Saturday, 1 October 2011

New Season, Same Shootout Curse for Wheat Kings

Michael Ferland (#27) and the Wheat Kings came
up short vs. the Broncos Friday
The Brandon Wheat Kings are 0-for-2 on home-ice this season after a 5-4 shootout loss to the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

Broncos' captain Brad Hoban had the only goal in the shootout while Brandon shooters Mark Stone, Michael Ferland and Alessio Bertaggia all misfired on their attempts.

It was a disappointing end to a game that, perhaps, should not have even gotten to extra time, as Taylor Vause scored the game-tying goal with the Broncos' net empty for an extra attacker with 59.4 seconds left in the third period.

"We seemed to kind of shoot ourselves in the foot a couple of times tonight. We got off to a slow start, but I really liked out game the last half of the game," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We feel we gave them that last goal. Just a couple of sloppy plays in the neutral zone led to that defensive zone faceoff, and just a couple of missed assignments."

Michael Ferland scored twice for Brandon, giving him three in the last two games, while Eric Roy and Jason Swyripa also scored goals for the Wheat Kings.

"It always feels good to put the puck in the net," said Ferland, "It's good to have (Brenden Walker) back in my line here. I thought we had some good chemistry tonight, got some chances and put the puck in the net."

Corbin Boes stopped 33 shots in the Brandon net while Austin Smith made 26 saves for Swift Current.

The Wheat Kings continue their home stand on Saturday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...it's a new season but the same old shootout curse for the Wheat Kings. The club has now lost nine straight and 13 of their last 15 games that have gone to a shootout...Ferland is now 0-for-6 lifetime in shootout attempts...Mark Stone (two assists) and Alessio Bertaggia (one assists) both extended their season-opening point streaks to four games.

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