The Brandon Wheat King train keeps on rolling. The hockey club picked up a 3-1 win over Calgary on Friday night, extending their winning streak to eight games.
Duncan Pierce opened the scoring just 1:43 into the hockey game to give Brandon the 1-0 lead. The Wheat Kings are now 19-6 when scoring the first goal of the hockey game.
Jake Chiasson would add a powerplay marker with just 0:21 left in the opening frame to give Brandon some breathing room. Chiasson's first career WHL powerplay goal would stand up as the eventual game-winner.
"We were ready to play tonight," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "We were physical and fast in the first period and it set the tone for the rest of the game."
The line of Marcus Sekundiak, Ty Thorpe and Duncan Pierce were at it again on Friday night. The trip has combined for four goals and two assists in the last two games. Not only are they chipping in on the scoresheet, but they are setting an example for the rest of the team.
"That line is a hard line to play against," added Lowry. "They play a really important role for us and don't normally get all the accolades when we win. They are extremely valuable and our guys understand and respect the role these guys are playing. I thought the line of Ginnell, Chaisson, and Perepeluk really gave us some life tonight as well. They energized the building and were factors in the hockey game."
Jiri Patera came within 3:09 seconds of another set of consecutive shutouts. His 30 saves earned him first star honors on the night. At the other end, Brayden Peters kicked out 31 shots, a number of them in highlight-reel fashion in the losing effort.
Josh Prokop scored the lone goal for Calgary, while Neithan Salame iced the game for Brandon with the empty-net goal with just under a minute to play.
Brandon now moves to 23-17-1-2 on the season, good enough for 49 points, four back of the 2nd place Prince Albert Raiders who beat Edmonton in a shootout tonight.
The Wheat Kings will hit the road on Saturday for a Highway #1 battle with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Game time at Mosiac Place is 7:00. (6:30 broadcast time on QCountry Radio)
Brandon scratched Nolan Ritchie (Indefinite), Rylan Thiessen (Healthy) and Ridly Greig (Suspended). The attendance was 3,318.
BWK - Duncan Pierce (5) (Sekundiak) 1:43
BWK - Jake Chiasson (2) (Reinhardt, Gutenberg) 19:38 PPG
Shots: 12-6 Brandon
CGY - Josh Prokop (10) (Focht, Woo) 16:51
BWK - Neithan Salame (3) (Schnieder) 19:02
Final Shots: 34-31 Brandon