Wheaties cruising

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

This may have been a dress rehearsal but neither team brought out their Sunday best.

In an opening round playoff preview, the Brandon Wheat Kings had a three-goal outburst before spending ample time on cruise-control during a 4-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors before an announced crowd of 4,056 at the MTS Centre in Western Hockey League action last night.

The Wheat Kings have beaten the Warriors six times and tied the other with the final game of the season series set for tomorrow night at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

"It wasn't really the performance we wanted from our team, knowing we're going to play these guys in the playoffs," said Wheat Kings forward Eric Fehr, a Winkler product who leads the WHL in goals and points. "Our team likes to score in spurts. We get some momentum going, some shots on net and anything can go in for us. Guys like to build on momentum. It's too bad we didn't have that going in the last couple of periods."

The game was scoreless for more than 11 minutes before the Wheat Kings got on the board with a power-play marker from Fehr.

Cross-ice feed

Playmaker Ryan Stone made a brilliant cross-ice feed to Fehr, who used a quick release to one-time his shot past Warriors goalie Josh Lepp for his 58th of the campaign.

Sami Sandell and Jakub Sindel scored 51 seconds apart to give the Wheat Kings three goals in a span of two minutes and 13 seconds.

"We had a real good start to the game, which obviously was a key for us because the last three times we've played Moose Jaw we trailed after one period," said Wheat Kings head coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon, whose squad was 4-0 at the MTS Centre this season. "We had stretches where there were some real positives and things we can reinforce and hopefully continue. And there's some areas I thought we were exploited."

Brandon made it 4-0 at 13:35 of the second period on a goal from Codey Burki.

Warriors forward Steven Gillen broke up the shutout bid 37 seconds later, sliding the puck through the five-hole of Tyler Plante and Masi Marjamaki rounded out the scoring at 17:01 of the third period.

Brandon closes out the regular season on Saturday against the Regina Pats and open the WHL playoffs against the Warriors next Friday at the Keystone Centre. Game 2 goes next Sunday at the MTS Centre.

MILESTONE CHASE: Fehr is looking to become the first Wheat Kings player to win the WHL scoring derby since Ray Ferraro did it in 1983-84. Fehr, who recently set a new WHL record with his fifth overtime goal of the season, is also looking to become the first Wheat King to crack the 60-goal plateau since Darren Ritchie had 62 in 1994-95.


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