Saturday, 10 September 2011

Wheat Kings Fall to Warriors Again

Brandon rookie Colton Waltz takes a hard hit during
the 3rd period of Saturday's game.
The Brandon Wheat Kings fell to 0-and-2 in the pre-season Saturday night with a 6-4 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Ayrton Nikkel, Alessio Bertaggia, Dylan Kuczek and Ryley Miller scored the goals for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes stopped 22 shots in the Brandon net.

The first period proved to be problematic for the Wheat Kings for the second straight night, as the club fell behind 3-1 through 20 minutes.

“We just can’t come out and get ready to go right off the bat and it’s something we’re going to have to continue to work on, especially on the road,” said Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We’re going to have start well and play well defensively and mistake-free games if we want to win on the road.

Even after falling behind, Brandon closed to within a goal of the Warriors three times (3-2, 4-3 and 5-4) but were never able to score the equalizing goal.

The good news for the Wheat Kings is that they appeared to play better than they did 24 hours earlier in a 6-4 home-ice loss to the Warriors.

“I think it’s just one game underneath our belts. There were a lot of young guys playing in their first Western Hockey League game, and even for our veterans, getting some of the rust off,” said Gylywoychuk. “I think if you go from (Friday’s) game to tonight’s game, we played a much better team game.”

Brandon’s next pre-season game is Wednesday when they visit the Regina Pats.

Chaff…Miller doesn’t have a goal in 142 regular season and playoff games with the Wheat Kings…Brandon product and Moose Jaw defenceman Joel Edmundson tweeted on Saturday that he suffering a sprained ankle during practice, and will not be participating with other St. Louis prospects at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this weekend…Brandon scratched D Rene Hunter (healthy), D Eric Roy (healthy), D Brodie Melnychuk (wrist), D Jordan Fransoo (Ottawa Camp, NHL), F Michael Ferland (Calgary Camp, NHL), F Mark Stone (Ottawa Camp, NHL) and F Brenden Walker (concussion).

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