Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Vey Powers Tigers Past Wheat Kings

Linden Vey had two goals and three assists to pace the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 7-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday night.

Tyler Pitlick added two goals and an assist and Emerson Etem had a goal and two helpers as the Tigers won their fifth in a row while handing Brandon their fourth straight loss.

The score may not, entirely, been indicative of the way the game was played but Brandon GM and Coach Kelly McCrimmon said on CKLQ’s post-game show that maybe that’s a good thing.

“Maybe that’ll wake us up. We need to be better then we were and when it’s 7-1 at the end of the night, it’s pretty tough to kid yourself,” said McCrimmon, “You have to improve, you have to get better and we have to do it in a hurry.”

“I felt that, tonight, their top two lines outplayed our top two lines,” adds McCrimmon, “If we can’t get better efforts out of our best players than that, then the Linden Vey’s of the world are going to have a lot of fun playing against us.”

Brenden Walker scored the lone goal for Brandon, cutting into a 3-0 Medicine Hat lead on a Brandon power-play 3:47 into the third period but any chance of a Wheat Kings’ comeback was quickly snuffed out when Ryan Harrison and Emerson Etem scored goals 34 seconds apart to give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage.

“We scored to make it 3-1 and then, the very next shift, we had some good chances where we weren’t that far away from making it 3-2,” says McCrimmon, “The fourth goal, I thought that was, clearly, the end of the night.”

Liam Liston made 27 saves in the Brandon net and was replaced in goal with 4:27 left in the third period by Corbin Boes, who did not face a shot.

Devan Dubyk stopped 22 shots in the goal for Medicine Hat.

The Wheat Kings have a chance to end their four-game slide on Wednesday night when they pay a visit to the Swift Current Broncos (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon went 1-for-4 on the power-play and were 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill…Scott Glennie saw his five-game goal scoring streak come to an end on Tuesday night…the defence pairing of Darren Bestland and Ryley Miller are now a combined –17 in the last four games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 1 at Medicine Hat Tigers 7

First Period
1. Medicine Hat, Petryk 1 (Leier, Konan) 2:49

Penalties: Harrison MH (checking from behind) 4:55, Glennie Bdn (holding) 7:13, Carr MH (tripping) 19:32.

Second Period
2. Medicine Hat, Vey 15 (Hamilton, Pitlick) 4:00 (pp)
3. Medicine Hat, Pitlick 9 (Carr, Vey) 14:12 (pp)

Penalties: Roy Bdn (hooking) 2:09, Shinkaruk MH (misconduct) 4:00, Konan MH (hooking) 4:26, Ciarelli Bdn (hooking) 13:28.

Third Period
4. Brandon, Walker 10 (Ferland, Toews) 3:47 (pp)
5. Medicine Hat, Harrison 10 (Etem, Vey) 6:08
6. Medicine Hat, Etem 15 (Vey) 6:42
7. Medicine Hat, Pitlick 10 (Hamilton, Coyle) 12:33
8. Medicine Hat, Vey 16 (Etem, McKay) 13:41

Penalties: King Bdn, Kessy MH (fighting) 2:53, Pitlick MH (interference) 3:13, Miller Bdn (interference) 9:13.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 8 6 9 - 23
Medicine Hat 13 13 8 - 34

Goal (shots-saves): Brandon: Liston (L,9-8-1) (34-27), Boes (4:27 third, 0-0); Medicine Hat: Dubyk (W,6-2-0).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 1-4; Medicine Hat: 2-4.

Referee: Andy Thiessen.; Linesmen: Steve Cochrane, Aidan Henderson.

Attendance: 4,006.

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