Sunday, 20 November 2011

Wheat Kings Let Lead Slip Away, Lose to Broncos

Captains battle - Mark Stone of the Wheat Kings
and Taylor Vause of the Broncos
The Swift Current Broncos scored four unanswered third period goals to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Saturday night.

Daniel Dale scored the first two goals of his WHL career including the winner with 8:29 remaining, helping the Broncos end Brandon’s four-game winning streak.

“We played so well for the first two periods, I guess ¾’s of the second period, and all of sudden we make a bad turnover and it gives them some life, and they took control of the second period from there,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I think it gave them a reason to go the dressing room and think they were still in it, and they came out and won it in the third period.”

Brenden Walker, Alessio Bertaggia and Darian Dziurzynski scored first period goals for the Wheat Kings as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes, and Mark Stone added a power-play goal just shy of the four minute mark of the second period to make it 4-0.

Graham Black started Swift Current’s comeback at 13:00 of the 2nd, while Christian Magnus and Ryon Moser also scored third period goals for the Broncos.

“I thought in the third period, we really stayed back and let them come through. They were chipping pucks, they were getting in our zone and getting pucks behind us,” added Gylywoychuk, “Give them credit, they found a way to win the hockey game and I really felt we were really backed off. We didn’t seize the moment, we didn’t step up.”

Jon Groenheyde made 30 saves in the Swift Current net while Brandon Anderson made 28 saves for the Wheat Kings, who went 1-for-4 on the power-play and were 1-for-1 on the penalty-kill.

The loss dropped Brandon out of first place in the WHL’s overall standings, leaving the Wheat Kings one point behind the Saskatoon Blades.

Brandon concludes a busy weekend by visiting the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday night (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

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