Saturday, 24 September 2011

Wheat Kings Fall in Home Opener

Brett Lyon was a force for Moose Jaw on Friday
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost their home opener for the first time in 12 years, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

Brett Lyon was the unlikely offensive star for the Warriors, scoring three goals and an assist as Moose Jaw earned a split of the season-opening home-and-home series.

Lyon, 20, had eight goals in 158 career WHL games entering Friday's contest but proved to be unstoppable for the Wheat Kings while Deven Dubyk held the fort at the other end, finishing with 48 saves including 22 in a busy third period.

"It's very frustrating," said Wheat Kings' coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We didn't play that bad, they capitalized on our mistakes and, unfortunately, we ran into a real hot goaltender that stole the points for them."

Alessio Bertaggia scored his fourth goal of the season for the Wheat Kings while Mark Stone and Tyrel Seaman also scored for Brandon.

Stone's shorthanded marker at 8:36 of the third period that made the game 3-2 seemed to spark the Wheat Kings, but the Warriors snuffed out some of that momentum when Eric Arnold scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 13:38.

Tyrel Seaman got Brandon within one with just over three minutes left in regulation but the Wheat Kings were unable to get the equalizers despite throwing 24 shots in the Moose Jaw net in the third period.

"We gave up a lot of turnovers and a lot of odd-man rushes," said Brandon captain Mark Stone after the contest, "The shorthanded goal happened and I thought we had a lot of chances to tie the game, and then another turnover put us back on our heels. You can't come back from two-goals down all the time so we're going to have to figure that out and go forward from here on in."

Corbin Boes made 31 saves in his second straight start in the Brandon net.

The Wheat Kings' next action is Wednesday when they visit the Swift Current Broncos.

"I think we were a little too high from (Friday's) win," said Stone after the contest, "We have a lot of time to rest here. We have 4-5 days before our next game, and we need to work on some things in practice."

Chaff...In addition to his hat-trick, Lyon was also involved in a third period fight with Brandon D Ryley Miller...Sean Aschim added four assists for the Warriors...attendance Friday night was 4,904.

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