Brandon Wheat Kings
Swift Current, SK. — The Brandon Wheat Kings 4-game winning streak has come to an end.
The Swift Current Broncos erupted for four unanswered third period goals Saturday night en route to a 5-4 comeback win over the visiting Wheat Kings.
After jumping out to a 3-0 first period lead, the Wheat Kings held a 4-1 advantage through two periods before the third period collapse.
Brenden Walker, Alessio Bertaggia, Darian Dziurzynski and Mark Stone scored for the Wheat Kings, who fell to 15-7-1-1 on the season.
Daniel Dale scored twice – the first two goals of his Western Hockey League career – including the game winner with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period. Graham black, Christian Magnus and Ryon Moser also scored goals for the winners, who opened up the weekend with an impressive 6-2 victory over Moose Jaw on Friday night.
“We played so well for the first two periods, I guess ¾’s of the second period, and all of sudden we make a bad turnover and it gives them some life, and they took control of the second period from there,” Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I think it gave them a reason to go the dressing room and think they were still in it, and they came out and won it in the third period…in the third period, we really stayed back and let them come through. They were chipping pucks, they were getting in our zone and getting pucks behind us. Give them credit, they found a way to win the hockey game and I really felt we were really backed off. We didn’t seize the moment, we didn’t step up.”
Jon Groenheyde made 30 saves to pick up the win, while Brandon Anderson turned aside 28 of 33 Swift Current shots in the Wheat Kings’ net.
With the loss and Saskatoon’s 2-1 victory over Red Deer, the Wheat Kings fell out of first place in the WHL’s Eastern Division.
The Wheat Kings will be hoping to bounce back Sunday night when they close out a busy 3-game in three night weekend with a game against the Warriors in Moose Jaw. Brandon will then return home to host the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday.
Tickets to Tuesday’s game will go back on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca