|Tim McGauley had a pair of goals for Brando on Tuesday|
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their first half schedule with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Regina Pats on Tuesday night.
Connor Gay scored 3:24 into overtime for the Pats while Tim McGauley scored a pair of goals for Brandon to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games.
Nolan Patrick, John Quenneville and Ryan Pilon also scored for the Wheat Kings, who led by two goals four times in the contest.
“We just never got rid of them. We had the 2-0 lead, they made it 2-1. We had a 3-1 lead, they made it 3-2,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “We had a 4-2 lead, they made it 4-3. 5-3 lead, and then didn’t have the ability to regain the lead. That’s where the pattern broke and, at the end of the night, it’s a disappointing loss.”
It was a surprising effort for the Wheat Kings considering how well the team had played in back-to-back wins over Swift Current and Red Deer this past weekend.
However, the club failed to gain traction through much of the contest, particularly in the third period and overtime when the Pats outshot Brandon 21-5.
“I don’t know if this is something that happens the last game before the break, if it’s focus issue or what it is,” added McCrimmon, “I don’t think there’s any excuse that’s acceptable for letting a game like that get away when you’re leading 2-0 after two shifts in the hockey game. If that can’t lead to playing a solid game on home-ice, I don’t know what will.”
Morgan Klimchuk and Braden Christoffer had a goal and two assists each for the Pats while Sergey Zborovskiy and Austin Wagner also scored for Regina.
Daniel Wapple made 27 saves for the Pats while Jordan Papirny stopped 33 shots for Brandon.
The Wheat Kings finish the first half of their season with a 24-7-3-1 record and sit atop the Eastern Conference with a four-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat.
Brandon’s next game is December 27th, when they open a home-and-home series by visiting the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Chaff...Brandon scratches were F Jayce Hawryluk (lower body), F Jesse Gabrielle (upper body), D Kale Clague (upper body) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...McGauley was 14 goals goals and 23 poins during this 12-game point-scoring streak...Patrick’s goal was his 14th of the season, tops among all WHL rookies...Reid Duke’s second period assist was the 100th point of his WHL career.