The Brandon Wheat Kings are one win away from advancing to the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Brayden Schenn had two goals and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos Tuesday night, giving Brandon a 3-0 lead in the Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.
Schenn now has goals in 10 of the last 11 games the Wheat Kings have played, scoring 12 goals aqnd 24 points in that span.
“He likes to hang on, likes to pass, likes to find the open man and yet the two goals he scored tonight we just tremendous shots,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He hit another post on a power-play on a partial breakaway…he was real strong tonight and played excellent for our team.”
The Wheat Kings scored the unanswered third period goals in Tuesday’s victory, starting with Alexander Urbom’s first career playoff goal 8:49 into the final frame that snapped a 2-2 tie.
“We want guys to be a little more active in joining the rush than what they have been for most of the season,” said, “We have some people that are well-suited to do it and that was a good example.”
Aaron Lewadniuk and Matt Calvert also scored for Brandon while Jacob De Serres stopped 35 shots in the Wheat Kings’ net.
“We gave up some chances. Swift Current played really well, I thought they were pushing hard and there was a lot at stake for their team,” says McCrimmon, “I didn’t think that our team had too many stretches in the game where we sagged, I just thought Swift Current played well and generated some chances.”
Brad Hoban and Justin Dowling scored the goals for Swift Current while Morgan Clark made 28 saves in the Broncos’ net.
Brandon’s Jordan Hale was assessed a charging major in the final minute of Tuesday’s game and could face further discipline from the WHL office.
Chaff…attendance Tuesday was 1,473…Brandon’s lineup was the same as the first two games, meaning Ryley Miller, Brenden Walker and Jesse Sinatynski were the Wheat Kings’ scratches… The Wheat Kings are 8-2-0-0 the last 10 games they’ve played with a chance to close out a playoff series.