Thursday, 9 December 2010

Wheat Kings' Comeback Falls Short

The Brandon Wheat Kings had their comeback come up short in a 4-3, shootout loss to the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night.

Darren Bestland and Brodie Melnychuk notched power-play goals in the third period to help Brandon overcome a 3-1 deficit, but the club still suffered its tenth straight loss.

Mark Stone and Brayden Schenn failed to score in the shootout for Brandon, while Tyler Maxwell and Ryan Murray scored shootout goals for Everett, with Murray's being his first shootout attempt in his WHL career.

"You're not going to win a shootout if you don't score some goals," said Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "They are what they's always a tough thing but we didn't score any goals and you're not going to win a shootout that way."

Stone also scored in regulation for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes stopped 25 shots in the Brandon net before surrending two goals on three attempts in the shootout.

Rookie Luke Siemens made 30 saves for Everett and stopped both Brandon attempts in what was his first involvement in a shootout in his WHL career.

Josh Birkholz and Stone exchanged first period goals with Birkholz's coming on an Everett power-play.

Parker Stanfield snapped a 1-1 tie at 9:38 of the second period and Kellan Tochkin gave Everett a 3-1 lead with the Silvertips' second power-play goal of the night at 15:34 of the middle frame.

"When you're down 3-1 and you've had the challenges we've had, it does take some character to come back in the third...we did a great job of that to get the game back tied," adds McCrimmon, "I thought we played well in overtime and just didn't get in a done in the shootout."

Playing his first home game since being returned by the LA Kings last week, Brayden Schenn had a pair of assists for the Wheat Kings, giving him four points (1 G, 3 A) in two games.

Schenn will depart for the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp in Toronto before Brandon's next game Saturday against the Kootenay Ice.

Chaff...Brandon went 2-for-5 on the power-play while Everett was 2-for-4...Wednesday's game was the 11th loss for Brandon this year by two goals or less, while 25 of Everett's 31 games this season have been decided by two goals or less...attendance Wednesday was 3,723...former Wheat King Rob Klinkhammer made his NHL debut Wednesday night with the Chicago Blackhawks. He's the fifth former Wheat King to make his NHL debut this season.

Everett Silvertips 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 3 (SO)

First Period
1. Everett, Birkholz 8 (Winquist, Ferraro) 6:36 (pp)
2. Brandon, Stone 17 (Ferland, Schenn) 15:34

Penalties: wiebe Bdn (goaltender interference) 4:41, Murray Evt (slashing) 11:51.

Second Period
3. Everett, Stanfield 5 (Birkholz, Maxwell) 9:48
4. Everett, Tochkin 16 (Winquist, Maxwell) 15:34 (pp)

Penalties: Hayer Evt (tripping) 1:57, Cumiskey Evt (interference) 5:03, Swyripa Bdn (interference) 13:53.
Third Period
5. Brandon, Bestland 4 (Toews) 1:51 (pp)
6. Brandon, Melnychuk 4 (Schenn, Glennie) 14:29 (pp)

Penalties: Stanfield Evt (interference) 0:36, Wiebe Bdn (tripping) 3:14, Suer Evt (slashing) 14:10, Miller Bdn (charging) 16:41.

No Scoring.

Penalties: None.


Everett wins 2-0

Everett (2): Maxwell, goal; Ferraro, miss; Murray, goal.
Brandon (0): Schenn, miss; Stone, miss.

Shots on goal by
Everett 13 6 8 1 - 28
Brandon 11 12 6 4 - 33

Goal: Everett: Siemens (W,4-3-0); Brandon: Boes (SOL,0-5-2).

Power plays (goals-chances): Everett: 2-4; Brandon: 2-5.

Referees: Chris Crich, Nathan Wieler; Linesmen: Cam Kuffner, Keith Salamon.

Attendance: 3,723.

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