Pats Open New Season With Loss
September 21, 2012
Pats fall 3-2 in Regular Season opener
|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Chicoutimi Sagueneens||Drummondville Voltigeurs|
|Gatineau Olympiques||Halifax Mooseheads|
|Moncton Wildcats||PEI Rocket|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
Pats 2 - Wheat Kings 3
Puck drop was a touch late tonight with the Wheat Kings going through their home opener pre-game ceremonies. The Pats jumped out of the gate quickly with a solid shot advantage, but it would be the Wheaties who would strike first. Quintin Lisoway blocked a Cole Hamblin shot and sent Taylor Cooper off on a breakaway. His wrister beat Matt Hewitt giving Brandon the early lead. The Pats would strike back on the powerplay as Morgan Klimchuk jammed home an Emil Sylvegard shot. The tie wouldn’t last as the Wheat Kings went to work on a 5-on-3 powerplay and defenceman Eric Roy snapped in a wrist from the point to give Brandon a 2-1 lead heading to the break.
The even contest continued in the second period as the teams entered tied with 12 shots a side, and left the middle frame tied in that regard 22-22. Dyson Stevenson and the Pats powerplay made sure the Pats left the second tied at two as the Pats capitalized for the second time with the man advantage. Keeping on the theme of two’s, Emil Sylvegard headed to the Third Period with a pair of helpers in the game.
The Wheat Kings jumped back into the lead early on in the third period as they would cash in on their seventh powerplay of the game after a hard shot from Jens Meilleur just squeaked through Matt Hewitt and trickled into the Pats goal. That goal would be all the help Corbin Boes would need as he slammed the door shut on the Pats to seal the victory for the Wheat Kings.
Matt Hewitt was strong between the pipes for the Pats, giving his team a chance to come back when he made a sensational save to keep the Pats within one late in the third.
Special Teams were key in the game as the Pats powerplay went 2/6 on the evening and the Wheat Kings scored twice with the man advantage on seven opportunities.
Next Home Game – Saturday, September 22nd vs. Brandon – 7 p.m.
Home Opener Pre-Game Barbeque starting at 5 p.m. at the Brandt Centre