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February 1, 2013 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Regina Pats News Release

Game #52

Friday, February 1st

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.

Regina Pats (18-27-3-3) Brandon Wheat Kings (18-30-2-2)

Head-to-Head

Through four games this season, the Brandon Wheat Kings have enjoyed success against the Pats with an opening weekend pair of victories and a 2-1 win in their most recent contest with Regina to lead the season series three wins to one. Morgan Klimchuk leads the Pats with two goals and two assists in four games while Lane Scheidl features a goal and three assists against the Wheat Kings. On the opposing bench, Nick Buonassisi leads all scorers in the season set with five points (1G, 5A). The Pats head into this evening's game on an eight game losing streak, but picking up points in two of their last three. One losing streak will be snapped tonight as the Wheat Kings come in on a three game slide. 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 Battle Back in 3-2 Shootout Loss

The Pats found themselves down 2-0 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in the first period of Wednesday's game. Undeterred, Regina got goals from Braden Christoffer and Stephen Hak to tie the game in the second. The third period and overtime solved nothing, mainly due to some great goaltending from Matt Hewitt and Justin Paulic. Seven shooters failed to score in the shootout until Jordan Messier scored the Moose Jaw winner. For highlights, click here.

Yearbook Night

The Pats' 2012-13 Yearbook is hot off the presses and available for fans tonight! Player profiles, articles about the team and an expose on the history of the Pats venerable mascot, K9, are all featured in the Yearbook. For tickets visit ticketmaster.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office or call the Pats Office for more information on Group Tickets.

Close Games

The Pats last six games have been decided by one goal (plus empty net goal vs. Kootenay). Two of those have been decided in extra time or a shootout. The Pats have played in 23 one goal games this season.

Freezing the Puck

January saw some of Regina's coldest weather of the year, but the Pats goaltenders were red hot. Matt Hewitt and Teagan Sacher teamed up to allow two goals or less in eight out of eleven contests in the month.

Who to Watch on Brandon

It's rare that a rookie forward bears a large part of the offensive burden for a team, but Jayce Hawryluk has done exactly that for Brandon. Turning 17 on New Year's Day, Hawryluk leads Brandon forwards with 29 points on the season.

Quick Hits

- Tonight is Stephen Hak's 19th birthday

- All of Braden Christoffer's four goals came in January, tying him with Lane Scheidl for second most on the Pats (Jan.)

- Chandler Stephenson's six point game just over a month ago (December 30th) is the highest total in WHL this season

Upcoming Schedule

at Brandon - Saturday, Feb 2nd, 7:30 p.m. (CKRM)

vs Lethbridge - Tuesday, Feb 5th, 7 p.m. (CKRM/Access 7)

vs Edmonton - Thursday, Feb 7th, 7 p.m. (CKRM)

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