Cole Sanford scored twice and Adam Brooks had a goal and an assist for the Pats, with Brooks’ goal coming just 22 seconds into the contest.
That alone didn’t doom the Wheat Kings, but the club then proceeded to go 0-for-4 on the power-play in the opening frame including over a minute with a two-man advantage.
“When you have four power-plays in the first period including a 5-on-3 and aren’t able to capitalize and get back to even, I thought that hurt us,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It wasn’t a case where our power-play wasn’t clicking...I thought our power-play was pretty good, I thought it did give us momentum.”
Brandon finally did get back to even ground on a Tyler Coulter goal 9:23 into the second period, but the Pats re-took the lead just 34 seconds later on a Riley Woods’ goal.
“If we could stop time right there, I think that’s where the mistakes that really hurt us happened. For me, unacceptable to give up a goal right after we tied the game,” said McCrimmon, “Too soft on the next shift. I think we have to play a lot harder at this time of year than what we did.”
Sanford gave the Pats a two-goal cushion 2:21 into the third period, with Nolan Patrick getting the next goal, pulling the Wheat Kings to within one at 3-2 with just under seven minutes left in regulation.
However, the Pats restored a two-goal lead just 32 seconds after the Patrick goal, with Sanford notching his second of the game.
Tyler Brown stopped 30 shots in the Pats’ net including all 15 he faced in the first period while Jordan Papirny made 25 saves in the Brandon goal.
The loss leaves the Wheat Kings with a six-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division, and five points behind the front-running Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference standings.
Brandon is idle until they host the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Patrick extended his goal-scoring streak to six games Saturday, tying him for the longest streak in the WHL this season...Jayce Hawryluk had two assists Saturday, extending his point streak to six games and giving him 26 points in the last 11 contests...F Reid Duke (upper body) was among Brandon’s scratches, while F/D Mark Matsuba (healthy), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body) were also out of the lineup...Brandon product Calen Addison, the second overall pick by the Hurricanes in the 2015 Bantam Draft, made his WHL debut Saturday in Lethbridge’s 4-3 overtime loss in Edmonton...Jordan Thomson’s Pink the Rink jersey was auctioned off during Saturday’s broadcast on CKLQ, netting a high bid of $600.