Pats flattened by Wheaties

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Word association time, boys and girls.

The Regina Pats are to struggling as the Brandon Wheat Kings are to ... invincible.

Dominating.

Take your pick -- both are bang-on these days.

WHEAT KINGS 7 PATS 3

Eric Fehr and Ryan Stone scored two goals each as the Wheat Kings beat the Pats 7-3 in front of 3,704 at MTS Centre last night.

The victory pushes the Wheaties' win streak to nine games and keeps the club tied with the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League's East division.

The Pats, on the other hand, have seen better days.

Losers of 13 straight and winless in their last 20 games (0-17-1-2), Regina remains the least of the East.

"Our power play has been a big part of our offence since Day 1," Brandon head coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon said after the game. "It has some really good players on it and we have a good system.

"I don't think teams are going to want to give us a lot of chances."

Coming into the game, the Wheat Kings boasted the league's No. 1 power play at 23.7%. Combine that with Regina's dreadful penalty-killing (last in the league at 76.6%) and it's easy to understand why the score was what it was.

Brandon went 3-for-6 with the man advantage last night.

Stone started things off for the Wheat Kings' power play in the first period, re-directing a Lance Monych pass from the corner.

The Brandon forward -- third in league scoring with 82 points -- added another later in the second as he celebrated his WHL co-player of the week honour in style.

With two goals and three assists on the night, Fehr remains atop the WHL scoring race with 48 goals and 88 points, and feels the power play will be a huge factor as the season winds down.

"There's not too many goals scored in playoff time," the sniper said. "When you get the opportunity, you're going to want to put a couple in there."

Other big Brandon point-getters were captain Tim Konsorada (two goals, one assist) and Monych (three assists).

Codey Burki had the other goal, while goaltender Mike Nichol made 19 stops for the Wheat Kings.

Rick Rypien scored twice and Brent Hill added the other for the Pats.

The two clubs will meet again in Brandon Friday night (7:30 p.m.).

NOTES: Konsorada played his 300th game for the Wheat Kings last night ... Pats forward and Winnipeg native Ian Duval has struggled in his first full season in the WHL. The former Manitoba AAA Midget star has only 14 points in 54 games ... Brandon will make one more visit to Winnipeg this season, taking on the Moose Jaw Warriors March 16.


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