Monday, 5 December 2011

Hewitt, Pats Blank Wheat Kings

Matt Hewitt
Matt Hewitt stopped 33 shots to lead the Regina Pats to a 2-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday night.

Dominick Volek and Jordan Weal scored the goals for the Pats, who won in Brandon for the first time since December 27, 2008.

Both Regina goals came off unfortunate bounces.

Volek jumped on a loose puck and buried it into an empty Brandon net 9:27 into the first period after a dump-in came off the end boards and right to the edge of the crease, catching Brandon netminder Corbin Boes behind the goal.

Weal's goal late in the second period came after a flip out from Regina's zone bounced off Jordan Fransoo's helmet and right to Chandler Stephenson, who fed a perfect pass to Weal at the front of the net on a 3-on-1.

Weal was initially stopped by Boes, but buried the rebound into the top half of the net to give the Pats a two-goal cushion.

"Whether we took them lightly or didn't respect them, I'm not exactly sure, but we didn't have the jump we've had the last couple of games," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We didn't have the intensitythat we needed to have to get the bounces to go your way."

Boes made 29 saves for Brandon in a second straight solid outing after some struggles in late November.

"I guess you could say I was a little bit too relaxed in the game. Looking at some video, I just wasn't myself and, obviously, the mental part plays a big part in those type of games," said Boes, "I just really had work on focusing in a full 60 minutes and its been paying off here the last couple of games."

The loss end Brandon's two-game winning streak, with the victories over Vancouver and Red Deer coming on home ice earlier in the week.

"We played two very solid games this week against Vancouver and Red Deer, but not the effort we were looking for tonight," said Boes, "Still four out of six points this week and we'll just have a good, hard week of practice before we head out on our road trip to Alberta."

The loss also prevented the Wheat Kings from moving into top spot in the Western Hockey League's East Division.

The club remains one point behind co-leaders Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, who both lost on Sunday night.

Chaff...former Wheat King Liam Liston stopped 38 shots in leading Lethbridge past Spokane 1-0 Sunday night...the Prince George Cougars have sent Winnipeg product Charles Inglis home for breaking 'team and league' rules...the Calgary Hitmen collected 25,303 stuffed animals at their Teddy Bear Toss Sunday, the second most in franchise history. There's been no official word on the number of items collected at Brandon's Teddy Bear, Toque and Mitt toss on Friday.

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