BRANDON, MB - The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four times in the 3rd period as they came back to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 Monday afternoon.
An up and down kind of first period in this game. The Wheat Kings came out flying, looking to open the scoring, but Corbin Boes came through with a number of top notch saves to keep Brandon off the score sheet. The Hurricanes had a couple of power plays in the first period, but were unable to score on either of those. Late in the period, the Wheaties picked up their play again and went on the man advantage. They would open the scoring with the power play when Richard Nejezchleb beat Boes after a flurry of action in front of the Lethbridge goal. That would give them a 1-0 lead on the Hurricanes through 20 minutes of play. Brandon held an 18-8 edge in shots.
In the second, a different Hurricanes team came out the dressing room. The Canes were able to shake off that late first period goal and settled down in a big way. They Hurricanes ended up tying the game half way through the period, when Kolten Olynek tipped in a Russ Maxwell shot on the power play for his 2nd goal of the season. That evened the score at 1-1. That didn't last long as the Hurricanes would take their first lead of the afternoon just 26 seconds later. Corbin Boes played the puck to Joel Topping and fed a pass ahead to Jamal Watson and he fired a shot short-side, beating Jordan Papirny giving Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. That was Watson's 6th goal of the season. The Canes held on to that one goal lead through 40 minutes. They also cut into the shots on goal, as the Wheaties held a 30-21 edge.
In the third, the Wheaties would come out gunning. A power play goal by Peter Quenneville just over a minute in would tie the game at 2-2. Two minutes later, Brandon would take the lead again, this time on another goal by Richard Nejezchleb, his second of the game to give the Wheaties a 3-2 lead. The Canes kept battling back. Another power play goal by Lethbridge, this one off the stick of Macoy Erkamps, his 3rd of the year and that tied the game at 3-3. The Wheat Kings though would keep pressing late and they would end up going ahead for good when Richard Nejezchleb scored his 3rd of the game to make it 4-3 Brandon and the Wheaties would seal it with an empty net goal by Jens Meilleur to give them a 5-3 victory. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 2-17-1-2 and extends their losing skid to 10 straight games. The Hurricanes power play was good once again, going 2/5 in this game. Brandon went 2/4. The Wheat Kings out shot Lethbridge 43-29.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are battling the injury bug right now. Four regulars were out of the line-up Monday afternoon in Brandon. Both Riley Sheen and Reid Duke have missed the past two games for the Canes. Carter Amson has been out the past couple of weeks and Josh Derko was a late scratch prior to the game.
The Hurricanes next action is Tuesday (Nov. 12) when they play the Warriors in Moose Jaw. This will be the second of 4 meetings this season between the clubs. The Warriors beat the Canes back in Lethbridge a few weeks ago so the Hurricanes will be hoping for a bit of payback. Lethbridge returns home Saturday night (Nov. 16) when they take on the Red Deer Rebels for the second time in one week. Game time from Moose Jaw Tuesday is 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30.