Bomb's ticking in Regina

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

There appears to be no bottom to the nosedive in which the Regina Pats find themselves.

The Pats trail the second-year Edmonton Oil Kings by seven points in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And now, they'll head down the home stretch without overage d-man Jesse Dudas, who was cut last week.

"I feel a bit like MacGyver when he's got the bomb and it's ticking down to two seconds and he's trying to figure out which wire to cut," Pats GM Brent Parker told the Regina Leader-Post.

"He's worried that the wire he snips is going to be the one that makes him blow up."

Tick, tick tick ...

Major strides

Brett Plouffe has come a long way in a few short years.

The Tri-City Americans defenceman, who started his WHL career in Calgary, is tied with current Hitmen D Keith Seabrook for the league lead among blueliners with five game-winning goals.

"My first season with Calgary, I started off really good with like six points in seven games," Plouffe told the Tri-City Herald. "Then I finished with eight points. I'm not sure what happened. I was the seventh or eighth d-man. They played favourites and it was hard to get in the lineup.

"I haven't really changed anything about myself."


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