|Kale Clague scored the first goal of his WHL career Saturday|
The Brandon Wheat Kings rallied from 2-0 and 4-1 deficits to defeat the Red Deer Rebels 6-4 on Saturday night.
Brandon scored three times in a span of one minute and 57 seconds just after the midway mark of the second period to tie the game 4-4, setting the stage for Jayce Hawryluk to score the go-ahead goal with 3:23 left in the middle frame that stood up as his league-leading third game-winning goal of the season.
The Wheat Kings then clung to the one-goal lead throughout the third period, including killing off three straight Red Deer power-play chances.
“We only scored the empty-net goal, but I felt a lot more comfortable watching our team,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon about the third period on 880 CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought we were a lot smarter with the puck, but a lot more smarter plays.”
Tyler Coulter scored twice, including the empty-net goal, while Hawryluk and Jesse Gabrielle finished with a goal and an assist each.
16-year old rookie Kale Clague notched his first career WHL goal 50 seconds into the second period, scoring in the same building his father, former Rebels’ netminder Jason Clague, called home for most of his WHL career in the 1990’s.
Peter Quenneville also notched his first goal of the 2014-15 season while Logan Thompson earned the win in the Brandon net, making 25 saves in his first career WHL start.
“As the game went along, right before we got the 5-4 goal, Logan made probably his best save at that point in the game to keep it from going 5-4 Red Deer and we went down and scored,” said McCrimmon, “From that point on, I thought he settled in pretty well.”
The victory improved Brandon’s East Division-leading record to 6-0-1-0 including a 3-0-0-0 mark on the road.
The Wheat Kings continue their weekend excursion to Alberta by taking on the Calgary HItmen on Sunday (5:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...Brandon’s scratches were John Quenneville (upper body), Ty Lewis (upper body), Mark Matsuba (healthy) and Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...D Eric Roy made his season debut for Brandon after missing the opening six games of the season with an upper body injury...D Ivan Provorov extended his point-scoring streak to six games with a second period assist, while F Tyler Coulter now has points in four straight games.