Friday, 31 December 2010

Wheat Kings Fall in Calgary

The Brandon Wheat Kings are 0-for-2 on their post-Christmas road trip.

Newdale product John Lawrence notched his third goal of the season in helping the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-2 victory over the Wheat Kings on Thursday night.

Brandon had a strong first period but still trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and, after an evenly played second period, Calgary’s Tyler Fiddler extended the Hitmen lead to 3-1 with just under three minutes left.

“The third goal really hurt us, and I just even think the way it was scored…it was a real bad mistake that led the scoring chance,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “You don’t know for sure at the time but I think, in hindsight, that took some of the wind out of our sails.”

Indeed, the Wheat Kings had little push-back for most of the third period and, for the second straight game, seemed to lose their composure and discipline in the final frame.

“It’s something that we haven’t seen, even with some of the losses we had in the first half of the season, I hadn’t seen that and I’ve seen it twice in two games since the break,” says McCrimmon, “Obviously, when you beat yourself, you take away any opportunity that you have to come back in a game.”

David Toews notched a first period power-play goal for Brandon while the Wheat Kings’ other goal came from Michael Ferland late in the third period with the game already decided.

Liam Liston stopped 20 shots in the Brandon net while Brandon Glover made 25 saves for Calgary.

Despite the loss, the Wheat Kings’ 14th in their last 16 games (2-10-1-3), Brandon’s remains one point behind Prince Albert and Lethbridge for eighth-place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brandon finishes out their Alberta road trip on Friday night with a New Year’s Eve battle against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Chaff…Ferland and Scott Glennie both extended their point-scoring streaks to five games on Thursday…Brandon was 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Hitmen finished 2-for-7…Carter Berg’s third period was the first of his WHL career, in his 85th career game…Ryan Pulock, Tyrel Seaman and Team West were idle Thursday at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg and Portage. They’ll face the Czech Republic on Friday night at the MTS IcePlex.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 at Calgary Hitmen 5

First Period
1. Calgary, Foucault 13 5:56
2. Brandon, Toews 9 (Walker, Ferland) 7:51 (pp)
3. Calgary, Wilson 2 (MacMaster, Bubnick) 16:28 (pp)

Penalties: Rissling Cal (hooking) 7:03, MacKenzie Cal (interference) 8:18, Foucault Cal (tripping) 13:33, Miller Bdn (hooking) 15:30, Ferland Bdn, Roach Cal (fighting) 17:24.

Second Period
4. Calgary, Fiddler 6 17:09

Penalties: Fransoo Bdn (holding) 1:24, Bestland Bdn (charging) 11:32.
Third Period
5. Calgary, Berg 1 (Kirsch, Cheek) 6:34
6. Calgary, Lawrence 3 (MacKenzie, Kosterman) 12:09 (pp)
7. Brandon, Ferland 6 (Walker, Glennie) 17:36

Penalties: Gustafsson Bdn (boarding) 4:08, Bestland Bdn (slashing), Galbraith Bdn, Berg Cal (roughing) 9:23, Galbraith Bdn (clipping) 11:55, Galbraith Bdn, Luhning Cal (fighting) 16:27, Bestland Bdn (tripping) 19:54.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 11 7 9 - 27
Calgary 7 8 10 - 25

Goal: Brandon: Liston (L,11-13-1); Calgary: Glover (W,3-6-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 1-3; Calgary: 2-7.

Referees: Sean Raphael, Greg Sarauer; Linesmen: Darren Holeha, Scott Sharun.

Attendance: 8,382.

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