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Winnipeg Wins on Home ICE

By: Branden Crowe
Posted: December 29, 2019 03:20

3-2 win Saturday night

The Winnipeg ICE scored twice in the third period to complete the comeback, beating the Wheat Kings 3-2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wayne Fleming Arena. 

Brandon got first period goals from Jonny Hooker and Chad Nychuk, while Jackson Leppard, Carson Lambos, and Owen Pedersen notched singles for the ICE. 

After being shut-out in a virtually lifeless performance on Friday night, the Wheat Kings coaching staff was looking for an emotional response in the eighth game of this ten-game season series with the ICE. 

"I thought we did a lot of really good things tonight," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "I thought our emotional intensity was off the charts.  We came out fast, we were physical and we were in control of the hockey game. I liked the compete level and I liked the way we responded from the game Friday night." 

Brandon led 2-1 at the 2nd intermission, but an early shorthanded goal from the youngest Lambos brother quickly shifted the momentum in Winnipeg's favour. 

Just three minutes after Lambos tied it, Pedersen would score the eventual game-winner, beating Jiri Patera on the backhand for his 10th of the season. 

Patera finished the night with 27 saves, while Liam Hughes kicked aside 25 shots for his 2nd consecutive victory. 

"I'm obviously disappointed in the end result tonight," added Lowry. "However, there is a ton of positives to take from this game." 

Brandon finished the night 1/6 on the powerplay while the ICE converted once on nine chances. 

The Wheat Kings continue this busy stretch of four games in five nights on Monday evening when the Regina Pats come to town for just the second meeting this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 at Westoba Place. 

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