Saturday, 4 December 2010

Battles of Kings Goes to Edmonton

After not playing a mid-week game for the first time since mid-October, the Brandon Wheat Kings hoped Friday night would be a fresh start.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same.

The Wheat Kings surrendered four unanswered goals in the second period and dropped an 8-4 decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Winnipeg product Michael St. Croix had two goals and two assists for the Oil Kings, giving him 15 points during a seven-game point streak, while Mark Pysyk added a goal and three assists.

Brandon led 3-1 in the first period and 4-3 after the opening 20 minutes but disintegrated in the middle frame, being outshot 18-5.

“For me, you have to play each game and I thought that tonight, when we were faced with adversity, we looked like a team that had had some bad things happen to it recently,” said Wheat Kings’ GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I think that was, in part, why we didn’t respond as well.”

The Oil Kings used a quick strike offence on Friday night, with Edmonton scoring goals 83, 46 and 59 seconds apart in the contest.

Brandon’s defensive issues continued with the club having now surrendered 40 goals during an eight-game winless streak.

The Wheat Kings not only seem to break down in their own end, but also aren’t getting as near the goaltending they were in early November.

Liam Liston gave up seven goals on 27 shots in the first two periods, and now has a 5.37 GAA and .840 SPCT over his last six starts.

On it’s own, Brandon’s performance was disappointing but considering how well the Wheat Kings played in their last three games, all one-goal losses, it seems like a step backward for the club.

“We didn’t want to change a lot, for example, of how we played Saturday night at home against Moose Jaw, how we played Friday night in Moose Jaw, how we played last Wednesday in Swift Current,” added McCrimmon, “We don’t want to change a lot, we’re doing a lot of things we want to do and I thought our willingness to stay the course tonight and do those things wasn’t as good as it needs to be.”

Brandon concludes their two-game Alberta road trip on Saturday night when they visit the Red Deer Rebels (8:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brayden Schenn is expected to join the Wheat Kings Saturday in Red Deer and be in the lineup versus the Rebels…Darren Bestland and Michael Ferland were both –4 on Friday night, with Bestland now have a –16 rating during the Wheat Kings’ eight-game losing streak and a league-low –23 rating overall this season.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Edmonton Oil Kings 8

First Period
1. Edmonton, Ewanyk 7 (Wilson, Rachinski), 1:58
2. Brandon, Toews 6 (unassisted), 6:21 (pp)
3. Brandon, Glennie 8 (Walker, Ferland), 7:29
4. Brandon, Ciarelli 4 (Wiebe, Stone), 13:51
5. Edmonton, Laroque 1 (Pelss, St. Croix), 17:26
6. Edmonton, Pelss 3 (Foster, St. Croix), 18:49
7. Brandon, Pulock 3 (Stone), 19:56

Penalties: Reinhart Edm (high-sticking) 5:21, Galbraith Bdn, Legault Edm (fighting) 15:16.

Second Period
8. Edmonton, Pysyk 1 (Wilson, Reinhart), 6:47
9. Edmonton, St. Croix 14 (Lazowski, Pysyk), 7:33 (pp)
10. Edmonton, St. Croix 15 (Pysyk), 15:59
11. Edmonton, Hickmott 13 (Wruck, Lazowski), 16:56

Penalties: Brandon bench (too many men; served by Glennie) 4:01, Mieritz Bdn (boarding) 7:06.

Third Period
12. Edmonton, Foster 8 (Pysyk, Laroque), 18:58

Penalties: Bestland Bdn (delay of game) 1:42, Lowe Edm (interference) 3:09, Rachinski Edm (high-sticking) 4:50, Galbraith Bdn, Wilson Edm (fighting) 13:04, Glennie Bdn, Pelss Edm (fighting) 14:09, St. Croix Edm (tripping) 14:58, Swyripa Bdn, Stephenson Edm (roughing) 17:56, Ferland Bdn (high-sticking) 19:23.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 11 5 10 - 26
Edmonton 9 18 8 -35

Goal (shots-saves): Brandon: Liston (L,9-11-1)(27-20); Boes (start of third)(8-7); Edmonton: Brossoit (W,3-3-0).

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

Referees: Jon Stephenson, Colin Watt; Linesmen: Dustin Zelenak, Dwayne Yakubow.

Attendance: 4,621.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have the WK's brought the goaltending coach along on the trip to help Liston? Because they should be doing everything they can to help the kids out. And the 20 year olds, Wiebe, bestland and Toews, maybe time to start sitting them because they are brutal at the moment