Alexander Urbom scored 16:27 into overtime to lift the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday night.
Urbom’s wrist shot from the left faceoff dot went top shelf on Swift Current goaltender Mark Friesen, giving Brandon a sweep of their first round playoff series.
“We are trying to give them (defencemen) the green light that if they have a lane, they can carry the puck…they can take the ice in front of them, it’s still a low-risk play,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It just opened up for him and he was able to take it right down the lane and get a shot on goal.”
It was the second straight night Urbom netted the game-winning goal for Brandon although Wednesday’s was much more dramatic than Tuesday’s goal, which snapped a 2-2 tie 8:49 into the third period.
Urbom had 12 goals during the regular season but was held pointless over his last 12 games prior to Tuesday’s goal.
Travis Hamonic and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Wheat Kings while Reese Scarlett and Taylor Vause scored the goals for Swift Current with all four of the game’s other goals coming in the second period.
Brandon took a 2-0 lead and nearly made it 3-0 on a great individual effort from Toni Rajala and an even better save from Swift Current’s Mark Friesen, who finished the night with 45 stops.
Jacob De Serres made 20 saves in the Brandon net.
The Wheat Kings will not get some rest before beginning their second round series next week, with Moose Jaw or Saskatoon expected to be Brandon’s next opponent.
“This allows us to start the second series every bit as fresh and every bit as healthy and every bit as rejuvenated as we did the first series, so that has to be a positive,” says McCrimmon, “We’ll have some work days and we’ll have some rest days (over the next week).”
Chaff…Jordan Hale sat Wednesday’s game with a suspension from Tuesday’s charging major with Brenden Walker taking his place in the Brandon lineup and making his WHL playoff debut…Ryley Miller (jaw) and Jesse Sinatynski (healthy) were the other Brandon scratches…Schenn now has goals in 11 of the last 12 games including all four post-season contests…attendance Wednesday was 1,344.
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