Both the Winnipeg ICE and Brandon Wheat Kings saw their end-of-the-week contests head to sudden death overtime Friday. The ICE finished off the visiting Regina Pats 3-2 in the extra frame, while over in Brandon, neither the Wheat Kings or the visiting Kamloops Blazers could pot a winner, with Kamloops eventually taking the game in an anti-climactic shootout.
Winnipeg opened the scoring on Michal Teply’s 12th of the season on an opening frame, power play strike, before the ICE added another midway through the second period on Brad Ginnell’s ninth goal of the year.
Despite holding off the visitors for nearly 59 minutes of play, Winnipeg allowed Riley Krane and Robbie Holmes to team up for both of Regina’s late-period goals. Krane scored both markers, with Holmes picking up helpers on the tallies coming at 18:39 and 19:35 of the third period.
However, just 1:07 into the overtime period, Logan Nijhoff of Regina was penalized on a hooking minor. ICE captain Peyton Krebs sealed the deal with a game-winner on the ensuing man advantage. Both Krebs and Teply had multi-point efforts Friday, while goaltender Liam Hughes turned aside 23 of 25 shots in 62 minutes of play.
In Brandon, the visiting Kamloops Blazers built an early two-goal lead on Winnipegger Max Martin’s strike just 36 seconds into the game. The second period was highlighted by six goals – four of which belonged to the Wheat Kings. Johnny Hooker scored twice, while Ryan Hughes and Martin Lang exchanged goals for the Blazers.
Ridley Greig brought the Wheaties to within one on his eighth goal of the 2019-20 campaign on a mid-period power play. Cole Reinhardt then brought the 3,450 fans gathered at Westman Place to their collective feet one final time as he knotted the game up at fours with just 3:46 remaining.
Following an unsuccessful overtime period the game headed to a shootout, where Wheat Kings’ netminder Jiri Patera allowed Kamloops’ first shooter Hughes to score, before all other selected shooters missed, giving the visitors a 5-4 win. Patera stopped 38 of 42 shots against in the shootout loss.
Kamloops will make its way to Winnipeg for a Saturday evening contest withe ICE in the club’s Teddy Bear Toss game at 7:30 PM central from the Wayne Fleming Arena. Brandon will be off until Tuesday evening, when the Wheat Kings welcome the Kelowna Rockets to Westoba Place for a 7:00 PM showdown.