Jayce Hawryluk scored three times to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-0 victory over the Regina Pats to close out the regular season.
The first period got off to a slower start with both teams feeling each other out. The neutral zone was hard to win and the shots on goal were limited. The two clubs did have some good scoring chances however, Sam Steel was robbed by the right pad of Jordan Papirny on a 2 on 1 rush and the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk was also denied by the Pats Tyler Brown off a rebound from the left side. Brandon got the games first powerplay with 1:33 left in the frame but the Pats killed it off and the game was scoreless through 20 minutes. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-4 in the period.
In the second the Pats got a great chance to open the scoring when Cole Sanford cut in front from below the goal line but Papirny made a real nice pad save. The Wheat Kings then did get the games first goal when Jayce Hawryluk put home a rebound for his 45th from Mitch Wheaton and Tanner Kaspick at 6:44 and it was 1-0. Then just as a Wheat King powerplay expired Jayce Hawryluk tipped in his second of the night and 4th at 9:35. Mitch Wheaton and Nolan Patrick the helpers and it was 2-0. That was the score through 40 minutes with Tyler Brown playing fantastic in the Pats goal making 22 saves in the period. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 24-4 in the frame and led 36-8 overall.
In the third the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk completed his hattrick at 8:29 with his 47th from Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague and it was 3-0. The Wheat Kings stymied the Pats offense for the entire period. The best Regina chance came when Cole Sanford was awarded a penalty shot but Jordan Papirny stopped him with the glove. The Wheat Kings ended up shuting out the Pats 3-0 for their 9th straight to close out the regular season and snapped the Pats 5 game winning streak.
Adam Brooks was held pointless on Saturday but still becomes the first Regina Pat to win the WHL scoring race since Dale Derkatch in 1982-83. Brooks finished the year with 120 points.
The Pats will begin round one of the playoffs on Friday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 7 o’clock on 620 CKRM.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1R6MUfV
Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch: http://bit.ly/1TXOqDr