RED DEER - The Brandon Wheat Kings are a win away from advancing to the WHL Championship series after downing the Red Deer Rebels 4-2 at the Enmax Centrium on Wednesday night.
Brandon now leads the Eastern Conference Final 3-1 and can clinch the series with a win at home on Friday.
The Rebels opened the scoring eariy for the second straight night as Grayson Pawlenchuk pounced on a turnover for his third goal of the playoffs 3:54 into the first period.
Brandon tied it less than two minutes later when Macoy Erkamps capitalized on a Rebels defensive turnover to score his third of the post-season.
It looked as though Nolan Patrick had given Brandon the lead a couple of minutes later, but a lengthy video review determined Patrick kicked the puck into the net so his goal was disallowed. Brandon did take a 2-1 lead at the 16-minute mark when John Quenneville recorded his 12 goal of the playoffs and fifth of the series.
In the second period, Brandon flexed their muscle to earn the lion's share of scoring chances, out shooting the Rebels by a 18-7 margin. Rylan Toth held the fort to hold Brandon's lead to 2-1 heading into the final frame.
In the third, Jake DeBrusk tied the game for Red Deer, digging the puck out of the corner then beating Papirny top shelf for a power play goal just 17 seconds in.
The Wheat Kings took the lead for good at 6:36 when Tim McGauley capped off a pretty 3-on-2 play with his eighth goal of the playoffs. The Rebels pushed hard to tie the game but were unable to do so before Tanner Kaspick sealed their fate with an empty net goal in the final minute. Brandon skated away from game four with a 4-2 win.
Brandon out shot the Rebels by a final margin of 43-36. The Wheat Kings were 0/3 on the power play while the Rebels were 1/1. 5608 fans turned out for the game.
Game five of the series goes Friday night at Brandon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. with the McDonald's Pregame Show on 106.7 The Drive starting with Cam Moon at 6:20.
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