Saturday, 9 October 2010

Wheat Kings' Drought Continues

Drew Owsley stopped 29 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 3-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night.

Jordan Messier and David Conrad scored first period goals for Tri-City, who led 2-0 and 2-1 at the period breaks, while Adam Hughesman added a power-play goal with 3:54 remaining in the third period to salt the game away for Tri-City.

The Wheat Kings have scored just eight goals during their current four-game losing streak including three in the last two games.

"We're struggling to score, and three goals in two games in our building, that's really hurt us on both nights," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Certainly, tonight, when we played as well as we did for large stretches of the game, we needed to be rewarded and we weren't."

Brenden Walker scored the only goal for the Wheat Kings, who outshot the Americans 30-20 including 16-7 in the second period.

"I don't think our team is getting the bounces that we needed," says Walker, who is tied for the team-lead with four goals, "It's just a tough go for our team. Just trying to figure out the right matches with lines. I think we just have to regroup, and it's going to come."

Part of the issue for the Wheat Kings scoring woes is their power-play, which is 0-for-22 in their last four games.

"We have establish a shot on our power-play and I don't think we're going a good job of doing that," says McCrimmon, "Whether that's inexperience with the people doing it, whether that's decision making or what that is, those are things we're working through."

Corbin Boes made his first home start of the season and stopped 17 shots in the Brandon net.

The loss drops the Wheat Kings' record to .500 at 4-4-0-0.

Brandon's next action is Friday, when they entertain the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon product Brock Sutherland was pointless with a +1 rating for the Americans...Tri-City captain Kruise Reddick left the game after an open-ice hit on Brandon's Mark Mieritz near the end of the first period...Hampus Gustafsson made his Wheat Kings' debut Saturday, drawing an assist on Walker's second period goal.



Tri-City Americans 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 1

First Period
1. Tri-City, J. Messier 6 (Feser, Moline) 13:44
2. Tri-City, Conrad 1 (Brown, Hughesman) 18:50

Penalties: Olstad TC (hooking) 1:49, Wiebe Bdn (tripping) 3:43, Brown TC (checking from behind) 16:30.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Walker 4 (Gustafsson, Miller) 12:56

Penalties: Stone Bdn (hooking) 4:25, Tri-City bench (too many men; served by Rankin) 8:01, Schmidt TC (cross-checking) 16:01.

Third Period
3. Tri-City, Hughesman 6 (Schmidt, Brown) 16:06 (pp)

Penalty: Miller Bdn (checking from behind) 14:31.

Shots on goal by
Tri-City 5 7 8 -- 20
Brandon 9 16 5 -- 30
Goal: Tri-City: Owsley (W,4-2-0); Brandon: Boes (L,0-2-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Tri-City: 1-3; Brandon: 0-4

Referees: Trevor Hanson, Brett Iverson; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Derek Reimer

Attendance: 4,421

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