BRANDON DOWNS REGINA PATS 3-2
IN THE WHL LEAGUE OPENER
by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston
Of the first six games of the season, Regina Pats face Brandon Wheat Kings four times. By to-morrow night in Regina I am sure they will be glad they do not have to face them for some time. The Pats took the first pre-season game in Regina at the Cooperators Centre 3-1 and lost the following night in Brandon 5-3.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM at 6:05 pm with the Press Box Sports pre-game show.
Jens Meilleur's powerplay goal at 4:03 of the third period was the winner as the Brandon Wheat Kings kicked off the 2012-13 WHL season with a 3-2 victory over the Regina Pats Friday night at Westman Communications Group Place.
First Period: It was the home team scoring first. Taylor Cooper scoring on a break-a-way at 4:34 as he scored a high wrist shot, assisted by Quinton Lisoway. At the mid point Regina Pats tied the score at 1-1 on a power play goal by Morgan Klimchuk. He tipped in the puck in front of the net, assisted by Emil Sylvegard and Lane Scheidl. Brandon took a 2-1 lead on a 5 on 3 power play, Eric Roy scored from the point at 16:34, assisted by Ryan Purlock and Nick Buonassisi.
Penalties: Brandon - Jason Swyripa (Delay of Game) 0:37; Regina - Luke Fenske (Interference) 5:05; Regina - Brandon Christoffer (High Sticking) 9:23; Brandon - Tyrel Seaman (Tripping) 9:26; Brandon - Alessio Bertraggia (Charging) 9:52; Regina - K. Pilton (Boarding) 14:36; Regina - Lane Scheidl (High Sticking) 16:04
Score: Brandon 2-1; Shots: Regina 12 - Brandon 12
Second Period: The only goal was Regina on a power play. Emil Sylvegard shot on net from the point and Dyson Stevenson scored on the rebound at 5:02, also assisted by Chandler Stephenson.
Penalties: Brandon - Ryley Miller (Elbowing) 3:50; Regina - Chandler Stevenson (Cross Checking) 12:08; Regina - Brandon Underwood (Roughing) 18:27
Score: Regina 2 - Brandon 2; Shots: Regina 10 - Brandon 10
Third Period: Brandon went up 3-2 on a power play goal. A high shot that just trickled over the goal line by Jen Meilleur at 4:03, assisted by Richard Nejezchleb and Nick Buonassisi. Regina Pats had a chance near the end of the game when Brandon took a 4 minute penalty. With one minute remaining pulled Hewitt to have a 2 man advantage, but could not score.
Penalties: Regina - Trent Ouellete (Hooking) 3:23; Brandon - Tim McGauley (Hooking) 11:49; Brandon - Ryley Miller (High Sticking) 4 minutes 16:58
Score: Brandon 3-2; Shots: Brandon 11-7