Saturday, March 15, 2014

Regular Season Comes to a Close in Brandon


March 15, 2014 -  Taken from the Regina Pats Web Site:


The Regina Pats (39-25-4-3) and Brandon Wheat Kings (33-29-6-3) close out the 2013-14 Regular Season tonight in Brandon with the back half of their home and home set.  The Pats hold a 3-2-1-0 record against the Wheat Kings this season.  Last night’s meeting saw the Wheat Kings come back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime at the Brandt Centre.  Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats into tonight’s matchup with eleven points (4G, 7A) against Brandon this year.  Peter Quenneville had a three point night in Regina yesterday and has eleven points (4G, 7A) in six games against the Pats.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:05 p.m. CST

Lead Up: Pats Stumble in 4-3 OT Loss to Brandon

The Pats played a nearly perfect third period holding onto their 3-2 lead.  The final two minutes wasn’t as clean as some mistakes opened the door for the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The visitors, desperate for a point, emptied their net and Peter Quenneville found the tying goal with just over thirty seconds remaining in regulation.  Granted a powerplay in overtime, the Wheat Kings didn’t pass on the opportunity.  Eric Roy pounded home the winner to send Brandon home happy.

East Division Regular Season Champions

Despite a tough loss last night, the Pats’ consolation prize was a single point that granted them the 2013-14 East Division crown.  It’s the first division pennant captured by the team since the 2007-08 season.

Award Winners

The Pats handed out their annual end of year awards last night in Regina.  Over-age forward Dyson Stevenson took the top honours as Player of the Year, Most Community Minded and Most Popular Player awards.  Stevenson set career highs in every category this season and leads the Pats with 38 goals.  Kyle Burroughs won the Top Defenceman Award for the second year in a row, taking my dad's trophy, "Charlie Johnston", while Griffin Mumby was the Scholastic Player of the Year.  Morgan Klimchuk won the Most Sportsmanlike Award, Boston Leier captured the Molson Cup Three Stars title and was named the Pats’ Unsung Hero.  Dmitry Sinitsyn rounded out the award winners as he was named the Pats’ Rookie of the Year.   

Final Regular Season Game

The Pats feature three over-age players who see their WHL Regular Season careers come to a close tonight.  Forward Boston Leier comes into his 259th WHL game with 165 points (67G, 98A).   

Wheat Kings score five unanswered goals en route to 6-3 season-ending win over Pats.

First Period:

After clinching the 2013-14 East Division title last night, but falling 4-3 in overtime to the Wheat Kings, the Pats were looking to rebound in Brandon.  They got off to a good start with Dmitry Sinitsyn blowing a wrist shot by Jordan Papirny to open the scoring three and a half minutes into the game.  Just seconds later, Boston Leier set up Connor Gay to move in and score to give the Pats an early cushion.  The Wheat Kings, needing points to assure their playoff spot, responded quickly.  Applying pressure, the Brandon forwards created a turnover along the boards and Richard Nejezchleb set up Peter Quenneville to cut into the Pats’ lead.  The Wheat Kings completed the early comeback late in the period as Ryan Pilon’s slap shot from the blue line was headed well wide, but hit the eldest Quenneville brother in front and bounced into the goal for his second of the game and a 2-2 score after one.

Second Period:

The Blue and White came out buzzing early in the second period looking for the go-ahead goal, but wouldn’t be able to find the back of the net.  That proved costly as Rene Hunter’s point shot was tipped by 15-year old Nolan Patrick through Dawson MacAuley and to the back of the net for the rookie’s first career WHL goal.  Shortly after, the Pats found themselves on the penalty kill and the Wheat Kings powerplay struck on a booming shot from Captain Ryan Pulock to make it a two goal game.  The Pats lifted starter Dawson MacAuley, giving Tyler Fuhr his first action between the pipes for the Pats.  The hosts weren’t done there as a Pats giveaway at the tail end of their first powerplay of the game turned around into a Brandon two on one.  John Quenneville set up his brother, Peter, for the hat-trick goal and a 5-2 Wheat Kings lead through two periods.

Third Period:

The Pats needed a big period to get back in the game, but the Wheat Kings would make things difficult playing a conservative game in the period.  The Pats did get one as Boston Leier hit his second post of the game, continuing his frustrations, but his follow-up centering pass was inadvertently tipped in by Eric Roy to bring the Pats within two.  The Blue and White headed to the powerplay in the late stages and attempted to close the gap by pulling the goaltender with plenty of time left.  The attempt didn’t work as Wheat Kings over-age forward Jens Meilleur scored his final Regular Season goal into the empty net to leave the score at a 6-3 count.  With the win, the Wheat Kings clinched a playoff spot and could very well be the Pats’ first round playoff matchup.

Three Stars
1. Peter Quenneville – 3G
Regina: 16-6-16-38
Regina: 1/4
2. Ryan Pulock – 1G, 2A
Brandon: 15-11-6-32
Brandon: 1/2

3. Nolan Patrick – 1G

Next Game:  Game One Play-offs– Saturday, March 22nd – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM) against the same team - Brandon

Regina Pats will have to play much better then they have in the last several games. Wheat Kings winning the last two games does not look good for the Pats.