Brandon Wheat Kings (30-28-4-4) at Regina Pats (18-45-1-2)
Friday, March 15 – Brandt Centre 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Channels: Access7 Sd, Access 70 HD, WHL Live
In their last home game of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, the Pats will look to defend home territory against the Brandon Wheat Kings. But, with the Wheat Kings still on the hunt for the remaining East Conference wild card spot, they will be pushing for absolutely every win possible to edge out their competitors for the spot; the Red Deer Rebels.
Despite the Wheat Kings’ better overall record and head-to-head record, the Regina Pats aren’t far behind going one-on-one with the Wheat Kings. In their series this season, the Pats hold a 3-2-0-1 tally, giving the Wheat Kings a 3-3-0-0 record. With the Pats looking to finish their season at home on a positive note, they will be driving for the win after losing to the Swift Current Broncos at home, just two nights before.
Offensive talents for the Pats include Austin Pratt, Ty Kolle, Sergei Alkhimov and Riley Krane, each of whom has achieved 20 or more points this season. Goaltender Max Paddock will also need to play a solid game in net to handle the Wheat Kings forwards who have a tendency to release over 25 shots per game.
Battling for the last wild card position, Brandon will be pulling out all the tricks they can to beat the Pats. Captain and team leader in scoring Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes), along with 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luka Burzan and Connor Gutenberg will be looked to for Brandon’s scoring power and will need to be watched closely by the Pats.
You won’t want to miss the Pats last home game of the season before they head to Brandon to finish off a home-and-home series so catch all of the action on Access TV!
Regina Pats (2018-19 season stats)
Record: 18-45-1-2, 39 points – fifth in East Division
Head Coach: Dave Strutch
Leading scorers: RW Austin Pratt (24-25-49), C Ty Kolle (14-11-25), LW Sergei Alkhimov (11-13-24) and Riley Krane (12-12-24)
Leading Goaltender: Max Paddock (GP 46, 11-28-1-1, 3.51 GAA, .895 SV%, 2 SO)
Power play: 20th – 16.9%
Penalty kill: Tied for 17th – 76.1%
Injuries/Unavailable: D Tyson Feist, upper body day-to-day, D Kyle Walker, upper body day-to-day, F Duncan Pierce, upper body, 1-to-2 weeks, F Logan Nijhoff, lower body two weeks
Brandon Wheat Kings (2018-19 season stats)
Record: 30-28-4-4, 68 points – fourth in East Division
Head Coach: David Anning
Leading scorers: C Stelio Mattheos (44-51-95), C Luka Burzan (38-38-76), C Connor Gutenberg (15-28-43), LW Cole Reinhardt (21-22-43), and Zach Wytinck (5-38-43)
Leading Goaltender: Jiri Patera (GP 47 22-19-3-2, 3.27 GAA, .907 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: 13th – 20.9%
Penalty kill: 18th – 71.7%
Injuries/Unavailable: F Lynden McCallum, upper body week-to-week
Oct. 6 – Brandon 7 Regina 3
Nov. 30 – Regina 1 Brandon 5*
Dec. 27 – Regina 3 Brandon 2
Dec. 28 – Brandon 2 Regina 3
Jan. 25 – Brandon 0 Regina 4
Jan. 26 – Regina 2 Brandon 3
March 15 – Brandon at Regina*
* Indicates WHL on Access broadcast