Medicine Hat, AB. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings kicked off their 7-game Western Hockey League road trip on a winning note Tuesday night in Medicine Hat.
The Wheat Kings came back from three 2-goal deficits to score a 7-6 victory over the hometown Tigers and snap a 2-game losing streak in the process.
Captain Ryan Pulock, who is currently second in league scoring among defencemen, scored two goals and set up another for the Wheat Kings who scored back to back goals 22 seconds apart midway through the final period to get the win.
“Sometimes when you get like that on the road, you can get down and it was kind of funny because guys just said that we’ve done it before, let’s do it again,” Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show. “We kept with it, nobody ever got down, it was positive all night. That’s what you want, you want your guys to keep playing because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Alessio Bertaggia also scored twice for the winners, giving the Swiss left-winger four in his last two games. Tyler Yaworski, Tim McGauley and Ryley Miller rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who improved their record to 6-3-1-0 on the season.
Elgin Pearce had two goals and an assist in a losing cause for the Tigers, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Corbin Boes made 27 saves to pick up the win in goal for the Wheat Kings while Dawson MacAuley turned aside 35 of 42 Brandon shots in a losing cause.
Brandon is back in action Wednesday night in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. This game will be Nick Buonassisi's first in Lethbridge since being traded to the Wheat Kings in August for a fifth round bantam draft choice. A 20-year old Coquitlam product, Buonassisi enters the game with four goals and 12 points in ten games this season.
Tonight's game is an 8:05pm start, with the pre-game show on 880 CKLQ set to start at 7:35pm CST.
Following the game the team will head to British Columbia and their annual tour through the Western Conference, beginning Saturday night against the Rockets in Kelowna.