Adam Brooks picked up right where he left off before Christmas.
The Pats captain scored a hat trick during the team’s last game before Christmas break against the Moose Jaw Warriors and then scored another three in their first game back after the holiday, lifting his team 7-4 over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Wheat Kings started the scoring late in the period with a goal from Tyler Coulter, but Austin Wagner evened things out with just 27 seconds left in the frame to make it 1-1 going into the first intermission.
The Pats scoring came alive in the second and the defence held strong. Goals from Brooks, Dawson Leedahl and Connor Hobbs brought the Pats tally up to four, with Brandon managing one goal courtesy of Reid Duke.
Three minutes into the third period Brooks scored his second goal of the night completely unassisted. Brandon would surge after that with Coulter scoring his second and Ty Lewis also finding the back of the net making the 5-4.
But the Pats came back with Sam Steel scoring his 24th of the season with assists from Jonathan Smart and Dawson Leedahl.
Adam Brooks sealed the deal and earned his second consecutive hat trick with an empty netter in the dying minutes of the game.
The win moves the Pats to 23-3-6 on the year and they remain atop the eastern conference.
The Wheat Kings will try their luck again against the Pats at home on Wednesday night.
ODDS AND ENDS
- Sam Steel, Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner were the games three stars.
- Brooks now has back-to-back hat tricks and has scored 5 points in consecutive games.
- Sam Steel has a new career high of 24 goals in a season.
- The Pats penalty kill went 10 for 10 with a shorthanded goal Tuesday night.
- Steel and Brooks remain in the top two spots for points in the WHL with 59 and 58 points respectively.