(Courtesy of Branden Crowe, Q Country) Regina, SK – A perfect night on the penalty kill helped propel the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Regina Pats on Monday afternoon.
The Wheat Kings killed all five penalties they took, including a double-minor to Braden Schnieder on route to their 30th win of the season.
Luka Burzan and Ben McCartney scored for Brandon, while Drew Englot snuck the lone Pats goal past Ethan Kruger.
“I liked our bounce back from the loss on Saturday,” said Assistant Coach Mark Derlago. “It was a tough road loss and to come in here for an afternoon game, I felt we had good legs, we came out hard and we got the two points.”
Kruger was named the game’s first star, kicking aside 25 shots for his 10th win of the season. The Sherwood Park, AB native was just three minutes shy of his fourth career shutout.
The Pats were pushing for the equalizer late in the game, but Brandon got key shot blocks from Connor Gutenberg, Marcus Sekundiak and Jonny Lambos.
“We got huge shot blocks at the end of the game,” said Derlago. “All night long we saw guys putting their bodies on the line and getting in shooting lanes and that’s important this time of year.”
The win gives Brandon 65 points on the year and keeps them in sole possession of the third place in the East Division. It was an important weekend for Brandon, finishing with a record of 3-1-0-0 in the last six days.
Meanwhile, Winnipeg came back to beat Medicine Hat 4-2 moving them back into a tie atop the division with the Prince Albert Raiders (69 pts).
Brandon is back in action on Friday night at Westoba Place as they host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Blue Bomber Night at Westoba Place.
Tickets to the game go back on sale Tuesday morning at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com