Thursday, 29 September 2011

Stone, Wheat Kings Celebrate OT Win

Mark Stone scored a power-play goal 1:53 into overtime as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Swift Current Broncos 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Stone also had a pair of assists in the game including setting up Alessio Bertaggia with the game-tying goal with 2.3 seconds left in the third period.

“I think everybody in the whole rink thought Stone was going to shot except for himself, an d he gave it to the guy that knows where to put the puck,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Mark Stone is going to make those plays and, in the end, he makes a great shot like a goal-scorer can and wins the game for us.”

Paul Ciarelli had a pair of goals, Eric Roy a goal and two assists and Michael Ferland also scored for the Wheat Kings while Taylor Vause had a hat-trick in a losing cause for Swift Current.

Brandon had a trio of one-goal leads at 2-1 after one period, 3-2 after 40 minutes and 4-3 in the third period.

The third period proved to be a bit of a struggle for the club.

“If you go into the third period up a goal anywhere, home or away, we’ve got to be able to lock down the hatches and play a good period,” said Gylywoychuk, “I thought we got away with it…we started well, but I thought we got run-and-gun a little bit.”

The victory was Brandon’s second in as many games on the road this season after winning a total of ten road games all of last season.

“We weren’t very structured in some parts of the game but there were times we were very structured. We’re taking baby steps, learning the system, learning how we want to play and finding a team identity,” added Gylywoychuk, “I think wins on the road will help us get the identity we’re looking for.”

Liam Liston stopped 24 shots in his first start of the season while Steve Myland made 23 saves in his first career WHL start for Swift Current.

The Broncos and Wheat Kings will meet again on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…F Daniel Asham made his WHL debut for the Wheat Kings while D Ayrton Nikkel made his season debut, recording his first WHL point (an assist) and getting involved in a second period fight with Swift Current’s Colby Cave…Brandon scratches were D Brodie Melnuchuk (wrist, 2 weeks), F Brenden Walker (concussion, day-to-day), D Dylan Kuczek (healthy) and D Spencer Galbraith (healthy)…former Brandon captain Ryan Craig was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday…former Wheat King Scott Glennie suffered an injury early in Dallas’ training camp and has yet to see any NHL pre-season action.

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