Friday, 19 November 2010

Poor Final Frame Costly for Wheat Kings

The Calgary Hitmen scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-3 Friday night.

Cody Sylvester a goal and two helpers in the final frame for the Hitmen while Danny Gayle, who was making his Calgary debut, and Riley Reinbolt also scored in the final frame.

Calgary outshot the Wheat Kings 16-5 in the third period and Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon didn't mince words when talking about his team's effort.

"Our third period was a disgrace, in my opinion," said McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think our fans should have booed us."

Misha Fisenko gave the Hitmen an early lead with a breakaway goal just 18 seconds into the opening frame, and then the two teams exchanged three goals in a 57 second span later in the first period with Brandon goals by Scott Glennie and Hampus Gustafsson sandwiching a marker by Calgary's Nathan MacMaster.

Dominick Favreau gave the Wheat Kings their only lead 11:01 in the second period before the ill-fated third period for Brandon.

"We didn't score when we had opportunities to score, I didn't think we finished plays or made plays when they presented themselves," says McCrimmon, "In the third period, the disappointing thing for me is as soon as something went wrong, we had no push-back at all. I thought we showed zero jam once that game was tied."

Corbin Boes made 24 saves in the Brandon goal and remains winless on the season while Brandon Glover made 25 saves for Calgary in his Hitmen debut.

The victory snapped Calgary's 12-game losing streak while the Wheat Kings have lost two straight to fall two games under the .500 mark (11-13-0-1) .

One of the positives from Friday's game was the play of the line of Wheaton King, Dominick Favreau and Tyrel Seaman.

Favreau's goal was his fourth in 15 games with Brandon, and one more than he had in 124 games with his former team in the Regina Pats.

I asked Favreau on CKLQ's post-game show what he felt the difference was.

"Opportunity. I feel a lot more comfortable on the ice, I'm a lot less hesitant and that's a big factor," says Favreau, "When you play the game of hockey, you don't want to be timid out there. Just have to go out there and play your game and that's what I've been doing and it's worked out well for me."

Brandon tries to get back in the win column Saturday night when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Chaff...Scott Glennie's first period goal ran his goal-scoring streak to four straight games...F Jens Meilleur had an assist on Gustafsson's first period goal for his first WHL point...a tough night for the defence pair of Darren Bestland and Ryley Miller, who were a combined -7...attendance Friday was 3,997.

Calgary Hitmen 5 at Brandon Wheat Kings 3

First Period
1. Calgary, Fisenko 3 (Fiddler, Kirsch) 0:18
2. Brandon, Glennie 6 (Stone, Pulock) 14:18 (pp)
3. Calgary, MacMaster 6 (Kosterman, Foucault) 14:44
4. Brandon, Gustafsson 4 (Swyripa, Meilleur) 15:15
Penalties: Kosterman Cal (tripping) 9:18, Rissling Cal (hooking) 13:22.

Second Period
5. Brandon, Favreau 4 (King, Seaman) 11:01

Penalties: Fiddler Cal (cross-checking) 12:43, Miller Bdn (roughing) 19:52.

Third Period
6. Calgary, Reinbolt 1 (Sylvester) 2:48
7. Calgary, Sylvester 6 (Cheek, Gayle) 11:26
8. Calgary, Gayle 4 (Sylvester) 13:20

Penalties: None.

Shots on goal by
Calgary 8 5 16 - 29
Brandon 13 10 5 - 28
Goal: Calgary: Glover (W,1-0-0); Brandon: Boes (L,0-5-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Calgary: 0-1; Brandon: 1-4.

Referees: Pat Smith, Jon Stephenson; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Derek Reimer.

Attendance: 3,997.

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