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Pats Weekend Preview

For Immediate Release
October 7th, 2011

Home Sweet Home
After a Four Game Road Trip, the Pats Return Home for Back to Back Games

After a successful road trip that saw the Pats go 3-1 and propel them into the number four spot in the CHL Top 10, they will return home to the Brandt Centre beginning tonight against the Lethbridge Hurricanes with the Prince George Cougars paying a visit on Saturday.

Friday, October 7th                          Hurricanes @ Pats       
Brandt Centre 7:00pm (Live on Access TV)

This will be the back half of a home and home series for the Pats against the Hurricanes with the Pats taking the front end this past Saturday 4-1. The ‘Canes did have a stop on their road trip this past Wednesday in a 3-2 loss in Moose Jaw.

The faces of the Lethbridge Hurricanes:
G – Brandon Anderson
The 19 year old goaltender is a signed free agent by the Washington Capitals. He is the Hurricanes #1 goaltender ahead of former Pat Damien Ketlo and 17 year old Tanner Kovacs.

C – Cam Braes
Braes, along with Brody Sutter and Matt Marantz are a part of a dynamic trio of 20 year old forwards with the Hurricanes. He led the Hurricanes in goals with 31 and points with 61 in 2010-11.

RW – Matt Marantz
The 20 year old forward was recently acquired by the Hurricanes in a trade with the Spokane Chiefs. Marantz is in his 3rd season in the WHL and attended Regina Pats training camp in 2007.

Saturday, October 8th                      Cougars @ Pats                     
Brandt Centre 7:00pm

The Pats and Cougars will meet for the only time in the 2011-12 season and it’s the first time Prince George has paid a visit to the Brandt Centre since a 4-2 loss on November 10th, 2009.

The faces of the Prince George Cougars:
D - Martin Marincin
The Slovakian native, Marincin, is in his second year in the WHL and was solid with the Cougars a year ago with 56 points in 67 games. Marincin was recently sent back to Prince George by the Edmonton Oilers, whom made him a 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft

D – Cody Carlson
The former Pat defenceman is back in Regina for the first time since being sent to the Cougars last October in exchange for Artem Bidlevskii. Carlson was recently named captain of the Cougars.

C – Alex Forsberg
The 16 year old rookie is a part of an outstanding crop of 1995 players with the Prince George Cougars. He is currently in a tie for the team lead in points with 5.

Pat Facts:

All Around Scoring:
It hasn’t been just one player that is guiding the Pats offensively in the early parts of the season, help is coming from all four lines. Dyson Stevenson, Jordan Weal and Lane Scheidl are in a tie for top spot with seven points apiece, but all three play on different lines, while defenceman Brandon Davidson is also has seven points on the season.

In Matt we Trust:
19 year old goaltender, Matt Hewitt was given the goaltending reigns at the end of training camp, and he has flourished. He is currently first in wins (4), second in the WHL in goals against average (1.75) and third in save percentage (.936).

Subway Super Series:
Tickets are on sale now to see Team WHL seek revenge against a pair of losses last year to the Russian Selects in the Subway Super Series on Tuesday, November 16th at the Brandt Centre. Head to any Ticketmaster location, or go to http://www.reginapats.com/ for more information.

Next Pats Action:
After this weekend, the Pats will leave for three games through the Central Division beginning next Wednesday night in Calgary. Catch all the action on 620 CKRM beginning with the Press Box Sports Bar pregame show beginning at 6:35. 

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(Courtesy Dan Plaster)

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