Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Schenn Burns Former Team

The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their five-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 7-4 loss to the Saskatoon Blades.

The Blades’ trio of Brayden Schenn, Jake Trask and Curtis Hamilton combined for five goals and 12 points, with Schenn leading the way with two goals and three assists against his former team including the 300th point of his WHL career.

“They’re going to get chances but what you have to do is make them earn those chances, and we didn’t do that,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We turned pucks over, we gave up odd-man rushes…I thought that our defensive effort against their line was terrible.”

The Blades have averaged 5.2 goals per game in the 16 contests that Schenn has played for Saskatoon, with the former Brandon co-captain now having 15 goals and 39 points.

“Every goal they had, at some point, we had the puck and gave the puck back to them,” adds McCrimmon, “We did a really poor job of playing intelligently and the way that we will have to play to be successful against this team.”

Mark Stone and Scott Glennie had two goals and an assist each for Brandon while Matt MacKay added a pair of assists for the Wheat Kings to extend his point-scoring streak to 15 games.

Corbin Boes made 22 saves in the Brandon net while Adam Morrison, in his first start since January 15th, made 29 saves for Saskatoon.

The loss was Brandon’s 24th on the road this season, the highest total in the WHL, and leaves the Wheat Kings three points back of sixth-place Edmonton and three ahead of eighth-place Prince Albert in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Chaff…D Colton Waltz, 15, made his WHL debut for Brandon on Wednesday night and finished pointless with an even plus-minus rating…the line of Scott Glennie, Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker finished a combined –9 in the contest…Brandon went 3-for-6 on the power-play, making the club 10-for-24 in their last five games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Saskatoon Blades 7

First Period
1. Saskatoon, Trask 26 (Schenn, Hamilton) 1:13
2. Saskatoon, Schenn 15, 10:14
3. Brandon, Stone 33, 11:09
4. Saskatoon, Hamilton 21 (Trask) 13:50
5. Brandon, Glennie 30 (Stone, MacKay) 19:34 (pp)

Penalties: Sutter Sktn (hooking) 1:50, Dziurzynski Sktn (slashing) 6:35, Toews Bdn (interference) 14:44, Siemens Sktn (high sticking) 18:31.

Second Period
6. Saskatoon, Schenn 16 (Hamilton) 1:22
7. Saskatoon, Elliott 25 (Schenn, Trask) 10:50

Penalties: None.

Third Period
8. Saskatoon, Stransky 12 (Sutter) 3:15
9. Brandon, Stone 34 (Glennie) 6:00 (pp)
10. Saskatoon, Trask 27 (Schenn, Siemens) 8:56 (pp)
11. Brandon, Glennie 31 (MacKay) 14:29 (pp)

Penalties: Stipancik Sktn (hooking) 4:49, Hunter Bdn (tripping) 7:18, Meilleur Bdn, Thrower Sktn (fighting) 9:18, Ciarelli Bdn, Nicholls Sktn (fighting) 13:00, Hamilton Sktn (tripping) 13:03, Dietz Sktn (slashing) 19:49.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 10 6 17 - 33
Saskatoon 12 11 6 - 29

Goal: Brandon: Boes (L,6-10-6); Saskatoon: Morrison (W,13-7-2).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 3-6; Saskatoon: 1-2.

Referees: Reagan Vetter, Colin Watt; Linesmen: Ryan Lundquist, Allan Howat.

Attendance: 4,617.

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