The Brandon Wheat Kings are back on track. On Tuesday evening from the Regina Hub, the Wheat Kings fell back into their typical groove. Following back-to-back losses, the team banded together to lay an 8-3 beating on the Moose Jaw Warriors.
With the teams combining for 11 goals on 84 total shots on the night, Brandon’s goaltending and special teams helped deliver the much-needed victory. Oh right, and the eight goals definitely helped as well.
Ty Thorpe got things going for the Wheaties, opening the scoring with his second of the season, before adding another before the game was 10 minutes old. A Nolan Ritchie power play marker gave Brandon a 4-1 lead through 20 minutes of play. Assisting on three of the Wheat Kings’ goals was Schneider, who skated in his 200th Western Hockey League game on Tuesday.
In all, six Wheat Kings had multi-point efforts, while 13 of 18 players picked up at least one point in the five-goal victory. Ridly Greig scored on one of his game-high seven shots on goal; Nate Danielson and Logen Hammett had two helpers each, while Vinnie Iorio and Ritchie combined for two goals and five points. Brandon did not have a single ‘minus’ player on the evening.
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Between the pipes, Connor Ungar stood tall, turning aside 37 of the 40 shots he faced on the evening, improving his record to 4-1-0 on the season. Moose Jaw’s goaltending tandem of Boston Bilous and Brett Mirwald combined for 36 saves on 44 shots, with each netminder allowing four goals in the game.
With the win, the Wheat Kings saw their record improve to 12-2-3 on the season, while vaulting themselves over provincial rival Winnipeg ICE and into sole possession of second place in the East Division, just behind the dormant Saskatoon Blades 12-2-2.
With just seven games remaining in the shortened 24-game 2020-21 regular season, Brandon will next face off against the ICE in two of its next three games, including a 7:00 PM central showdown on Wednesday evening. The Wheat Kings close out the season on Wednesday, April 28 against the Blades.