|Jordan Papirny collected his fourth shutout of the season Saturday.|
Ivan Provorov set up all four of the Wheat Kings’ power-play goals, giving him 28 power-play points (7 G, 21 A) on the season and allowing him to become the first WHL defenceman to reach 50 points this season.
Reid Duke, Braylon Shmyr and Ryan Pilon scored first period goals for the Wheat Kings as Brandon jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes for the second straight night.
“(Friday) night I thought we were decent but more opportunistic than dominant,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Tonight, I thought we controlled the game real well in the first and turned it into a 60-minute effort, which wasn’t the case a night ago.”
Rihards Bukarts scored a power-play goal at the buzzer for the only goal of the second period, with Peter Quenneville and Nolan Patrick adding power-play goals for Brandon in the third.
The Quenneville and Patrick goals came on a five-minute power-play after Moose Jaw’s Jesse Shynkaruk was assessed a five-minute interference major for a hit the left Brandon’s John Quenneville woozy.
Quenneville was helped off the ice after suffering a suspected concussion, and is expected to be re-evaluated early next week.
The victory was Brandon’s 13th in 16 games since the Christmas break, and leaves Brandon (37-9-3-2) with a six-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standing.
The Wheat Kings return home for a couple of days before hitting the road again, this time for a four-game road trip that begins Wednesday night in Medicine Hat.
Chaff...Tim McGauley had three assists Saturday, including the 100th of his WHL career, extending his point streak to seven games (5 G, 10 A)...Wheat Kings’ captain Peter Quenneville is also on a seven-game point streak (4 G, 5 A)...Brandon scratched G Alex Moodie (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), D Kale Clague (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...Papirny has five career shutouts, which is tied for 7th-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list...Ryan Pilon had a goal and an assist Saturday to become the 9th Wheat Kings’ player to reach the 40-point mark this season.