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Southland Mall Recap: Pats drop tight one to Brandon Monday

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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.

Scoring Summary
First Period
NO SCORE

Second Period
Brandon – Ben McCartney (21) from Rylan Thiessen – 5:29.

Third Period
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)

Powerplays
Regina 0/5                      Brandon 0/1

Quick Hits
– 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.

What’s Next?
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.

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