The Regina Pats fell 7-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre.
The Pats came out strong in the first, outshooting the Wheat Kings 17-10, but gave up a powerplay goal with less than a second left in the frame and trailed 1-0 at the break. Brandon extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second thanks to Jonny Hooker at 2:34. Austin Pratt responded for the Pats, his third of the season and it was a 2-1 game. The Wheat Kings came back with four unanswered and led 6-1 at the intermission. The Pats got goals from Nick Henry and Scott Mahovlich, both their firsts of the season in the third but fell 7-3.
The Pats were oh for three on the powerplay and the penalty kill went six for eight, while Dean McNabb and Carter Woodside combined to make 27 saves.
The Pats (1-5-0-0) will kick off a three-game Central Division road trip on Wednesday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Brandon – Cole Reinhardt (2) from Stelio Mattheos and Jiri Patera – 19:59 PP.
Brandon – Jonny Hooker (1) unassisted – 2:34.
Regina – Austin Pratt (3) from Nikita Sedov and Parker Gavlas – 3:46.
Brandon – Ben McCartney (1) from Ridly Greig – 7:37.
Brandon – Caiden Daley (1) unassisted – 8:53 SH.
Brandon – Lynden McCallum (1) unassisted – 9:21 SH.
Brandon – Stelio Mattheos (5) from Schael Higson and Connor Gutenberg – 16:48 PP.
Regina – Nick Henry (1) from Riley Krane and Garrett Wright – 1:49.
Brandon – Connor Gutenberg (2) from Caiden Daley and Lynden McCorrister – 8:01.
Regina – Scott Mahovlich (1) from Logan Nijhoff and Jonas Harkins – 14:23.
Shots on Goal
Regina 17-8-15-(40) Brandon 10-15-9-(34)
Regina 0/2 Brandon 2/5
– Garrett Wright picked up his first career assist in the defeat.
– Carter Woodside made his WHL debut in the third and stopped eight of nine shots faced.
– Parker Gavlas picked up an assist in his season debut.
The Pats will kick off a three-game Central Division road trip on Wednesday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Wednesday, October 17 against the Spokane Chiefs. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.