On the strength of four first period goals, the Brandon Wheat Kings topped the visiting Victoria Royals by a 6-3 score at Westoba Place on Friday night to record their tenth consecutive win.
Brandon was led on the scoresheet by recently-turned-20-year-old Luke Burzan, who notched his 25th and 26th goals of the season. Second-year forward Ridly Greig and defenceman Vincent Iorio added a goal and an assist each.
Also key was goaltender Jiri Patera, who stopped 45 of 48 shots including 18 in a busy second period that saw the home team out-shot 20-9. The Czech Republic native has been in goal for eight of the ten games during the current streak, giving up more than one opposition goal for just the second time over that span.
The win gives Brandon a record on the season of 25-17-1-2, third place in the East Division and three points behind the first place Prince Albert Raiders.
The current streak matches the longest the BWK have had over the past 15 seasons (2017). Over the ten games that began with a 4-1 win over the Regina Pats on December 30th, the Wheat Kings have outscored opponents by a combined 38-10 margin.
Ten consecutive wins also represents the longest winning streak in the 22-team WHL this season. You may however encounter some debate on who the league’s hottest team is thanks to a remarkable 18-0-1–1 run currently being enjoyed by the Portland Winterhawks.
The Wheat Kings next play on Saturday night when they host hometown World Junior Gold Medallist Calen Addison and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Following that the club leaves for a four game road trip through Alberta that will not see them play at home in Brandon until February 7th.