Brandon, MB. — The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four straight goals, including three unanswered in the third period Saturday night to beat the visiting Prince George Cougars 6-3 at Westman Communications Group.
After jumping out to a quick 2-0 first period lead, the Wheat Kings gave up three straight goals to fall behind 3-2 in the second – a lead that the Cougars held for seven minutes before Calgary Flames’ draft choice Eric Roy evened the score on the powerplay at the 18:22 mark.
In the third, Ryan Pulock’s 15th goal of the season at the 10:31 mark snapped the tie and turned out to be the game winner as the Wheat Kings improved to 26-17-5 on the season to pull to within a point of the first place Broncos in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division.
A powerplay goal by defenceman Ryan Pilon and an empty net goal by Peter Quenneville – his second goal of the night – rounded out the Wheat Kings third period scoring. For Quenneville, he finished the night with a pair of goals to lead the winners, who outshot Prince George 31-28.
Quintin Lisoway also scored for the Wheat Kings, who will now hit the road for four games in five nights beginning Tuesday afternoon in Edmonton against the Oil Kings.
Todd Fiddler had a goal and three points in a losing cause for the Cougars, who were playing the second of a 6-game Eastern Division road trip. Rounding out the scoring for Prince George were Jansen Harkins and former Wheat King Klarc Wilson.
Wilson was Brandon’s first round bantam draft choice (10th overall) in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.
Both goalkeepers – Brandon’s Curtis Honey and Ty Edmonds of the Cougars – finished the night with 25 saves each.
Saturday night was MTS Connect Matt Calvert Bobblehead Night and attracted over 3,800 fans to Westman Communications Group Place. The first 2,000 fans in attendance received a bobblehead that featured the Columbus Blue Jackets star in his 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup Theme jersey.
Calvert played three seasons in Brandon and led the Wheat Kings to the Memorial Cup Championship Final against the Windsor Spitfires.
Brandon returns to Westman Place for two games in three nights on Wednesday and Friday, February 5th and 7th against Medicine Hat and Swift Current respectively. Tickets to both games go back on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com Photography Courtesy of Milanna Paddock