Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists for the Wheat Kings, with Brandon erupting for five goals over the final 24 minutes and 35 seconds after scoring just once in their previous 135 minutes and 25 seconds of action.
“It was important because we fell behind so we needed to get going offensively,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We had some guys score that had been in dry spells so that part was encouraging to see. Our power-play scored two goals for us...we needed all of it tonight here in a real tough battle.”
Jayce Hawryluk and Peter Quenneville scored goals 49 seconds apart late in the second period to erase a 2-0 Calgary lead with Provorov, John Quenneville and Rihards Bukarts tallying third period markers for Brandon.
McCrimmon added their mental toughness was a lot better Sunday than was the case one day earlier in a 6-1 loss in Red Deer.
“I think that was the difference today as compared to our last couple of outings,” said McCrimmon, “I thought we were more prepared, more businesslike and more determined and I think when you start the game that way, you have the ability to weather the storm or overcome things in a game that are going to happen.”
It was Peter Quenneville’s first even-strength goal since December 3rd while John Quenneville snapped a 6-game pointless streak for the Wheat Kings, with the brothers scoring in the same game for the third time this season and fourth time in their WHL careers.
Provorov’s three points allowed him to retake the scoring lead among WHL rookies with 40 points while Nolan Patrick added a pair of assists for the Wheat Kings to give the fourth overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft 35 points including a rookie-leading 17 goals.
The win allowed the Wheat Kings to move four points ahead of idle Medicine Hat for top spot in the Eastern Conference, though the Tigers do have two games in hand.
The victory also snapped Brandon’s nine-game regular season losing streak in Calgary, giving Brandon their first regular season win at the Saddledome since January 28, 2011.
Brandon tries to end another long losing streak Tuesday when they visit the Edmonton Oil Kings to conclude their three-game Alberta road trip.
The Wheat Kings have lost 14 straight regular season and playoff games at Rexall Place.
Chaff...Brandon scratched D Kale Clague (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and F Tanner Kaspick (healthy)...D Eric Roy played his 293rd career game Sunday, moving him past Brett Thurston and into 10th-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list...F Quintin Lisoway played his 150th career game Sunday...Rihards Bukarts also joined the 40-point club Sunday, giving the Wheat Kings four players with 40 or more points this season – the only team in the WHL with four.