|Nolan Patrick (center) reached the 20-goal mark on Saturday|
Reid Duke had two goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings, who trailed 2-1 midway through the second period before scoring seven goals in the next 18 minutes and 55 seconds of the contest.
“I thought guys played harder in the second and third than they did in the first. Even though we had some time with the puck in the first period, I thought we were being a little cute and a little fancy,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought the second and third were a lot more workmanlike and because of that, better results followed.”
The Wheat Kings threw 55 shots at Regina netminders Daniel Wapple and Tyler Brown including 43 over the final 40 minutes of the contest.
Ryan Pilon and Nolan Patrick also scored a pair of goals each for Brandon, with Patrick’s two markers making the 16-year old Winnipeg product the first rookie in the WHL to reach the 20-goal plateau on the season.
Quintin Lisoway, who snapped a 16-game goalless streak, and Rihards Bukarts also scored for Brandon while Tim McGauley and Ivan Provorov added three assists each.
The contest was the first between the Wheat Kings and the Pats since a January 2nd trade that saw Brandon send Jesse Gabrielle to Regina for Morgan Klimchuk.
With that in mind, the Wheat Kings felt being disciplined was one of the keys to their success.
“We didn’t want to get too engaged with their play and when they weren’t disciplined, we took advantage of that,” said Pilon, who scored one of Brandon’s three power-play goals on the night, “The refs were looking for us to make a couple of penalties but our discipline stayed real well and it paid off for us in the end.”
Klimchuk had two assists against his former team to become the seventh Wheat Kings’ player to reach the 40-point mark for the season.
The victory moved Brandon (35-9-3-1) eight points ahead of idle Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Wheat Kings’ next game is Tuesday when they host the Swift Current Broncos (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Brandon scratched F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), D Kale Clague (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...the six wins matches the Wheat Kings’ longest winning streak of the season, set from October 28 – November 8...Provorov’s 24 power-play points (7 G, 17 A) are the second-most in the Western Hockey League.