Saturday, 26 November 2011

Wheat Kings Fall to Warriors, Lose Third Straight

Paul Ciarelli (#25) had a goal Saturday in his 200th
career WHL game
The Brandon Wheat Kings are on their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Eric Arnold scored twice including the winner with 8:19 left in the third period, lifting the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-3 win over Brandon on Saturday night.

The Warriors swept the home-and-home series with the Wheat Kings, having won in Brandon 7-6 on Friday.

Despite the loss, their were some positive signs for Brandon.

After giving up 323 shots in their previous eight games, including 40+ shots in six of those contests, the Wheat Kings held the Warriors to 24 shots including just five in the third period.

“I think we were tighter coming through the neutral zone on the back-check, I think we worked a lot harder coming back and giving back side support so they didn’t have a lot of time to delay or make plays,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “ I thought our D had better gap, which really reduced the number of shots we gave up.”

Moose Jaw led 1-0 after the opening 20 minute on Arnold’s first goal since September 30th, marking the fourth straight game and sixth time in seven contests Brandon has surrendered the first goal.

After Kenton Miller extended Moose Jaw’s lead to 2-0 in the second period, Jason Swyripa and Paul Ciarelli scored back-to-back goals to tie the game 2-2.

For Swyripa, it was his first goal and point in 11 games dating back to November 1st.

However, after Mark Stone was assessed an iffy unsportsmanlike conduct minor, Andrew Johnson floated a shot past Brandon Anderson to give Moose Jaw a 3-2 lead before the end of the second period.

Michael Ferland scored 1:44 into the third to tie it for Brandon, setting the stage for Arnold to pot the game-winning goal.

Anderson finished with 20 saves in the Brandon net while Luke Siemens stopped 27 shots for Moose Jaw.

The loss dropped Brandon’s record to 16-10-1-1, leaving the Wheat Kings tied with the Warriors for second-place in the East Division. Both teams are three points behind the front-running Saskatoon Blades.

Brandon’s next action is Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Giants (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Brandon captain Mark Stone saw his eight-game goal scoring streak snapped Saturday. Stone has had two eight-game streaks this season. The last Wheat King to accomplish the feat was Jordin Tootoo in 2001-2002…Minnedosa product Chad Robinson notched his fourth goal of the season for the Red Deer Rebels in their loss to Medicine Hat on Saturday night…former Wheat King and Brandon product Glen Hanlon, the associate coach of the Vancouver Giants, will guest on CKLQ’s Monday Sports Talk on Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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