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12-13-2005, 06:19 AM
For week of Dec12-18... posted a bit late, sorry...


Weekly Update


Regina Pats Weekly Update (Dec. 12 - Dec. 18, 2005)

Where The Team Stands: The Pats currently sit in third place in the East division with a 18-13-0-1 record and thirty-seven points, seven behind division leading Saskatoon, and five points back of second place Moose Jaw ... The Pats sit thirteen points ahead of Prince Albert & fourteen ahead of Brandon ...

Roster Update: The Pats have twenty-five players on their current roster, including two goaltenders, nine defencemen, and fourteen forwards ... Ten have been drafted by the Pats ... Nine have been acquired via trade ... Five were protected list additions ... One was selected in the CHL Import Draft ...

Leading Pat: Eighteen-year-old Petr Kalus moved past injured forward Denis Tolpeko this past week in the teams scoring lead ... Kalus has twenty-one goals and twelve assists for thirty-three points, tying him for seventeenth in the WHL ... Troy Brouwer of Moose Jaw continues to lead the league with fifty-three points (twenty-seven goals, twenty-six assists) ...

Injuries: Denis Tolpeko will be out of the line-up for 3 - 4 weeks while recovering from surgery on his ankle last month ... Eighteen-year-old defenceman Derek Reinhart is week-to-week with injuries to his shoulder & ribs ... Defencemen Spencer Fraipont & Andy Schenn are lost for the season ...

One Year Ago: On December 12, 2004 the Pats were 9-21-2-3 after dropping a 5 - 1 decision to Moose Jaw at the Civic Centre ...

Special Teams: The Pats are ninth in the league with their power-play that is capitalizing on 18.0% (29/161) of man advantage opportunities ... Pats penalty-killers have an 81.8% success rate, (139/170) which ties them for thirteenth in the league ... Matt Robinson leads the team with two short-handed goals this season ...

Home Ice Advantage: The Pats 13-4-0-1 home record this season is third in the WHL, behind Kootenay (14-1-0-1) & Calgary (17-3-0-0) ...

First Shootout Loss: Brandon defeated the Pats 3 - 2 in a shootout on Tuesday night, the first shootout loss suffered by the Pats in franchise history ...

Power-Play Leaders: Pats rookie Petr Kalus is tied for the league lead with ten power-play goals this season ... Jon Bubnick of Portland, Tim Kraus of Vancouver and Blair Jones of Moose Jaw also have ten man-advantage markers ...

Kalus Leaves Tomorrow: Leading scorer Petr Kalus leaves tomorrow for Cranbrook where he will begin training with the Czech Junior National Team as they begin preparations for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver later this month ...

Leaving On Top: At the time of Kalus's departure he will be tied for the lead in WHL rookie scoring with Michal Repik of the Vancouver Giants ...

Nick Ross Lights The Lamp: Sixteen-year-old rookie defenceman Nick Ross scored his first WHL goal on Saturday night, notching the game-winner vs. Brandon ...

Late Night/Early Morning: The Pats stepped off the team bus at 5:30AM on Sunday, returning from Winnipeg after posting a 3 - 2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings at the MTS Centre ...

Senseman Scores: Eighteen-year-old rookie Michael Senseman scored the goal that littered the ice with stuffed animals during the Global TV Teddy Bear Toss at the 9:41 mark of the second period ... The goal was the second of Senseman's WHL career and his first on home ice ...

Teddy's Tomorrow: Members of the Pats will be distributing the new stuffed animals collected during last night's Global TV Teddy Bear Toss to the pediatric areas of the three Regina hospitals on Tuesday ...

Second Time: Sunday's victory over Medicine Hat was the second time this season that the Pats defeated the Tigers by a 4 - 1 score at home this season ... The Pats also defeated the Tigers by the same score on Thanksgiving Day ...

Central Dominance: With wins over Swift Current & Medicine Hat this month, the Pats improved their record vs. Central division opponents to 7-1-0-0 ...

