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Sunday, February 7, 2016


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Regina, SK – The Regina Pats (23-22-3-4) beat the Prince George Cougars (31-21-2-1) 5-3 at the Brandt Centre before over 5000 fans on Saturday night.  The win gave the Pats back-to-back weekend home wins to solidy their hold on a playoff spot with just over a month to go in the regular season.

Game Story
The only meeting of the season between the Regina Pats and Prince George Cougars was a physical affair, evidenced by 45 penalties in the game.  In the end, it was the Regina Pats who came out victorious, 5-3.  This is the first time the Pats have won back-to-back games this season.

The contest marked the return of Jesse Gabrielle to the Brandt Centre who was dealt to Prince George in the off-season for Lane Zablocki.  It was Gabrielle who opened the scoring late in the first when he streaked in on the left side beating defenceman James Hilsendager to the net, slipping the puck past Tyler Brown on the stick side..  Regina would get on the board in the second thanks to Sam Steel who found himself at the corner of the Cougars net, beating Prince George’s Nick McBride for the power play goal.  The visitors would add two more in the period, which included 12 penalties between the two teams.  Regina would even things up late in the frame when Cole Sanford would notch his 25th of the season.  Before the goal could even be announced, Jared McAmmond beat McBride glove side to tie the game up.

With three and half minutes left in the third, the Pats Rykr Cole broke the deadlock to pull ahead.  Cole Sanford would seal the deal, with an unassisted, empty netter to preserve the victory.  The leading scorer in the WHL, Pats Forward Adam Brooks, added three assists on the night to bring his season points total to 81.

Quick Hits
-Adam Brooks now has points in four straight games (10A)
-Sam Steel has points in three straight games (2G, 2A)
-Jared McAmmond played the 100th game of his career
-26 penalties were handed out in the third period
-Tonight’s attendance 5054

What’s Next?
The Regina Pats get five days off before their next game action when they travel to Prince Albert in a Friday night affair, against the Raiders.  The game will be broadcast live on Access Communications at 7 p.m., and heard on Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM beginning at 6:35 p.m.  This will be the first of three games in four days for the club who will host Brandon on Saturday, then travel to Swift Current for a Family Day matinee.  Saturday’s game sponsor is the Brandt Group of Companies.  Tickets are available at, the Brandt Centre Box Office and all Safeway locations throughout Regina.

(Courtesy Mark Rathwell/Regina Pats)