Jacob DeSerres showed the Seattle Thunderbirds why they might have wanted to keep him around.
The goaltender stopped 28 shots in his Wheat Kings debut and Matt Calvert scored twice to lead Brandon over Seattle 4-1 in Western Hockey League action Friday night. The Wheat Kings acquired DeSerres last week in exchange for centre Brandon Rouse. The Calgary native is in his fifth WHL season and was 0-3 with a 5.00 goals-against average before being traded.
Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie, both top-10 picks in the 2009 NHL entry draft, had two assists each for Brandon. The pair lead the Wheat Kings in points - Schenn with 16 (four goals, 12 assists) and Glennie with 15 (5, 10).
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 5 Edmonton 2; Chilliwack 4 Prince George 2; Medicine Hat 9 Red Deer 2; Portland 5 Kootenay 1; Prince Albert 5 Kamloops 2; Swift Current 6 Saskatoon 2; Tri-City 5 Kelowna 1; and Vancouver 4 Everett 2.
At Kent, Wash., Mark Schneider and Aaron Lewadniuk scored after Calvert's opener to give Brandon (7-6-1) a 3-0 lead in the second period. Calvert's second goal was an empty-netter in the last minute of the game.
Sena Acolatse had the lone marker for Seattle (3-8-1) while goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped 23 shots in the loss.
Hitmen 5 Oil Kings 2
At Edmonton, Joel Broda had two goals and an assist as Calgary beat the Oil Kings.
Brandon Kozun had a goal and two assists for the Hitmen (11-3-0), while Ian Schultz and Chris Schaber also scored.
Tomas Vincour and Brett Breitkreuz replied for Edmonton (6-7-2).
Bruins 4 Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., Roman Horak scored the game winner as Chilliwack beat the Cougars.
Ryan Howse and Dylen McKinlay both scored before Horak's marker put the Bruins (4-6-3) up for good. Kevin Sundher added an empty net goal.
Alex Rodgers had a goal and an assist for Prince George (2-10-0) while Kurt Torbohm also scored.
Tigers 9 Rebels 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Bretton Cameron, Emerson Etem and Matt MacKay each scored twice as the Tigers had no trouble disposing of Red Deer.
Linden Vey, Joey Frazer and Tristan King had the other goals for Medicine Hat (7-3-4).
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Willie Coetzee replied for the Rebels (6-8-0).
Winterhawks 5 Ice 1
At Cranbrook, B.C., Luke Walker scored twice as Portland beat the Ice.
Riley Boychuk, Brad Ross and Tyler Wotherspoon also scored for the Winterhawks (11-5-0), who maintained their lead in the Western Conference.
Kevin King had the lone reply for Kootenay (5-9-0).
Riaders 5 Blazers 2
At Prince Albert, Sask., Igor Revenko and Brandon Herrod each scored twice as the Raiders defeated Kamloops.
Craig McCallum had the other goal for Prince Albert (7-8-0). Justin Maylan added three assists.
Brendan Ranford and Jake Trask replied for the Blazers (8-6-2).
Broncos 6 Blades 2
At Swift Current, Sask., Cody Eakin scored a hat trick in sparking the Broncos over the Saskatoon.
Justin Dowling, Adam Lowry, and Mike Brown also scored for Swift Current (8-5-1).
Gaelan Petterson and Charles Inglis scored in the third period for the Blades (8-3-2).
Americans 5 Rockets 1
At Kennewick, Wash., the Americans won their eighth straight game with a win over Kelowna.
Jarrett Toll, Adam Hughesman, Johnny Lazo and Brooks Macek all had a goal and an assist for Tri-City (10-2-0) while Jordan Messier had a score of his own.
Shane McColgan was the only goal scorer for the Rockets (6-5-1).
Giants 4 Silvertips 2
At Vancouver, Brendan Gallagher scored two power play goals including the game-winner as the Giants beat Everett.
Craig Cunningham scored for Vancouver (9-3-2) at even strength while James Henry added an empty net goal.
Markus McCrea and Dale Hunt replied for the Silvertips (10-6-0), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.