Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Wheat Kings Fall to Winterhawks

The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their four-game home-ice winning streak and three-game overall winning streak snapped on Tuesday night with a 4-2 loss to the Portland Winterhawks.

Nino Niederreiter and Derek Pouliot scored third period goals for the Winterhawks to snap a 2-2 tie and lead Portland to their 13th win in the last 14 games.

Scott Glennie and Shayne Wiebe scored the goals for the Wheat Kings, who had 1-0 and 2-1 leads during the game only to watch Portland tie it on goals by Troy Rutkowski and Ryan Johansen.

“We knew this was going to be a really good team. They have a lot of highly touted guys and we understood that coming into the game,” says Glennie, who now has goals in three straight contests, “I think we went out there and worked as hard as we could for the most part and stayed with them for three-quarter’s of the game and it just didn’t go our way.”

Brandon had four straight power-play chances over the final 9:08 of the third period to try and rally from the 4-2 deficit but were unable to cut into Portland’s lead.

“They played our breakouts really well tonight but, at the same time, it’s our job to go out there and score goals for our team on the power-play,” says Glennie, “Their special teams did better than ours tonight.”

Liam Liston made 31 saves in the Brandon goal while Mac Carruth stopped 35 shots for the Winterhawks.

The loss drops Brandon to 11-12-0-1 on the season and leaves them in a three-way tie for 6th-place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings’ next action is Friday, when they entertain the Calgary Hitmen (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Brandon finished the game 1-for-8 on the power-play while the Winterhawks were 0-for-2…Rutkowski's first period goal was the ninth shorthanded goal the Wheat Kings have surrendered this season...attendance was 3,708, including former Wheat King Terry Yake…Brandon D Rene Hunter left the game in the second period with what appeared to be a leg injury...Portland's Sven Bartschi was held off the scoresheet Tuesday, snapping his point-scoring streak at 16 games.

Portland Winter Hawks 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 2

First Period
1. Brandon, Glennie 5 (Wiebe, Walker) 1:19
2. Portland, Rutkowski 4 (Johansen) 11:03 (sh)

Penalties: Ross Por (unsportsmanlike conduct) 9:35, Melnychuk Bdn (holding) 12:39.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Wiebe 12 (Stone, Pulock) 1:56 (pp)
4. Portland, Johansen 11 (Rattie, Ponich) 7:35

Penalties: Morrow Por (hooking) :59, Jordan Por (unsportsmanlike conduct) 11:45, Burns Por (hooking) 16:31, Glennie Bdn (interference) 16:54.

Third Period
5. Portland, Niederreiter 4 (Ross, Gabriel) 8:42
6. Portland, Pouliot 2 (Niederreiter, Gabriel) 10:23

Penalties: Morrow Por (interference) 10:52, Niederreiter Por (hooking) 13:20, Niederreiter Por (tripping) 16:03, Peters Por (high-sticking) 17:42.

Shots on goal by
Portland 15 12 8 - 35
Brandon 9 15 13 - 37
Goal: Portland: Carruth (W,11-2-0); Brandon: Liston (L,9-6-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Portland: 0-2; Brandon: 1-8.

Referees: Patrick Gagnon, Nathan Wieler; Linesmen: Dustin Deck, Kelsey Mahoney.

Attendance: 3,708.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why was the goalie not pulled?Your down 2 with a 6 on 3 powerplay,late in the game,what is there to lose?
Even the players,especially our goalie looked baffled as to why.