The Pats and Wheat Kings haven’t faced off since the opening weekend of the WHL season and the first period took on the look of a feeling out period. Either team could gain solid control of the flow of play. The Pats did see some good scoring opportunities from their fourth line. Connor Gay had a chance right in front, only to be turned away by Corbin Boes. Later in the frame, Gay would steal the puck and move in on Boes all alone, but fired the puck just wide. Both teams had a powerplay chance, but neither could capitalize with the Wheat Kings carrying over 49 seconds of powerplay time into the second period with the score tied at zero.
The second period saw some pucks find the back of the net as the Wheat Kings took advantage of the powerplay time they had remaining. Eric Roy found Tim McGauley out in front of the goal who slipped the puck under Matt Hewitt to give Brandon the lead. The Pats found themselves back on their heels, looking like a team playing their third in as many nights. They would start to turn things around, though, after killing off a Luke Fenske interference minor, Regina showed more jump and the pressure shifted on to the Wheat Kings. The Pats would draw a pair of penalties and use the advantage to square the contest. After the 5/3 advantage expired, Lane Scheidl snapped the puck from the faceoff circle and into the net off the post to tie the game. Scheidl’s 22nd of the season sent the teams to the third tied 1-1.
The Pats carried over some powerplay time into the third period, but couldn’t find a second marker with the man advantage. Momentum continued to sit in the Pats favour, and the fourth line would once again help them into the goal column. After some strong work down low, the puck came to Colton Jobke on the point. The Pats captain snapped a wrist shot towards the Brandon net and it got by Boes with Patrick D’Amico setting the screen in front. The Pats continued to press, but the Wheat Kings would head to the powerplay with a chance to tie late in the contest. The penalty kill maintained the Pats lead with some help from Matt Hewitt as he made a clutch blocker save off a Ryan Pulock point blast. The Pats sealed the game when, with the Brandon net empty, Scheidl found Klimchuk out in front of the open cage to make it 3-1 Pats. The Pats now sit on a five game winning streak, moving up into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
|1. Matt Hewitt – 25 Svs||Regina: 9-10-15-34
||Regina – 1/5|
|2. Colton Jobke – GWG||Brandon: 5-13-8-26||Brandon – 1/3|
|3. Corbin Boes – 31 Svs|
Next Game: at Prince Albert – Wednesday, January 9th – 7 p.m. (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs Calgary – Friday, January 11th – 7 p.m. (CKRM/Access 7)