Sunday, 12 December 2010

Extra Time Unkind for Wheat Kings

Extra time is not being kind to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Wheat Kings lost in a shootout for the second straight game Saturday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Kootenay Ice and watching their winless streak hit 11 games in the process.

"We shot first rather than second, just to see if we could get some momentum right off the bat," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "We've scored one goal in the three games that we've played, and I think we've had one save and that's not going to get you a lot of success in a lot of shootouts."

Shayne Wiebe, with the Teddy Bear goal at 5:23, and Mark Stone scored power-play goals in the second period for Brandon, who had a season-high 23 shots in the middle frame.

Elgin Pearce and Max Reinhart scored first period goals for Kootenay.

Corbin Boes stopped 32 shots in the Wheat Kings' net while Nathan Lieuwen stopped 34 shots for Kootenay.

"I thought we played pretty well," says rookie Brandon defenceman Ryan Pulock, "It went into a shootout, but we didn't get the bounces in a was a tough loss."

Brandon next chance to break the streak is Sunday night, when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (6:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon is now 2-6 in shootouts over the past two seasons including 0-3 this year...Sunday's game is the first half Rain Check game. Fans with unused tickets from the Wheat Kings first 14 home games can turn them in for a free ticket for Sunday's contest...Saturday's Teddy Bear Toss saw approximately 1,500 items thrown on the ice following Brandon's first goal.

Kootenay Ice 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 2 (Shootout)

First Period
1. Kootenay, Pearce 6 (Leach, Magnus) 12:07 (pp)
2. Kootenay, Reinhart 16 (Czerwonka, Leach) 15:40

Penalties: Melnychuk Bdn (interference) 3:56, Stone Bdn (hooking) 11:38.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Wiebe 16 (Glennie, Melnychuk) 5:23 (pp)
4. Brandon, Stone 18 (Wiebe, Pulock) 10:35 (pp)

Penalties: Dirk Ktn (holding) 3:57, Reinhart Ktn, Leach (tripping) 6:39, Kootenay bench (too many men; served by Hurley) 10:10, Paulsen Ktn, Walker Bdn (roughing) Swyripa Bdn (boarding) 16:38, Melnychuk Bdn (interference) 18:34.

Third Period
No scoring.

Penalties: Antilla Ktn, Fransoo Bdn (fighting) 5:45, Kootenay bench (too many men; served by Ismond) 6:56, Boes Bdn (delay of game; served by Walker) 13:57.

No scoring.

Penalties: Melnychuk Bdn (hooking) 4:05.

Kootenay wins 2-0
Kootenay (2): Fraser goal, Reinhart goal.
Brandon (0): Glennie miss, Ferland miss.

Shots on goal by:
Kootenay 10 9 11 4 - 34
Brandon 4 23 6 3 - 36

Goal: Kootenay: Lieuwen (W,15-5-2); Brandon: Boes (SOL,0-5-3).

Power play (goals-chances): Kootenay: 1-6; Brandon: 2-5.

Referees: Patrick Gagnon, Brett Montsion; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Derek Reimer.

Attendance: 4,343.

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