Sunday, 23 January 2011

Wheat Kings Power Past Broncos

The Brandon Wheat Kings have back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-November.

Shayne Wiebe had two goals and an assist to lead Brandon to a 6-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night, giving the Wheat Kings two straight victories for the first time since winning three in a row from November 11-15.

"It felt really good to get the team rolling on back-to-back nights," said Wiebe on CKLQ's post-game show, "We had a tough time with a couple of games on the road there where we trailed off in the second of back-to-back games. It was a good stride for our team to have good jump and have good awareness in the second game."

Brandon scored four power-play goals in the contest and a fifth goal just as a man advantage ended, leaving the team 6-for-13 on the power-play on the weekend after being 1-for-20 in their previous five games.

"We talked about it coming into the weekend that we needed to be better," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "We'd gone three or four games where we'd had decent looks but hadn't scored so it's good for our guys to get some confidence back on our power-play."

Mark Stone added a goal and two assists for Brandon while David Toews, Scott Glennie and Michael Ferland also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Corbin Boes stopped 28 shots in the Brandon net, allowing goals for Trevor Cameron and Justin Dowling.

Austin Smith stopped 36 shots in just his third straight of the season for the Broncos.

The victory moved the Wheat Kings to within three points of eighth-place Prince Albert in the Eastern Conference.

Chaff...Matt MacKay had a pair of assists for Brandon, giving him six points in the last two games...with Brodie Melnychuk sidelined, MacKay worn an alternate captain's 'A' for the Wheat Kings on Saturday...former Wheat King Brayden Schenn made his Saskatoon Blades' debut Saturday, notching an assist in Saskatoon's 5-1 home-ice victory over Calgary...D Brodie Melnychuk missed Saturday's game. The fourth-year defenceman had left Friday's game in the first period after taking a puck to the mouth. He apparently spent some time in a dentist's chair on Saturday...Swift Current D Kyle Verdino took an odd penalty late in the second period when he got caught with two sticks in his hands, his own and goaltender Austin Smith's stick as he tried to give it back to his netminder. Playing with two sticks is against the rules, and Verdino was assessed a minor for being an ineligible player.



Swift Current Broncos 2 at Brandon Wheat Kings 6

First Period
1. Brandon, Toews 11 (Ferland, Gustafsson) 11:37 (pp)
2. Swift Current, Cameron 5 (Evans, Wagner) 12:43
3. Brandon, Glennie 20 (Pulock, MacKay) 16:15
4. Brandon, Ferland 12 (Gustafsson, Walker) 18:59 (pp)

Penalties: Verdino SC, Walker Bdn (roughing) 4:22, Evans SC (hooking) 10:06, Muth SC (holding) 14:10, Lowry SC (slashing) 18:47, Peddle SC, Hunter Bdn (fighting) 19:53.

Second Period
5. Brandon, Stone 24 (Wiebe, MacKay) 8:54
6. Brandon, Wiebe 23 (Pulock, MacKay) 16:42 (pp)

Penalties: Hoban SC (hooking) 6:29, Fransoo Bdn (hooking) 10:41, Verdino SC (ineligible player) 15:47.

Third Period
7. Brandon, Wiebe 24 (Glennie, Stone) 9:09 (pp)
8. Swift Current, Dowling 14 (Novotny, Hoban) 8:17 (pp)

Penalties: Muth SC (cross-checking) Cameron SC, Miller Bdn (fighting) :30, Miller Bdn (interference) 6:32, Nedomlel SC (hooking) 11:19.

Shots on goal by:
Swift Current 10 12 8 - 30
Brandon 18 18 6 -42

Goal: Swift Current: Smith (L,0-4-0); Brandon: Boes (W,2-9-6).

Power plays (goals-chances): Swift Current: 1-2; Brandon: 4-7.

Referees: Chris Crich, Sean Raphael; Linesmen: Kelsey Mahoney, Derek Reimer.

Attendance: 4,430.

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