|Peter Quenneville scored both Brandon goals Wednesday|
Sam Steel scored twice for the Pats including an empty-net goal while Pavel Padakin had a goal and an assist for Regina.
It was a game that the Wheat Kings didn’t ever seem to get into the energy or pace they needed to on a consistent basis.
“We had it in spurts at times in the third period better than the first and the second,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Seven shots in the first, ten in the second but passed up a lot of shots, didn’t sustain pressure the way that we can or that we needed to.”
Peter Quenneville scored both goals for the Wheat Kings to snap his seven-game goalless drought while Jordan Papirny made 37 saves in the Brandon net.
The Wheat Kings were also impacted in the second period by rookie blueliner Mark Matsuba leaving the game after 20 minutes due to injury and Eric Roy taking 17 minutes in penalties just past the three minute mark of the middle frame, leaving Brandon with just four defencemen for much of the second period.
“It led to a lot of mistakes by our defence, and I think it was a bad penalty for Eric to take,” said McCrimmon, “It impacted us on the first goal which was a straight giveaway by our defencemen, and the other thing that we didn’t do to help ourselves in the second period when we had four defencemen is that we took three minor penalties.”
The loss leaves Brandon with a 21-6-2-0 record, still four points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings and nine points ahead of the second-place Pats in the East Division.
Brandon will host Regina Friday to complete the home-and-home series (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
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