The Brandon Wheat Kings welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors to Westoba Place Friday evening, before giving the visitors a rude Manitoba welcoming, by way of an 11-1 thrashing of their fellow Eastern Conference rivals.
The game began with Brandon forwards Ridley Greig and Luka Burzan trading back-to-back goals, before Lynden McCallum gave the Wheat Kings their fifth goal of the game with less than five minutes to play. Three of Brandon’s opening period goals came on power plays (Greig X2, McCallum).
The Warriors seemingly woke up to begin the second period, scoring the first goal of the frame six minutes in. But three-straight Wheat Kings goals – including a hat trick marker by Burzan, and strikes from Ben McCartney and Cole Reinhardt gave Brandon an 8-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Not easing up one bit in the third period, the Wheat Kings added three more goals in the final 20 minutes, as Reinhardt scored his second of the game, before Johnny Lambos scored just a minute later. Wheat Kings’ first round CHL Import Draft selection Marcus Kallionkieli potted his first career WHL goal to round out the home team’s scoring, ending the game with an 11-1 victory.
Only five Wheat Kings players did not record a point Friday, while eight players had multi-point outings. Burzan led the way with three goals and six points, while McCartney had four points. Greig and Kallionkieli also had three points in the win. Jiri Patera stopped 22 of 23 Moose Jaw shots, while Berry Jackson and Adam Evanoff combined to stop 23 of 34 shots in the blowout loss.
Brandon next sees action on Tuesday in Winnipeg against the ICE at Wayne Fleming Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM.