|Nolan Patrick scored a pair of goals on Friday|
Nolan Patrick scored twice and Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings, who were coming off a disappointing 5-0 loss in Swift Current on Wednesday night.
"I think it was a wakeup call for us," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "The guys came to the rink with a much better mindset and played much more the type of game that you need to play to keep getting better, that you need to play at playoffs, those type of habits."
Patrick's shorthanded goal with 1:20 left in the second period snapped a 3-3 tie and McGauley gave the Wheat Kings a two-goal lead 26 seconds into the third period with what proved to be the game-winning goal.
"I just got the puck on the penalty-kill just inside our blueline there, so I just chipped it to the middle and had a foot race with their d-man," said Patrick on CKLQ's post-game show, "I jumped to the inside, stripped his pocket and just ripped it along the ice and it found it's way in."
Brandon jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old but the Oil Kings fought back on a natural hat-trick from Brett Pollock in a span of 53 seconds, scoring twice in the final minute of the first period and notching his third goal just seven seconds into the second period.
John Quenneville's power-play goal with just under six minutes left in the second period tied the game 3-3, setting the stage for Patrick's second of the game and McGauley's ninth of the season.
Rihards Bukarts, Macoy Erkamps and Quintin Lisoway also scored for the Wheat Kings while Ivan Provorov added three assists.
Brandon improved to 18-5-1-0 with the victory and moved three points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings after the Tigers fell 4-2 to Red Deer on Friday night.
The Wheat Kings will host the Oil Kings again on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).