Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bad Start Costs Wheat Kings in Lethbridge

The Brandon Wheat Kings surrendered four first period goals and dropped a 6-3 decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes to close out their seven-game road trip on Saturday night.

Alex Kuvaev opened the scoring for the Hurricanes 19 seconds into the opening frame, a bad omen for the Wheat Kings right away.

“We weren’t good enough right off the bat,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We iced the puck early, lost a faceoff and gave up a goal in the first minute of play which clearly isn’t the start you want with the circumstances surrounding the game, with it being the last game of the trip, seventh game and all of those things. I just didn’t think we had any push at all in the first 20 (minutes).”

Brady Ramsay, Cam Braes and Graham Hood all scored for Lethbridge before the end of the first period, a dam-burst of all goals for a ‘Canes team that was averaging 2 ½ goals per game before Saturday’s contest.

Wheat Kings’ rookie netminder Corbin Boes allowed all four first period goals of 14 shots before being lifted prior to the start of the second period.

“He had a tough time, and that didn’t help us,” says McCrimmon, “We were going to need somes saves…our guys didn’t play very well in front of him either, so that wasn’t a good combination.”

Liam Liston stopped 15 of 17 shots over the final 40 minutes for Brandon while Dylan Tait made 32 saves in the Lethbridge goal.

Dominick Favreau scored a pair of goals for Brandon while Mark Stone added his team-leading tenth goal of the season while extending his goal-scoring streak to four straight games.

The loss left the Wheat Kings with a 2-4-0-1 record on their seven-game road trip, and with a 6-10-0-1 mark overall.

Brandon will now play seven of their next nine games on home-ice starting with Friday’s tilt against the Spokane Chiefs.

Chaff…Brandon captain Shayne Wiebe left the game after the first period Saturday with a leg injury and is listed as day-to-day…Hurricanes’ import Alex Kuvaev taunted the Wheat Kings’ bench after Lethbridge’s sixth goal, apparently forgetting that the two teams will meet three more times this season…Brayden Schenn played his eighth game of the season for the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, seeing 8:21 of icetime and going pointless with a -1 rating...Brandon product Matt Kirk officiated Saturday's game in Lethbridge. Kirk was recently selected to officiate at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, New York...former Wheat King Jesse Sinatynski, who was re-assigned by the WHL's Kamloops Blazers on Thursday, has apparently joined the MJHL's Dauphin Kings.

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 6

First Period
1. Lethbridge, Kuvaev 5 (Moser), 0:19
2. Lethbridge, Ramsay 1 (Berglund, Ryckman), 4:31
3. Lethbridge, Braes 3 (Maxwell, Tot), 9:47
4. Lethbridge, Hood 2 (Moser, Jackson), 16:06

Penalties: No penalties.

Second Period
5. Brandon, Favreau 2 (King), 7:59
6. Lethbridge, Ross 3 (Reddington, Berglund), 13:58 (sh)
7. Brandon, Stone 10 (Glennie, Melnychuk), 18:25 (pp)

Penalties: Galbraith Bdn, Ramsay Let (fighting), 2:16; Johnston Let (holding), 5:30; Jackson Let (tripping), 11:03; Moser Let (tripping), 13:47; Oslanski Let (slashing), 17:14; Bestland Bdn (slashing), 19:13.

Third Period
8. Lethbridge, Hood 3 (Kuvaev, Jackson), 4:19 (pp)
9. Brandon, Favreau 3 (Fransoo, Seaman), 17:08

Penalties: Ciarelli Bdn (roughing), 2:27; Ferland Bdn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), Machacek Let (roughing), 2:27; Hood Let (elbowing), 5:35; Stone Bdn (slashing), 10:16; Gustafsson Bdn (checking from behind, misconduct), 19:59.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 11 13 11 -- 35
Lethbridge 14 7 10 -- 31

Power play (goals-chances): Brandon 1-5; Lethbridge 1-4.

Goal (shots-saves): Brandon: Boes (L,0-4-0, 14-10); Liston (start of 2nd period, 17-15). Lethbridge: Tait (W,1-2-0).

Referee: Matt Kirk; Linesmen: Tyler Adair, Michael Roberts.

Attendance: 2,776.

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