The eve of the WHL Trade Deadline marks the sixth time these teams square off. The Pats hold the better of the season series with three wins in the five games including two straight and a 5-2 win on the weekend. Morgan Klimchuk is the top Pat in the series with six points (1G, 5A) in the five games. Three Raiders have five points against Regina to lead the way offensively for the opposition (Josh Morrissey, Anthony Bardaro and Mike Winther). The Pats are on a roll as they come towards the trade deadline having won five straight including their sweep of a three-in-three weekend. The Raiders look to snap a three game slide as the deadline approaches. Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Complete Three-in-Three Sweep
Playing their third game in three nights, the Pats looked slow out of the gate and found themselves trailing in the second period. Some timely penalty killing seemed to spark the team, and a late second period powerplay goal from Lane Scheidl sent the game to the third in a one-all draw. In the final period, Colton Jobke scored on a long shot with Patrick D’Amico setting a screen in front and Morgan Klimchuk added an empty netter to seal the Pats 3-1 victory.
Fourth Line Production
The Pats fourth line has had no small part in their recent success. Pat D’Amico, Braden Christoffer and Connor Gay have earned increased ice time with their contribution to the Pats’ lineup. In their last two games, the line has produced three of the Pats eight goals and has a combined plus eight rating.
Dropping the Mitts
The Pats haven’t had any shortage of willing combatants when it comes to fighting this season. The Blue and White sit second in the WHL with 50 fighting majors on the season. Only Calgary has more with 56.
Who to Watch on Prince Albert
The Raiders get three players back from international tournaments this evening. Mark McNeil (CAN) and Leon Draisaitl (GER) both return from the World Juniors while Tim Vanstone (WST) is back from Quebec and the U17 Challenge.
– The Pats current five game winning streak is their longest since 2007-08 (7 wins, Feb. 27-Mar. 14)
– Connor Gay has three points (all assists) this season. All of those points have come in Prince Albert
– Colten Mayor reached 200 games for his WHL career Sunday night against Brandon
Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame 2013 Induction
Before the Pats face off with the Swift Current Broncos in their January 19th contest, there will be a pre-game ceremony to announce and honour the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2013.
vs Calgary – Friday, Jan 11th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM/Access 7)
at Brandon – Saturday, Jan 12th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)
vs Kootenay – Friday, Jan 18th, 7 p.m. – The Dome (CKRM)