Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Last Minute the Extreme

A bizarre final minute for the Brandon Wheat Kings Tuesday night as they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Prince Albert Raiders.

Shayne Wiebe scored with 54 seconds left to give Brandon a 5-4 lead but the Raiders scored twice before the end of regulation with Igor Revenko getting the game-tying goal at 19:20 and Jonathan Parker notching the winner with 14.7 seconds left on the clock.

"We had veteran people on the ice that knew exactly what was expected of them and we got scored on," said Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We went back with our top guys and got scored on again. Both plays were scrambles at the net where it wasn't that we weren't there, we were there. They got their sticks on loose pucks. We didn't clear, we didn't get a save...that's what happened."

Tuesday's game isn't the first one for the Wheat Kings that ended with a last minute victory for the opposition but it could be the most costly as it dropped Brandon five points behind the Raiders for eighth-place and the final playoff spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

There are still some positives to come out of the contest for Brandon but those are, obviously, overshadowed by the way the game ended.

"It's tough to see those when you have as disappointing and hard-to-believe loss as what we did but that's only part of it," says McCrimmon, who's team has just two wins in their last 18 outings, "These are big points. It's a four-point game and that part is very, very disappointing."

Mark Stone scored his first points of the post-Christmas schedule, scoring twice and added an assist, while Hampus Gustafsson and Scott Glennie also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Parker and Todd Fiddler each had a pair of goals for the Raiders with Austin Connor getting the other goal for Prince Albert.

Brandon's next action is Friday when they're expected to welcome Brayden Schenn back to their lineup for a home game against the Calgary Hitmen.

Chaff...among the players in the Raiders' lineup Tuesday as affiliate player T.J. Constant, the son of former Wheat King Chris Constant...Brandon was 6-for-6 on the penalty-kill, meaning the team hasn't surrendered a power-play goal in consecutive games for the first time since mid-November...the Wheat Kings were 2-for-8 on the power-play...former Wheat King Jacob De Serres was named the QMJHL's 2nd star of the Month for December after going 6-1 with a 1.55 GAA and .929 SPCT last month.

Prince Albert Raiders 6 at Brandon Wheat Kings 5

First Period
1. Brandon, Stone 19 (Roy, Galbraith) 1:27
2. Brandon, Stone 20 (Glennie, Wiebe) 3:45 (pp)
3. Prince Albert, Parker 23 (Herrod, Corbin) 6:40
4. Prince Albert, Connor 6 (Button, Herle) 6:47
5. Brandon, Gustafsson 6 (Toews, Ferland) 8:30 (pp)
6. Prince Albert, Fiddler 10 (Rowley, Herle) 18:25

Penalties: Deck PA (hooking) 3:01, Herle PA (slashing), Button PA (delay of game) 7:14, Svendsen PA, Miller Bdn (unsportsmanlike conduct) 16:19.

Second Period
7. Brandon, Glennie 15 (Melnychuk, Roy) 11:43

Penalties: Glennie Bdn (slashing) 4:06, Rowley PA (hooking) 8:25, Corbin PA (high-sticking) 9:37, Ciarelli Bdn (roughing), Miller (charging) 12:17, McNeill PA (tripping) 12:27, Miller Bdn (interference) 16:22, Parker PA (slashing) 20:00.

Third Period
8. Prince Albert, Fiddler 11 (Herrod, McNeill) 17:19
9. Brandon, Wiebe 19 (Stone, Toews) 19:06
10. Prince Albert, Revenko 10 (Herrod, Parker) 19:20
11. Prince Albert, Parker 24 (McNeill) 19:45

Penalties: Wiebe Bdn (charging) 5:38, Button PA (checking from behind) 13:51, Wiebe Bdn (slashing) 14:25, Glennie Bdn (hooking), Deck PA (unsportsmanlike conduct - diving) 15:31.

Shots on goal by
Prince Albert 11 14 12 - 37
Brandon 11 9 12 - 32

Goal (shots-saves): Prince Albert: Tucker (W,8-13-2); Brandon: Liston (11-8), Boes (start second, 26-23) (L,0-8-4).

Power plays (goals-chances): Prince Albert: 0-6; Brandon: 2-8.

Referees: Chris Crich, Brett Montsion; Linesmen: Darryl Surminski, Derek Reimer.

Attendance: 3,704.

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