Saturday, 15 January 2011

Brandon Drops Shootout Decision in Playoff-Style Game

The Brandon Wheat Kings did virtually everything right Friday night except get two points.

The Wheat Kings dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Red Deer Rebels in an intense, physical affair that could have easily been mistaken for a playoff game.

"If we had won the shootout tonight, it would clearly be one of the best games we've played all year and the fact that we didn't is heart-breaking for our fans and I feel bad for our players as well," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "It doesn't change the 65 minutes that led up to the shootout...I thought our team played exceptionally well."

In a game that quickly turned into a goaltender's battle, the Rebels scored first on Colten Mayor's marker 13:17 into the first period while Jens Meilleur scored his first career WHL goal 6:41 into the second period for the Wheat Kings.

That was all the scoring in regulation in overtime, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Dalton Siwak scoring in the shootout for Red Deer and Mark Stone potting the lone goal for Brandon in the shootout.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots in the Red Deer goal while Michael Tedjdeh stopped 38 shots in his Brandon debut.

"He was exceptional. Talk about coming into a situation and doing a great job, I thought he was excellent," says McCrimmon, "I couldn't have been happier with his performance, gave us every opportunity to win."

The shootout loss, Brandon's seventh in seven tries this season, coupled with Prince Albert's victory in Moose Jaw Friday leaves the Wheat Kings six points back of the Raiders for eighth-place in the Eastern Conference.

Brandon returns to action against the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Overall, Wheat King players are 5-for-21 in shootout attempts this season with Mark Stone having gone 3-for-4...Dominick Favreau (ribs) and Paul Ciarelli (charleyhorse) both left the game for the Wheat Kings...Brandon captain Shayne Wiebe played his 250th career WHL game on Friday.

Red Deer Rebels 2 at Brandon Wheat Kings 1 (Shootout)

First Period
1. Red Deer, Mayor 5 (Dumba) 13:17

Penalties: Petrovic RD (unsportsmanlike conduct) Ferland Bdn, Miller Bdn (roughing) 6:29, Archer RD (hooking) 9:03.

Second Period
2. Brandon, Meilleur 1 (Swyripa, Tadjdeh) 6:41

Penalties: Ness RD (tripping) 2:06, Archer RD, Glennie Bdn (fighting) 6:23.

Third Period
No scoring.

Penalties: Dumba RD (high-sticking) 2:11, Kambeitz RD (misconduct) 11:35.

No scoring.

Penalties: None.

(Red Deer wins 2-1)
Red Deer (2): Froese, miss; Nugent-Hopkins, goal; Ferguson, miss; Siwak, goal.
Brandon (1): Stone, goal; MacKay, miss; Wiebe, miss; Glennie, miss.

Shots on goal by:
Red Deer 15 15 8 1 - 39
Brandon 9 12 9 0 - 30

Goal: Red Deer: Kuemper (W,27-8-3); Brandon: Tadjdeh (SOL,0-0-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Red Deer: 0-1; Brandon: 0-3.

Referees: Trevor Hanson, Brett Iverson; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Cam Kuffner.

Attendance: 4,440.

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