Jayce Hawryluk added a pair of goals for Brandon as the Wheat Kings won for the sixth time in seven games, and improved their league-leading road record to 15-6-1-0.
The Blades opened the scoring on Cameron Hebig’s 21st of the season 6:20 into the first period, but Duke responded 35 seconds later to pull Brandon back to even ground.
The Wheat Kings then scored the next three goals, with Hawryluk giving Brandon a 2-1 lead midway through the first and Duke and John Quenneville scoring in the opening 3 ½ minutes of the second period.
Duke completed his hat-trick with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 28 seconds into the third period, giving the Minnesota Wild draft pick a team-high 25 goals on the season.
“He was good, their line was good. Tim McGauley was good as was John Quenneville, and they should be good. That’s three high-end players that all have good size, real good skill and look to be developing some chemistry here as we move along,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “That’s a hard line to handle when they have their feet moving and keep the game simple.”
Quenneville finished with a goal and two assists while McGauley had one assist in the contest, giving the former Blades’ prospect 34 points in 28 career games against Saskatoon.
Brandon scored a pair of power-play goals for the second straight night, giving the club ten power-play goals in their last six games.
“Structure has been better and, with that, I don’t think anyone has been handcuffed,” said McCrimmon, “I think we still have the ability to make a lot of plays but we’ve been a little more rigid in terms of the set plays that we’re looking at, and just a little more disciplined in terms of having structure positionally on the power-play.”
Macoy Erkamps had three assists for Brandon while Ivan Provorov had a pair of helpers.
Logan Thompson stopped 18 shots in his first start in the Wheat Kings’ net since December 29th.
Brandon will conclude their 3-in-3 Saskatchewan road trip Sunday when they visit the Regina Pats (3:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...the Wheat Kings have now won ten straight games in Saskatoon, with their last loss at the SaskTel Centre coming on March 1, 2013...Brandon scratches Saturday were D James Shearer (healthy), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) and F Connor Gutenberg (lower body)... Brandon F Nolan Patrick saw his six-game point streak come to an end Saturday...the Lethbridge Hurricanes held Bryce Salvador night ahead of their home game Saturday against Moose Jaw. Salvador, a Brandon product, played five seasons with the Hurricanes from 1992 to 1997...Brandon product Turk Broda was inducted into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Legends Row on Saturday.