Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Strong Second Powers Wheat Kings Past Rockets

Brandon Anderson had another solid start in the
Wheat Kings' net
The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a 4-1 second period lead and held on for a 5-3 victory over the Kelowna Tockets on Tuesday night.

Darian Dziurzynski had two goals and an assist for Brandon while Brandon Anderson made 37 saves in his third straight solid start in the Wheat Kings' net.

"I thought we played a real strong first 40 minutes there and let them off the hook a little bit in the third period," said Dziurzynski on CKLQ's post-game show, "Good goaltending helped us get a win tonight."

The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes despite Brandon outshooting Kelowna 17-7 in the first period with Dziurzynski and Colton Sissons of the Rockets exchanging goals.

Brandon took over the game in the second period, with Dominick Favreau, Alessio Bertaggia and Jason Swyripa all scoring to give the Wheat Kings a 4-1 advantage through two periods.

The Wheat Kings then struggled in the third period, surrendering 19 shots while allowing the Rockets to twice close to within two goals at 4-2 and 5-3.

"We just have to learn to stay focused for a full 60 minutes," added Dziurzynski, "I don't know if we've played a full 60 minutes all year but if we can get doing that, I think we'll be a real good team."

The victory was Brandon's 20th of the season and moved the Wheat Kings into sole possession of second-place in the WHL's East Division and to within two points of first-place Moose Jaw.

Brandon concludes their first half schedule Friday when they host the Kamloops Blazers (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Alessio Bertaggia left the game for the Wheat Kings with what appeared to be a shoulder injury...Bertaggia is slated to join the Swiss team in Red Deer Saturday on a tryout basis as he attempts to lock down a spot for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship...Brandon surrendered a shorthanded goal and went 0-for-2 on the power-play and are now 1-for-13 with the man advantage in their last five games.

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