Lynden McCallum and Luka Burzan each scored a pair of goals as the visitors erupted with a five-goal barrage in the second period and the Brandon Wheat Kings extended their winning streak to nine games with a 6-0 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action at Mosaic Place on Saturday.
Brandon goalie Ethan Kruger made 35 saves for his third shutout of the season. It’s the team’s seventh shutout of the season and fourth of the calendar month, the first time that’s happened since Andrew Hayes and Joe Caligiuri did it in February, 2008. Brandon last had seven shutouts in a season in 2009-10.
Brandon (24-17-1-2) received its other goals from Ben McCartney and Connor Gutenberg. Moose Jaw fell to 11-27-2-0 in front of a crowd of 2,722.
Wheat Kings head coach Dave Lowry said his team had a good start, even if the teams were tied 0-0 after 20 minutes.
"I saw a very patient team," Lowry said. "In the first period, I thought we executed really well. We didn’t score any goals but we created a bunch of chances and really limited what we gave up. In the second period, (McCartney) goes to the net hard and creates that first goal and we were able to take over a hockey game."
Brandon opened the scoring midway into the middle frame, sparking a four-goal attack in five minutes.
McCartney jammed the puck past Moose Jaw goalie Boston Bilous from the goal line to make it 1-0, drawing boos from the crowd, who were looking for a goaltender interference call.
Soon after, Brandon capitalized twice on a 4-on-4 opportunity.
Gutenberg tipped a goal between the legs of Bilous on a slap pass by Chad Nychuk, and just 38 seconds later Burzan snapped home a shot.
McCallum then added a pair, with the first coming 66 seconds after Burzan’s goal.
The fourth goal chased Bilous from the net, with Brock Gould coming in to replace him. But before the period ended, McCallum banged home a rebound for the fifth two-goal game of his career.
Burzan added his second goal in the third period when his pass to Marcus Kallionkieli bounced back to him and he fired it home.
Bilous and Gould stopped 34 shots for the Warriors.
Brandon went 0-for-2 on the power play, with Moose Jaw failing to score in four opportunities.
ICINGS: Brandon played without injured forward Nolan Ritchie, suspended forward Ridly Greig, who served the second game of his two-game ban, and healthy scratch Rylan Thiessen … The Wheat Kings have scored the first goal of the game in eight of their last nine outings.
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