Saturday, March 19, 2016


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The Regina Pats wrapped up their regular season in Brandon on Saturday against the Wheat Kings. The Pats were riding a five game winning streak heading into the contest while the Wheat Kings had won 8 in a row. The Pats most recent win came on Friday night, 5-4 in overtime against Swift Current while the Wheat Kings beat Moose Jaw 6-2. With those two results the Pats jumped into third place in the East Division, one point ahead of the Warriors. The Pats need a win or a Moose Jaw loss to finish in third and play Prince Albert in the first round of the playoffs. The Wheat Kings are locked into first in the Eastern Conference and will play either Edmonton or Medicine Hat in the first round. The Pats took a 2-5-0-0 record into Saturday's 8th meeting of the season between the two clubs. Adam Berg was not available to the Pats on Saturday, he received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a check to the head on Friday night. He has been suspended by the league for a length that is yet to be determined. Here are the lineup's with the starters highlighted.



Wheat Kings



Pats scratches - Berg, Pouteau and Schioler.
Wheat Kings scratches - Lewis, Coulter and Thomson.

The first period got off to a slower start with both teams feeling each other out. The neutral zone was hard to win and the shots on goal were limited. The two clubs did have some good scoring chances however, Sam Steel was robbed by the right pad of Jordan Papirny on a 2 on 1 rush and the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk was also denied by the Pats Tyler Brown off a rebound from the left side. Brandon got the games first powerplay with 1:33 left in the frame but the Pats killed it off and the game was scoreless through 20 minutes. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 12-4 in the period.

In the second the Pats got a great chance to open the scoring when Cole Sanford cut in front from below the goal line but Papirny made a real nice pad save. The Wheat Kings then did get the games first goal when Jayce Hawryluk put home a rebound for his 45th from Mitch Wheaton and Tanner Kaspick at 6:44 and it was 1-0. Then just as a Wheat King powerplay expired Jayce Hawryluk tipped in his second of the night and 4th at 9:35. Mitch Wheaton and Nolan Patrick the helpers and it was 2-0. That was the score through 40 minutes with Tyler Brown playing fantastic in the Pats goal making 22 saves in the period. The Wheat Kings outshot the Pats 24-4 in the frame and led 36-8 overall.

In the third the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk completed his hattrick at 8:29 with his 47th from Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague and it was 3-0. The Wheat Kings stymied the Pats offense for the entire period. The best Regina chance came when Cole Sanford was awarded a penalty shot but Jordan Papirny stopped him with the glove. The Wheat Kings ended up shuting out the Pats 3-0 for their 9th straight to close out the regular season and snapped the Pats 5 game winning streak.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 1 in the loss and the penalty kill was 7 for 7.

Adam Brooks was held pointless on Saturday but still becomes the first Regina Pat to win the WHL scoring race since Dale Derkatch in 1982-83. Brooks finished the year with 120 points. 

The Pats will begin round one of the playoffs on Friday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period


2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 6:44. Jayce Hawryluk (45) from Mitch Wheaton and Tanner Kaspick.

Wheat Kings Goal at 9:35. Jayce Hawryluk (46) from Mitch Wheaton and Nolan Patrick. 

3rd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 8:29. Jayce Hawryluk (47) from Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague.

Here are the radio highlights:

Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch:


Anonymous said...

8 shots over two periods is ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

yea but they played the whratkings who have been murdering everyone lately not just the pats

Anonymous said...

Someone should tell Sam Steel, you either fight when challenged, or run away, but don't spear a guy....

Anonymous said...

I guess they they should only play the weaker teams then so they look better.

Anonymous said...

Brandon has as much or more speed than the Pats
Brandon has more skill up and down the lineup
Brandon is far "bigger" than the Pats, and as a result they won all the battles

When you can't out skate or out skill the other team you have to win by battling along the wall and create chances off the cycle. That's where size comes in. The Pats were trying and that wasn't the problem. It was because our small top six forwards were totally ineffective against a big Brandon team and couldn't win absolutely any battles. When Berg is back he should move onto the #2 line. Tonight they were ineffective all game. There is a reason you need size for the playoffs.

The discipline issue again raised its ugly head again tonight. They wore out their better players killing 14 minutes of pp time. If it continues Lethbridge will make you pay. Lots of work technically and mentally before next weekend.

Anonymous said...

The Sam Steel spear was very mild and barely deserved a penalty. It was a stay away dip shit love tap. If you think that was a real spear then you have never played the game. If it was meant to do damage the guy would still be laying there.

Anonymous said...

Spearing isn't Steel's game and most spears are either 2 or 5, so perhaps he got off lucky and saved at least a one game suspension. I'm sure it was out of frustration of being manhandled all night and not able to get anything going. He and and Sanford took a lot of smacks last night and didn't play well. Those guys aren't built for the tough games. Brown was really the only Pat who showed up and deserved better than what he had in front of him. Outside of Williams, Hobbs and Freadrich our defence is real bad. Looking forward to playoffs but not expecting much.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen a spear all season until Steel last night. At least Point and Hawryluk settled things the right way Fri night, Steel needs to learn to back away or fight, not spear

Anonymous said...

If a penalty is assessed as spearing it's an automatic 4 minutes. If it's deemed a major because of severity or injury then it's 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Interesting end to the game as some of the Pats were chirping the Wheaties as they celebrated with Papirny. Smith and Macklin in particular. The Wheaties just laughed and started moving toward them and the refs pushed the pats off the ice before a brawl broke out. Also interesting to see Williams try and start something with Patrick all night, not sure what that was all about. And at the end when Steel tried to spear Hawryluk, Kaspick was incensed with Steel, Patrick stood at center ice in front of the Pats bench showing them the spearing motion, could get interesting in a playoff series if both teams can make it to the third round.....after the game JP basically says his players looked like they were intimidated by Bdn, don't very often hear a coach admit that. And strange, because Regina likely have the tougher team overall