Saturday, 15 October 2011

Wheat Kings Edge Americans

Liam Liston stopped 29 shots in Friday's win
Liam Liston stopped 29 shots to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Friday night.

Ryan Pulock scored a pair of goals for Brandon while Tyrel Seaman’s marker 7:36 into the second period snapped a 2-2 tie and held up as the game-winner.

“The players had some life on the bench right from puck drop,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Both teams battled hard, there were some glorious chances and some saves by the goaltenders at both ends…it was a good team builder for our guys. A lot of character was put forth tonight.”

Mark Stone added a pair of assists for the Wheat Kings, pushing his season-opening point-scoring streak to eight games and his league-leading point total to 20.

However, it was Liston that stole the show for Brandon, particularly in the third period.

Making his first start since September 28th, Liston robbed Jordan Messier of what looked to be a sure goal midway through the final frame, and kept the Americans at bay on a Brandon penalty-kill with under five minutes remaining.

“He hasn’t played in a while, so give Liam full credit. He made some saves early for us,” said Gylywoychuk, “They started to crash the net hard on him late in the game and he battled and didn’t let it faze him.”

The victory improved Brandon’s overall record to 5-2-0-1, including a 3-1-0-0 mark on the road.

The Wheat Kings continue their trek through the U.S. Division on Saturday night when they visit the Portland Winterhawks (8:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Alessio Bertaggia was awarded a penalty shot in the first period, but was unable to beat Eric Comrie…Bertaggia was held pointless, snapped his point-scoring streak at seven games…the Americans had a goal disallowed with about five minutes left in the first when, after video review, it was ruled the puck had been kicked into the net.

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