Swift Current, SK. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their season opening win streak to four games Friday night with a dramatic 5-4 Overtime Shootout win over the Broncos in Swift Current.
This marks only the second time in the past seventeen years that Brandon has kicked off the regular season with four straight victories.
Defenceman Eric Roy scored what turned out to be the game winner - the only goal scored in the Shootout - as the Wheat Kings opened up a 2-game Saskatchewan road trip on a winning note.
Brandon jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead Friday, only to see the Broncos even the score with two unanswered goals in the second. In period three, Levi Bews's powerplay goal gave Swift Current a 4-3 lead at the four minute mark but Nick Buonassisi - with his second of the game less than two minutes later - tied things up and set the stage for the extra session.
The former Lethbridge Hurricane center, who was obtained for a fifth round bantam draft pick in August, now has four goals and 9 points in four games this season.
“He been excellent with our young guys," Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke of 880 CKLQ after the game. "He really takes those guys under his wing and really makes everyone feel comfortable. He’s really good on the bench, he’s always positive and he’s great in the dressing room. Those are the things people don’t see, but he’s a real good leader both on and off the ice.”
Ryan Pulock and Ryley Miller rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who will travel to Moose Jaw to meet the Warriors on Saturday night. Pulock, Buonassisi and veteran Jens Meilleur have recorded points in all four games this season.
Graham Black, Dalton Reum and Chance Lund also scored for the Broncos, who outshot Brandon 41-30 including 9-0 in overtime.
In making his first start of the 2012-13 regular season, netminder Curtis Honey stopped 37 shots and then for good measure, four more in the shootout to pick up the win.
Brandon hasn't started the regular season with five straight victories since 1993. Saturday, they have a chance to do just that in Moose Jaw. Game time is 8pm CST, with the pre-game show on 880 CKLQ at 7:30.
Following Saturday's game, the Wheat Kings will return home for back to back home games next weekend against Portland and Red Deer on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets to both games as well as all remaining regular season games will go on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at www.keystonecentre.com