The Brandon Wheat Kings are on quite a tear. After dropping back-to-back games to the Winnipeg ICE following the Holiday Break, the Wheat Kings have battled back to knock off seven-straight victories, dating back to December 30.
Only allowing six goals against in those seven contests, Brandon has earned two shutouts, while giving up more than one goal on just one occasion. The team’s win and point percentage statistics have risen, while the goaltenders Jiri Patera and Ethan Kruger have each seen their goals against average drop over this two-week span.
Despite playing without defenceman Braden Schneider and forward Ridly Greig – who are both away from the team as they are in Hamilton preparing for Thursday evening’s Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game – the Wheaties welcomed back offensive juggernaut Cole Reinhardt to the lineup Wednesday, who picked up one assist in his return to play following an injury in late December.
Although not having played since their narrow 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday, Brandon put up another solid effort in game three of four in a row at home. Patera stopped all 21 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season, while Duncan Pierce and Chad Nychuk each had two points in the 4-0 victory.
Reid Perepeluk made his Wheat Kings debut following a trade deadline deal last week. He had one shot in the win. Captain Connor Gutenberg and Marcus Sekundiak had the other goals for Brandon, which improved its record to 22-17-3 on the season. Now sitting third in the East Division, the Wheat Kings trail the Prince Albert Raiders by just four points.
Next up for Brandon is a test with Calgary on Friday. The Hitmen roll into town for a 7:30 PM central battle at Westman Place. The Wheat Kings will then hit the road for a Saturday road game in Moose Jaw against the Warriors.