The Regina Pats dropped a tight 2-1 decision at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Monday afternoon at the Brandt Centre.
Brandon outshot Regina 9-6 in the first, but both goaltenders were sharp and it was scoreless after 20 minutes. In the second, the Wheat Kings found the opening goal at 5:29 when Ben McCartney tipped in a point shot and it was 1-0 after two. In the third, Brandon went up 2-0 on a goal from Luka Burzan at 7:11. The Pats got back to within one at 17:19 when Drew Englot jammed in his 12th to make it a 2-1 game. Regina pulled Buskey for the extra attacker late, but Brandon held on for the 2-1 win.
The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 26-24, the powerplay went oh for five, the penalty kill one for one and Donovan Busley made 22 saves.
The Pats (19-29-3-2) are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Brandon – Ben McCartney (21) from Rylan Thiessen – 5:29.
Brandon – Luka Burzan (32) from Vincent Iorio and Cole Reinhardt – 7:11.
Regina – Drew Englot (12) from Austin Pratt and Jake Johnson – 17:19.
Shots on Goal
Regina 6-12-8-(26) Brandon 9-8-7-(24)
Regina 0/5 Brandon 0/1
– Cole Dubinsky played in his 100th career WHL game on Monday afternoon.
– Drew Englot took over the team lead in rookie scoring with his 16th point.
– Jake Johnson recorded his fourth assist of the season in the third period.
The Pats are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway location.