Vancouver, B.C. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings snapped a 3-game winless streak Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Giants in Vancouver.
Third period powerplay goals by Nick Buonassisi and Tim McGauley - 78 seconds apart in the third period - lifted Brandon to the win and in the process handed the Giants their fifth straight defeat.
With the win, the Wheat Kings improved to 2-2-1-0 on their 7-game western road swing and 7-5-2-0 overall and moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference with the Red Deer Rebels.
Buonassisi finished the game with two goals for the Wheat Kings, who close out their longest road trip of the season this weekend with games in Kamloops and Prince George on Friday and Saturday nights.
After watching the team struggle with special teams play through the first five games of the trip, head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk says the two powerplay goals were a welcome sight.
"We haven't got a lot of goals here as of late on the power play," Gylywoychuk told the Brandon Sun after the game. "Give credit to the guys, they worked at it and found a way. The biggest thing we were doing tonight (is) we were getting some pucks to the net with people in front and we got rewarded."
Rookie center Tim McGauley rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who received a 27-save performance from veteran netminder Corbin Boes. Meanwhile newly acquired center Chad Robinson picked up an assist for his first ever point as a Wheat King. The 19-year old Minnedosa product was obtained from Red Deer on Monday for a conditional draft choice.
Jackson Houck and Brett Kulak replied for the Giants, who elected to go with 16-year old rookie netminder Payton Lee in goal rather than former Wheat King Liam Liston. Vancouver's third goalkeeper is Tyler Fuhr, a former Brandon bantam draft choice.