Saturday, 12 February 2011

Wheat Kings Pull Out Dramatic Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night.

Matt MacKay scored with 11.9 seconds left in regulation and Michael Ferland got the winner on a penalty-shot 3:23 into overtime for the Wheat Kings.

"I thought Eric Roy made a real poised play to hold the puck behind the net when everyone in the building was anixous for him to get going up the ice with it to allow us t get a change done so we could enter the zone together," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Good poise for Matt MacKay to walk the puck across the blue line and find a lane to put one behind the goaltender."

The overtime winner allowed Ferland to complete his first Western Hockey League regular season hat-trick, although he did record one in the second round of the playoffs against Saskatoon last spring.

The Calgary Flames' draft pick, who is 0-for-4 in shootout attempts this season, he says it's a move he's been working on for a while.

"I've been working on it a lot in practice, just seeing what I need to do more and Liam (Wheat Kings' goaltender Liston) has been helping me out and telling me what I should do," says Ferland, who has points in six straight games, "It's a good deke, it hasn't been going in the net other times, but it's one of my go-to moves for sure."

Shayne Wiebe had a pair of goals for thet Wheat Kings including the opening goal of the game, the tenth time this season Wiebe's has scored the first goal.

Linden Vey had two goals for Medicine Hat to push his league-leading point total to 90 while Kale Kessy, Kellan Tochkin and Wacey Hamilton also scored for the Tigers.

The victory was Brandon's seventh in their last ten games and moved the Wheat Kings into sole possession of seventh-place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of both Swift Current and Prince Albert.

Brandon is back in action Saturday night when they entertain the Edmonton Oil Kings (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...MacKay's tying goal allowed him to extend his point-scoring streak to 10 games...Brandon product Joel Edmundson notched his first career WHL goal, helping Moose Jaw beat Edmonton 5-4 in a shootout on Friday night.

Medicine Hat Tigers 5 at Brandon Wheat Kings 6 (OT)

First Period
1. Brandon, Wiebe 31 (Stone, Pulock) 2:55
2. Medicine Hat, Petryk 9 (Valk, Leier) 8:05
3. Brandon, Ferland 14 (Toews, Fransoo) 16:26

Penalty: Toews Bdn (hooking) 18:55.

Second Period
4. Medicine Hat, Tochkin 22 (Hamilton, Grbavac) 3:32
5. Brandon, Ferland 15 (Galbraith, Roy) 4:02
6. Brandon, Wiebe 32 (Stone, Miller) 4:53
7. Medicine Hat, Hamilton 19 (McKay, Tochkin) 15:49
8. Medicine Hat, Vey 37 (Etem, Kessy) 16:25

Penalties: Walker Bdn (goaltender interference) 6:22, Bredo MH, Meilleur Bdn (fighting) 8:43, Petryk MH (holding the stick) 17:49.

Third Period
9. Medicine Hat, Vey 38 (Owuya, Carr) 3:24
10. Brandon, MacKay 18 (Stone, Glennie) 19:48

Penalty: Owuya MH (interference) 16:44.

11. Brandon, Ferland 16 3:23 (penalty shot)

Penalty: None.

Shots on goal by
Medicine Hat 8 9 8 3 - 27
Brandon 20 10 10 3- 43
Goal (shots-saves): Medicine Hat: Dubyk (22-19), Bunz (OL,28-11-3) (4:02 of second) (21-18); Brandon: Liston (W,15-16-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Medicine Hat: 0-2; Brandon: 0-2.

Referees: Derek Zalaski; Linesmen: Kelsey Mahoney, Derek Nernberg.

Attendance: 4,288.

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