Photo by Brandi Crowe
The Brandon Wheat Kings wrapped up their two-week, seven-game road trip on a high note Saturday night, with a 5-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos.
Luka Burzan carried the mail for Brandon with two goals and an assist while, Connor Gutenberg (1G-1A) and Braden Schneider (2A), each had multi-point nights on route to their third win of the journey.
"It's been a tough trip, with seven games over fourteen days. For us to come out with the effort we did was really positive," said Assistant Coach Don MacGillivray. "We had tons of energy tonight and different guys contributing."
Riley Ginnell scored his first career WHL goal, while Connor Gutenberg also chipped in on the scoresheet with his 3rd goal of the season.
Brandon finished the road trip with a record of 3-4, with wins over Swift Current, Seattle and Tri-City. Overall, Brandon sits at 6-9-0-0 as they return home this week to open up a three-game homestand.
"When you look at the trip as a whole our record isn't as good as we wanted, but realistically we were in six of the seven games," added MacGillivray. "I thought we played well in a lot of our games out here. We're getting better and you can see the progress being made. When you get rewarded for it, it reinforces that fact."
Ethan Kruger made his eighth straight start for Brandon and turned aside 23 shots for the win.
The Wheat Kings scratched Jiri Patera (3 Weeks), Caiden Daley (Healthy), Jack Zayat (Healthy) and Bode Hagan (Healthy). Attendance at the Credit Union I-Plex was 1,926.
SC - Brecon Wood (3) (De Klerk) 5:15
BWK - Luka Burzan (6) (Lambos, Reinhardt) 6:55
Shots: 16-11 Brandon
BWK - Connor Gutenberg (3) (Burzan, Schneider) 0:45 PPG
BWK - Riley Ginnell (1) (Chaisson) 11:45
BWK - Ben McCartney (6) (Schmiemann, Gutenberg) 14:26
Shots: 9-5 Brandon
BWK - Luka Burzan (7) (Schneider) 1:16 PPG
Final Shots: 43-23 Brandon