Saturday, February 13, 2016


The Regina Pats returned to home ice on Saturday to take on the East Division leading Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats were coming off a 3-2 loss in Prince Albert on Friday while the Wheat Kings beat up on the Saskatoon Blades 7-1. The Pats entered the night with a 1-4-0-0 record against Brandon in the season series, the Wheat Kings had won two in a row over Regina. Adam Brooks carried a five game point streak into the contest with 11 assists in that stretch while the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk also had a 5 game streak going with 5 goals and 11 assists over that stretch. The Pats entered the night 9 points back of the Moose Jaw Warriors for 3rd in the East Division with three games in hand and were 9 points ahead of the Swift Current Broncos who were the closest team outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings meanwhile led the East Division by 6 points over the Prince Albert Raiders and were 4 points back of Lethbridge for the number one spot in the conference. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Wheat Kings



Pats scratches - Williams, Berg and Pouteau.
Wheat Kings scratches - Gutenberg, McCorrister, Duke and Matsuba. 

In the first period the Pats scored seconds after the opening face off. Austin Wagner fed Lane Zablocki on the left wing and he got the puck ahead to Adam Brooks on a breakaway and he scored his 28th of the year at 0:22 to give the Pats the 1-0 lead. That snapped a 7 game goalless streak for Adam Brooks. The Pats got into penalty trouble after that including going down two men for 1:01 but the penalty kill came up huge including Tyler Brown who was fantastic. The Pats PK went 4 for 4 in the opening frame. The Wheat Kings threw everything at the Pats goal and hit two posts but the Pats held on for the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Brandon led on the shot clock 15-4 in the period.

In the second frame the Pats got two straight powerplays in the early going but did not manage to score. They did start to carry the play however and generated some good scoring chances but Jordan Papirny was sharp in the Wheat Kings goal. Brandon did get the game even at the 9:23 mark however when Tyler Coulter finished off a scramble play in front for his 15th from Jayce Hawryluk and Nolan Patrick and it was 1-1. The Pats responded on the very next shift, 33 seconds later. Riley Woods tipped in a Jared Freadrich point shot for his 6th of the year at 9:57 and it was 2-1 Regina. That was how the game stayed after 40 minutes. The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 14-5 in the period but trailed 20-18 overall.

In the third the Pats got it to 3-1 at the 2:21 mark. Cole Sanford snapped home his 27th from the slot with assists to Sam Steel and Seam Richards. The Wheat Kings got the game back to within 1 at 13:07 when Nolan Patrick scored on a rebound for his 28th with assists to Jayce Hawryluk and Macoy Erkamps and it was 3-2. The Pats responded quickly again, just 32 seconds later Cole Sanford scored his second of the night and 28th of the year with assists to Sam Steel and Sean Richards and it was 4-2. The Pats added another at 14:48 when Rykr Cole shot one off the far post and in from the right circle. His 8th from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner to make it 5-2 and that was the final score. The shots on goal were 12-12 in the period with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 32-30 overall.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 5 in the game and the penalty kill was 5 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who had a goal and an assist. The second star to Regina's Tyler Brown who made 32 saves and the first star to Cole Sanford who had two goals in the win. 

The Pats are back in action on Monday in Swift Current with a 2 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 0:22. Adam Brooks (28) from Lane Zablocki and Austin Wagner. 

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 9:23. Tyler Coulter (15) from Jayce Hawryluk and Nolan Patrick.

Pats Goal at 9:57. Riley Woods (6) from Jared Freadrich. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 2:21. Cole Sanford (27) from Sam Steel and Sean Richards.

Wheat Kings Goal at 13:07. Nolan Patrick (28) from Jayce Hawryluk and Macoy Erkamps.

Pats Goal at 13:39. Cole Sanford (28) from Sam Steel and Sean Richards.

Pats Goal at 14:48. Rykr Cole (8) from Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock:

Post game interview with defenceman Connor Hobbs:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome victory - Pats seem to be building towards a great play-off run lead by the outstanding Adam Brooks!