Sunday, 7 September 2014

Wheat Kings Fall in Regina

  The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League pre-season action Saturday night.

  Sam Steel had two goals and an assist for the Pats while Kale Clague scored the lone goal for Brandon.

  Steel was the second overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and now has six goals and ten points in three pre-season games this year for Regina while Jacob Elmer and Kyle Burroughs scored the other goals for the Pats.

  Jordan Papirny went the distance in net for Brandon and finished with 31 saves while Daniel Wapple stopped 30 shots in playing all 60 minutes for Regina.

  The Wheat Kings didn't overly test Wapple through the course of the contest, and Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon says part of the reason was that their transition game wasn't where it needed to be.

  "We just didn't support the puck well," said McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "A lot of times when we chipped pucks, we didn't recover the puck...we ended up giving the puck back to Regina so some areas to work on there."

  The Wheat Kings and the Pats ended up splitting the pre-season home-and-home series this weekend, with Brandon having won on their home ice 8-6 on Friday night.

  Despite Saturday's loss, there were some improvements for Brandon on Saturday including being more structured in their defensive zone.

  "(Friday) night, it was a fire drill at times and it didn't feel that way tonight at any point," said McCrimmon, "They got some chances and had some shots, for sure, but I didn't feel we were under seige like we were at times in Brandon."

  The Wheat Kings' next pre-season tilt is Friday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

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