Thursday, 10 March 2011

Blades End Wheat Kings' Streak

The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their 11-game home-ice winning streak snapped Wednesday night with a 5-3 loss to the Saskatoon Blades.

Marek Viedensky scored a pair of third period goals for Saskatoon -- a shorthanded goal 4:37 into the third period that stretched the Blades' lead to 3-1 and the clinching goal with 3:54 left that restored Saskatoon's two-goal lead for the fourth time.

"We scored a real big goal to make it 2-1 with the 5-on-3 power-play," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "In the third period, continued to give up that next goal and never could get back to even."

The teams traded goals in the final frame and each one was a momentum shifter, according to McCrimmon, including Viedensky's shorthanded marker.

"Their guy that scored was their centre, who went all the way down the ice and scored, which was a real momentum shifting goal," said McCrimmon, "That made it 3-1, we make 3-2 and then it's the same thing. That fourth goal (by Curtis Hamilton) was another real momentum-shifting goal."

Ryan Pulock and a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings while Mark Stone, with his 36th goal and 99th point, and Hampus Gustafsson also scored for Brandon.

The loss leaves Brandon still one point behind sixth-place Edmonton on the WHL's Eastern Conference though the Oil Kings now hold one game in hand.

From Saskatoon's standpoint, the victory allowed the Blades to clinch the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the top regular season team, establish a club record for most points in a single season (breaking the mark of 105, set in 1982-83) and tying the club record for most wins in a single season at 52.

The Wheat Kings and Blades will play the second half of the doubleheader Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Pulock's two points give him 39 on the season, tying him with Wade Redden for what is believed to be the Wheat Kings' record for most points by a 16-year old defenceman...Stone's goal extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games...former Wheat King Brayden Schenn set up Hamilton for the Blades' fourth goal, his only point of the night...Brandon has now lost back-to-back games for the first time since January 14-15...former Wheat King Eric Fehr scored a pair of goals in his return to the Washington Capitals' lineup last night after missing 22 games with a dislocated shoulder...the Saint John Sea Dogs are ranked #1 in the CHL for the 13th straight week, and a big reason why is former Wheat King Jacob DeSerres. More at

Saskatoon Blades 5 at Brandon Wheat Kings 3

First Period
No Scoring.

Penalties: Swyripa Bdn (boarding) 3:04, Thrower Sktn (slashing) 13:10, Ferland Bdn (charging) 17:16.

Second Period
1. Saskatoon, Bews 3 (Olsen, Siemens) 6:51
2. Saskatoon, Olsen 7 (Trask, Zahn) 9:26
3. Brandon, Pulock 7 (MacKay, Wiebe) 16:11 (pp)

Penalties: Viedensky Sktn (hooking) 14:20, Zahn Sktn (holding) 15:42.

Third Period
4. Saskatoon, Viedensky 32 (Nicholls) 4:37 (sh)
5. Brandon, Stone 36 (Glennie, Pulock) 6:04 (pp)
6. Saskatoon, Hamilton 24 (Schenn, Trask) 8:25
7. Brandon, Gustafsson 8 (Toews) 12:21
8. Saskatoon, Viedensky 33 (Dziurzynski) 16:06

Penalties: Dziurzynski Sktn (holding) 4:29, Thrower Sktn (hooking) 10:20.

Shots on goal by
Saskatoon 9 7 12 - 28
Brandon 8 13 10 - 31
Goal: Saskatoon: Stanford (W,37-5-0); Brandon: Boes (L,9-12-6).

Power plays (goals-chances): Saskatoon: 0-2; Brandon: 2-5.

Referees: Patrick Gagnon, Brett Montsion; Linesmen: Kelsey Mahoney, Derek Reimer.

Attendance: 5,447.

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