Friday, 31 December 2010

Wheat Kings Fruitless in Alberta

The Brandon Wheat Kings will finish their post-Christmas Alberta road trip without a victory.

Jon Groenheyde stopped 26 shots, including 19 in the third period, as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated Brandon 4-2 on Friday night.

Wheat Kings’ captain Shayne Wiebe gave Brandon a 1-0 lead in the first period before Mike Piluso and Michael St. Croix, with his 20th of the season, scored for Edmonton in the second period, giving the Oil Kings a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Brandon started the third period with a lot of urgency, a notable difference from their previous two games on the trip in Red Deer and Calgary, but were unable to get the equalizer before Dylan Wruck gave the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead with 6:15 remaining.

“Tonight, I thought our guys played to win the third, they learned from our game in Red Deer and our game in Calgary,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Tonight, our third period was one best period and we just really, with the chances we had in the third, needed to score and weren’t able to do that.”

Wruck later added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left before Brandon’s Eric Roy completed the scoring with his first career WHL goal at 19:45 of the third period.

Corbin Boes stopped 27 shots in the Brandon net in giving the Wheat Kings a solid effort between the pipes.

“We scored first, we led after one period…we haven’t done that near enough and part of the reason we did and because he did make some saves,” says McCrimmon, “In the first period, they weren’t even spectacular saves they were just good, solid saves that got him in the game and got him feeling good and helped us to get our feet underneath us. We probably made his best saves in the second period.”

The loss leaves Brandon still one point behind both Prince Albert and Lethbridge for eighth-place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings’ next action will be on home-ice Tuesday, when they entertain the Raiders (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…there were just three minor penalties in the game, one to the Wheat Kings…Scott Glennie and Michael Ferland both had their point-scoring streaks snapped at five games…Paul Ciarelli played his 150th career game as a Wheat King on Friday night…Team West improved to 1-and-1 at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg Friday night with a 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic. Brandon product Brayden Cuthbert (Moose Jaw) had one of the goals for Team West…Wheat Kings’ prospect Dakota Conroy scored in Edmonton SSAC’s 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in semifinal action at the Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary on Friday. The Athletics will play the Saskatoon Contacts in the final on New Year’s Day. Saskatoon beat the Winnipeg Wild 4-2 in the other semifinal.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 at Edmonton Oil Kings 4

First Period
1. Brandon, Wiebe 18, 6:13

Penalties: Van de Mosselaer Edm (cross checking) 3:33, Glennie Bdn (interference) 3:54.

Second Period
2. Edmonton, Piluso 8 (Dech) 1:34
3. Edmonton, St. Croix 20, 8:12

Penalties: Lowe Edm (holding), 8:36.

Third Period
4. Edmonton, Wruck 18 (Hickmott) 13:45
5. Edmonton, Wruck 19 (Hickmott, Lowe) 19:28 (en)
6. Brandon, Roy 1 (Ciarelli, Fransoo) 19:45

Penalties: None.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 6 2 20 - 28
Edmonton 9 10 12 - 31

Goal: Brandon, Boes (L,0-7-4). Edmonton, Groenheyde (W,11-9-2).

Power play (goals-chances): Brandon 0-2, Edmonton 0-1.

Referees: Jon Stephenson, Derek Zalaski; Linesmen: Chris Carlson, Scott Fulmer.

Attendance: 4,197.

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