Photo courtesy of Robert Murray (WHL)
Calgary, AB – Jiri Patera kicked aside 37 shots for his 5th shutout of the season as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat Calgary 4-0 on Friday night.
Luka Burzan scored twice and added an assist as the Wheat Kings snapped a three-game losing skid and earned an important two-points in the race for the East Division pennant.
“Tonight was a textbook road game,” said Assistant Coach Don MacGillivray. “I thought we played really well. Our guys had a lot of energy and a lot of jump. We executed some things very will and the guys played hard.”
Brandon shut down the Hitmen on all five of their man advantages to preserve the shutout. The Wheat Kings have now killed twelve straight powerplays.
“Our goalie was excellent tonight,” added MacGillivray. “Usually when your penalty kill is good, it’s because your goalie is good and tonight Jiri was on his game. We had guys getting in the lanes and blocking shots, we kept Calgary to the outside and we got the job done.”
Marcus Sekundiak and Lynden McCallum chipped in with goals for Brandon while Chad Nychuk extended his point streak to six games with two assists on the night.
“You don’t win a game like tonight without everybody contributing,” said MacGillivray. “Right from the goalie all the way out, everyone did a great job tonight. It was a good team effort.”
The preserves Brandon’s spot in 3rd place in the Division, two-points up on Saskatoon. This road trip will conclude on Saturday night in Medicine Hat. (8:30 MB time)
Brandon scratched Ethan Kruger (Lower Body), Riley Ginnell (Healthy) and Rylan Thiessen (Healthy). Attendance at the Scotiabank Saddledome was 5,664.
BWK – Ridly Greig (28) (Greig, Nychuk) 9:40 PPG
BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (8) (Pierce, Lambos) 16:03
Shots: 19-9 Brandon
BWK – Lynden McCallum (17) (Burzan) 7:38
Shots: 15-11 Calgary
BWK – Luka Burzan (29) (Nychuk) 10:08
Final Shots: 42-37