BRANDON – Two quick goals at the end of the second period were the difference for the Brandon Wheat Kings as they defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-4 in Game 3 of the second round on Tuesday, April 10.
Lethbridge now leads the series 2-1 overall.
The Wheat Kings started the game on time, when under five minutes into the opening frame Linden McCorrister opened the scoring with his 5th goal of the playoffs.
After killing off a Brandon powerplay midway through the first, the Hurricanes finally got on the board at 16:08 when Logan Barlage converted a pass from Zane Franklin past Wheat Kings goaltender Dylan Myskiw to make it 1-1.
Unfortunately for Lethbridge, a late Owen Blocker slashing penalty gave Brandon another chance on the powerplay and they made no mistake.
Ty Lewis’ 5th goal of the playoffs at 18:51 gave the Wheat Kings a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
The star of the first was Myskiw, making 17 saves on 18 Hurricanes shots as they outshot the Wheat Kings 18-15 overall.
Early in the second period it would be the Hurricanes evening the score up at 2-2, thanks to a Calen Addison at 2:54. But just 18 seconds later, Luka Burzan answered for Brandon giving the Wheat Kings a 3-2 lead as this seesaw game continued to go back and fourth.
Speaking of which, exactly six minutes later the Hurricanes would once again tie the game thanks to a Brad Morrison powerplay goal, his 7th of the playoffs.
It was the last three minutes of the middle frame that would sink Lethbridge in this one though.
First, Luka Burzan’s second goal of the night at 17:35 gave Brandon a 4-3 lead and then with under a minute to play in the period Stelio Mattheos’ 5th of the postseason gave the Wheat Kings a 5-3 lead heading to the third period.
Brandon also held the lead in shots in the second, at 15-12.
Morrison would bury another powerplay goal in the third period, cutting the deficit to 5-4, but that’s as close as the Hurricanes would come.
Lethbridge went 2-for-5 on the man advantage, while killing off five of six Brandon powerplays.
Shots ended at 40-39 in favour of Brandon.
Game 4 goes Wednesday April 11, with puck drop set for 6 p.m. mountain time.
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