Wednesday, March 26, 2014


The Regina Pats were on the road for game three on Wednesday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Brandon won games one and two in Regina by a combined score of 14-7. The Pats were looking for a bounce back effort on the road and get within one in the series. The Pats got some help as goaltender Daniel Wapple returned from injury and got his first start of the series. The Wheat Kings saw Eric Roy and Peter Quenneville return after missing game two in Regina. The Pats were looking to tighten up defensively and play a more disciplined game after giving up 14 powerplays to the Wheat Kings. The Pats scratches on Wednesday were Dawson MacAuley, Tye Hand, Rylee Zimmer, Austin Wagner, Chase Harrison, Sam Steel and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Wheat Kings would open the scoring at 5:29 as Jesse Gabrielle snapped home his 2nd of the series from John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk and it was 1-0 Brandon. The Pats would tie it up less than two minutes later as Jesse Zgraggen tipped a point shot for his 1st from Logan McVeigh and Dyson Stevenson at 7:17 and it was 1-1. The Pats would kill off their first penalty and then got one of their own. On it A great passing play resulted in Dryden Hunt putting home his 3rd of the playoffs from Connor Gay and Morgan Klimchuk at 12:10 and it was 2-1. Then 30 seconds later the Pats went up 3-1 as Carter Hansen put his 1st passed Papirny at 12:40. Braden Christoffer and Patrick D'Amico the assists. The Pats werent done there as on another poweprlay Dryden Hunt would score his second of the game and 4th of the series at 13:55. Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson the assists and it was 4-1. The Wheat Kings would get within 2 at the 15:39 mark as Jayce Hawryluk skated in on a partial breakaway and beat Wapple on the far side for his 2nd from Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter and it was 4-2. Then with 1:59 left in the period Jayce Hawryluk would get his second of the game as Jesse Zgragen was forced to head to the bench after losing his helmet and Hawryluk was left all alone and scored his 3rd from Jesse Gabrielle and John Quenneville and the Pats lead was 4-3. That's how the first would end with the Pats leading the shots on goal 14-10.

In the second the Pats kept pushing and had a number of good chances to score. The Wheat Kings would get an early powerplay which the Pats would kill off. Then the Pats got a man advantage of their own but on it a puck got passed Boston Leier a the line and slid back into the Pats zone. Chad Robinson got to it first in the left corner and fired a pass in front that bounced off the sliding Boston Leier and passed Daniel Wapple to tie the game at 4's. Robinson credited with his second of the playoffs with assists to Taylor Green and Colton Waltz at 3:19 and it was 4-4. The Pats would bounce back well from that goal and continued to carry the play but the Wheat Kings did a good job of blocking shots and kept the Pats off the board. Regina would get another powerplay in the frame but were unable to score and the period ended tied at 4's. The Pats outshot Brandon 12-10 in the period and led overall 26-20.

In the third the complexion of the game changed as both teams played a tighter and less risky game. They went back and forth with dump ins and clears. Neither team would get another man advantage. With less than five minutes left the Wheat Kings would take the lead as Jayce Hawryluk would finish his hattrick on a back door play for his 4th of the post season at 15:10. John Quenneville and Eric Roy the assists and it was 5-4. The Pats would pull Wapple late but were unable to find the tieing goal and dropped their third straight game in the series and will face elimination on Friday night in game 4. The Pats outshot Brandon 7-5 in the third and 33-25 overall.

The Pats powerplay went 2 for 4 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 2.

The third tar of the game went to the Wheat Kings John Quenneville who had two assists including one on the game winner. The second star to the Pats Dryden Hunt who scored twice on the powerplay in the first and the first star to Brandon's Jayce Hawryluk who scored the game winner, a hattrick and added an assist.

Game four is Friday at the Westman Place in Brandon with a 6:30 puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Scorime Summary

1st Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 5:29. Jesse Gabrielle (2nd) from John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk.

Pats Goal at 7:17. Jesse Zgraggen (1st) from Logan McVeigh and Dyson Stevenson.

Pats PP Goal at 12:10. Dryden Hunt (3rd) from Connor Gay and Morgan Klimchuk.

Pats Goal at 12:40. Carter Hansen (1st) from Braden Christoffer and Patrick D'Amico.

Pats PP Goal at 13:55. Dryden Hunt (4th) from Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson.

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:39. Jayce Hawryluk (2nd) from Rihards Bukarts and Rene Hunter.

Wheat Kings Goal at 18:01. Jayce Hawryluk (3r) from Jesse Gabrielle and John Quenneville.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal SH. Chad Robinson (2nd) from Taylor Green and Colton Waltz.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:10. Jayce Hawryluk (4th) from John Quenneville and Eric Roy.


Anonymous said...

Wapple played a good game but he is clearly hurting and not ready to play. This should have been a fuhr start.

Anonymous said...

..obviously Lang didn't put together as good a team as he thought... obviously Cameron didn't know how to teach them to play defence...obviously 60 minute efforts are dirty words around this organization...still much to fix...

Scott Shiek said...

I really don't care if we lose this next game anymore. This team has showed very little heart in the playoffs. I wasn't expecting this series to be an easy win to begin with I really thought it was going 6 or 7 games with either team coming out on top, but the piss poor efforts we gave at home is really a huge slap in the face to our season ticket holders who have supported this team all season long.

Yes we were missing our starting goaltender which imo is more key then missing your top scorer. This franchise still needs to be taught how to win so many losing seasons over and over again it doesn't change in 1 season.

On the flip side I will say that our 18yr olds have been having solid playoffs though. Hunt has been our best player by far both in compete level and on the score sheet, Gay is our next best player, he even wants to go to the dirty areas more which maybe our top players should start doing a lot more.

The terrible playoff that Stephenson is having (doesn't look to be interested at all) could very well end up with no contract from WSH & find himself back in junior next season trying to find himself a contract from another team. Our players just don't seem to get it, pro teams want winners not players that just do enough to win the odd hockey game.

Im not 1 to look too far into the +/- stat but who would of thought Krammerer would be our only plus player.

Oh and why in the hell hasn't Zimmer player yet? Hes played 2 games since March 1st sure he didn't have any points but the kid does a lot of good things on the ice

Anonymous said...

Scott captures a lot of the frustration that most Pats fans feel. We have had veteran guys simply not show up. Even if some things are not working for you, you shouldn't quit working! Stephenson isn't the only one. Leier, McVeigh, Williams, Zagraggen and a few more have been close to invisible except in the -(minus) category. Williams -5..really.

The pennant means little to anyone since good organizations are defined by playoff success. We wanted to be positive but heaven knows history should have prepared us for what we are about to receive.

This repeated futility cannot be allowed to continue unabated indefinitely. There needs to be substantial shift in direction which could include ownership, management, coaching etc. Something needs to change.

We can't continue to look over the scraps of the previous season, add a couple new guys, and then give up a bunch of draft picks to add 5 or 6 castoffs. All just to try and have a shot at a playoff spot. Excellence isn't built that way.

We've been schooled by a young team with a decent young goalie, a talented young defence, and a motivated group of young forwards. Of course nothing we have can touch McCrimmon in the coaching game.

It may be too simplistic to put so much of this on the players. Organizations operate top-down. The fact still remains that the performance in these playoffs feel like a cruel hoax has bee perpetrated on the fan base.