Pats welcome Winnipeg for second-last home game of the season

The Regina Pats are back in action Wednesday night when they take on the Winnipeg ICE at the Brandt Centre.

The ICE enter the game in third in the eastern division behind Prince Albert and Brandon, while the Pats are outside of the playoff picture for this season.

Pats’ defenceman Zach Wytinck said a key will be shutting down Winnipeg’s forwards.

“(Peyton) Krebs is a really good player, he drives a lot of their offence, so we got to make sure we know when he’s on the ice, and make sure that as a five-man unit out there, we’re playing good defence,” Wytinck said. “That goes for not just (Krebs), but a lot of their offence is carried from their forwards, I think they got good forward depth, so we got to make sure that we’re always aware, and always thinking of our own end first.”

Pats’ forward Jakob Brook said Winnipeg has been a good team all season long.

“They got good players, and they got good depth, so every line has to be going against them for sure,” Brook said. “Their goalie has been doing pretty good for them too, so we can’t take them lightly for sure, they’re one of the top teams in the league.”

Head Coach Dave Struch said they hope to come in and out-work Winnipeg.

“We talk about the opposition for us as coaches and staff to worry about, and for players to worry about our game and as an individual to help our team,” Struch said. “We’re not going to change that moving forward, the opposition is the opposition, our game has to be at a high level for 60-plus minutes.”

Puck drop is 7:00 PM, you can hear the game live on 620 CKRM, starting with the pregame show at 6:35.

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