The Brandon Wheat Kings will head into the 2019 Holiday Break on a high note after a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg ICE on Tuesday night.
In the sixth game of the ten-game season series, Brandon and Winnipeg exchanged leads before Braden Schnider hammered home the game-winner with less than 2:00 left in regulation to lift the Wheat Kings to victory.
"We liked our resiliency tonight," said Assistant Coach Mark Derlago. "It was not an easy game to play, with the Christmas break on the horizon. We were down one late, but we stuck with it and ended up with the two points."
Brandon jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first on goals from Ben McCartney and Marcus Sekundiak, but Connor McClennon scored fifteen seconds after the Wheaties went up by a pair to cut the lead to one at the intermission.
The game was a stark contrast to last Friday when Brandon dominated from the opening faceoff with little push back from the Moose Jaw Warriors in an 11-1 win.
"It was a good time for us to play Winnipeg after a blowout game like Friday vs Moose Jaw," added Derlago. "Our guys were battling tonight, we responded with some push back and we finished strong."
Jiri Patera was excellent on the night, making 32 saves. The Vegas draft pick was under siege early on as the ICE outshot the Wheat Kings 11-0 in the opening nine minutes.
With the win, Brandon moves to 15-15-1-2 on the season and into a tie for 3rd place in the East Division with the Saskatoon Blades (33 pts). Brandon is now just six points behind the ICE for 2nd place, setting the stage for a huge two-game weekend set between the two teams on December 27th and 28th.
"We're well aware of what's a stake in the standings," said Derlago. "We're sending them off to have a nice break with family and friends but they better be ready to go on December 27th when this fires back up."
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