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Baron Thompson netted his first two goals of the Western Hockey League season and Logan Thompson came up with 38 saves between the pipes as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Calgary Hitmen 5-3 on Sunday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Ty Lewis, who now sits third in league scoring with 17 points, also sniped a marker and picked up assists on first-period goals by Gunnar Wegleitner and Kade Jensen as the Wheat Kings won their third game on the road in as many nights.
Brandon beat the Red Deer Rebels 5-2 on Saturday and got by the Edmonton Oil King 7-3 on Friday in the Alberta capital.
The Wheat Kings (4-2-0-1) only won nine road games during the 2016-17 campaign so stringing together three in three nights is a big boost as they prepare to play five of their next six games inside the friendly confines of Westman Place beginning Wednesday against the Oil Kings at 7 p.m.
"That was a hard weekend for us. I thought that the guys really competed hard," head coach David Anning said. "We recognize the challenges on he road, I thought we faced them head on and we did a nice job of preparing ourselves being ready to play.
"If you look over the course of the weekend, we had good starts in the hockey games and we were able to play with the lead in every game, which is big."
Jakob Stukel had the first good scoring chance of the night just over two minutes into the contest, but the Calgary (1-4-1-0) forward rung it off the post.
Less than two minutes later, Wegletiner bulged the twine for the third successive game to give the Wheat Kings the lead. A soft wrist shot from the point by Jensen beat Nick Schneider around the midway mark of the period and Lewis made it a three-goal game 87 seconds later when he used his speed to gain a step on the Calgary defender and shovel a backhander into the net.
Caden Daley thought he had made it a four-goal Brandon lead but his shot from in tight crossed the goal-line just after the first-period buzzer sounded.
Baron Thompson added to the lead when he took a pretty cross-ice pass from rookie Marcus Sekundiak and put it past Schneider.
That’s when the Hitmen turned up the pressure, hemming the Wheat Kings in their own zone and drawing three penalties.
Schael Higson, Braden Schneider and Garrett Sambrook headed to the sin bin, but Logan Thompson kept the Hitmen off the board, stopping all 20 shots fired his way in the period.
"He looked athletic and quick, he was really focused, limited his rebounds and really competed hard," Anning said. "Those goal-mouth scrambles where there’s a lot of sticks and a lot of action in the crease it’s not always easy. He did a nice job of digging in and making sure that he was in the right spot and battled hard."
Stukel finally got one past the Calgary product six minutes into the third, but Baron Thompson collected his second goal of the game, grabbing the puck out of midair, dropping it down and firing it off the iron and in to make it 5-1.
The Hitmen scored two power-play goals in the final two minutes of regulation — both by Matteo Gennaro — but it was too little too late.
Schneider finished with 20 saves and the Calgary man advantage went 2-for-7, while Brandon’s was scoreless in three attempts. It was the first time this season the Wheat Kings had failed to score a power-play goal.
ICINGS: Brandon's healthy scratches were F Lynden McCallum, F Jonny Hooker and D Ty Ettinger. Injured defencemen James Shearer and Daniel Bukac remain out of the lineup with lower-body issues … The Wheat Kings improved to 4-0-0-0 in games they have scored first in this campaign … Calgary's roster includes D Layne Toder of Elkhorn; he helped the Portage Terriers capture the Manitoba Junior Hockey League crown last season.
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