Both teams took time to feel each other out in the opening frame. The Pats generated a pair of great scoring chances. Lane Zablocki slipped through defenders before firing a shot just over the top corner. Riley Woods followed that by setting up a Sam Steel tip-play that was turned away by Jordan Papirny. At the other end, Tyler Brown was tested often with his best save coming against Jayce Hawryluk on a cross-ice play. With twenty minutes in the books neither team found the back of the net.
The Pats came out strong in the second, controlling the play early on, but couldn't find a way to beat Papirny. Jayce Hawryluk continued his scoring ways against the Pats, knocking in a Mitch Wheaton rebound to open the scoring 6:44 in. The Florida Panthers prospect struck again when he tipped a Wheaton shot past Brown for a 2-0 Brandon lead before the midway point of the period. Tyler Brown was the best Pat on the ice, making 22 saves in the period for a two period total of 34 stops.
The third frame saw the Wheat Kings extend their lead when Jayce Hawryluk rolled in on a two-on-one, kept, and netted his third of the night. The Pats best chance to get back into the contest came when Cole Sanford was awarded a penalty shot, but Jordan Papirny came up with a glove stop. The Pats couldn't find a way to generate a goal on the night, falling by the 3-0 score. Papirny made 17 saves for the shutout.
The Pats open the playoffs in either Lethbridge or Prince Albert, dates still to be determined. Playoff tickets for Games Three and Four (dates TBD) are available Monday, March 21 at noon through reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office.
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club begins the 2016 Western Hockey League Playoffs against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, March 25 in Lethbridge. Game Three, the Pats’ first home date, takes place Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Please see below for the complete schedule of games.
Regina @ Lethbridge, Friday, March 25
Regina @ Lethbridge, Saturday, March 26
Lethbridge @ Regina, Tuesday, March 29
Lethbridge @ Regina, Wednesday, March 30
* Regina @ Lethbridge, Friday, April 1
* Lethbridge @ Regina, Tuesday, April 5
* Regina @ Lethbridge, Wednesday, April 6
Individual playoff tickets for Games Three and Four go on sale Monday, March 21 at 12:00 pm. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office. Safeway Fun Zone tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, March 22 for $15 at Regina Safeway locations.