The Winnipeg ICE took matters into their own hands Saturday evening against the Brandon Wheat Kings, beating the visitors 6-5 following a 7-4 drubbing the night prior.
The back-and-forth all-Manitoban barn burner was highlighted by plenty of penalties, goals, lead changes and fights. Connor McClennon led the way for the ICE, registering a hat trick, while Michal Teply had a goal and two assists. Brandon’s Cole Reinhardt also had a goal and two assists, while Luka Burzan scored two of the Wheat Kings’s goals.
Winnipeg heavily outshot Brandon 51-28, while the teams combined for 11 different power plays, with the Wheat Kings taking eight minor penalties compared to Winnipeg’s three. Each team had one goal on the man advantage.
Jonny Hooker squared off with Nolan Orzeck early on in the second period, before Nathan Salame took on Jackson Leppard. Jack Zayat then threw down with Michael Milne in a spirited second period tilt. The teams combined for 88 penalty minutes on the night.
Teply and Greig exchanged first period goals – with Greig’s marker coming on a penalty shot midway through the frame – before McClennon opened up for two second period goals in less than three minutes. Reinhardt and the Wheaties responded rather nicely, as the visitors scored three-straight, with Reinhardt collecting a point on each of Brandon’s tallies.
It took Winnipeg just 1:23 of the third period to knot the game back up with Nino Kinder’s ninth goal of the season. McClennon finished off his hat trick moments later, only to see Burzan knot the game back up at fives two minutes later. With eight minutes to play Jakin Smallwood collected his sixth of the season for Winnipeg in what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Jesse Makaj put up 23 stops on 28 shots for the ICE Saturday, while Ethan Kruger was burned six times on 51 shots for the Wheat Kings. The game was the fifth of 10 meetings between Brandon and Winnipeg this season. With the loss, the Wheat Kings saw their record drop to 12-15-1 on the season, while the ICE improved their record to 14-11-1 through 26 games in 2019-20.