Brandon 4 Moose Jaw 2
Somebody forgot to tell Ty Lewis and Logan Thompson that the Brandon Wheat Kings were supposed to roll over and let the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades catch them for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Brandon has struggled immensely since dealing away Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick and their huge lead over the Raiders and Blades had mostly melted away.
They were only six points up on both teams coming into their game with the Moose Jaw Warriors (47-14-1-2) Friday and with the Warriors having the best record in the WHL, this looked like an opportunity for that gap top close even more.
Instead Ty Lewis notched a hat trick and Logan Thompson stopped 41 of 43 and Brandon took the game 4-2.
The win was Brandon’s first over Moose Jaw this season, as they dropped the first four games to them by a combined 26-13.
After Tristyn DeRoose took a penalty 6:29 in, Brandon used the ensuing power play to take an early lead.
Brandon got their speed going early and seemed to be more ready for the big game than Moose Jaw was.
Ty Lewis used a screen to beat Moose Jaw goalie Brody Willms for his 37th goal of the year to start off his scoring barrage.
Despite some good pressure from the Warriors, Brandon scored twice more in the first to go up 3-0.
First, Cole Reinhardt blocked down an outlet pass and burst the other way. His look would not get through but Luka Burzan got on the puck and fed Stelio Mattheos at the back post. That would be all for Willms who stopped four of six. Adam Evanoff came into the game in relief.
Then, 3:18 later, Lewis got his second of the period and 38th this year, when eh tracked down a loose puck in his own zone, chipped it past a pinching defender and went two-on-one the other way. He called his own number beating Evanoff on the rush.
Moose Jaw got one back later as Barrett Sheen got in behind the defense and waited out Logan Thompson, before going top shelf.
That would be all the scoring until midway through the third period as Thompson and Evanoff settled it.
Moose Jaw, who cranked 21 shots on net in the third, would draw the game’s next goal.
They would need a five-on-three power play to do it. Schael Higson and Mattheos took penalties 55 seconds apart to give the Warriors the two-man advantage.
Brayden Burke dished over to the right wing for Jayden Halbgewachs, who found Justin Almeida for the tap-in in front of the goal.
After the Warriors cut the Wheaties lead to one though, Thompson would stand tall. The overage netminder turned away the potent Warriors time and time again, helping his squad hold on.
Lewis completed his hat trick, adding some needed insurance later in the third. He scored it again on the rush as Mattheos tracked down a rebound and sent him flying. He beat Evanoff on the glove side, low for his 39th.
Evanoff turned away 13-of-15 in relief of Willms.
Brandon was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Moose Jaw was 1-for-5.