Saturday, 23 October 2010

Comeback Falls Short, Again

It's become an all-too familiar theme for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Friday night in Vancouver, the host Giants scored first, and led 1-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks before a valiant effort in the third period came up short for Brandon in a 5-2 loss to the Giants.

“I didn’t think we were as good in the first as we needed to be and yet we were only down 1-0,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “But, to me, a lot of the groundwork Vancouver did in the first period established them to be able to score early in the second period.”

It was the sixth straight game the Wheat Kings have surrended the first goal of the game to the opposition and the seventh time in the eight-game losing streak they've trailed after two periods.

Brendan Gallagher scored his league-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season for the Giants while Jon Gaudet and Darren Bestland scored the goals for Brandon.

Brandon had it's chances, with Scott Glennie hitting a cross-bar in the first period that would have tied the game 1-1 and Jordan Fransoo ringing one off the cross-bar in the third period that could have made the game 3-2.

“Those are breaks that you have to work your way through…you have to believe that if you keep sticking with it,” says McCrimmon, “That’s really what it comes down to, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have to be determined.”

David Musil, Jordan Martinook and Michael Burns, into an empty-net, also scored for Vancouver while Brendan Jensen made 31 saves in the Giants' goal including 16 in the third period.

“It’s not a write-off in terms of how we actually played, but we’re in a results business," adds McCrimmon, "The result is too much like what we’ve been living through here.”

The Wheat Kings continue their road trip Saturday night when they pay a visit to the Chilliwack Bruins (8:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...D Ryley Miller played only a couple of shifts following his early first period fight with Vancouver's Brett Lyon and did not return after the opening 20 minutes...F Mark Stone was a game-time decision after missing Wednesday's game in Prince George with a bad back but suited up and assisted in Bestland's third period goal...among those in attendance at Friday's game was former Wheat Kings' captain Darren Van Oene...Brandon's power-play generated chances but, officially, went 0-for-6, leaving them 2-for-44 in the last eight games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 at Vancouver Giants 5
First Period
1. Vancouver, Martinook 2 (Musil, M. Burns) 9:59

Penalties: Lyon Vcr, Miller Bdn (fighting) 1:14.

Second Period
2. Vancouver, Gallagher 14 (Cunningham) 2:24
3. Vancouver, Musil 2 (MacKay, Sward) 13:09
4. Brandon, Gaudet 2 (King) 17:46

Penalties: Lyons Vcr (interference) 4:00, Gaudet Bdn (tripping) 6:42, Vannieuwenhuizen Vcr (tripping) 9:59, Fransoo Bdn (roughing) 13:59.

Third Period
5. Vancouver, Gallagher 15 (Cunningham, N. Burns) 6:19
6. Brandon, Bestland 3 (Stone) 12:06
7. Vancouver, M. Burns 3 (Fenske, Henry) 19:36 (en)

Penalties: Burns Vcr (roughing) 6:29, Fenske Vcr (hooking) 8:00, Manning Vcr (hooking) 16:03.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 6 10 17 -- 33
Vancouver 11 17 9 -- 37

Goal: Brandon: Liston (L, 2-4-0); Vancouver: Jensen (W, 3-3-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 0-6; Vancouver: 0-2.

Referees: Jeff Ingram, Trevor Hanson.; Linesmen: Tim Digby, Nathan Van Oosten.

Attendance: 6,349.

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