Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Wheat Kings Post Big Win over Blades

The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their home-ice winning streak to seven games Tuesday night with a 7-4 victory over the Saskatoon Blades.

Scott Glennie recorded a hat-trick for Brandon while Mark Stone had two goals and four assists, including setting up all three of Glennie's goals.

"We were fortunate enough today to have a couple of 2-on-1's and a couple of back-door passes," says Stone, who is now fifth in the WHL in scoring with 79 points, "We had a little bit of chemistry today...we were in on five of each other's goals so it was great."

What makes it a little odd is that Glennie and Stone don't take their regular shift together, with Glennie centering a line with Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker and Stone on the wing with Matt MacKay and Shayne Wiebe.

However, Brandon did score four power-play goals last night with the duo figuring in on all of those.

"We had some chances and made some plays. We put pucks to the night, we had some goals that we scored by being at the net, which was important for us," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Good night for our power-play to step up and provide from offence against a good hockey club."

Matt MacKay and Shayne Wiebe, into an empty-net, also scored for the Wheat Kings with MacKay extending his point-scoring streak to 12 games and Wiebe notching his career-high 33rd goal of the season.

Jake Trask scored twice in a losing cause for Saskatoon while Brayden Schenn had three assists for the Blades in his first game back in Brandon since being traded January 10th.

Schenn now has 10 goals and 27 points in 12 games with Saskatoon, who had their 11-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's loss.

The former Wheat Kings' co-captain was saluted with a video tribute during the first period marketing timeout, which resulted in a standing ovation from the 4,122 in attendance at the contest.

The victory allows the Wheat Kings to maintain their hold on seventh-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, three points behind sixth-place Edmonton and three ahead of eighth-place Prince Albert.

Brandon's next action is Friday when they entertain the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Saskatoon's Jake Trask was awarded a penalty shot in the second period after being tripped on a breakaway but failed to beat Wheat Kings goalie Liam Liston, who finished with 23 saves...Sanford, Manitoba product Tyler Oswald saw his first WHL regular season action, replacing Saskatoon starting goaltender Steven Stanford after Brandon's fourth goal at 10:10 of the 2nd period and stopping 15 of 17 shots the rest of the way. Oswald was then returned to Pembina Valley of the MMHL following the contest with Adam Morrison set to return from mononucleosis on Wednesday...the rematch between Brandon's Michael Ferland and Saskatoon's Darian Dziurzynski didn't take place though Ferland did get involved in a second period tilt with Saskatoon defenceman Darren Dietz...Ryan Pulock had three assists for Brandon to give him 29 points on the year, tops among all 16-year old defencemen in the WHL.

Saskatoon Blades 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 7

First Period
1. Brandon, MacKay 22 (Stone, Wiebe) 3:54

Penalties: A. Elliott Sktn (interference) 7:05, Trask Sktn (tripping) MacKay Bdn (diving) 14:34.

Second Period
2. Brandon, Stone 29 (Glennie, Ferland) 4:07
3. Saskatoon, Dietz 7 (Schenn, S. Elliott) 5:33 (pp)
4. Brandon, Stone 30 (Wiebe, Pulock) 8:38 (pp)
5. Brandon, Glennie 24 (Stone, Toews) 10:10 (pp)
6. Brandon, Glennie 25 (Stone, Pulock) 18:19 (pp)

Missed Penalty Shot: Trask Sktn, 14:23

Penalties: Fransoo Bdn (delay of game) 4:53, Dietz Sktn (fighting) Ferland Bdn (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting; served by Gustafsson) 7:45, Nicholls Sktn (interference) 8:20, Schenn Sktn (hooking) 8:23, Dietz Sktn (tripping) 16:24.

Third Period
7. Saskatoon, S. Elliott 24 (Schenn, Dietz) 4:40 (pp)
8. Saskatoon, Trask 22 (Hamilton, Cox) 5:51 (pp)
9. Brandon, Glennie 26 (Stone, Pulock) 7:15 (pp)
10. Saskatoon, Trask 23 (Schenn, S. Elliott) 9:32
11. Brandon, Wiebe 33 (Walker, MacKay) 19:41 (en)

Penalties: Ferland Bdn (interference) 1:30, Roy Bdn (boarding) 4:31, MacKay Bdn (unsportsmanlike) 4:40, Nicholls Sktn (hooking) 6:46, A. Elliott Sktn (hooking) 11:08, Ferland Bdn (tripping) 12:09.

Shots on goal by
Saskatoon 7 7 13 - 27
Brandon 8 16 10 - 34
Goal (shots-saves): Saskatoon: Stanford (16-12), Oswald (10:10 of second) (L,0-1-0); Brandon: Liston (W,16-16-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Saskatoon: 3-6; Brandon: 4-6.

Referees: Chris Crich, Jeff Ingram; Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Keith Salamon.

Attendance: 4,122.

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