Friday, March 14, 2014

  Regina Pats Clinch East Division Title

As they lost to Brandon in Overtime 4-3

on Fan Appreciation Night 

From Regina Pats Web Site: 

 A Pats win over Brandon tonight would clinch Regina the East Division Regular Season title.


The Regina Pats (39-25-3-3) and the Brandon Wheat Kings (32-29-6-3) go head-to-head to finish up the WHL’s Regular Season with a home and home set beginning tonight in Regina.  It’s the seventh meeting of the season between the inter-provincial rivals with the Pats holding a 3-2-1-0 record against the Wheat Kings.  Their last dust up saw the Pats triumph over an injury depleted Wheat Kings squad with Daniel Wapple picking up the shutout in a 4-0 win.  Dyson Stevenson and Chandler Stephenson lead the Pats with nine points each in six games.  Richard Nejezchleb and Peter Quenneville are the top Wheat Kings in the season series, both featuring eight points versus Regina.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats got back in the win column to position themselves just one win away from the East Division title while the Wheat Kings picked up a pivotal 8-5 win over Saskatoon to keep themselves in the playoff picture.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m. CST.

620 CKRM Fan Appreciation Night and 2013-14 Player Awards

It’s a night where the Pats say “thank you” to our fans.  Great prizes are up for grabs all night, highlighted by an Elimination Shootout for an Arctic Spa courtesy Sunset Bay Leisure, a shoot-to-win for an RV courtesy of Traveland RV and 620 CKRM will give away $1,000 to a fan in attendance.  

The Pats will also present their 2013-14 Player Awards at tonight’s game including their Player of the Year, Defenceman of the Year, Rookie of the Year and many more.

Shorthanded Snipers

Chandler Stephenson scored his 8th shorthanded goal of the season against Prince Albert Wednesday.  That’s more than any Pats player at least 18 years.  Morgan Klimchuk followed him by scoring his 5th shorthanded tally of the season.  Their combined 13 gives Stephenson and Klimchuk more shorthanded goals than all but three teams in the WHL (excluding the Pats).  Regina leads the league with 17 shorthanded goals overall.  By the way the record is 31 by Spokane Chiefs in 1990-91 and the most by a player Al Stewart of Prince Albert in 1983-84 with 14.

Game Summary:

By Colton Hordichuk

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats (39-25-4-3) played their last home game of the 2013-2014 Western Hockey League regular season against the Brandon Wheat Kings (33-29-6-3) on Friday evening. If the Blue and White picked up one point in the contest, they would clinch the East Division and secure themselves a second place finish in the Eastern Conference.

In the Wheat Kings’ zone, Pats forward Patrick D’Amico slid awkwardly into the boards. It took the forward some time to get up, but he eventually made to the bench and remained in the game. Dryden Hunt put one in the back of the net on a sharp angle to open the scoring. Hunt’s 21st of the season was set up by Carter Hansen and Chandler Stephenson. Ryan Pilon lined up Braden Christoffer, but the Pats forward stood up the Wheat Kings’ defenseman and dropped him to the ice, igniting the Brandt Centre crowd.

The Blue and White went on their first man-advantage of the game when Chad Robinson was called for holding at 7:20. With 10 seconds left in the Pats’ power play, Dmitry Sinitsyn let go a howitzer from the point and put the home team ahead by two. Peter Quenneville responded for the visitors, cutting the Pats lead in half.

Richard Nejezchleb was assessed a slashing minor with just over two minutes left in the stanza. The Pats’ Connor Gay wired the puck home on the power play to put the home team up 3-1 at the end of 20 minutes.

The two teams traded off power plays in the second with the Wheat Kings cashing in on their opportunity courtesy of Nejezchleb. Wheat Kings forward Ryley Lindgren sat for kneeing at 12:44 of the stanza. On the power play, Boston Leier had an excellent scoring chance from the slot but Jordan Papirny flashed the leather and robbed the forward. Lindgren returned to the ice to bring his team back to even strength, and that was all she wrote for the second frame. After two, the Pats led the Wheat Kings, 3-2.

Throughout the first half of the final frame, the goaltenders stole the show. At the midway point, the Pats’ Dawson MacAuley made five saves while Papirny denied four shots. With 1:28 left in the game, the Wheat Kings pulled Papirny for the extra attacker, and Quenneville scored the tying goal to force overtime.

In overtime, the Pats had a pair of two-on-one chances to close out the game, but they couldn’t solve the Wheat Kings’ goaltender. To the displeasure of the crowd, Stephenson was given the gate for tripping at 1:51 of the extra frame. Twenty-seven seconds later, Eric Roy scored the game winning goal to lift the Wheat Kings to a 4-3 win over the Pats.