The Regina Pats returned to action Sunday afternoon at the Brandt Centre against the East Division leading Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats were coming off a 4-2 win over Prince Albert on Saturday while the Wheat Kings won in Saskatoon 6-2 for their 6th win in their last 7 games. The Pats held a 1-3-0-0 record against Brandon heading into the 5th meeting on Sunday. The Pats were again without defenceman Connor Hobbs and Adam Berg was also out for the contest, both with upper-body injuries. Here are the lineup’s for the game with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches – Williams, Berg, Pouteau and Hobbs.
Wheat Kings scratches – Mattheos, Kaspick, White and Gutenberg.
In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and led on the shot clock 6-1 but the game remained scoreless. The Wheat Kings got the games first powerplay and on it Jayce Hawryluk hammered a one timer from the slot for his 21st at 12:43. Assists to Nolan Patrick and Ty Lewis and it was 1-0 Brandon. The game stayed that way until the final minute when Nolan Patrick set up Jayce Hawryluk again and he scored into the top of the net for his 2nd of the game and 22nd of the season at 19:15. The two goals were Hawryluk’s 7th and 8th against the Pats on the season. The Wheat Kings took the two goal lead to the break with the Pats leading on the shot clock 12-10.
In the second the Wheat Kings put on an absolute clinic. Tyler Brown had to make 14 saves to keep the Pats in the game. Brandon did beat him once at 11:17 on the powerplay when Tyler Coulter skated into the slot and snapped home his 11th off the glove of Brown and in. Jayce Hawryluk and Kale Clague the assists and it was a 3-0 game. The Pats best chance of the game came in the final mibute of the period when Sam Steel fed Cole Sanford all alone in front but Jordan Papirny robbed him with the glove and the Wheat Kings led 3-0 after 2. Brandon outshot Regina 15-5 in the period and led 25-17 overall.
In the third the Wheat Kings powerplay struck again at 15:32 thanks to Reid Duke, his 26th with assists to John Quenneville and Ivan Provorov and it was 4-0. Things were tight the entire period and Jordan Papirny made 22 saves in the game for his 5th shutout of the year. The Wheat Kings outshot Regina 31-22 in the game.
The Pats powerplay was oh for 3 in the game and the penalty kill was 1 for 4.
The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings Ivan Provorov who had 2 assists in the win. The second star to Brandon’s Nolan Patrick who had two helpers as well and the first star to Jayce Hawryluk who had 2 goals and an assist.
The Pats are off until Friday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7 o’clock at the Brandt Centre.
Wheat Kings PP Goal at 12:43. Jayce Hawryluk (21) from Nolan Patrick and Ty Lewis.
Wheat Kings Goal at 19:25. Jayce Hawryluk (22) from Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov.
Wheat Kings PP Goal at 11:17. Tyler Coulter (11) from Jayce Hawryluk and Kale Clague.
Wheat Kings PP Goal at 15:32. Reid Duke (26) from John Quenneville and Ivan Provorov.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1KyETty
Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/1Vjemq6
Post game interview with goaltender Tyler Brown: http://bit.ly/1VjeGVD