|Tim McGauley notched his 18th goal of the season Friday|
Duncan Campbell got the Wheat Kings on their way by scoring the ‘Teddy Bear’ goal 1:59 into the first period but Brandon was unable to expand on that early lead despite outshooting the Broncos 18-7 in the opening frame.
McGauley gave the Wheat Kings a 2-0 lead with a shorthanded goal just past the midway mark of the second period, with Nolan Patrick adding a power-play goal late in the middle frame to give Brandon a 3-0 advantage after 40 minutes.
Braylon Shmyr made it 4-0 with 5:22 left in the third period before the Broncos added a pair of goals late in regulation from Carter Rigby and Jake DeBrusk.
“Much improved game by our team, I thought our guys played really well. We were fast, we had really good work ethic,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We had a lot of shifts where our crowd applauded the players coming off the ice after a shift, which is a pretty good indicator that you’re generating some momentum so I thought a real good game by our team tonight.”
|Duncan Campbell notched the Teddy Bear goal Friday|
McGauley’s goal extended his point-scoring streak to ten games, with ten goals and 19 points in that span, while Patrick’s goal gives the 16-year old rookie nine goals and 13 points in the last ten games.
Macoy Erkamps added two assists for Brandon and finished the night with a team-high +3 rating.
“Playing below the goal line was a big thing,” said Erkamps, “Our forwards were really good at it, protecting pucks and getting low to high and letting our defence shoot and getting to the net. We followed that game plan pretty good.”
Jordan Papirny made 29 saves for the Wheat Kings while Landon Bow stopped 43 shots for Swift Current.
The victory allowed the Wheat Kings (23-7-2-1) to move three points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.
Brandon returns to action Sunday after the Red Deer Rebels (4:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
|Ty Lewis took warmup Friday|
Chaff...F Jayce Hawryluk (lower body) did not play for Brandon Friday, and was joined on the Wheat Kings’ scratch list by D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis and D Mark Tarschuk...Lewis, who’s been sidelined since training camp, took warmup prior to Friday’s game before being scratched...As expected, F Rihards Bukarts returned to the Brandon lineup after missing six games with a lower body injury...attendance Friday was 4,941, the largest crowd of the season.