Friday, 18 November 2011

Third Period Collapse Leads to Team WHL Loss

Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone earned Team WHL
Player of the Game honours Thursday
It was a good performance by four members of the Brandon Wheat Kings, but a poor third period cost Team WHL the victory in the finale of the Subway Super Series on Thursday night in Moose Jaw.

The Russian Selects scored four unanswered third period goals to beat Team WHL 7-5.

Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders had two goals and an assist for Team WHL while Brandon Wheat Kings’ captain Mark Stone had a goal and an assist and was named the WHL’s Player of the Game.

“We just got away from our game plan. We started to play their kind of hockey, and that’s not going to be successful for the North American game,” said Stone after Thursday’s contest, “When we were playing a North-South game, we were a lot more successful.”

“I thought earlier in the game, we really dominated but we got away from our game and they gave it to us in the third,” added Brandon defenceman Ryan Pulock, who scored a power-play goal in the second period, “I think we started over pucks more in the third and they just ate it all up.”

Stone also finished the game with a +3 rating while the other two members of the Wheat Kings that played Thursday also put in solid efforts.

Michael Ferland contributed an assist while Jordan Fransoo was pointless with an even plus/minus rating.

“I thought me, Stoner and McNeill generated some offence and put a couple in the net,” said Ferland, who was also +2 in the contest, “It was a great experience, I haven’t experienced anything like it before and it’d be nice to come back for the World Junior Camp.”

“I think it was a great experience just, personally, to play against international hockey players of this caliber,” said Fransoo, “It was a good achievement for myself and a great experience.”

Oakbank, Manitoba product Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors had the other Team WHL goal on a first period penalty shot while Brandon product Joel Edmundson of the Warriors was pointless with a -2 rating in the contest.

Chaff…Fransoo, whose hometown is North Battleford, was the only player with a Saskatchewan hometown that played with Team WHL on either night…the voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Bob Ridley, tweeted Thursday night that goaltender Tyler Bunz wouldn’t play in Brandon Friday night after taking a puck to the head while sitting on the Team WHL bench during Wednesday’s game in Regina…with Bunz unable to play, Luke Siemens of the Warriors backed up Calvin Pickard, who stopped 28 of 35 shots in his second straight start in the Team WHL net…announced attendance for Thursday’s game was 4,360.

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