The Brandon Wheat Kings are on quite a tear. On Thursday evening from Regina’s Brandt Centre, the ‘visitors’ pounded the Pats 7-2 for the club’s third-straight lopsided victory and fourth in five games.
Relying on a steady diet of Lynden McCallum (two goals) and Ben McCartney (two assists), the Wheaties saw 11 different players pick up at least one point on the night, while forwards Nolan Ritchie and Riley Ginnell each had a goal and an assist in the offensive explosion from Saskatchewan.
A four-goal opening period saw the Wheat Kings jump ahead to a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes, before the clubs exchanged goals in the middle stanza. Brandon then outscored Regina 2-1 in the final period, with Ritchie putting the finishing touches on the 4-4-2 Pats by way of a goal-mouth scramble with 5:29 to go.
No Wheat Kings skater finished the night as a ‘minus’ player, while goaltender Ethan Kruger turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced, while helping his team to its seventh win of the season. Now sitting comfortably in second place in the East Division (7-2-1 in 10 games) Brandon owns a .750 points percentage and trails first-place Saskatoon (9-0-1) by four points and 200 percentage points.
Brandon finished the night with a strong performance on special teams, going 1/2 on the power play, while killing off all four of its penalties taken. Pats’ goaltender Roddy Ross remained in the crease for all seven of Brandon’s goals, finishing the night with 21 stops on 28 pucks sent his way.
The Wheat Kings are now off for two full days before picking back up on Sunday against the first-place Blades in what should be a very exciting 7:00 PM matchup. Brandon then battles Prince Albert the following day before getting Tuesday off for some much-needed R&R time.