Saturday, 15 May 2010

Wheat Kings Crushed in Memorial Cup Opener

The 5,381 fans, the majority of them Wheat Kings' fans, were plenty pumped about the start of the Memorial Cup Friday night.

And then the puck dropped.

Windsor scored four times in the first 4:45 of the first period, and all within a span of 2:44, as they cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Wheat Kings in the opening game.

"It was an ugly one. We were really disappointed, they're obviously tough games to play in, especially when you're done by that much after the first period," says Brandon co-captain Matt Calvert, whose team trailed 5-0 and 9-1 at the period breaks, "We wanted to have one decent period and try and get our confidence going. It's been a few weeks since we have played, but no excuses there. He have to be better, commit in our own end and just be better on Sunday."

Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Scott Timmins had a pair of goals each for Windsor while Calvert, Aaron Lewadniuk and Jay Fehr scored the goals for Brandon.

Andrew Hayes was the surprise starter in goal for the Wheat Kings, stopped 18 of 23 shots mercifully being lifted after 20 minutes.

Jacob De Serres faired only slightly better, blocking 16 of 20 shots over the final two periods.

Brandon needs to regroup for their next game, Sunday against Moncton.

The Wildcats face off with the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday in the tournament opener for both teams.

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