Sunday, 20 November 2011

Wheat Kings Post Comeback Win over Warriors

One night after failing to hold a three-goal, third period lead the Brandon Wheat Kings orchestrated a comeback of their own on Sunday night.

Paul Ciarelli scored 1:40 into overtime as the Wheat Kings defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 7-6, coming back from a 6-3, third period deficit in the process.

“3-in-3, we had four guys playing 4-in-4, it was one of those games where you have to will your way through it and just find a way to win the hockey game,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “For the most part, our guys did a good job in doing that and you have to give our guys a lot of credit…we could have just mailed it in but we kept working on it and found a way.”

Alessio Bertaggia had two goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings including the game-tying goal on a penalty shot just past the midway mark of the third period.

Bertaggia now has goals in three consecutive games after breaking a 12-game goalless streak on Friday night.

“He’s a great kid, he’s always doing stuff after, he wants to get better and now, hopefully, the hard work is paying off for him,” added Ritchie, “The penalty shot goal was just a great goal on a beautiful move.”

The Wheat Kings trailed 2-1 after the opening period but grabbed a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal by Eric Roy and Bertaggia’s first of the game before the midway mark of the second.

The Warriors emerged from the mid-period marketing timeout by scoring four goals in a span of four minutes and seven seconds to chase Brandon starter Corbin Boes from the net and take a 6-3 lead.

Brandon Anderson entered the game and stopped all 19 shots he faced the rest of the way, with Mark Stone and Brenden Walker also scoring in the third period for the Wheat Kings.

Stone also had three assists to push his league-leading point total to 54 while Tyrel Seaman snapped an 11-game goalless drought with his sixth of the season late in the first period.

The victory improved Brandon’s record to 16-7-1-1 and leaves the Wheat Kings one point behind the Saskatoon Blades for first-place in the WHL’s overall standings.

Chaff…Moose Jaw forward Tanner Eberle was assessed a checking from behind major and game misconduct for a hit on Brandon defenceman Ryan Pulock. Pulock left the game with a suspected concussion or neck injury and the did not return…the hit will be automatically reviewed by the WHL office for a possible suspension…Brandon product Joel Edmundson also left midway through the game for the Warriors.

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