Corbin Boes got the Brandon Wheat Kings to overtime and Eric Roy finished it.
Roy scored the winning goal 55 seconds into the extra frame as the Wheat Kings opened a three-game Western Hockey League road trip with a 2-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.
Boes made 43 saves as the Wheat Kings improved to 18-27-2-2, while former Rebel Chad Robinson had a goal and an assist for Brandon.
“Corbin was great for us again tonight,” Wheat Kings head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk said of his goaltender, who has stopped 128 of 135 shots in his last three games for a .948 save percentage. “He held us in when we needed him too, he made some big saves, he stopped a breakaway in the second period (and) he stopped some point-blank stuff early on.”
Robinson opened the scoring in the first period by jumping on a loose puck and burying it behind a sprawling Patrik Bartosak.
The Rebels (25-20-4-2) replied on a short-handed breakaway as Joel Hamilton stole the puck at the Red Deer blue-line and beat Boes to the top corner.
The Wheat Kings managed to emerge from the second period with the tie intact despite being outshot 16-5 in the frame. Both goalies came up with big glove saves as Boes denied a Brooks Maxwell breakaway, while Bartosak made a diving stop on John Quenneville.
Boes was on the ball again in the third period, going post-to-post to stop Rhyse Dieno on a Red Deer power play.
In the extra frame, Jayce Hawryluk flipped a pass to Roy, who skated into the high slot and snapped home his eighth goal of the season to give Brandon a 4-0 record against Red Deer this season.
The Wheat Kings continue their road trip tonight in Edmonton (7:35, CKLQ) against the Eastern Conference leading Oil Kings. Gylywoychuk said Friday’s win will give Brandon some momentum, but the team needs some improvement to take advantage of that.
“We knew that this was two big points for us to get started,” said Gylywoychuk, whose team wraps up the road trip Sunday against the Calgary Hitmen. “… There’s a lot that we can still do better. We weren’t as good as we wanted to (be) in puck management and the defensive zone at times, so we’ve got to make sure that we correct those things going into a tough building (Saturday) night against a very good team.”
ONE-TIMERS: Brandon gave up 40-plus shots for the third straight game … Bartosak made 24 saves for Red Deer … Brandon was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Red Deer was 0-for-3 … D Ryan Pulock returned to action for the Wheat Kings after missing five games due to a chipped bone in his wrist … Brandon scratched C Tyrel Seaman (concussion), LW/RW Richard Nejezchleb (hand) and LW Geordie Maguire.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 26, 2013