Sunday, 23 October 2011

Late Swyripa Goal Lifts Wheat Kings over 'Canes

Spencer Galbraith
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their seven-game road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Jason Swyripa’s power-play goal with 2:55 left snapped a 2-2 tie and helped the Wheat Kings finish their longest road trip of the season with a 4-3-0-0 record.

“He just stayed with the puck, kicking the puck back to his stick and I think he put it over Liam (Liston’s) shoulder,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He got rewarded today, and he’s played well the last three games…ever since he moved to the wing, he’s been really good for us and it’s well deserved.”

Liston finished with 35 saves in the Lethbridge net in his first start against his former teammates while ex Wheat Kings’ defenceman Spencer Galbraith was pointless but did finish with a +2 rating.

Brandon Anderson, who was acquired from Lethbridge along with two draft picks for Liston and Galbraith, watched from the bench Saturday as Corbin Boes stopped 34 shots in his second start of the road trip.

Tyrel Seaman scored twice, including an empty-net goal, and Mark Stone also scored for Brandon for his 200th career WHL point.

With the exception of Seaman’s empty-net marker, which came shorthanded, the Wheat Kings scored all three of their goals on the power-play, going for 3-for-7 with the man advantage after being just 1-for-12 in their previous three games.

Liam Liston
“We stressed today about having some net presence, and I think the two goals you talked about, they were great…I don’t think Liam (Liston) saw either one of them,” said Ritchie, “That’s what you have to have. You have to have guys in front of the net that are willing to pay the price. Sometimes it’s not going to be the prettiest goal on the power-play, but that’s what you have to have.”

Brody Sutter and Nick Buonassisi scored the goals for the Hurricanes, who have lost 11 consecutive games.

The victory improved Brandon to 8-4-0-1 overall and lifted the Wheat Kings into sole possession of first-place in the WHL’s East Division.

Brandon will now play four of their next five games on home ice starting with Friday’s contest against the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…D Eric Roy added a pair of assists for Brandon on Saturday…F Michael Ferland left Saturday’s game in the second period and did not return…Blake Orban of the Vancouver Giants has been suspended by the WHL for yet to be determined length for an interference major he incurred Thursday in Kelowna while Jesse Mychan of the Everett Silvertips has been suspended for two games for a game misconduct against Seattle on Friday night. So far this season, 24 players have been suspended for a total of 78 games, with Orban’s total to be added on to that amount.

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