The Brandon Wheat Kings battled back from an early deficit, but ultimately fell in overtime to the visiting Calgary Hitmen at Westoba Place Friday evening.
Despite falling behind 2-0 in the early stages of the game, Brandon relied on its scoring depth and hometown fan support with a mid-game rally in the Wheat City. Although trailing heading into the third period, the visitors from Calgary applied pressure in the final frame, knotting the game at threes, before stealing the overtime win on the road, midway through the extra period.
Orca Wiseblatt opened the scoring for Calgary in the first period, capitalizing on a great cross-ice pass from Egor Zamula. Hunter Campbell beat Ethan Kruger on a loose puck rebound to wrap up the first period scoring, late in the frame.
It was all Brandon in the second period, as Connor Gutenberg, Marcus Sekundiak and Cole Reinhardt found the twine for the Wheat Kings, with goals six minutes apart in the middle stanza.
Wiseblatt tied the game just moments into the third period on a wonderful setup play backdoor from Manitoban defenceman Jett Woo. The remaining 19 minutes of the third period went without a hitch, sending the two teams into overtime, where Carson Focht carried the puck end to end, sneaking a wrist shot through Kruger for the game-winner.
Kruger made 30 stops on 34 Calgary shots in the overtime loss, while Jack McNaughton one-upped the Brandon netminder with 31 saves on 34 shots. The Wheat Kings continue their three-game homestead Saturday evening against the visiting Regina Pats. Action from Westoba Place gets underway at 7:30 PM central.