Saturday, 5 February 2011

Broncos Stop Wheat Kings

Jordan Peddle’s goal with 3:13 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted the Swift Current Broncos to a 5-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

Peddle’s goal came just 51 seconds after the Wheat Kings had tied the game 3-3 on Mark Stone’s 28th goal of the season.

“It’s just focus. I didn’t think we were as good tonight as we needed to be, and when we’re like that, those of the type of situations that it shows through,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I just didn’t think we were as good in this game as we have to be.”

Matt MacKay and Brenden Walker also scored for the Wheat Kings while Liam Liston made 38 saves in the Brandon net including 20 in a busy second period in which Brandon was outshot 22-8 by the Broncos.

Peddle also added an empty-net goal while Brad Hoban, Stepan Novotny and Tanner Muth also scored for Swift Current while Mark Friesen stopped 28 shots in the Broncos’ net.

The victory snapped Swift Current's eight-game losing streak while it was just the third loss in the last nine games for Brandon.

The Wheat Kings were also hurt by an ineffective power-play that went 0-for-5 on the night including a lengthy 5-on-3 chance early in the first period and over two minutes with the man advantage early in the third.

“I thought special teams hurt us. We didn’t do a good job on our power-play at all,” says McCrimmon, “All of that said, 57 minutes into the game we’re all tied up and just terrible not to get a point out of this game.”

The loss drops the Wheat Kings into eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the seventh-place Broncos and one ahead of ninth-place Prince Albert.

The Raiders lost 5-4 in Regina in one of the other nine games on the WHL schedule on Saturday night.

Brandon is idle until Friday, when they open a four-game home stand by hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Chaff…Brandon D Eric Roy left Saturday’s game midway through the second period with what appeared to be foot injury and did not return…former Wheat King Brayden Schenn had a Gordie Howe hat trick for Saskatoon in their 5-0 win over Lethbridge Saturday. Schenn had a goal, an assist and fought Hurricanes’ captain Cam Braes in the third period…former Wheat King Mark Derlago has been called up to the Texas Stars (AHL) from the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

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