No Barker Again: Pats fans missed out on seeing nineteen-year-old Tigers defenceman Cam Barker on Sunday night ... Barker and team-mate Kris Russell were away at Team Canada's National Junior Camp ... Barker was with the NHL's Chicago BlackHawks on Thanksgiving Day ... Despite not playing in yesterdays game, Barker played two games at Brandt Centre this season ... Barker led the Tigers to a 4 - 0 victory over the Pats on November 2nd and also played in the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge earlier this month ...

No Surgery For Fraipont: Injured defenceman Spencer Fraipont returned home to Kelowna earlier this month where he will begin rehabbing his back which has limited the rookie to three games this season ... Fraipont, who has decided against formal back surgery was put on the WHL's 60 Day Injury list last month ...

Drafted Players: Petr Kalus - Boston Bruins (2nd Round, 39th Overall), Derek Reinhart Columbus Blue Jackets (6th Round, 177th Overall)

Upcoming Week:
Monday, December 12 Team Meetings
Tuesday, December 13 Practice 2:30-5:00PM
Wednesday, December 14 Practice 2:30-5:00PM
Thursday, December 15 Practice 2:30-5:00PM
Friday, December 16 Game vs. Moose Jaw - 7:00PM Brandt Centre
Saturday, December 17 Game vs. Prince Albert - 7:00PM Brandt Centre
Sunday, November 18 Holiday Break Begins
(All Practices at Brandt Centre, unless otherwise noted and are subject to change)

Week In Review:
Tuesday, December 6 - Brandon 3 @ Regina 2 (SO) - Record (16-13-0-1) - Attendance 3132
Goals: 1 - Kalus (20) from K. Ross & N. Ross
2 - Pyett (8) from Deck & K. Ross
Goalie: Linden Rowat (29 Saves, 2 GA)

Saturday, December 10 - Regina 3 @ Brandon 2 (MTS Centre - Winnipeg) - Record (17-13-0-1)
Goals: 1 - Kalus (21) from K. Ross
2 - Robinson (10) from Festerling
3 - N. Ross (1) from Duval
Goalie: David Reekie (37 Saves, 2 GA)

Sunday, December 11 - Medicine Hat 1 @ Regina 4 - Record 18-13-0-1) - Attendance 2987
1 - Senseman (2) from Duval & Pyett
2 - K. Ross (9) from Bernhardt & Kalus
3 - Festerling (10) from Kalus & Fuder
4 - Bernhardt (11) Kalus
Goalie: David Reekie (24 Saves, 1 GA)

Busy Week Off The Ice: The Pats are involved in numerous holiday community events this week, including serving as celebrity waiters in the Annual Regina Inn Charity Holiday Lunch on Wednesday ... Members of the Pats, RCMP & City Police will also give three "Project First Goal" presentations this week ...

Last Chance in 2005: This weekend's home games vs. Moose Jaw & Prince Albert will be the final time to see the Pats at home this calendar year ... The team will begin a six-game road trip in Brandon on December 27th and not return to Brandt Centre until Saturday, January 7th when they host Lethbridge ...

Camera Night On Saturday: Saturday's game is the 620 CKRM Camera Night ... Fans are encouraged to bring their camera and take a photo with their favourite player at the conclusion of the game ... Santa Claus will also be visiting Brandt Centre on Saturday and is available for pictures on the west concourse from Greg Johnson Photography during the game ...

Pats TV On Thursday: Voice of The Pats Rod Pedersen hosts Pats TV this Thursday at 6:30PM on Access 7 ... Rod's guest this week are Pats GM Brent Parker, Goaltender David Reekie, & Defenceman Josh Fauth ...

Stocking Stuffers: Fans can see the latest in Pats merchandise online by visiting the Neutral Zone online @ reginapats.com ... The Neutral Zone is open during both games this weekend as well as extended holiday hours ... For specific hours call 522-5604 ...

Fundraise With The Pats: The Pats Have A Unique Fundraising Program For Your School, Team & Non-Profit Organization ... For more information contact Kristin Hensrud by calling 522-PATS or khensrud@reginapats.com