Friday, 9 December 2011

Second Period Eruption Vaults Oil Kings Past Brandon

The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their three-game Alberta road trip with a 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday night.

T.J. Foster had two goals and two assists for the Oil Kings while former Wheat King Klarc Wilson added his fourth of the season for Edmonton.

The Wheat Kings were done in by surrendering five goals in a seven minute and 36 second span of the second period, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead through 40 minutes.

“I thought we started turning pucks over and when you do that against a team like this, and you’re chasing the puck all night, it’s tough,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “The next shift after a goal, we call it a bump-up shift, and it’s very important. When we scored to make it 2-1, our next shift was real good with the young guys. When they made it 2-2, we just weren’t the same after that.”

Rene Hunter, Ayrton Nikkel and Brenden Walker scored the goals for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes and Brandon Anderson combined to stop 36 shots in the Brandon net.

“Really, there was just that stretch where they scored all those goals. Besides that, I thought early on for the first 30 minutes of the hockey game, we did real well,” added Ritchie, “I thought we kept the puck, did some real good things with it, we were smart with the puck and didn’t give up many chances.”

The victory was the Oil Kings eighth in a row and moved Edmonton into sole possession of first-place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference while the loss was Brandon’s sixth in their last nine games.

The Wheat Kings will look to right the ship on Friday night when they pay a visit to the Red Deer Rebels (8:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Hunter’s second period goal ended Brandon’s scoring ‘slump’ at 106 minutes and 13 seconds…including Thursday’s game, Brandon has surrendered the first goal of the game in 10 of their last 12 contests and have given up four or more goals in nine of their last 11 games…Michael Ferland will return to Brandon’s lineup Friday after serving his three-game suspension, and it’ll be the last game for him and Mark Stone before they go to the Canadian Junior Team’s Selection Camp in Calgary…former Wheat King Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the NHL season in the New York Islanders 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Thursday night.

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