Thursday, 28 October 2010

Wheat Kings Win Second Straight

It was a night to remember for rookie defenceman Ryan Pulock.

The 16-year old Grandview product notched his first career Western Hockey League goal and added a pair of assists as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Kamloops Blazers 6-4 Wednesday night.

“By the time the night was over, he probably played 25 minutes, he killed penalties, played the power-play, got a goal, his first goal in the Western Hockey League,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Even above all that, just the poise that he shows is tremendous.”

Mark Stone also had a goal and two assists for the Wheat Kings and Scott Glennie added three assists for Brandon as the club collected their second victory in as many nights.

Brandon actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and increased that lead to 5-0 in the second period before the Blazers scored the game’s next four goals including Chase Schaber’s marker with 4:18 left that made it a one-goal game.

However, Mark Mieritz notched an empty-net goal, his first in the WHL, with 24 seconds left to salt away the Brandon victory.

Shayne Wiebe, Jason Swyripa and Brodie Melnychuk also scored for Brandon while former Wheat King Jordan DePape had a goal and an assist in a losing cause for Kamloops.

Liam Liston made 27 saves in the Brandon net while the duo of Jeff Bosch and Jon Groenheyde combined for 25 saves for Kamloops.

The Wheat Kings will have an off-day on Thursday before resuming their road trip Friday night against the Kootenay Ice.

Chaff…F Michael Ferland had an assist in his return to the Wheat Kings’ lineup…Brandon finished the night 3-for-10 on the power-play while the Blazers were 1-for-7…Brayden Schenn was scratched from the Los Angeles Kings’ lineup for the third time in the last 10 days on Wednesday.

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 at Kamloops Blazers 4

First Period
1. Brandon, Wiebe 5 (Glennie, Stone) 1:52 (pp)
2. Brandon, Swyripa 4 (Ferland, Melynchuk) 12:35
3. Brandon, Pulock 1 (Stone, Ciarelli) 14:49
4. Brandon, Melynchuk 2 (Glennie, Pulock) 19:59 (pp)

Penalties: DePape Kam (goaltender interference) 0:33, Favreau Bdn (hooking) 2:24, Walker Bdn (hooking) 10:58, Barnett Kam (holding) 11:11, Hunter Bdn, Hanes Kam (fighting) 13:12, Fransoo Bdn (tripping) 15:57, Bortnak Kam (interference) 19:45.

Second Period
5. Brandon, Stone 8 (Glennie, Pulock) 4:44 (pp)
6. Kamloops, DePape 3 (Underwood) 6:10 (sh)
7. Kamloops, Ranford 13 (DePape, Madaisky) 8:18
8. Kamloops, Bortnak 4 (Saip, Barnett) 10:57 (pp)

Penalties: Hansen Kam (hooking) 0:56, Walker Bdn (high-sticking) 1:05, DePape Kam (interference) 1:13, Neigum Kam (tripping, unsportsmanlike conduct) 4:08, Liston Bdn (tripping; served by Ferland) 9:02, Schaber Kam (slashing) 9:46, Bestland Bdn (holding) 10:46.

Third Period
9. Kamloops, Schaber 6 (Ranford) 15:42
10. Brandon, Mieritz 1 (Swyripa, Gustafsson) 19:36 (en)

Penalties _ Ferland Bdn (tripping) 1:42, Barnett Kam (hooking) 5:43, Wiebe Bdn (cross-checking), Fienhage Kam (roughing) 7:05, Madaisky Kam (slashing) 11:06.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 10 12 9 -- 31
Kamloops 10 13 8 -- 31

Goal (shots-saves): Brandon: Liam Liston (W,4-4-0); Kamloops: Jeff Bosch (L,6-3-0)(10-6), Jon Groenheyde (start 2nd)(20-19).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 3-10; Kamloops: 1-7.

Referees: Steve Papp, Andy Thiessen; Linesmen: Kevin Bennett, Kris Hartley.

Attendance: 3,808.

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