Saturday, March 22, 2014

Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings

Open Play-off Series in Regina


March 22, 2014 - Taken from the Regina Pats web site:

After a week off, it's time to Rock the Red at the Brandt Centre tonight

In total, the Pats have 99 games of playoff experience spread out among 10 players — with 15 others who’ve never made a post-season appearance. The Wheat Kings are even less playoff tested, with 67 combined games between eight players. While the coaches is a bit different, Brandon's Kelly McCrimmon has 92 play-off games while Regina Pats' Malcolm Cameron, it will be his first.


The Regina Pats (39-26-4-3) and Brandon Wheat Kings (34-29-6-3) meet for the third time in a row to begin the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.  The Pats finished the season 1st in the East Division and were 3-3-2-0 against the Wheat Kings who sit in the 7th seed.  Their previous two meetings saw Brandon steal a win in Regina and roll to a playoff clinching victory the next night.  Chandler Stephenson led the Pats in the Regular Season with eleven points (4G, 7A) in eight games against Brandon.  Peter Quenneville led all skaters with 15 points (7G, 8A) in seven games of the season series and scored five goals in the final two games.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:00 p.m.   

Rock the Red

The Pats announced their playoff theme this week and are encouraging fans to “Rock the Red” and wear red to home games throughout the playoffs.  Lucky fans at both home games this weekend will receive a Pats noisemaker they can bring with them to both games.

Lead Up: Pats End Regular Season with 6-3 Loss to Brandon

The Pats jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Dmitry Sinitsyn and Connor Gay, but the Wheat Kings responded with five unanswered goals through the first and second period.  The final frame saw the Pats get back within two when Boston Leier’s centering pass deflected into the net, but Brandon would ice the game on an empty net goal for the 6-3 win.   

All-Star Nomination

Chandler Stephenson led the Pats in scoring with 89 points (30G, 59A) and was recognized for his efforts this season as Stephenson was named an Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star. Stephenson led the WHL with 8 shorthanded goals.  

Up in the 30’s

The Pats come into the playoffs featuring four thirty goal scorers from the Regular Season.  Dyson Stevenson led the way with 38, Boston Leier scored 33 while Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson both had 30 to their name.   

Playoff (In)Experience

It’s uncharted territory for many players on both sides of this series.  The Pats come in with 13 players yet to touch the ice in the WHL Playoffs while the Wheat Kings feature 16 who have yet to see their first playoff action.  Boston Leier leads the Pats with 30 playoff games to his name followed closely by Jesse Zgraggen with 26.

Who to Watch on Brandon

The Wheat Kings get their top scorer back to start the playoffs.  Jayce Hawryluk had been serving a four game suspension to wrap up the Regular Season.  Hawryluk finished the season with 64 points (24G, 40A) in 59 games.  

Upcoming Games

Game Two vs. Brandon – Sunday, March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)  
Game Three at Brandon – Wednesday, March 26th, 6:00 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)  
Game Four at Brandon – Friday, March 28th, 6:30 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)