Saturday, 8 January 2011

Wheat Kings Break Out Big Guns

The Brandon Wheat Kings exploded for nine goals Friday night in a 9-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen.

Mark Stone and Michael Ferland had two goals and an assist each for the Wheat Kings as they broke a four-game losing streak.

Coming off a gut-wrenching loss to Prince Albert in their last game Tuesday, it was going to be interesting to see the Wheat Kings' response on Friday.

The response was obviously positive.

"I thought the guys did really good job and were deserving of the win," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Obviously, with the margin, I thought we responded pretty well."

Shayne Wiebe and Brenden Walker also scored twice each for Brandon while Tyrel Seaman had the other goal for the Wheat Kings, his first since the opening game of the season.

Brandon put a season-high 50 shots on the Calgary net and have scored 14 goals in the last two games after strugging to score the first three games back following the Christmas break.

"We've been struggling to score goal when we got back and now we've scored 14 goals in the last two games," says Stone, "I think guys are going to the hard areas to score goals. That's we need is to play that style of hockey and it's working out for us."

Scott Glennie chipped in with five assists for Brandon including helpers on the first four goals the Wheat Kings scored.

Corbin Boes stopped 29 shots in the Brandon net to record his first career WHL victory.

The victory moves Brandon to within three points of eighth-place Prince Albert in the Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings visit the Raiders on Saturday night (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon finished 2-for-7 on the power-play while Calgary went 2-for-3 with the man advantage...both of Calgary's goal-scorers, Chase Clayton and Keaton Lubin, notched their first career WHL goals...former Wheat King Matt Calvert made his NHL debut Friday, playing 10:41 in Columbus' loss 6-0 loss in Anaheim. Calvert took a high-sticking penalty, had one shot and finished -1 on the night.

Calgary Hitmen 2 at Brandon Wheat Kings 9

First Period
1. Brandon, Walker 13 (Ferland, Glennie) 10:17

Penalties: MacKay Bdn (slashing) 11:57, Trzonkowski Cal (tripping) 14:23, Roach Cal (interference) 16:20.

Second Period
2. Brandon, Walker 14 (Glennie) 0:26
3. Brandon, Stone 21 (Melnychuk, Glennie) 2:56 (pp)
4. Brandon, Ferland 7 (Glennie, Melnychuk) 10:56
5. Brandon, Wiebe 20 (Stone, Pulock) 15:51 (pp)
6. Brandon, Seaman 2 (Galbraith, Swyripa) 17:50
7. Calgary, Clayton 1 (Trzonkowski, Schmidt) 19:55 (pp)

Penalties: Santini Cal (slashing) 2:51, Berg Cal (roughing), Ferland Bdn (high-sticking) 4:15, Roach Cal (hooking) 5:25, Trzonkowski (double high-sticking) 12:59, Ciarelli Bdn (roughing) 18:58.

Third Period
8. Brandon, Stone 22 (MacKay) 1:02
9. Calgary, Lubin 1, 8:29 (pp)
10. Brandon, Wiebe 21 (Glennie) 13:42
11. Brandon, Ferland 8 (Meilleur, Pulock) 19:42

Penalties: Santini Cal, Galbraith Bdn (fighting) 2:54, Schmidt Cal (fighting, misconduct), Ferland Bdn (fighting) 3:00, Foucault Cal, Miller Bdn (roughing) 4:27, Roach Cal (roughing) 4:38, Foucault Cal, Miller Bdn (fighting) 6:32, Fransoo Bdn (interference) 7:32, Kosterman Cal, King Bdn (fighting) 17:30.

Shots on goal by
Calgary 11 4 16 - 31
Brandon 10 23 17 - 50

Goal (shots-saves): Calgary: Glover (start game, start third) (L,4-7-1) (35-29), Snider (2:56 second) (15-12); Brandon: Boes (W,1-8-4).

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

Referees: Patrick Gagnon, Cole Hamm; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Keith Salamon.

Attendance: 4,090.

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