Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-17-3-2) venture into the Central Division for the second time this month, this time to take on the Kootenay Ice (26-22-0-1) at Western Financial Place (8 p.m. CST). It’s the teams’ third meeting of the season with both squads taking a win on home ice. The last time the Pats and Ice came together was in Cranbrook with Wyatt Hoflin standing out in a 1-0 shutout win for Kootenay. Taylor Cooper leads the Pats with three points (2G, 1A) in three games against the Ice as a member of the Hurricanes. Jaedon Descheneau tops Kootenay with four points (3G, 1A), all of them coming in one game against the Pats. Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats try to shake off a five game losing skid (0-3-1-1) including Saturday’s 8-3 loss in Brandon. The Ice are riding a four game winning streak after a 7-4 win over Prince George. Tune into tonight’s game on 620 CKRM starting at 7:35 p.m. CST
Lead Up: Pats Drop 8-3 Decision in Brandon
The Pats opened the scoring and held a 2-1 lead past the midway point of their final game in Brandon this season. The lead didn’t hold as the Wheat Kings displayed their explosive offence by putting up seven unanswered goals before Adam Brooks stopped the run in the third. Pavel Padakin and Rykr Cole had the Pats goals while Morgan Klimchuk (2A) and Jesse Gabrielle (1A) had helpers against their former teams.
Back in Blue
While Pats fans have yet to see Adam Berg in WHL action in Regina, the prospect has been a mainstay for the Blue and White through the Central Division. The 17-year old forward was called up for the Pats’ recent four game Alberta road swing where he picked up his first WHL point against Calgary.
Adam Brooks is the second Pat to reach twenty goals on the season following Connor Gay who has since moved on to Red Deer. Brooks is in the midst of a breakout campaign with 43 points (20G, 23A) in 48 games. The 18-year old’s 23 assists matches the combined point total from Brooks’ first two seasons in the league. Brooks will not dress tonight due to a lower body injury.
Host Powerplay Be Wary
The Pats are tied for the WHL lead with 12 shorthanded goals. Breaking those down into home and away, the Pats have four shorthanded markers at home while scoring eight of their shorties on the road.
at Lethbridge – Saturday, January 31st, 8:00 p.m. CST – Enmax Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Friday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)