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Wheat Kings Roll Through Central Division

By: Branden Crowe
Posted: February 29, 2020 23:43

Clean Sweep with Win in Lethbridge

Photo by Erica Perreaux

The Brandon Wheat Kings earned another huge two-points in a 4-3 win in Lethbridge on Saturday night. 

The Wheat Kings scored twice on the powerplay and got 26 saves from Ethan Kruger en route to their third straight victory, earning them a clean sweep of this Central Division road trip. 

"I like how we responded after a slow start," said Assistant Coach Mark Derlago. "It felt like we dipped our toes in the water a bit in the first period but we came out hard in the second and third period and that's how we wanted to play and it got us the win." 

Dylan Cozens opened the scoring and would finish the night with his team-leading third hat-trick of the season. 

Ridly Greig (1G-1A) and Lynden McCallum (2A) registered multi-point nights for Brandon, while Connor Gutenberg, Marcus Sekundiak and Cole Reinhardt added singles for the BWK. 

With memories of the January 25th game where the Hurricanes came back from down 3-0 and 4-1 fresh in their minds, the Wheat Kings locked this game down in the third period and held Lethbridge to just eight shots in the final 20 minutes. 

"That's a very good team over there," added Derlago. "They don't quit, they keep coming at you and they were right in it until the final horn tonight. It's a tough team to play and a tough barn to win in but we're happy to get the two points tonight." 

The win gives Brandon 74 points, just one back of the East Division-leading Prince Albert Raiders. This sets up a massive home and home series between these two clubs, starting Friday in Northern Saskatchewan. 

"It's a huge weekend on the horizon here," added Derlago. "The good thing is, we get a week of practice and we will reset and re-focus and get ready for a tough two-game battle."


SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH - Dylan Cozen (34) (Cotton, Okulair) 6:22

Shot: 10-6 Lethbridge

2nd PERIOD

BWK - Ridly Greig (24) (McCallum, Schmiemann) 3:31
BWK - Connor Gutenberg (15) (McCallum) 9:44 PPG
LETH - Dylan Cozens (35) (Stringer, Okuliar) 11:47

Shots: 15-12 Lethbridge

3rd PERIOD

BWK - Marcus Sekundiak (9) (Perepeluk, Iorio) 6:23
BWK - Cole Reinhardt (31) (Greig, McCartney) 9:48 PPG
LETH - Dylan Cozens (36) (Cotton) 17:43 6on5 

Final Shots: 38-29 Brandon

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