Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pats - Wheat Kings Game 3 Preview
Quarter-Finals Game #3
Wednesday, March 26th
Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. CST
Brandon Leads Best of Seven Series 2-0
The Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings switch venues as series moves to
Manitoba. The Wheat Kings hold a commanding 2-0 series lead after dominant showings in Regina. Game Two saw Brandon take an 8-4 win from Regina after the Pats opened the scoring early in the first. Connor Gay leads the Pats with four points (2G, 2A) in the first two games of the series. Ryan Pulock is the top Wheat King with four points (2G, 2A) of his own in Regina. On the special teams front, the Pats are 1/6 (16.7%) on the powerplay while the Wheat Kings are 3/14 (21.4%) with the man advantage in the series. This evening's game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 5:35 p.m.
Game Two Recap
Connor Gay opened the scoring early in the first period and the Pats looked to be back on track in the early going, leading 5-0 on the shot clock. Things turned in a hurry as the Wheat Kings found the back of the net twice in the frame to lead after the first. The second period saw Brandon outscore Regina 5-1 with Morgan Klimchuk scoring the lone Pats marker shorthanded. The Blue and White made a push in the final frame with Dryden Hunt and Boston Leier scoring to cut into the deficit, but Tim McGauley halted any hope of a miraculous comeback with a late powerplay marker in the 8-4 loss.
Finding the Back of the Net
Connor Gay continues to be the hottest goal-scorer in the Pats' lineup. The Saskatoon, SK product has goals in each of his last five games going back to the Regular Season with six goals over that span. He leads the Pats with four points in his first WHL post-season.
The Pats added two more names to the list of players earning their first points in the WHL Playoffs. Both Carter Hansen and Adam Brooks picked up assists on Dryden Hunt's goal Sunday night.
The Pats' playoff survival depends on picking up a win or two on the road this week. The Blue and White featured the best road record in the East Division going 17-17-1-1 on the season.
Who to Watch on Brandon
Wheat Kings Captain Ryan Pulock has made it extremely difficult for the Pats to get going in the offensive zone. His solid defensive play is matched by his offensive numbers as the New York Islanders prospect leads Brandon in scoring with four points (2G, 2A) in the first two games. Pulock was named the Denny's WHL Player of the Week for his efforts.
Game Four at Brandon - Friday, March 28th, 6:30 p.m. CST - Westman Place (CKRM)
Game Five vs. Brandon - Saturday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. CST - Brandt Centre (CKRM)*
Game Six at Brandon - Monday, March 31st, 6:00 p.m. CST - Credit Union Place (CKRM)*
6 - Morgan Klimchuk is on a seven game point streak (reg. season/playoffs) with 8 points (4G, 4A)
5 - Connor Gay is on a five game goal streak with six goals (6G)
Daniel FinkDirector of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club