Thursday, 30 September 2010

Wheat Kings Off to 3-0 Start

The Brandon Wheat Kings can boast a 3-and-0 start for the first time in six years.

Darren Bestland had two goals and an assist to lead the Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night.

Brandon outshot Moose Jaw 43-23 including 16-6 in the first period, a start that helped propel the Wheat Kings to the win despite having just a 1-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes.

“We has some really good chances, were able to get one so we did get some reward,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought the first period of tonight’s game really set the table for our team.”

Bestland scored his first goal on a power-play goal at 15:38 to open the scoring in the first period, a goal originally credited to Michael Ferland but correctly changed to Bestland following the game.

Brandon didn’t extend their lead until near the midway mark of the second period, when Bestland created a turnover in the neutral zone, and then headed straight for the front of the Moose Jaw net, where he took a pass from Paul Ciarelli and put a backhand over the glove of Warriors’ netminder Thomas Heemskerk.

“I thought good judgement by Darren tonight, and I think what’s important is just your timing, when you pick your spots to go,” said McCrimmon, “We like our guys to join the rush, we don’t want them to be the rush and I thought he did a good job of that as well.”

Mark Stone added a power-play goal just 1:35 after Bestland’s marker to make it 3-0 before Moose Jaw got on the board on a strange goal.

Warriors’ defenceman Connor Cox attempted to rim the puck into the Brandon zone but it took a bad bounce off a glass partition and went into the Wheat Kings’ net after Ty Rimmer had exited the goal to go ahead the net and cut off the puck.

However, Brandon bounced back from 1:45 later with Jordan Fransoo’s first WHL goal giving the Wheat Kings their three-goal lead back.

Shayne Wiebe and Moose Jaw’s Quinton Howden exchanged goals in the third period to complete the scoring.

Rimmer finished the game with 21 saves while Thomas Heemskerk stopped 38 shots for Moose Jaw.

Brandon’s next action is Friday night, when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Stone, Brenden Walker and Paul Ciarelli have all now scored points in all three games the Wheat Kings have played this season…D Mark Schneider (hip flexor) missed his third straight game but has skated the past two days and could return this weekend…D Spencer Galbraith had his WHL debut Wednesday, albeit as a right-winger. Galbraith mixed it up in a second period fight with Moose Jaw’s Jordan Wyton…Brandon’s two power-play goals Wednesday make them 6-for-19 so far this season while their penalty-kill was 2-for-2 Wednesday and is 12-for-12 overall this season.

Wheat Kings 5 at Warriors 2

First Period
1. Brandon, Bestland 1 (Fransoo) 15:48 (pp)

Penalties: Seaman Bdn (fighting), MacMaster MJ (instigating, fighting, misconduct) 11:08, Gayle MJ (slashing) 15:02, Wiebe Bdn (goaltender interference) 19:22.

Second Period
2. Brandon, Bestland 2 (Mieritz, Swyripa) 9:44
3. Brandon, Stone 2 (Bestland, Walker) 11:19 (pp)
4. Moose Jaw, Cox 1 (Howden) 15:30
5. Brandon, Fransoo 1 (Stone) 17:15

Penalties: Seaman Bdn (instigating, fighting, misconduct), Edmundson MJ (interference, fighting) 3:23, Howden MJ (goaltender interference) 7:06, Edwards MJ (slashing) 11:10, Galbraith Bdn, Wyton MJ (fighting) 15:19, Ciarelli Bdn, Bowman MJ (fighting) 16:00, Cox MJ (interference) 19:22.

Third Period
6. Brandon, Wiebe 1 (Toews, Bestland), 4:38
7. Moose Jaw, Howden 1 (Wyton) 15:58 (sh)

Penalties: Glennie Bdn (holding stick) 0:56, McIlrath MJ (high-sticking) 15:41, Johnson MJ (holding) 19:01.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 16 15 12 -- 43
Moose Jaw 6 10 7 -- 23
Goal: Brandon: Rimmer (W,2-0-0); Moose Jaw: Heemskerk (L,1-2-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 2-7; Moose Jaw: 0-2

Referee: Adam Byblow
Linesmen: Todd Doepker, Jason Roy

Attendance: 2,502

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