Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wheat Kings Drop Road Trip Opener

The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their seven-game road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night.

Dominik Uher’s goal with 3:42 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and completed a comeback from a 3-1 second period deficit for the Chiefs.

The tide turned after the marketing timeout midway through the second period, with some of Spokane’s spark coming from a fight between Killarney product Reid Gow of the Chiefs and Tyrel Seaman of the Wheat Kings.

Gow may not have won the fight, but after undergoing plastic surgery in the facial region earlier this season, thanks to a high-stick, his willingness may have inspired the rest of the squad.

“I don’t think we got a lot of sustained pressure in the offensive zone. I think the only shift I can remember is the first shift of the third period, where we sustained some pressure, got a line change and we able to keep them hemmed in,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We didn’t do a lot of that after we went up 3-1. I thought they really took it to us, they had some sustained pressure in the D Zone, we had trouble making line changes, we had guys out tired and we ended up taking some penalties…those things came back to haunt us.”

Mark Stone, Jason Swyripa and Brenden Walker scored for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes made 29 saves in the Brandon net.

Boes positive performance came with a negative tick…his giveaway playing the puck behind his own net late in the second period allowed Darren Kramer an empty-net goal to tie the game 3-3.

“In that situation, I think we had to make a quick reaction. It’s just like any player has the puck on his stick, he has to make a first instinct, gut reation. Corbin tried to do that, but then he thought it was taken away and panic set in,” said Gylywoychuk, “I think it’s just like any player, you don’t have a lot of time to make a play.”

Brenden Kichton and Anthony Bardaro also scored for the Chiefs while Luke Lee-Knight made 20 saves in the Spokane net.

The game also included a bit of a rarity, with the final 8:50 or so being played with only one whistle, that after Spokane got their go-ahead goal.

The final 3:42 of the third, after Uher’s goal, was played without a stoppage in play.

The loss was Brandon’s first on the road this season, and drops the Wheat Kings overall record to 4-2-0-1.

The Wheat Kings continue their road trip Friday night when they visit the Tri-City Americans (8:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon product and former Wheat Kings’ prospect Cody Nelson was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs…Gow played forward the entire night, with the exception of playing the point on Spokane’s power-play unit…the Chiefs went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Wheat Kings were 2-for-3…attendance was 3,241.

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