Thursday, 15 September 2011

Wheat Kings Remain Winless in Pre-Season

Matt Hewitt stopped 27 shots Wednesday to record the shutout
Matt Hewitt stopped 27 shots as the Regina Pats blanked the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 in Western Hockey League pre-season action on Wednesday night.

Dyson Stevenson, Morgan Klimchuk, Jake Rodewald and Andrew Reider scored the goals for the Pats as they handed Brandon their third loss in as many games in the pre-season.

“You can see it coming on the ice, but we seem to play good in spurts and play good in parts of a period,” said Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I don’t think we came out as strong as we wanted to in the first period, and we made some mental mistakes need the end of the first period and that put as behind the eight ball.”

One of those mistakes come from goaltender Liam Liston, who finished the night with 22 saves.

He tried to backhand a puck around the boards from behind the Brandon net, but put it right on the stick of Klimchuk, who was then able to score on a wrap-a-round into an empty Wheat Kings’ net.

Another issue for Brandon was a power-play that unofficially finished the night 0-for-6, with the club taking four penalties while on the man advantage including three by import Alessio Bertaggia alone.

“You may not get the call you want, you may get frustrated because you didn’t make the play you want, but you can’t be taking penalties like that because it can turn the whole game around,” said Gylywoychuk, “It’s something we have to learn from and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

The Wheat Kings will close out their pre-season schedule on Friday night when they host the Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

While results may not mean a lot in the pre-season, Gylywoychuk feels it’s important to get a winning feeling established.

“You always want to have that feeling in the pre-season,” said Gylywoychuk, “it’s going to be at home so we have to make sure that we get the guys riled up and get them pointed in the right direction and make sure we can experience what it’s like to win a hockey game.”

Landon Peel had an assist Wednesday, giving him three
points in four pre-season games with the Pats

Chaff…Brandon C Jason Swyripa left the game near the end of the second period after a hard hit from Regina F Mikael Jung behind the Brandon net. Jung was assessed a checking to the head major and game misconduct, meaning the play will automatically be reviewed by the WHL office for further discipline…after the Jung hit, Brandon D Spencer Galbraith fought Regina F Lyndon Martell and earned himself an instigator minor, fighting major and double game misconduct. The first was automatic for a fight in the pre-season, while the second was for a tie-down infraction…Virden product Landon Peel recorded on assist on the fourth Regina goal.


Anonymous said...

Is it normal for the Asst Coach to do the post game interviews? I noticed he done a couple already. Or is Clouston already being unfriendly with the media, like he was excused in Ottawa?

Luber said...

It hasn't been the norm with the Wheat Kings, and that's one of the things I've always given Kelly McCrimmon credit for...he came up for post-game show for every game, home and away, all during this seven-plus years as head coach.

Before KM took over as coach, doing post-game was always a shared duty between the head coach and a'sst coaches (Bob Lowes & Mark Johnston; Dean Clark & Mark Howell, for examples). That's what we're returning to now with Cory Clouston as the head coach.

Ideally, once the season is over, I hope Cory will come on about 50 per cent of the time, Dwayne 25 per cent and Darren Ritchie 25 per cent.