Pats look to rebound on the road in Brandon


The Regina Pats will look for their first victory of 2023 on the road when they head to Manitoba and face the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Coverage on 620 CKRM begins with the pregame show at 6:35, Dante De Caria will have the play-by-play at 7:00.

Tonight will be the second matchup between the two teams over the last week. On December 28, the Wheat Kings blanked the Pats 4-0 in both clubs’ first game back from the Christmas break.

Following the loss to Brandon, the Pats split a home-and-home affair with the Prince Albert Raiders with the road team emerging victorious.

On New Year’s Day, the Raiders defeated the Pats 5-2 as Regina continues a stretch of games without their captain Connor Bedard and defenceman Stanislav Svozil who are competing at the World Juniors in Halifax. Both players are in action Wednesday in the semi-finals and could face off in the Gold Medal matchup if Canada and Czechia are victorious.

Before heading out on the road, the Pats swung a deal with the Kamloops Blazers, shipping out goaltender Matthew Kieper for two draft picks.

Regina head coach and general manager John Paddock said on Tuesday that the motive behind the move was playing time.

“Drew (Sim) took another step forward. ” He added that White City product Kelton Pyne provides the team with another young goalie and that there wasn’t room in the crease to retain three goalies.

Brandon squared off with Moose Jaw for a home-and-home affair of their own on December 30 & 31. The Wheat Kings crushed the Warriors 11-2 last Friday, but the next day Moose Jaw gained a measure of revenge by beating Brandon 6-2 at Westoba Place.

On Friday, the Pats begin a four-game home stand when they welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds. The next three games will see Regina host Calgary, Saskatoon and Portland.

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