Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Wheat Kings Make a Point

It was a good point for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Wheat Kings overcame a 4-1, third period deficit before falling 5-4 in a shootout to the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday night.

Scott Glennie and Michael Ferland scored goals 22 seconds apart in the third period for Brandon while Brenden Walker scored the game-tying goal just past the midway mark of the final frame.

“Down 4-1 after two periods to the top team in the league, I would say that our guys to come out with a point and play as hard as they did made it a positive night for our team,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show.

After falling behind 3-1 in the first period and being outshot 16-9 in the opening frame, the Wheat Kings played relatively well over the game’s final 45 minutes in what was the first meeting between Brandon and Saskatoon since October 3rd.

“I sure felt, standing on the bench, that our guys expected that we weren’t going to be able to touch these guys because of how successful their season has gone,” says McCrimmon, “Real positive that our guys pushed back, did force some mistakes and now we realize that we just have to go out and play.”

David Toews scored in the first period for Brandon while Darren Dietz, Ryan Olsen and Josh Nicholls scored in the opening frame for Saskatoon.

Marek Viedensky scored a power-play goal midway through the second period to extend the Blades’ lead to 4-1.

Corbin Boes made his first WHL start in his hometown and performed well, stopping 35 shots in the Brandon net, while Steven Stanford stopped 22 shots before being replaced in the Blades’ net after the fourth Brandon goal.

Adam Morrison stopped all six shots we faced and all three Brandon shooters (Matt MacKay, Michael Ferland and Scott Glennie) in the shootout.

Jake Trask, the first shooter was the only Blade to score in the shootout while Marek Viedensky and Ryan Olsen were stopped by Boes.

Chaff…former Wheat King Brayden Schenn was in attendance at Tuesday’s game, with the Blades targeting a January 22nd home game versus Calgary as the night he’ll make his Saskatoon debut…Dominick Favreau, who’s from the Saskatoon ‘suburb’ of Martensville, picked up a pair of assists for Brandon.



Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Saskatoon Blades 5 (Shootout)
First Period
1. Saskatoon, Dietz 3 (Collins, Sutter) 2:18
2. Brandon, Toews 10 (Gustafsson) 4:45
3. Saskatoon, Olsen 5 (Elliott, Stransky) 7:31
4. Saskatoon, Nicholls 20 (Elliott, Hamilton) 11:04

Penalties: Ferland Bdn, Dziurzynski Sas (fighting), 11:04; Viedensky Sas (tripping), 14:53.

Second Period
5. Saskatoon, Viedensky 17 (Elliott, Hamilton) 10:38 (pp)
Penalties: Glennie Bdn (tripping), 10:26; Zahn Sas (interference), 11:45; Ciarelli Bdn (boarding), 17:24; Ciarelli Bdn, Benson Sas (fighting), 19:49.

Third Period
6. Brandon, Glennie 17 (Stone, Ferland) 6:38
7. Brandon, Ferland 9 (Favreau, Fransoo) 7:00
8. Brandon, Walker 15 (Favreau) 10:24

Penalty: Bews Sas (hooking), 2:29.

Overtime

No scoring.

Penalties: No penalties

Shootout
Saskatoon wins 1-0

Brandon (0): MacKay miss, Ferland miss, Glennie miss
Saskatoon (1): Trask goal, Viedensky miss, Olsen miss.

Shots on goal by:
Brandon 9 6 14 3 - 32
Saskatoon 16 7 12 4 - 39

Goal (shots-saves): Brandon, Boes (L,1-8-6, 39-35): Saskatoon, Stanford (26-22); Morrison (W,12-6-1, 10:24 of 3rd, 6-6).

Power play (goals-chances): Brandon 0-3; Saskatoon 1-2.

Referee: Adam Byblow.; Linesmen: Jonny Bast, Jarett Gelowitz.

Attendance: 3,848.

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