October 2, 2013, BRANDON, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings kicked off a 5-game Western Hockey League home stand Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over the defending Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings at Westman Place.
Thanks to Captain Ryan Pulock, who rejoined the team this week after spending the past month with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, and a potent powerplay that accounted for all four goals, the Wheat Kings improved their record to 3-2-0 on the season.
Scoreless after twenty minutes, the Wheat Kings built up a 3-0 second period lead only to see Oil Kings’ veteran Mitch Moroz score his fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season – in a span of two and a half minutes – to even things up at three. Pulock, with his second goal of the night with 1:01 remaining in the second restored Brandon’s lead and that goal turned out to be the difference.
A 19-year old Grandview, Manitoba product, Pulock finished the night with two goals and four points in his first WHL game of the season. It also was enough to push him past the 150-point plateau in his four year career with the Wheat Kings. In 196 WHL games, the Islanders first round draft choice has scored 43 goals and 151 points.
Tim McGauley, with his second of the season and Jayce Hawryluk with his first, rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who play host to Vancouver and Red Deer this Friday and Saturday nights at Westman Place.
20-year old defenceman Rene Hunter meanwhile chipped in with three assists for the Wheat Kings, who finished the night 4 for 8 with the man advantage. Edmonton meantime went 0 for 4 on the powerplay.
In making his fourth appearance of the season, veteran Curtis Honey made 33 stops in the Brandon net, including seventeen in the first period. The Oil Kings’ netminding tandem of Tyler Santos and Tristan Jarry combined to make 19 saves for the Oil Kings, who won all four regular season meetings between these two teams in 2012-13.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com Photo Courtesy of Milana Paddock.