Saturday, 19 March 2011

Wheat Kings 0'fer in Shootouts

The Brandon Wheat Kings' bad luck with shootouts continued Friday night as the club dropped a 2-1 decision to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Brandon is now 0-and-8 in shootouts this season, with their players 5-for-24 in shootout attempts.

Scott Glennie, Mark Stone and Michael Ferland were all unsuccessful in their shootout attempts Friday while Antonin Honesjek scored the lone goal of the shootout for Moose Jaw.

"It was a lot like a playoff game and a good experience for our team because these are the kinds of games we need to expect at playoff time," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "It was a valuable game for our team."

Michael Ferland scored the lone goal for Brandon while Corbin Boes stopped 35 shots in the Wheat Kings' net including nine in overtime.

It was a goalless game until Colin Bowman scored at the 12:31 mark of the third period.

Mark Stone had a possible tying goal disallowed about a minute later, but then Michael Ferland converted a nice feed from Brendan Walker at 14:57 to tie the game 1-1.

The Wheat Kings thought they had taken their first lead of the game with just over three minutes when David Toews fired a loose puck home past Thomas Heemskerk, but the goal was disallowed and Paul Ciarelli was sent to the penalty box for goaltender interference.

Brandon killed off that infraction, and also had a key penalty-kill for the final 1:08 of overtime after Michael Ferland was flagged for tripping.

"Especially in the kind of game it was, the power-plays were low on both sidesm" says McCrimmon, "The called back goal on Toews and the penalty against really had the potential to swing the momentum and changing the game completely but the penalty-kill did a good job and then again in overtime."

The Wheat Kings do earn a single point to move to 31-31-1-8 on the season and two points ahead of Edmonton for sixth-place in the Eastern Conference after the Oil Kings lost 4-3 to Red Deer on Friday.

However, Brandon still needs at least one point in their regular season finale on Saturday night against the Warriors to secure sixth-place in the Conference.

Chaff...the victory was Warriors' 40th of the season, just the third time in 27 seasons in Moose Jaw the clib has hit the 40-win mark. By comparison, the Wheat Kings had won 40 or more games in four straight seasons before this year and seven of their last nine years...a full soldout crowd of 2,945 took in what was the final regular season game at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Brandon Wheat Kings 1 at Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (Shootout)

First Period
No Scoring.

Penalties: Wiebe Bdn (roughing) 0:59, Wyton MJ (tripping) 5:51.

Second Period
No Scoring.

Penalty: Howden MJ (elbowing) 16:50.

Third Period
1. Moose Jaw, Bowman 11 (Howden) 12:31
2. Brandon, Ferland 23 (Walker, Glennie) 14:57

Penalties: Bowman MJ (tripping) 0:50, Fransoo Bdn, McIlrath MJ (fighting) 9:12, Ciarelli Bdn (goaltender interference) 16:09.

No Scoring.

Penalty: Ferland Bdn (tripping) 3:52.

(Moose Jaw wins 1-0)
Brandon (0): Stone, miss; Glennie, miss; Ferland, miss.
Moose Jaw (1): Hood, miss; Howden, miss; Honejsek, goal.

Shots on goal by
Brandon 8 9 15 2 - 34
Moose Jaw 7 13 7 9 - 36
Goal: Brandon: Boes (SOL,10-12-7); Moose Jaw: Heemskerk (W,36-21-6).

Power plays (goals-chances): Brandon: 0-3; Moose Jaw: 0-3.

Referees: Reagan Vetter, Adam Byblow; Linesmen: Chad Marshall, Sean Dufour.

Attendance: 2,945.

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