If, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, then the Saskatoon Blades know what that feels like after a Sunday visit to Brandon.
The Bridge City Bunch had their seven-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-3 setback to the Wheat Kings as they played their third game in less than 48 hours while Brandon sat idle and waited for the after beating visiting Swift Current on Friday.
Ty Lewis’ second goal of the game, on a seeing-eye shot through traffic that squeezed through Blue and Gold goaltender Ryan Kubic and just over the goal-line, snapped a 3-3 tie with 1:56 remaining in the third period.
“It was good to see us battle back,” said Blades assistant coach Bryce Thoma. “Down 3-1 (after the first period), you battle back and show some good character from the guys…takes the quit out and that was great to see.”
Lewis opened the scoring with Saskatoon on their only power play of the contest.
Braylon Shmyr tied the score with 2:04 remaining in the opening frame…only to have Brandon re-take the lead 34 seconds later on a goal from Connor Gutenberg. And, Tanner Kaspick tallied another 43 seconds after that…both Wheaties goals coming on similar plays with the scorer coming through free into the slot, taking a pass and deking to the back-hand before lifting a shot high over Bridge City Bunch goaltender Ryan Kubic.
Chase Wouters scored late in the second period and just past the mid-point of the third stanza to knot the score, setting the stage for Lewis’ heroics. Stelio Mattheos added an empty net goal as Brandon won to improve their record to 27-12-1…18-3-1 on home ice. The Wheat Kings out-shot the Blue and Gold 30-18…12-3 in the third period.
The Bridge City Bunch are idle until Wednesday when they begin a run of four consecutive games against Central Division opposition by hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 5 - Status: Final Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Westman Place - Brandon, MB