Braylon Shmyr was the scoring hero as his present team, the Saskatoon Blades, staged a late, wild rally to out-score his former team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, 6-5 Friday night.
But, the 20-year-old Shmyr suffered from "selective memory" during 92-9, THE BULL's post-game show.
"I can't remember that, I blacked out," said the left winger when asked to go through his trio of third period goals...the fourth hat-trick of his W-H-L career.
However, Shmyr recalled the game-winner with 18 seconds remaining in regulation time, "It was a shot from the point and it went off (Wheaties' goalie Logan Thompson's) far pad and it came right out to me. I was kind of on a bad angle, so I was on my backhand...so, I just kind of took a back-hand clapper and it luckily went in."
For the third straight game, all against teams from the East Division ranked in the C-H-L's Top 10 this week, there was a wild third period comeback involving the Bridge City Bunch. Brandon, rated 10th, held a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Cam Hebig and Shmyr scored power play goals 26 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 4-3, only to have Evan Weinger complete a hat-trick for the Wheat Kings with just over six minutes to play, on a power play, for a 5-3 advantage.
Game, set and match...right?! Not so fast!
With goaltender Nolan Maier on the bench for an extra attacker, Blue and Gold defenceman Libor Hajek scored at 18:04. Shmyr tied it up just as Maier got to the bench again at 18:53 to tie the score...setting the stage for Shmyr's winner in front of 3,886 delirious fans.
Earlier in the week, the Blades rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the third period to force overtime before losing 7-6 at Moose Jaw Tuesday to the C-H-L's #2 ranked team. On Wednesday in Swift Current, Saskatoon let a 4-1 lead after two periods evaporate before losing 5-4 in overtime to sixth-rated Broncos.
The victory put the brakes to a four-game winless skid for the 9-12-3 Bridge City Bunch. The Blue and Gold head out on their longest road trip of the season...a tour of the five-team U.S. Division, beginning Tuesday in Tri-Cities. Brad Goethals also scored for the Blades, who out-shot Brandon (14-7-1) 43-31...21-8 in the third period.
The loss ended the Wheaties' winning streak at five games as they started a six games-in-nine nights road trip. Following is the official game summary from the W-H-L...
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 at Saskatoon Blades 6 - Status: Final Friday, November 24, 2017 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK