Chad Nychuk (1G-1A) and Ducan Pierce (1G-1A) had multi-point nights as the Brandon Wheat Kings stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 4-0 win over the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night.
Nychuk's powerplay goal in the first period was the lone goal of the hockey game until the Wheat Kings broke it open in the third period. After back to back 40+ save efforts from Jiri Patera, the Czech netminder finally had a light workload, making 21 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
Taylor Gauthier was excellent between the pipes for Prince George, keeping the Cougars in it with a 38 save performance.
"We had all kinds of chances tonight," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "I liked that we stayed with our game and we didn't get frustrated. Their goaltender played extremely well."
Connor Gutenberg and Marcus Sekundiak scored 0:31 apart in the third period to quickly turn the lead from 2-0 to 4-0.
"We were creating all kinds of opportunities tonight and the message was to just stay patient," added Lowry. "We needed to keep doing what we were doing and eventually you can break a team down. These games are 60 minutes and tonight after 40, we didn't like the score but we liked where we were."
The Wheat Kings finished 1/6 on the powerplay while killing all four Cougar opportunities. Both teams were awarded a two-man advantage on the night.
Brandon's seven-game winning streak has pushed their record to 22-17-1-2, good enough for 47 points. The Wheat Kings are now four points up on Saskatoon for third place in the East Division and four points back of Prince Albert for second place. A record of 10-2-0-2 since December 1st has helped the club gain a ton of ground in the hunt for home-ice advantage in the WHL playoffs.
"Right now we're finding different ways to win hockey games," added Lowry. "What that does is put belief into your group. Tonight, we're in a one-goal game and we stayed patient, we managed pucks in the neutral zone, didn't have a lot of turnovers and got the job done."
Brandon played without Braden Schnieder and Ridly Greig who are in Hamilton, Ontario for the CHL Top Prospects game on Thursday night. Schnieder is expected back for Friday's game vs Calgary, while Greig will miss both games this weekend serving a two-game suspension for his goalie interference major penalty from last Friday night.
BWK - Chad Nychuk (5) (Iorio) 8:12 PPG
Shots: 13-9 Brandon
Shots: 13-7 Brandon
BWK - Duncan Pierce (4) (Kallionkieli, Nychuk) 1:35
BWK - Connor Gutenberg (9) (Reinhardt, Salame) 8:46
BWK - Marcus Sekundiak (6) (Pierce) 9:17
Final Shots: 41-21 Brandon