Saturday, February 7, 2015

Brandon 5 Kootenay 3

From Chris Wahl ...

The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four times in the third period in a 5-3 comeback victory over the Kootenay ICE Friday at Western Financial Place.

Wheat Kings forward Tim McGauley had three points including the game-winning goal as Brandon drew first blood in a two-game weekend series.

Kootenay jumped out to a 1-0 lead just shy of the eight-minute mark thanks to Tim Bozon, who tallied his 21st goal of the season to give the home side the advantage.

Luke Philp added to the ICE lead four minutes later, pouncing on a loose puck in the Wheat Kings slot before wristing it past goaltender Jordan Papirny.

Braylon Shmyr brought the visitors back to within a goal before a late first-period marker from Levi Cable put Kootenay up 3-1 at the intermission.

After a scoreless second period, Brandon's offense came to life. Quintin Lisoway again halved the Wheat King deficit 4:15 into period three, one-timing a shot from the left wing circle past ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin for his eighth goal of the season.

The Wheat Kings then scored twice in a 15-second span beginning with a rebound goal from Eric Roy at 7:33 of the third frame. McGauley deflected home a point shot moments later to give Brandon a 4-3 lead.

McGauley then rounded out the scoring with an empty-net tally in the dying seconds.

Papirny made 23 saves to record the win for the Wheat Kings, while Kootenay's Hoflin turned aside 28 shots.

The ICE killed all five Brandon power plays including a double-minor late in the third period.

Kootenay forward Jaedon Descheneau registered his 250th career WHL point with an assist on Philp's goal.

UP NEXT: the two teams meet again at Western Financial Place Saturday. Game time is 7:00 pm.