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Pats v Hitmen Game Notes

From (presumably Dan Plaster)

Game Night!
Calgary Hitmen (12-24-2-0) @ Regina Pats (12-20-5-1)
Tonight 6:00pm Brandt Centre
5:35 Pre-Game Show 620 CKRM

The Lowdown
This is the second of 4 meetings between the defending WHL champion Calgary Hitmen and the Regina Pats. In their first meeting back on December 10th that saw the Calgary Hitmen come from 3-0 down, to defeat the Pats in overtime 4-3. These two teams will play in the first ever outdoor junior hockey game in Canadian history as they will face off on February 21st at McMahon Stadium.

A Few “Hits”:
This is the second game in a 5 game road trip for the Hitmen that started lsat night in Medicine Hat with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers. The Hitmen are right on the Pats tails in the fight for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have also won back to back games with a victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Saddledome on Thursday night.

Who’s who:
D – Matt MacKenzie – The 19 year old defenceman is a 3rd round pick of the Buffalo Sabres and is the top scoring defenceman on the Hitmen
LW – Justin Kirsch – The 18 year old forward is Is in his 2nd season with the Hitmen and is leading them in goals with 16 and points with 26
C – Jimmy Bubnick– The 19 year old forward is a 6th round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers and is also the brother of former Regina Pat, Johnny Bubnick
LW - Jordan Weal – Leads the Pats in all offensive categories and is in the WHL’s top 5 scorers. Is on a 6 game point streak, and has 10 points in the past 6 games
C – Myles Bell – Picked up his 11th goal of the season which is tied for 2nd on the Pats. He will head to the CHL top prospects game on January 19th.
LW – Shayne Neigum – The 20 year old Pat forward has provided some offensive punch with 3 goals and an assist in this first 3 games as a Pat

At the Mac’s
The Pats had 12 players from their 50 man list play in the prestigious Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary. Two players, Morgan Klimchuk (1st rd, 2010) and Mitchell Fyffe (list) played in the tournament all-star game. Goaltender, Cory Nygarrd was fantastic for the Winnipeg Wild, going undefeated at 3-0 and got the Wild into the semi-finals.

Chandler Stephenson and Pat prospect Landon Peel are both playing for Team West at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg. Stephenson scored twice last night as his Team West fell to Team Ontario 4-3. Landon Peel also got an assist in the loss.

Next Action:
The Pats are off to play a pair of difficult Central Division games next weekend. The first will come Friday night as they take on the Red Deer Rebels. Puck drops at 8:30 Regina time at the Enmax Centrium. Press Box Sports Bar pregame show will get underway at 7:05 on 620 CKRM.

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