|Tyler Coulter scored twice in Wednesday's win|
Ryan Pilon and Jesse Gabrielle also scored for the Wheat Kings as they moved into sole possession of first-place in the Eastern Conference.
“I do feel that our guys have clear expectations of what their goal is, they want to finish as high in the standings as we can,” said Wheat Kings’ GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “One things I’m encouraged about now that we’re finished here in Vancouver is that we finished 4-1-0-0 in B.C. on this road trip.”
On Wednesday night, Brandon and Vancouver were tied 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes as Tyler Coulter and Joel Hamilton exchanged goals, with Hamilton’s coming on a Giants’ power-play.
The Wheat Kings took control of the contest by scoring three unanswered second period goals to grab a 4-1 lead, outshooting the Giants 13-6 in the middle frame.
“I thought we had the puck deep in the Vancouver zone a lot more, which is something we’re trying to do more of. As a result, it gave momentum which carried it’s way through from line-to-line,” said McCrimmon, “We were able to build on our lead, and that was the difference in the hockey game.”
Quenneville expanded Brandon’s lead to 5-1 in the third period before Hamilton finished the scoring for the night with his second power-play goal of the contest.
The two goals by Coulter gives the 18-year old Brandon product eight on the season, good for third on the team in goals.
“Tyler’s always had the ability to play either wing, and he’s able to play on any line,” said McCrimmon, “Those guys that are easy to play with become even more valuable because it makes them more versatile and able to be used in a lot of different situations.”
Jordan Papirny made 30 saves in the Brandon net while the Vancouver duo of Payton Lee and Cody Porter combined for 33 saves.
Brandon (12-3-1-0) will continue their seven-game road trip with a pair of games in Alberta this weekend, visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.
Chaff...D Ryan Pilon left the game in the third period and did not return...Brandon scratched leading scorer Rihards Bukarts for the second straight game in favour of Richard Nejezchleb in the club’s import situation...also sitting for Brandon was Ty Lewis (upper body) while Nolan Patrick, Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague are all away at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge...Brandon killed off just one of three Vancouver power-play chances, and are now 16-for-27 (59.3%) in the last seven games.