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Patera Shuts the Door Again

By: Branden Crowe
Posted: January 5, 2020 23:00

5-0 win in Regina

 Luka Burzan scored twice and Jiri Patera built a brick wall along the goal line as the Brandon Wheat Kings knocked off Regina 5-0 on Sunday night. 

Brandon scored twice on the powerplay in the first period, snapping a one for 27 drought on the man advantage since the Christmas break. 

"We took advantage of our opportunities in the first period," said Assistant Coach Don MacGillivray. "Our powerplay was excellent getting two great goals just the way we drew them up. Regina is playing a tough schedule, with three games in three nights, we knew if we got a jump on them early would be tough for them to stay in it. "

Despite playing with a lineup featuring eleven forwards and seven defensemen due to injuries and illness, Brandon dominated the opening twenty minutes outshooting the Pats 18-9. 

Cole Reinhardt (Upper Body), Lynden McCallum (Sick), and Riley Ginnell (Sick) all missed Sunday's game. With Brett Hyland returning to his club team, the Wheat Kings found themselves shorthanded. 

"The challenge for us is that our defense doesn't get on as much as you'd like, or into a regular rhythm," added MacGillivray. "We have lots of guys that play special teams so we were able to get everyone into the game. We got contributions up and down the lineup." 

Luka Burzan scored twice for Brandon while Jonny Hooker, Braden Schnieder, and Connor Gutenberg would add singles as well, helping Brandon to their fourth consecutive victory. 

Jiri Patera stopped all 31 shots he faced on Sunday for his second consecutive shutout. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect has now played over 138 minutes without allowing a goal.  

"Jiri looked really sharp. He has been tracking the puck really well the last few games," added MacGillivray. "Our guys did a great job keeping things to the outside and when Jiri did have to make a save he did a really nice job holding his ground. He's been sharp and when you start to win hockey games its usually because your goaltender is playing well."

Brandon is now two games above the .500 mark for the first time this season and their win combined with Saskatoon's loss moves the Wheat Kings into sole possession of third place in the East Division. 

The Wheat Kings open up a four-game homestand on Tuesday night when the Medicine Hat Tigers come to town. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK - Luka Burzan (19) (Greig, Gutenberg) 8:19 PPG
BWK - Braden Schnieder (5) (McCartney, Greig) 13:16 PPG

Shots: 18-9 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK - Connor Gutenberg (8) (Greig, Schneider) 4:27
BWK - Luka Burzan (20) (Kallionkieli) 16:53

Shots: 12-11 Regina

3rd PERIOD

BWK - Jonny Hooker (8) (Unassisted) 18:54

Final Shots: 39-31 Brandon

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