Sunday, December 27, 2015


The Regina Pats were back from the Christmas break on Sunday in Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. The Pats were looking to hit the reset button after losing 7 of their last 8 before the holidays. The Wheat Kings lost their last game before the break, 5-2 in Prince Albert. The Pats got James Hilsendager back after missing 6 with an upper body injury and Sergey Zborovskiy was back in time from Helsinki where he was cut ahead of the World Juniors. The Wheat Kings were missing two top players at the tournament, forward John Quenneville with Canada and defenceman Ivan Provorov with Russia. Head Coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon was also gone coaching Team Canada. The Pats held a 1-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings heading into the 4th meeting of the season between the two clubs. Here are the lineup's for the game with the starters highlighted.



Wheat Kings



Pats scratches - Knyzhov, Macklin, Freadrich, Elmer and Pouteau.
Wheat Kings scratches - Waltz, Provorov, Mattheos, Kaspick and Quenneville. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start with lots of offensive zone time and the first 3 sots of the contest. Papirny made the saves he needed too and then the Pats went to their first penalty kill. They killed it off and then at 11:32 took the lead. Adam Brooks was in the right place at the right time to find a rebound and bury his 18th of the season from Taylor Cooper and Chase Harrison to make it 1-0. The Wheat Kings third line got the game tied 6 minutes later however. Braylon Shmyr found Connor Gutenberg the goal-line and he centred for Duncan Campbell who scored his 4th at 17:11 to make it 1-1. That was the score through 20 minutes with the shot clock tied 9-9.

In the second the Wheat Kings went to their second powerplay but again the Pats would kill it off. Brandon did find the go ahead goal at 12:54 however. Reid Duke took a perfect stretch pass and skated in on a breakway and scored his 20th on a nice move to the forehand. Macoy Erkamps and Garrett Sambrook the assists and it was 2-1. The Wheat Kings extended the lead to 3-1 at 17:55. Ty Lewis found a puck in the air in the left circle, gloved it down and put it into the top of the net for his 5th with assists to Tim McGauley and Jayce Hawryluk. The Pats almost got one back seconds after that when Lane Zablocki tipped a shot in front but it hit the post and stayed out. Brandon took the 3-1 lead to the break, they outshot the Pats 13-7 in the period and led 22-16 overall. Pats forward Jared McAmmond did not come back after the first period and missed the entire 2nd.

In the third the Pats got their first powerplay and got within a goal when Lane Zablocki banged home his 10th of the year on his 17th birthday. Assists to Sam Steel and Austin Wagner and it was 3-2 at 4:01. Then at the 6 minute mark Adam Brooks scored his second of the night and 19th unassisted to make it 3-3. It stayed that way until the Pats took their third penalty of the game with less than 1:30 left on the clock. Seconds into the Brandon powerplay Macoy Erkamps scored his 7th at 18:49 to make it 4-3. 14 seconds later Tyler Coulter had a goal go in off his skate for his 7th at 19:03 and it was 5-3. Brandon added an empty netter at 19:38 from Jayce Hawryluk to make it 6-3 and that was the final score tonight. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-10 in the period and 34-26 overall.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 1 in the loss and the penalty kill was 2 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings Reid Duke who had a goal and an assist. The second star to the Pats Adam Brooks who had 2 goals in the loss and the first star to the Wheat Kings Macoy Erkamps who scored the game winner and had an assist. 

The Pats return to action on Tuesday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 11:32. Adam Brooks (18) from Taylor Cooper and Chase Harrison.

Wheat Kings Goal at 17:11. Duncan Campbell (4) from Connor Gutenberg and Braylon Shmyr. 

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 12:54. Reid Duke (20) from Macoy Erkamps and Garrett Sambrook.

Wheat Kings Goal at 17:55. Ty Lewis (5) from Tim McGauley and Jayce Hawryluk. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 4:01. Lane Zablocki (10) from Sam Steel and Austin Wagner.

Pats Goal at 6:00. Adam Brooks (19) unassisted.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 18:49. Macoy Erkamps (7) from Braylon Shmyr and Kale Clague.

Wheat Kings Goal at 19:03. Tyler Coulter (7) from Reid Duke and Nolan Patrick.

Wheat Kings EN Goal at 19:38. Jayce Hawryluk (18) from Tyler Coulter.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with assistant coach and assistant GM Dave Struch:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The so called best defence lineup in 4 years sure floundered tonight. Top pairing dash 2 & 3. It's funny how some have to earn their time and others just get it given to them. Until the so called top end players are held responsible for poor play this team will never succeed.