|Ivan Provorov scored a pair of power-play goals Saturday|
Ivan Provorov scored two of those power-play goals for Brandon while Nolan Patrick and John Quenneville also tallied with the man advantage against Swift Current’s league-leading penalty-kill unit.
Brandon seemed to gain entry into the offensive zone a little easier than in the last couple of games, which helped lead to the success they enjoyed on the power-play.
“It depends on what your penalty-kill team, how they react and where they choose to pressure and if they’re focused on taking the drop-pass away from you, then you’re going to be able to skate the puck into the zone,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought our power-play breakout tonight was real good, and definitely was a big part of the success we had on the night.”
Swift Current pulled Landon Bow after the fourth Brandon goal 8:29 into the second period, replacing him with rookie Travis Child.
Child was beaten by Quintin Lisoway on the first shot he faced upon entering the game, the only goal he would give up on 24 shots after coming into the contest.
The Lisoway goal gave Brandon a 5-1 lead midway through the second period.
Swift Current chipped away with Brycen Martin scoring before the end of the second period and Colby Cave making to 5-3 2:48 into the third period.
Glenn Gawdin then made it a one-goal game with 6:19 left in regulation before the Wheat Kings salted away their 22nd victory on Tim McGauley’s empty-net goal with 25 seconds left.
The victory leaves the Wheat Kings still two points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings and moves Brandon nine points ahead of the second-place Regina Pats in the East Division.
The Wheat Kings’ next game is Wednesday in Moose Jaw.
|Nolan Patrick had his 10th goal of the season Saturday|
Chaff...former Wheat Kings’ captain Ryan Pulock, who was recalled by the New York Islanders on an emergency basis Friday, was returned to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday without appearing in an NHL game...Brandon scratched D Mark Matsuba (upper body), F Rihards Bukarts (lower body), D Kale Clague (upper body) and F Ty Lewis (upper body)...John Quenneville’s second period goal was his 100th career WHL point...Brandon rookie Nolan Patrick has six goals and nine points in the last eight games and is fourth in rookie scoring in the WHL.