Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Wheat Kings Open Second Half with Loss in Red Deer

The Brandon Wheat Kings opened the second half of their regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night.

Colten Mayor and Tyson Ness scored first period goals for the Rebels to give them a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes but the Wheat Kings responded with a strong second period, starting with Scott Glennie’s 14th goal of the season 1:31 into the middle frame.

However, the Wheat Kings could not get the equalizers despite outshooting Red Deer 17-7 in a second period that including a 5-on-3 power-play chance for 67 seconds and a missed opportunity on an empty net when Mark Stone’s stick shattered as he tried to fire the puck into the goal after Red Deer goaltender Darcy Kuemper had misplayed the puck behind the goal.

“In hindsight, the power-play opportunities in the second period and, in particular, the 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period was a time when I felt we really needed to capitalize and get the game tied and we weren’t able to do it,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show.

Kuemper finished the game with 31 saves including 16 in the second period while Byron Froese’s power-play goal 4:26 into the third period restored Red Deer’s two-goal lead and snuffed out any chance of a comeback for the Wheat Kings.

The man advantage came after veteran Brandon defencemen Ryley Miller and Darren Bestland did their best Dean Portman/Fulton Reed impersonations.

“When you’ve got three veteran defencemen, you can’t lose two of them at the same stoppage and be shorthanded beside,” says McCrimmon, “I thought it was really poor discipline on our part to create that power-play opportunity for Red Deer.”

John Persson completed the scoring for the Rebels late in the third period while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a pair of assists for Red Deer.

Corbin Boes made 23 saves in goal for Brandon, who fell to 13-20-1-4 with the loss and remain one point behind eighth-place Prince Albert in the Eastern Conference.
The Wheat Kings’ next action is Thursday night, when they visit the Calgary Hitmen (7:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Ryley Miller finished the game with five minor penalties, two for boarding and three for roughing…Glennie’s goal was the 100th of his WHL career and pushed his point streak to four games (5 G, 3 A). He’s also +7 in that span…Jens Meilleur’s second period tilt with Red Deer defenceman Matthew Pufahl was his first WHL fight...Ryan Pulock, Tyrel Seaman and the rest of Team West fell 4-0 to the United States in pre-tournament action for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Tuesday night. Team West plays Team Pacific Wednesday night to open the tournament.



Brandon Wheat Kings 1 at Red Deer Rebels 4
First Period
1. Red Deer, Mayor 2 (Deagle, Robinson) 3:00
2. Red Deer, Ness 5 (Kambeitz, Borejko) 18:38

Penalties: Miller Bdn (boarding) 3:15, Elson RD (interference) 6:57, Weller RD (slashing) 13:50.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Glennie 14 (Bestland, Ferland) 1:31

Penalties: Walker Bdn (tripping) 3:49, Meilleur Bdn, Pufahl RD (fighting) 8:18, Weller RD (holding) 9:52, Petrovic RD (delay of game) 10:45, Petrovic RD (hooking) 17:02.

Third Period
4. Red Deer, Froese 15 (Nugent-Hopkins, Petrovic) 4:26 (pp)
5. Red Deer, Persson 12 (Borejko, Nugent-Hopkins) 18:31

Penalties: Miller Bdn (double roughing), Bestland Bdn, Ferguson RD, Muller RD (roughing) 3:44, Deagle RD (high-sticking) 17:23, Boes Bdn (delay of game) 18:09, Ferland Bdn (misconduct), Miller Bdn (boarding, roughing) 19:34.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 9 17 6 - 32
Red Deer 11 7 9 - 27

Goal: Brandon: Boes (L,0-6-4); Red Deer: Kuemper (W,23-8-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 0-6; Red Deer: 1-5.

Referees: Jonathan Spurgeon, Ryan Thompson; Linesmen: Cody Huseby, Dustin Zelenak.

Attendance: 4,792.

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