|Rookie F Stelio Mattheos had points in three of Brandon's |
games this weekend, notching two goals and two assists.
The victory allowed Brandon to sweep their 3-in-3 weekend, and moved the Wheat Kings four points ahead of idle Lethbridge for first-place in the Eastern Conference.
Jayce Hawryluk and Ivan Provorov had two goals and an assist each for the Wheat Kings, who jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on Sunday.
The shots were only 9-8 in that opening frame, and Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny allowed Brandon to get their legs underneath them with a trio of quality saves in that opening period.
“I thought we were okay, and were able to score three goals on nine shots,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “In an 8-1 game, you wouldn’t often look to your goaltender as being a real significant piece of the win, but I thought Jordan made some stops when we needed.”
Jordan Thomson opened the scoring for Brandon 4:14 into the contest when Regina netminder Tyler Brown misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing Mark Matsuba to feed Thomson for what was, essentially, an empty-net goal.
Hawryluk and Provorov also scored in the opening period for Brandon, who lead the WHL with 95 first period goals this season.
“Third game in three nights, Regina didn’t play last night, that’s always a bit of a concern and yet that’s where I think that good start, the goal by Thomson put us out to an early lead,” said McCrimmon, “Things like that give you energy.”
Tim McGauley, Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps had the other goals for Brandon, who got points from 16 different players including Papirny, who notched his first assist of the season on the Wheat Kings’ fourth goal.
Erkamps and Provorov are now tied for second in defenceman scoring in the WHL with 65 points apiece, and their 130 combined points is the most for a Brandon blueline pair since Burke Henry and Andre Lupandin combined for 151 in 1998-99.
Nolan Patrick, John Quenneville and Tanner Kaspick added a pair of assists each for Brandon.
The Wheat Kings are now 22-10-3-0 on the road this season, and play their final road game of the season Friday in Saskatoon (6:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...Hawryluk, who has 10 goals and 16 points in four games this week, moved up another spot on the Wheat Kings’ all-time scoring list Sunday, pushing past Ryan Craig and into 22nd-place with 267 career points...Patrick notched his 150th career point Sunday...Tyler Coulter’s third period assist extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games (9 G, 15 A), tied for the second-longest in the WHL this season...Papirny played his 158th career game Sunday, tying him with Byron Penstock for 3rd-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list...Brandon scratches Sunday were F Jaeger White (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body) and F Connor Gutenberg (lower body).