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Pats turn tables on Wheat Kings

The Regina Pats gained a measure of revenge on the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

One night after being routed 8-0 in Brandon, the Pats earned a decisive home victory of their own, scoring five second-period goals on their way to an 8-4 win over the Wheat Kings.

Chandler Stephenson had two goals and an assist, while Boston Leier had a goal and three helpers as the Pats (19-15-2-2) jumped back ahead of the Wheat Kings (19-15-3-0) into fifth place in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference.

"It's important you turn the page from game to game, and I think (Friday) night's game being as one-sided as it was, it was even more important when you're playing the same team the next night because any team that's beat like that is going to respond," Wheat Kings head coach/general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "That was to be expected, but I guess for me, it's disappointing that we had our feet under us, we were in decent shape halfway through the game, being tied 2-2, we just weren't as good in the second half of the second period as we needed to be."

Connor Gay had a goal and two assists for the Pats, while ex-Wheat King Geordie Maguire scored a goal and set up another. Adam Brooks, Carter Hansen and Dmitry Sinitsyn rounded out the Regina scoring.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Wheat Kings twice rallied to tie the score in the second, on a pair of Tim McGauley goals, but both times the Pats responded quickly to regain the lead, with four of their goals coming in the second half of the middle frame.

John Quenneville cut Regina's lead to three early in the third period, but a Richard Nejezchleb major penalty for charging ended any chance of a late rally. The Pats scored twice on the ensuing power play, although Ryley Lindgren did net a short-handed marker for the Wheat Kings.

The Pats finished the game 3-for-7 on the power play, while the Wheat Kings were 1-for-3. Brandon goalie Curtis Honey made 43 saves, facing 25 shots in the second period alone, while Dawson MacAuley stopped 22 shots for Regina.

ONE-TIMERS: The Wheat Kings continue their road trip by visiting the Red Deer Rebels on Monday (7:30 p.m., CKLQ) … With Brandon's scoring leader, RW Jayce Hawryluk, already suspended, Nejezchleb's major for a hit on Regina D Kyle Burroughs will draw an automatic league review. Burroughs remained in the game … The WHL has yet to decide the length of Hawryluk's suspension for a hit from behind on Pats D Jesse Zgraggen on Friday. Zgraggen didn't play after the hit on Friday, but was back in action on Saturday … LW Duncan Campbell, a call-up from the Midget AAA Wheat Kings, made his WHL debut on Saturday, going even in plus/minus … Brandon scratched its other affiliate player from midget, C Tanner Kaspick, as well as LW Jesse Gabrielle and LW Braylon Shmyr, who are both at the World Under-17 Challenge, plus D Kord Pankewicz … Gabrielle had two goals and an assist for Team West on Saturday as it tuned up for the Challenge with a 7-1 exhibition win over Germany … The Pats played without LW Morgan Klimchuk (hip flexor) as well as LW Max Kammerer (German world junior championship team) and D Brady Reagan (U-17 Challenge) … Prince Albert made a pair of trades Saturday, sending D Dylan Busenius, 20, and second and fifth-round picks in next year's WHL bantam draft to the Saskatoon Blades for LW Collin Valcourt, 20, and D Ryan Coghlan, 18. The Raiders also shipped C Mike Winther, 19, to the Calgary Hitmen for LW Calder Brooks, 19, and a 2014 second-round pick.

» rhenders@brandonsun.com

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