The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a quick 3-0 first period lead and hung on for a 4-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at Westoba Place.
Duncan Pierce scored twice, including the game winner as Brandon gave themselves a little breathing room in the East Division with another two-points in the standings.
"I loved our start tonight," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "I thought we were dialed in, we were prepared to play and we got off to a great start. The first period was outstanding."
Brandon outshot the Blades 14-12 in the first period and got goals from Pierce, Cole Reinhardt, and Luka Burzan. For Burzan, the goal was his 100th career WHL tally and his 31st of the season.
The Blades gathered some momentum in the second period and got the game to within one on goals by Zach Huber and Kyle Crnkovic.
"We knew we were going to see a push back tonight," added Lowry. "They (The Blades) weren't happy with their play in their building on Wednesday and I know they likely weren't going to be happy with their first period. They had a good push but I liked the way we locked down a one goal lead. If you want to have success in the playoffs you have to be able to win one goal games."
Jiri Patera was excellent between the pipes for Brandon, making 29 saves for his 20th victory of the season.
Jonny Lambos and Markus Sekundiak chipped in offensively as well, recording two assists each. Pierce's 2nd of the night into the empty net would seal the victory for the Wheat Kings.
"Tonight we pushed pucks behind them, we played in straight lines and we made them play through us. That for us wasy key. Our defense did a good job going back for pucks and getting pucks going up the ice and we won a lot of battles along the walls."
The victory gives Brandon 63 points, leaving them four points up on the Blades for 3rd place in the Division. Prince Albert regained sole possession of first place with a win over Swift Current, while Winnipeg took the loss in Lethbridge, leaving them just 2 points ahead of Brandon for 2nd place.
The Wheat Kings head to Prince Albert on Saturday night and will look to continue on their winning ways against the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup Champion Radiers. (7:00 on QCountry Radio).
BWK - Cole Reinhardt (27) (Lambos, Schmiemann) 4:29
BWK - Luka Burzan (31) (Nychuk, McCartney) 7:29
BWK - Duncan Pierce (7) (Sekundiak, Lambos) 14:09
Shots: 14-12 Brandon
SAS - Kyle Crnkovic (15) (Unassisted) 5:05
SAS - Zach Huber (14) (Walford, Reinhardt) 15:22
Shots: 14-8 Saskatoon
BWK - Duncan Pierce (8) (Thorpe, Sekundiak) 19:42 ENG
Final Shots: 38-30 Saskatoon