Pats open last home stretch in January against the Hurricanes

The Regina Pats will try launch themselves back in to the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race this weekend with a pair of home games, their final two for the month of January.

On Friday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes will visit the Brandt Centre. Regina is five points back of the Prince Albert Raiders for the 8th spot in the Conference. The Hurricanes are one spot ahead of the Raiders in 7th spot in the Eastern Conference and are seven points ahead of the Pats.

Cole Temple. Photo: Keith Hershmiller

Regina has been off since Sunday, when they were defeated by the Saskatoon Blades 6-1. The lone highlight for the Pats was defenceman Kolten Bridgeman scoring his first career goal in the Western Hockey League.

Last weekend, the Regiment were 1-2, picking up a victory against the Raiders. Regina opened up the weekend with a loss to the Vancouver Giants.

Tonight will mark the third matchup between the two clubs this season. The Pats have beaten the Hurricanes in their two prior matchups, with a home-ice victory on October 14 and a road win in Lethbridge on December 15. Next Friday, the Pats will finish the season series at the Enmax Centre.

Lethbridge is in the midst of a three-game eastern road swing. They opened up the trip with a 6-3 loss in Moose Jaw on Wednesday. The Hurricanes will finish their trek in Brandon tomorrow night.

Coverage on 620 CKRM begins at 6:35, with the opening faceoff at 7:00.

Tomorrow night, the Pats will welcome in the Medicine Hat Tigers. It will be a special night at the Brandt Centre. It’s Nickelodeon Night for the Children’s Miracle Network. Regina will be wearing special Patrick Star jerseys, as apart of a SpongeBob SquarePants theme.

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