Saturday, 29 October 2011

Wheat Kings Beached in Return to WCGP

The quest for the 1,500th win in franchise history will have to wait for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Cody Beach had two goals and three assists to pace the Moose Jaw Warriors to an 8-4 victory over the Wheat Kings on Friday night.

The game was likely decided late in the first period, when the Warriors scored three times in the last 2:27 of the frame including a Beach power-play goal that just beat the end of period buzzer.

"Halfway through that first period, we had the game in hand and that's where we lost the game. It was tough to recover from that and, to me, that was the difference," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We gift-wrapped four goals in the first period. They were on our strick, and within in a matter of seconds, they were in the back of our net. We were very, very poor in managing the puck."

Mark Stone, Ryan Pulock and Michael Ferland had a goal and an assist each for Brandon while Darian Dziurzynski also scored, notching the opening goal of the game just 58 seconds into the first period.

"We didn't play every well today," said Pulock, "We didn't come prepared to play and it sure showed out there."

Brandon Anderson allowed seven goals on 34 shots during the first 44 minutes, with Corbin Boes stopped five of six shots after entering the game with 15:40 left.

Justin Kirsch scored a pair of power-play goal in his debut for Moose Jaw after being acquired from Calgary on Wednesday, while Luke Siemens made 36 saves in goal for the Warriors.

The Wheat Kings are back in action Saturday night, hosting the Edmonton Oil Kings (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Moose Jaw went 3-for-5 on the power-play while Brandon was 1-for-7...Stone's extended his season-opening point-scoring streak to 14 games on Friday night...Tyrel Seaman had two assists for Brandon, and has three goals and six points in the last four games...D Ryley Miller played the 150th game of his career on Friday night...former Wheat Kings' co-captain Matt Calvert was recalled from Springfield (AHL) by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday...a shuffle in the hockey staff of the Prince Albert Raiders Friday. Bruno Campese has stepped down as head coach to concentrate on his GM duties, while Steve Young has been promoted from associate coach to head coach.

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