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Warriors take one on chin from Wheat Kings

Six-point night from Burzan paces Wheaties to 11-1 win over Warriors in Brandon
The Brandon Wheat Kings apparently wanted to make a statement in their Teddy Bear Toss game against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

Ridley Greig sent the bears flying only 2:59 into the game, the Wheat Kings would lead 4-0 before the contest was 10 minutes old and Brandon would eventually take an 11-1 win in Western Hockey League action at Westoba Place.

Former Warriors forward and current Colorado Avalanche prospect Luka Burzan finished the contest with three goals and six points to lead the Wheat Kings, who would lead 5-0 after the first period and hold an 8-1 edge through two.

Ridley Greig and Cole Reinhardt had two goals each, Ben McCartney scored once and finished with four points. Jonny Lambos, Marcus Kallionkieli and Lynden McCallum had one goal apiece to round out Brandon’s offensive outburst.

Adam Evanoff got the start for the Warriors and was pulled in favour of Jackson Berry after the first period, having made 11 saves on 16 shots. Berry would stop 12 shots in his 40 minutes of work.

Jiri Patera turned aside 22 shots for Brandon.

The Warriors fell to 10-17-1-0 and now sit 10 points back of Brandon for the second Eastern Conference wild card berth. The Wheat Kings improved to 14-15-1-2 and are tied for third in the East Division.

The Warriors will close out their pre-Christmas schedule Saturday night against the Kelowna Rockets. Game time is 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place.

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