Monday, 15 November 2010

Wheat Kings WIn Third Straight

The Brandon Wheat Kings collected their third consecutive victory and fifth in the last six games on Monday night, defeating the Regina Pats 5-2.

Rookie Jason Swyripa snapped a seven-game pointless streak by scoring two goals and adding an assist for the Wheat Kings while Hampus Gustafsson burned his former team, snapping a 2-2 tie 5:11 into the third period and also registering a pair of assists.

The win moved Brandon back to the .500 mark on the season at 11-11-0-1.

“We’ve played 23 games, we’re back to .500 and we had a nine-game losing streak during that period of time,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “You can see that we’re making progress, and I think what tonight does, at least for a night, is validates to our team that we are on the right track, that we can be successful. Now, we have to build on it from here.”

The Wheat Kings scored three unanswered goals in the third period after surviving a second period that saw them by shorthanded for close to eight minutes.

While the club did surrender the tying goal to Colin Redden at the 14:56 mark of the middle frame, Brandon’s penalty-kill did finish the night 7-for-8.

“I think the shots on goal were interesting tonight. I had us down for eight penalty-kills on the game and still, at that, we only gave up 24 shots on the road,” says McCrimmon, “We did do a pretty good job on our kill, not only of getting successfully through the kill, but not giving up any chances.”

After Gustafsson snapped the 2-2 tie early in the third period, Shayne Wiebe and Swyripa adding power-play markers at 6:43 and 14:35 to give Brandon some insurance.

“Our power-play was effective when we had a chance to widen our lead in the third, so that was key for us as well,” adds McCrimmon, “I thought we got contributions from a lot of different players tonight…it was a pretty balanced effort by our team.”

Scott Glennie also scored for Brandon while Mikhail Jung scored shorthanded for the Pats.

Liam Liston stopped 22 shots for the Wheat Kings while Matt Hewitt made 43 saves for Regina.

Brandon is right back in action Tuesday night as they’ll entertain the league-leading Portland Winterhawks (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Brandon has now scored 15 power-play goals in the last 11 games, going 15-for-54 (27.8%) in the process…Wiebe’s third period goal was the 150th point of his WHL career, and also extended his point streak to six games…assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk was back on the Brandon bench on a full-time basis for the first time on Monday night…former Wheat King Nolan Yonkman was called up by the Phoenix Coyotes from San Antonio (AHL) on Monday…the LA Kings made Brayden Schenn a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game on Monday…former Wheat Kings’ D Kyle Krzyznaniak will join the Spokane Chiefs for a three-game road trip this coming weekend.

Brandon Wheat Kings 5 at Regina Pats 2
First Period

1. Brandon, Swyripa 5 (Miller, Gustafsson) 4:52
2. Brandon, Glennie 4 (Walker, Gustafsson) 11:13
3. Regina, Jung 5 (Frazee), 13:34 (sh)

Penalties: Favreau Bdn (cross-checking) 5:47, Ciarelli Bdn (fighting), Schneider Reg (cross-checking, fighting) 11:58, Blidstrand Reg (hooking) 14:57, Favreau Bdn (delay of game) 18:04.

Second Period
4. Regina, Reddin 6 (Stephenson, Schneider) 14:56 (pp)

Penalties: Fransoo Bdn (interference) 1:37, Mieritz Bdn (double high-sticking) 3:59, Gustafsson Bdn (interference) 14:35, Pulock Bdn (holding) 19:01.

Third Period
5. Brandon, Gustafsson 3 (Swyripa, Hunter) 5:11
6. Brandon, Wiebe 11 (Stone, Melnychuk) 6:43 (pp)
7. Brandon, Swyripa 6 (Toews, Pulock) 14:35 (pp)

Penalties: Ouellette Reg (cross-checking) 5:54, Bell Reg (tripping) 11:37, Bidlevskii Reg (elbowing) 12:56, Meilleur Bdn (goaltender interference) 16:25.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 12 15 21 - 48
Regina 8 9 7 - 24

Goal: Brandon: Liston (W,9-5-1); Regina: Hewitt (L,2-3-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 2-5; Regina: 1-8

Referee: Reagan Vetter; Linesmen: Ryan Lundquist, Chad Marshall.

Attendance: 3,846.

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