Credit to Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
It wasn't pretty, but the Brandon Wheat Kings knocked off the WHL's best Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon.
Cole Reinhardt had two goals and an assist for Brandon who quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period. A stark contrast from one night prior in Red Deer.
"We got pucks behind their defense early and created some early offense," said Assistant Coach Don MacGillivray. "We played with a lot of pace, a lot of speed and we had four lines and six defense rolling early. We were ready to play tonight and it was great to see."
Ben McCartney and Lynden McCallum would score for Brandon as well but the 4-0 lead would quickly evaporate.
Edmonton got goals from four different players to tie the game up at four and force extra time.
"It's always difficult to stay in the game when you get up to a big lead early," added MacGillivray. "We have them some momentum by taking penalties but we got back to our game in the third period. We were in the shot lanes and got pucks out when we needed to. We did a lot of little things tonight that won't show up on the scoresheet but helped us win."
Ethan Kruger turned aside two of three Oil King shooters in the shootout while Luka Burzan and Ridly Greig remain a perfect 2/2 in shootout attempts this season, helping Brandon to their 10th victory of the season.
The Wheat Kings will now head to Medicine Hat to wrap up their three-game Alberta road trip with a Tuesday night affair vs the Tigers.
"Medicine Hat has a hard-working club and some dangerous players," said MacGillivray. "They are tenacious on the forecheck and a good powerplay. It's going to be a tough challenge for us but we're going to have to be ready to play."
Game time on Tuesday is 8:00 MB time. The QCountry pre-game show begins at 7:30.
BWK - Cole Reinhardt (11) (McCartney, Gutenberg) 0:22
BWK - Lynden McCallum (6) (Greig, Iorio) 4:16
Shots: 11-5 Brandon
BWK - Ben McCartney (11) (Reinhardt) 0:56
BWK - Cole Reinhardt (12) (Hagan, Nychuk) 4:12 PPG
EDM - David Kope (5) (Dowhaniuk) 10:13
EDM - Vladimir Alistrov (6) (Kope, Sawchuk) 17:22
Shots: 13-10 Edmonton
EDM - Dylan Guenther (5) (Neighbours, McLeod) 6:16
EDM - Loeden Schauffler (1) (Guenther, Neighbours) 10:30
Shots: 14-12 Edmonton
Final Shots: 34-34
BWK - Ridly Grieg - GOAL
EDM - Liam Keeler - NO GOAL
BWK - Luka Burzan - GOAL
EDM - Dylan Guenther - GOAL
BWK - Cole Reinhardt - NO GOAL
EDM - Vladimir Alistrov - NO GOAL