busy in the trade market acquiring two defenceman. First, it was 6'5" rear guard Kade Pilton joining the Pats from the Victoria Royals. Then it was AJHL South Division All-Rookie team member Tye Hand. Both add size to the Pats blue line and in Pilton's case, a year of Major Junior experience.
Additional Roster Moves
Pats Release defenceman Keaton Lubin
Pats reassign forward Connor Gay to Kindersley (SJHL)
Pats reassign defenceman Sean Whelan to Estevan (SJHL)
Quotes of the Week
"You can always do more, but as far as an audition for a hockey team, that was a pretty fine one." - Head Coach Pat Conacher on goalie Teagan Sacher's Pre-Season
"It's basically depression right now, I can't recover from this. It’s devastating to be honest. You know I’m not really going to buy it now I don't want to have to live up to that. Hopefully next year I’ll be a little bit better" - Kyle Burroughs (jokingly) on his 45/100 rating in EA Sports’ NHL 13.
The Week Ahead
Friday, September 21st - Pats Season Opener @ Brandon
Just like in the Pre-Season, the Pats and Wheat Kings open the Regular Season in a home and home set. The Pats visit the Wheaties for their first game which can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m. with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show.
Saturday, September 22nd - Habitat for Humanity Home Opener Presented by Mosaic
The Pats begin their home schedule with the second half of their series with Brandon. Fans can stop by early to enjoy a BBQ prepared by personalities from the Pats broadcast partner, 620 CKRM. The first fans in the building also receive a glowstick, courtesy of Mosaic.
Monday, September 17th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th Practice 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Friday, September 21st - Pats @ Brandon – 6:30 p.m. (Westman Place)*
Saturday, September 22nd - Brandon @ Pats - 7 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM
Raise-a-Reader Wednesday, September 19th
The Pats team up with the Leader-Post to collect donations and distribute the special Raise-a-Reader edition of the Leader-Post. Pats players, coaches and management will be downtown to hawking papers in the early morning hours.
*More information to follow
Single Game Tickets on Sale
Fans can pick up tickets to their most anticipated games like: the Pats Home Opener on September 22nd, Jordan Eberle Night on October 9th and the first Weiner Wednesday on October third against Moose Jaw.
Friday, September 21st – Pats Regular Season Opener @ Brandon (Broadcast on CKRM)
Saturday, September 22nd – Habitat for Humanity Pats Home Opener presented by Mosaic