Friday, 1 October 2010

Wheat Kings Run Winning Streak to Four Games

The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their season-opening winning streak to four games Friday night with a 7-0 victory over the Saskatoon Blades.

David Toews (right) had two goals and an assist to pace the Brandon offence while Liam Lliston stopped 23 shots for his first career shutout.

"I think every goalie would be lying if they said that, during the course of the game, it didn't sneak into their mind once or twice," says Liston, "At this point, with the start to the year we've had and trying to build on that, it was pretty easy to just put that in the back of my mind and just focus on helping the boys get a win."

The Wheat Kings grabbed control of the game in the first period, outshooting Saskatoon 14-5, but didn't solve Blades' netminder Adam Morrison until the 3:30 mark of the second period when Scott Glennie snapped a low shot past the Saskatoon goaltender to give Brandon a 1-0 lead.

Toews then added a power-play marker at 14:41 on a nifty setup from Glennie, and notched his second of the game just 2:42 later on another nifty setup, this one from Jesse Sinatynski.

"I think what we saw tonight was a guy that was ready to score," said Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon when asked about Toews getting more comfortable on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought both of David's two goals showed real skill and a nose around thet net."

After Shayne Wiebe scored a shorthanded goal 1:46 into the third period, it was pretty much over but Brandon's fourth line stood out from that point on with Jason Swyripa and Jon Gaudet notching their first career WHL goals and Wheaton King added his first of the season after setting up both of his linemates.

The victory improved Brandon's record to 4-0-0-0, the first time since 1994 the Wheat Kings have started the season with four straight victories.

In '94, Brandon stretched their winning streak to five games before losing in their sixth game of the season.

This year's edition will try to do the same on Saturday night in Prince Albert (8:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...F Scott Glennie had a Gordie Howe hat-trick, engaging in a fight with Saskatoon's Darian Dziurzynski early in the third period...Wheaton King scored his first career WHL goal last season during his 10-game stay with Brandon...F Michael Ferland (knee) sat out Friday's contest...Brandon was 2-for-10 on the power-play and now have eight power-play goals in four games...the Wheat Kings were 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill, leaving them still perfect on the season (17-for-17).

Saskatoon Blades 0 at Brandon Wheat Kings 7

First Period
No Scoring

Penalties: Sinatynski Bdn (tripping) 1:23, Hunter Bdn (roughing) 5:10, Thrower Sktn (hooking) 6:53, Stransky Sktn (interference) 9:37, Zahn Sktn, Ciarelli Bdn (roughing) 14:17.

Second Period
1. Brandon, Glennie 1 (Toews, Fransoo) 3:30
2. Brandon, Toews 2 (Glennie) 14:41 (pp)
3. Brandon, Toews 3 (Sinatynski, Stone) 17:23

Penalties: Hunter Bdn (tripping) 4:42, Kizuik Stkn (cross-checking) 7:40, Gogol Sktn (cross-checking) 9:57, Fransoo Bdn (tripping) 10:40, Dziurzynski Sktn (interference) 13:59.

Third Period
4. Brandon, Wiebe 2, 1:36 (sh)
5. Brandon, Swyripa 1 (King, Hunter) 8:30
6. Brandon, Gaudet 1 (King, Swyripa) 13:49 (pp)
7. Brandon, King (Gaudet) 15:45

Penalties: Dziurzynski Sktn (fighting), Glennie Bdn (instigating, fighting, misconduct; minor served by Sinatynski) :12, Acolatse Sktn (elbowing) 3:30, Sutter Sktn (roughing, fighting; minor served by A. Elliott) Bestland Bdn (fighting) 5:55, Dziurzynski Sktn (misconduct) 8:30, Benson Sktn (tripping) Acolatse Sktn (misconduct) 9:53, Mieritz Bdn (elbowing) 10:35, Viedensky Sktn (slashing) 11:05, Stransky Sktn (slashing) 13:07, Gogol Sktn (checking from behind, fighting), Bestland Bdn (instigating, fighting, misconduct) 15:28.

Shots on goal by:
Saskatoon 5 12 6 -- 23
Brandon 14 10 14 -- 38

Goal (shots-saves): Saskatoon: Morrison (L,0-1-0) (28-23), Iwan (8:30 of 3rd) (10-8); Brandon: Liston (W,2-0-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Saskatoon: 0-5; Brandon: 2-10.

Referee: Nathan Wieler; Linesmen: Shane Smith, Derek Nernberg

Attendance: 4,226

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