Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (26-17-3-2) made their final visit to Westman Place and allowed six unanswered goals as the Brandon Wheat Kings (35-9-3-1) rolled to an 8-3 win.
With the Jesse Gabrielle and Morgan Klimchuk facing off for the first time since being swapped on January 2nd, the Pats opened the scoring in the second half of the frame. Racing into the Brandon zone, Taylor Cooper fired a pass to the far side of the Brandon net that landed right on the tape of a streaking Pavel Padakin who deflected it past Jordan Papirny at 12:43 of the period. The Wheat Kings answered with Gabrielle in the box for interference. Klimchuk sent the puck toward the net and rookie sensation Nolan Patrick tipped the puck in mid-air past Daniel Wapple to tie the game on the powerplay with 2:11left in the period. Gabrielle didn’t wait long to make up for his penalty. He hit fellow Moosomin product Rykr Cole with a great stretch pass to break Cole into the zone. Cole fought off a check and ripped a shot past Papirny to restore the Pats’ lead with just over a minute left. The Pats took the 2-1 lead into the intermission despite trailing 12-8 on the shot count.
The second period scoring all went to the home side in a span of 4:25. The Wheat Kings tied the game off a bad bounce for the Pats when Ivan Provorov sent a shot from the point and it redirected into the Regina goal off the skate of Reid Duke 13:40 into the period. The Queen City Kids found themselves battling the Brandon powerplay again and the Wheat Kings struck as Ryan Pilon ripped a one-timer to the top of the net. The Wheaties made it 4-2 on another powerplay marker as Klimchuk flicked a quick pass to Patrick who scored his second of the night and 20th of the season. That score held to the break with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 35-21 through forty minutes.
It only got worse for the Blue and White in the third period. The Wheat Kings got an early marker from Quintin Lisoway, just 3:01 into the period. He was followed by Duke, Pilon and Rihards Bukarts. The Pats stopped the bleeding when Adam Brooks stole the puck in the neutral zone and snapped home his 20th of the season. That would wrap up the scoring with the Pats dropping an 8-3 decision to the Wheat Kings after being outshot 55-27.
The Pats head into a break from game action before hitting the road for a two game trip to face Kootenay and Lethbridge. Catch those road games on 620 CKRM and WHL Live Web TV.