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Wheat Kings special teams make the difference in win over Oil Kings

Andy Devlin

 

Game two of the three-game eastern road trip didn’t go as planned for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Brandon Wheat Kings (31-20-3-2) capitalized with three power play goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Oil Kings (38-10-6-3) in front of 3,681 fans at Westoba Place on Friday night.

The Wheat Kings found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play nearing the midway point of the first period, and with two seconds remaining in the first Oil Kings call Brandon capitalized, taking a 1-0 lead at 10:31.

Just as the second penalty expired Brandon added to their lead, 2-0, for their second power play marker of the period at 11:32.

The Oil Kings, however, would respond moments later as overager Ethan McIndoe notched his 15th of the season after a long lead pass from Logan Dowhaniuk, picking off the far corner to make it a 2-1 game at 13:20, which rounded out first period scoring.

Shots on goal in the opening frame were 13-13.

In the second, the Wheat Kings extended their lead at 5:26 to make it a 3-1 game which maintained action until the home side notched another, after a brief review for a high stick, to make it 4-1 Brandon at 19:27 heading into the final frame.

Brandon barreled out of the gates in the third and added to their lead, 5-1, on Connor Gutenburg’s second of the game at 1:17.

At 8:34, Wheat Kings Marcus Sekundiak was called for boarding Liam Keeler and also given a game misconduct for the play. On the five minute man advantage the Oil Kings were unable to claw away at the deficit, as the visitors killed off the major man advantage.

With 4:28 to play in the third Josh Williams registered his 21st of the season, from Riley Sawchuk and Carter Souch, but it was the final red light of the night.

Shots on goal in the second period were 11-9 Brandon, and 10-5 Edmonton in the third for a game total of 32-29, Oil Kings.

Beck Warm (17-16-3-2) took the loss in goal for the Oil Kings, making 24 saves on 29 shots.

Jiri Patera (21-10-2-2) picked up the win, allowing two goals on 32 shots.

Brandon was 3-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Braden Schneider (BDN) (3), Jiri Patera (BDN) (2), and Connor Gutenberg (BEN) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.

Wyatt McLeod, Matthew Robertson and Ethan Cap each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Scott Atkinson.

The Oil Kings complete their three-game road trip when they face the Regina Pats on Saturday, February 22 at 6:00 PM MT.

They return home to Rogers Place on Tuesday, February 25 for another meeting with the Winnipeg ICE at 11:00 AM MT.

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