Sunday, 24 October 2010

Bruins Double Wheat Kings

The Brandon Wheat Kings remain winless on their trek through the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division.

The Chilliwack Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game’s opening nine minutes and went on to a 6-3 victory over Brandon on Saturday night.

Jesse Pauls and Robin Soudek scored power-play goals 1:37 apart and Kevin Sundher added his first of the season to lead the early charge for the Bruins.

The Chilliwack scoring spree came after Brandon started the game well, including Shayne Wiebe hitting the goal-post in the game’s opening minute.

But the Bruins quick rally killed much of the Wheat Kings’ momentum.

“That sequence really gave Chilliwack momentum,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “We have not been scoring first, and it’s so important just for our confidence if we could get on the board early and play with the lead, I think would be a much better game for our team to play.”

Brandon actually ended up outshooting Chilliwack 12-10 in the first period and widened that margin in the second frame, when they outshot the Bruins 18-5 and still trailed 4-1 through 40 minutes.

Jason Swyripa scored the Wheat Kings’ power-play goal in the middle frame while Scott Glennie and Brodie Melnychuk added third period goals for Brandon.

For Glennie, the goal snapped an eight-game goalless drought.

“Scott Glennie has really been snake-bitten, and I think has really been putting an honest effort into trying to play hard and trying to play well,” says McCrimmon, “I think it was more than a little significant that he scored tonight…that’s got to, I hope, get him going. He’s a streak scorer that once he gets finding the net, he can really be dangerous.”

Another positive for Brandon was the club finishing 2-for-8 on the power-play Saturday, matching their total of goals with the man advantage from their previous eight games combined.

Corbin Boes made 24 saves in goal for the Wheat Kings while Lucas Gore stopped 35 shots for Chilliwack including 29 in the first two periods.

Brandon is now idle until Tuesday, when they visit the Kelowna Rockets (8:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Chilliwack’s league-leading power-play unit finished 3-for-6. Of the 41 goals the Bruins have scored this season, 21 have been with the man advantage…Saturday marked the seventh straight game the Wheat Kings have surrendered the first goal…Brandon is now 1-2-0-0 lifetime at Prospera Centre.

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 at Chilliwack Bruins 6

First Period
1. Chilliwack Pauls 1 (Howse, Horak) 5:43 (PP)
2. Chilliwack Soudek 5 (Horak) 7:20 (PP)
3. Chilliwack Sundher 1 (Magee) 9:57

Penalties: Galbraith Bdn, Traber Cwk (fighting) 1:45, Magee Cwk (hooking) 3:01, Glennie Bdn (high sticking) 3:43, Glennie Bdn (high sticking) 5:43, Hodges Cwk (too many men) 10:59.

Second Period
4. Chilliwack Forsyth 2 (Collins) 15:45 (sh)
5. Brandon Swyripa 3 (Gustafsson, Melnychuk) 16:52 (PP)

Penalties: Swyripa Bdn, Magee Cwk (fighting) 1:43, Gaudet Bdn (tripping) 3:37, Manning Cwk (holding) 4:42, Manning Cwk (tripping) 7:28, Persley Cwk (tripping) 10:36, Pauls Cwk (holding opp. stick) 15:47.

Third Period
6. Chilliwack Manning 4 (Horak, Pauls) 4:55 (PP2)
7. Chilliwack Persley 2 (Wentworth) 6:43
8. Brandon Glennie 2 (Bestland) 7:53 (PP)
9. Brandon Melnychuk 1 (Glennie) 12:48

Penalties: Bestland Bdn (checking from behind) 3:04, Wiebe Bdn (closing hand on puck) 4:17, Hodges Cwk (hooking) 7:26, Magee Cwk (slashing) 8:49, Stone Bdn, Manning Cwk (roughing, misconducts) 14:25, Fransoo Bdn (inter. on goaltender, roughing) Hanscheid Cwk (double minor roughing, misconduct) 15:40.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 12 18 8 -- 38
Chilliwack 10 8 12 -- 30

Goal: Brandon: Boes (L,0-3-0) Chilliwack: Gore (W,5-3-0)

Power plays (goals-chances): Chilliwack 3-6; Brandon 2-8

Referees: Colby Smith, Shane Warschaw; Linesmen: Chris Carlson, Chris Dehaan.

Attendance: 3,150

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