Saturday, 5 March 2011

Things Align for Pats Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their four-game winning streak snapped Saturday night with a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats.

Lane Scheidl had a career night for the Pats, scoring four goals and adding two assists combining with linemates Jordan Weal and Garrett Mitchell for 15 points.

“Our effort defensively was embarrassing against that line,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It had to be one of the easiest games of hockey that Jordan Weal has played all year and if we’re not capable of recognized who there top player is, then shame on us.”

Scott Glennie scored twice for the Wheat Kings, including his 300th career point, while Shayne Wiebe and Mark Stone also scored for Brandon.

The seeds of the loss may have been sown on Friday night where, despite a 6-3 Wheat Kings’ victory, Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s effort.

“I didn’t think that we played hard enough, I didn’t think that we worked hard enough,” said McCrimmon, “Those aren’t things that you turn on and off like a tap or like a switch. You have to respect the process and I didn’t think that we did that on (Friday) night and there were just too many things tonight, too many things that keep you from winning on the road.”

The loss leaves Brandon still one point behind Edmonton for sixth-place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference although the Wheat Kings’ magic # to clinch a playoff spot was reduced to two thanks to Lethbridge’s loss in Kelowna on Saturday night.

Chaff…Glennie become the first Wheat King to hit 300 points in a career since Marty Murray in November of 1994…Brandon D Rene Hunter left the game after a first period fight with Regina’s Dyson Stevenson with a suspected head injury…Stone’s two points give the Wheat Kings’ right-winger 98 on the season.

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