Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wheat Kings End Losing Streak

The streak is finally over for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Shayne Wiebe’s goal 49 seconds into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Brandon to a 3-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday night.

It was the Wheat Kings first victory since October 1st, a losing streak that had reached nine games.

“It was great because our guys deserved it. I thought they worked really hard, and now we can talk about other things,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “For me, what the win here tonight does is it lets us focus on getting better, playing hockey and winning some games. For that reason, I think it’s really going to help our team.”

Things didn’t start great for Brandon, with Kelowna controlling the first half of the opening period and Shane McColgan opening the scoring at the 5:17 mark of the opening period.

The Wheat Kings responded just over five minutes later when Mark Stone slipped a rebound past Kelowna netminder Adam Brown after Wiebe had been stopped on a partial breakaway.

The game was tied 1-1 at the first period marketing break with 7:11 left, with the Rockets outshooting Brandon 11-3.

From that point on, however, the Wheat Kings were the better team and finally took the lead on Wiebe’s fourth of the season, witih Brendan Walker adding an empty-net goal with one second left to complete the scoring.

The third period wasn’t without it’s hiccups for Brandon, as the Rockets had a goal disallowed midway through the frame and then the Wheat Kings were forced to kill off to Kelowna power-play chances in the final 6 ½ minutes.

“You’re always concerned about when we haven’t won in so long, how afraid are we going to be when we’re staring victory in the face,” says McCrimmon, “Those are two perfect examples where you could panic or not do as good a job as you need to and, really, our penalty-kill did a great job in those situations and didn’t give up hardly any chances.”

Liam Liston stopped 27 shots in Wheat Kings’ net while Adam Brown made 25 saves for Kelowna.

Brandon continues their road trip on Wednesday night when they visit the Kamloops Blazers (8:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Wednesday’s game will be Brandon captain Shayne Wiebe’s first contest against his former team since being traded to the Wheat Kings last December…the Wheat Kings went 0-for-2 on the power-play Tuesday while the Rockets were 0-for-4…Brandon has now won three of their last four visits to Kelowna.

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 at Kelowna Rockets 1

First Period
1. Kelowna, McColgan 3 (Franko, Jobke) 5:17
2. Brandon, Stone 7 (Wiebe) 10:23

Penalties: Fransoo Bdn (interference) 0:27, Callahan Kel (tripping) 13:35.

Second Period
No Scoring.

Penalties: Corbin Kel (interference) 12:14, Galbraith Bdn (tripping) 14:59.

Third Period
3. Brandon, Wiebe 4 (Stone, Ciarelli) 0:49
4. Brandon, Walker (Mieritz) 19:59 (en)

Penalties: Callahan Kel, Bestland Bdn (roughing) 4:29, Gustafsson Bdn (interference) 13:30, Gustafsson Bdn (tripping) 16:27.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 9 10 9 -- 28
Kelowna 13 7 8 -- 28
Goal (shots-saves): Brandon: Liston (W, 3-4-0); Kelowna: Brown (L, 2-7-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 0-2; Kelowna: 0-4.

Referee: Andy Thiessen; Linesmen:Ward Pateman, Matt Thurston.

Attendance: 6,021.

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