Saturday, 27 November 2010

Late Power-Play Goal Sinks Wheat Kings

MacKenzie Royer’s power-play goal with ten seconds left in the third period lifted the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-4 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

The winning goal came after third-year Wheat Kings’ defenceman Darren Bestland took a holding penalty with 1:22 left in regulation, just seconds after a Brandon power-play had come to an end.

“We did everything but score on the power-play,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “We had the puck, we had the opportunities that we needed and didn’t score…I thought our power-play was very good.”

McCrimmon added that Wheat Kings’ forward Mark Stone had lost his stick in the neutral zone on the rush leading to the winning goal, which put the club at a disadvantage in the defensive zone.

Stone scored a pair of goals for Brandon to end a seven-game goalless drought while David Toews and Michael Ferland also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon actually led the game 3-1 midway through the second period before Colin Bowman, on a power-play, and Quinton Howden scored before the end of the middle frame and Cody Beach notched his first with the Warriors six minutes into the third period to give Moose Jaw their first lead of the contest.

Brandon product Brayden Cuthbert also scored for the Warriors, his first career WHL goal coming on a Moose Jaw power-play in the first period.

In all, the Warriors went 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.

“I don’t think our kill was good enough. I don’t think our goaltending has been as good, I don’t think our forwards are blocking shot the way they were earlier in the year and I don’t think our defencemen are being as aggressive or making the proper reads at the right time,” says McCrimmon, “It’s an area of concern that we’ve been talking about before tonight.”

Liam Liston made 26 saves in goal for Brandon while Thomas Heemskerk stopped 25 shots for Moose Jaw.

Brandon is now winless in six games and 11-16-1-1 overall. The Wheat Kings will try to snap the streak on Saturday night when the entertain the Warriors to finish the home-and-home series (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Scott Glennie finished with a pair of assists, and now has 23 points in the last 15 games…Friday’s game was the 19th time Brandon has a contest decided by two goals or less. The club is 7-10-1-1 in those contests…the start of the game was delayed by 35 minutes when a pane of glass shattered during warm-up. It’s the second straight game that has happened for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Moose Jaw Warriors 5
First Period
1. Brandon, Ferland 5 (Glennie) 9:18
2. Moose Jaw, Cuthbert 1 (Rielly, Johnson) 14:02 (pp)

Penalties: Melnychuk Bdn (tripping) 10:30, Fransoo Bdn (holding) 13:49, Edwards MJ (interference) 14:42.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Toews 5 (Swyripa, Bestland) 6:28
4. Brandon, Stone 15 (Glennie, Roy) 9:51 (pp)
5. Moose Jaw, Bowman 5 (Ehrhardt, Howden) 15:23 (pp)
6. Moose Jaw, Howden 13 (Kornelsen, Johnson) 19:14

Penalties: Beach MJ (charging) 7:58, Beach MJ (roughing) 13:05, Glennie Bdn (roughing) 14:58, Edwards MJ (hooking) 16:05.

Third Period
7. Moose Jaw, Beach 6 (Johnson, Gwinner) 6:00
8. Brandon, Stone 16 (Miller, Melnychuk) 10:27
9. Moose Jaw, Royer 5 (Rielly, Hood) 19:51 (pp)

Penalties: Hunter Bdn, Edwards MJ (fighting), Beach MJ (misconduct) 8:43, Fransoo Bdn (roughing) 11:25, Bowman MJ (checking from behind) 11:44, Wyton MJ (checking from behind) 16:35, Bestland Bdn (holding) 18:38, Stone Bdn (misconduct) 19:51.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 4 15 10 - 29
Moose Jaw 8 8 15 - 31

Goal: Brandon: Liston (L,9-9-1); Moose Jaw: Heemskerk (W,11-11-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 1-6; Moose Jaw: 3-5.

Referees: Adam Byblow, Dan Cowley; Linesmen: Sean Dufour, Dawson Switzer.

Attendance: 2,522.

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