Sunday, 11 December 2011

Late Power-Play Goal Burns Wheat Kings

Alessio Bertaggia battles with Hitmen defencemen
Colin Bowman (#28) and Jayden Rissling
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their Alberta road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon.

Brady Brassart scored a power-play goal with 1:50 left in the third period for the Hitmen, snapping a 3-3 tie.

Specialty teams played a key role in Sunday’s game, with Brandon going 0-for-5 on the power-play, surrendering a shorthanded goal to Trevor Cheek midway through the third period that tied the game 3-3 and, of course, giving up the winning goal late in the final frame.

“I thought we had some opportunities to take advantage of the game on our power-play, different things like that, and didn’t capitalize,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Give Calgary credit, they had an opportunity to score a goal on the power-play late in the game and they did.”

Alessio Bertaggia had two goals and an assist for Brandon while Dominick Favreau also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon held 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the contest but Calgary came on the third period, outshooting Brandon 18-7 in the final frame and 41-26 overall.

Brandon Anderson made 37 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net, his second straight solid start since Corbin Boes broke his hand on Thursday.

“He battled, he gave us an opportunity to win and that’s all we can ask from our goaltender,” said Gylywoychuk, “He made some big saves on the PK so us, at different times throughout the game when there was a flurry in our D-Zone. That’s what we want to see out of goaltender and it’s great to see from (Anderson).”

The loss was Brandon’s seventh in their last 11 games and dropped the Wheat Kings’ record to 19-13-1-1, one point behind second-place Saskatoon and four behind first-place Moose Jaw in the East Division.

Brandon closes out the first half of their schedule with a pair of home games this week, hosting Kelowna on Tuesday night and the Kamloops Blazers on Friday.

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