Wheaties get best of Warriors

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

The Brandon Wheat Kings have a lot of fight left in them.

They showed that last night against the team they could very well face in the post-season.

The Wheat Kings, who are scrapping with the Prince Albert Raiders for the fourth and final playoff spot in the WHL's East Division, scored four unanswered goals in the third period last night to dump the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-4 at MTS Centre.

Brandon (26-31-6-4) stayed three points up on the Raiders, who upset the Calgary Hitmen 2-1 in a shootout last night. Brandon and P.A. both have five games remaining.

"That was a huge comeback, and that was a huge win," said Wheat Kings forward and Winnipeg native Codey Burki, who potted his 24th goal and added an assist last night. "We just kept our composure and played well."

Warriors forward Dustin Boyd, a Winnipegger who won gold with the Canadian junior hockey team two months ago, scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season, and the Warriors took a 4-2 lead at the 4:21 mark of the third.

The Wheat Kings, however, got right back in it. Cole Hunter scored just 1:28 later, and Bryan Kauk tied it up at the 8:30 mark.

Mark Derlago potted the game-winner 1:02 later, and Tyler Dittmer added the insurance with an empty-netter in the final minute.

Boyd was at a loss when asked to describe what happened.

"I really don't know what we were thinking," he said.

Andrew Clark had the other goal for the Wheaties, while Travis Ehrhardt and Carter Smith also tallied for the Warriors, who fell to 42-18-5-3 and failed to clinch the East Division title.

LATE HITS: A puny crowd of only 2,150 showed up to watch last night's game, but Brandon's Teegan Moore and Moose Jaw's Jesse Zetariuk put on a great show for them during a third-period fight. They dropped their mitts and helmets in the corner but didn't start throwing punches until they danced all the way to centre ice. Both landed solid blows ... Brandon netminder Tyler Plante and Moose Jaw's Joey Perricone both made 26 saves ... The Wheat Kings come back to the MTS Centre on Saturday night, when they will face the Saskatoon Blades in another crucial contest.


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