Sunday, 21 March 2010

Grandpa's Lead Wheat Kings to Win

A pair of 20-year olds came up big for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

Jay Fehr's goal with 5:06 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and helped lift the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos.

Fehr also had a pair of assists in the contest while fellow overage forward Aaron Lewadniuk had two goals and three points.

After a second period filled with specialty teams, the Fehr-Lewadniuk-Rajala trio was the freshest in the third for Brandon and it paid off.

"I think we got going a bit in the third period," said Fehr on CKLQ's post-game show, "(Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon) threw us out there in some key sitatuations and we Raj and Lewy played outstanding."

Saturday's contest was a bit of an odd game with a first period that was a tight defensive battle, a second period full of specialty team and a third period that was wide open and generated seven of the game's eight goals.

"It was different but it was a big win for our team to take a 2-0 series lead," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "There were times tonight where we did things very much how we wanted to and there were certainly some mistakes made int eh third period where we weren't as good defensively."

Brayden Schenn and Travis Hamonic also scored for Brandon while Jacob De Serres stopped 20 shots in the Wheat Kings' net.

Cody Eakin, Justin Dowling and Stepan Novotny scored the goals for the Broncos with Mark Friesen stopping 36 shots in the Swift Current net.

Brandon now has a 2-0 lead in the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.

The series will resume with games three and four in Regina on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Broncos are using the Brandt Centre as their home for the playoffs because the World Women's Curling Championship is taking place at the Credit Union I-Plex.

Chaff...Hamonic's third-period goal was his first career WHL playoff goal while Toni Rajala, Mark Schneider and Darren Bestland all picked up their first career playoff points on Saturday...Brandon's lineup was identical to Game #1 on Friday with Ryley Miller (jaw), Jesse Sinatynski (healthy) and Brenden Walker (healthy) sitting out...Saturday's victory moved Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon into sole possession of second-place in the club's all-time playoff win list with 38.

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