Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Big First Period Propels Blades Past Wheat Kings

Andrey Makarov stopped 41 shots, and kept Mark Stone
off the scoresheet in the process
The Brandon Wheat Kings have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Saskatoon Blades jumped out to a 3-0, first period lead and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Wheat Kings Tuesday night, improving Saskatoon to a perfect 9-0-0-0 on home ice this season.

Matej Stransky, Jesse Paradis and Josh Nicholls all scored for the Blades in the first period, chasing Brandon starting netminder Brandon Anderson after giving up three goals on seven shots in the opening 20 minutes.

“We outshot them, I thought we carried a lot of momentum,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We gave up the PK goal against, we gave up the bad deflection where we deflected the puck into our own net. It didn’t feel like a 3-0 game.”

Darian Dziurzynski and Brenden Walker scored goals for the Wheat Kings, who closed to within one by the midway mark of the third period before Jake Trask scored a power-play goal for Saskatoon just 62 seconds after Walker had gotten Brandon to within one.

The Wheat Kings have now surrendered 10 power-play goals against in the last six games, with a penalty-kill success rate of just 58.3%.

“I think our penalty-kill has to be a lot better. It’s got to be a statement…we have to know what when we take a penalty, whether it’s a good penalty or a bad penalty, that we can kill it off,” said Gylywoychuk, “I thought at times we did well tonight and other times, we let Saskatoon move the puck around and when you do that, they have some skill players that will put it in our net.”

Mark Stone was held off the scoresheet for Brandon, ending his season-opening point streak at 18 games and his goal-scoring streak at eight games.

The victory vaulted Saskatoon past Brandon and Regina and into sole possession of first-place in the WHL’s East Division, one points ahead of the Wheat Kings and Pats.

Brandon concludes their two-game Saskatchewan road trip Wednesday night when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…rookie Ayrton Nikkel did his best to spark the Wheat Kings, engaging in a spirited fight with Saskatoon’s Devan Fafard 2:56 into the second period…Tyler Maxwell, who scored 41 goals a year ago, has requested a trade from the Everett Silvertips, and the club subsequently sent the 20-year old home…former Wheat King Brendan Rouse scored his first goal of the season in Seattle’s 6-3 loss in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night…six points separate first through eighth place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday’s games.

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