Sunday, 7 November 2010

Wheat Kings Nip T-Birds

Make it back-to-back home-ice wins for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Mark Stone scored for the sixth consecutive game, potting what proved to be the game-winner 2:49 into the third period as the Wheat Kings defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 on Saturday night.

Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker also scored for the Wheat Kings as Brandon improve to 4-1-0-1 in their last six games.

Ferland's goal with 44 seconds left in the first period tied the game 1-1 and allowed the Wheat Kings to solve Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard before the end of the opening frame.

Pickard stopped 20 shots in the first 20 minutes and finished with the night with 37 saves overall.

"He's a good goaltender and we knew that coming into the game, we were going to have to fire a lot of pucks at him," said Brandon centre Scott Glennie on CKLQ's post-game show, "It was good that Ferland worked hard to get that goal for us. It definitely built some momentum for our team going into the second period, and I think that really helped out team."

Glennie finished the night with a pair of assists, and now has points in five consecutive games and six of the last seven.

"I think just being in the right areas, working a little harder and building chemistry with linemates," says Glennie, who has "I know the goals haven't really been coming for him so far this season, but I'm still trying to find ways to contribute to wins for our team and I think the goals are going to start coming sooner or later."

Liam Liston stopped 25 shots in the Brandon goal, with Jacob Doty and Luke Lockhart scoring the goals for Seattle.

The Wheat Kings will complete their 3-in-3 weekend Sunday night when they pay a visit to the Regina Pats (6:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon's power-play was 0-for-3 Saturday while Seattle went 1-for-2...attendance Saturday was 4,730, pushing the Wheat Kings average to 4,562 through seven home games this season...F Jens Meilleur made his WHL debut Saturday night after missing Brandon's first 18 games with a broken hand...Wheat Kings' assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk was on the Brandon bench during the third period of Saturday's game, his first appearance on the bench since fracturing a vertebra in his back in early August.

Seattle Thunderbirds 2 at Brandon Wheat Kings 3
First Period
1. Seattle, Doty 1 (Ramsay) 12:09
2. Brandon, Ferland 2 (Glennie) 19:16

Penalties: Jacobs Sea (interference) 6:06, Alos Sea, King Bdn (roughing) 12:52.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Walker 8 (Ferland, Glennie) 10:41

Penalties: Elliot Sea (high-sticking) 12:34.

Third Period
4. Brandon, Stone 12 (Wiebe) 2:49
5. Seattle, Lockhart 5 (Gallimore, Jacobs) 3:23 (pp)

Penalties: Mieritz Bdn (goaltender interference) 3:03, Jacobs Sea (hooking) 4:02, Wiebe Bdn (hooking) 18:54.

Shots on goal by:
Seattle 10 12 5 -- 27
Brandon 21 5 14 -- 40

Goal: Seattle: Pickard (L,6-4-4); Brandon: Liston (W,6-4-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Seattle: 1-2; Brandon: 0-3.

Referees: Pat Smith, Matt Thurston; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Chad Marshall.

Attendance: 4,730

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