Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sven More than Wheat Kings can Bear

Bartschi burned Brandon for 2 goals, 2 assists
The Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their most lopsided loss of the season on Saturday night, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Portland Winterhawks.

Calgary Flames first round draft pick Sven Bartschi had two goals and two assists for the Winterhawks while Joe Morrow, Ty Rattie, Chase De Leo and Brad Ross added a goal and an assist each.

“I kind of thought we found our way through the first period. It was 2-0, but I thought we kind of got through it,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought we came out and started the second period okay, it was 3-0, we got the power-play goal and then we had a barrage and took the momentum from them, their goalie made two big saves, and they go down to make it 4-1 and I thought from there, they controlled the game.”

One of the big saves from Portland’s Mac Carruth came about nine minutes into the second period when he robbed Alessio Bertaggia on a 2-on-0 break with Mark Stone.

De Leo went down the ice on the same shift and scored seconds later to make it a 4-1 game.

Michael Ferland had the only goal for the Wheat Kings while Mark Stone had an assist to extend his season opening point-scoring streak to nine games.

The loss drops Brandon’s record to 1-and-2, and also undo’s at least some of the gains the team had made in a solid 3-2 victory in Tri-City just 24 hours earlier.

“We talked to the guys about how back-to-back games, and the kind of game that we put in last night, it wasn’t going to be as much physical, it’s was going to be mental,” said Gylywoychuk, “I think it’s a learning process for our guys. We took a step forward last night, and now we’re back to even…we have two losses and one win on the trip, but we have a couple of days to regroup here.”

Liam Liston made his second straight start in the Brandon net and stopped 23 shots before being relieved by Corbin Boes after the fifth Portland goal at 9:57 of the second period.

Boes stopped nine of ten shots the rest of the way.

Brandon is now 5-3-0-1 overall this season.

The Wheat Kings next action is Tuesday night, when they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Chaff…Brandon D Ryan Pulock was held without a point, snapping his point-scoring streak at six games…Winnipeg product Brendan Leipsic returned to Portland’s lineup Saturday after serving a five-game suspension…Wheat Kings’ goaltender Corbin Boes was originally a Winterhawk, having been chosen by Portland in the 10th round of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft…Saturday’s game was the rubber match for the Wheat Kings and Winterhawks all-time, with Portland now holding a 32-31-3 overall regular season record vs. Brandon.

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