Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wheat Kings Stumble in Loss to Oil Kings

Laurent Brossoit stole the show Friday,
stopping 41 shots in Edmonton's win
over Brandon.
Laurent Brossoit stopped 41 shots to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 7-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

Michael St. Croix had two goals and an assist and Dylan Wruck a goal and two helpers to pace the Oil Kings offence and help the Eastern Conference leaders to their 13th win in their last 15 games.

The score likely wasn't indicative of the play for at least 40 minutes but the Oil Kings still found themselves leading 3-0 and 5-0 at the period breaks.

"The first 40 minutes we outchanced them, outplayed them, outworked them and we were down 5-0," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We didn't score on our chances in the second period when we put a lot of pressure on them and they came down and scored two late ones."

"I thought we had a pretty good game. We just weren't physical from the puck drop but give them credit, they came into our building and they got some goals," said Brandon centre Paul Ciarelli, who scored the only goal for the Wheat Kings, "I think from that standpoint, we have to make sure that doesn't happen again in our building."

The loss leaves the Wheat Kings tied with Regina for second-place in the East Division, six points behind front-running Moose Jaw.

Brandon is back in action on New Year's Day, visiting the Saskatoon Blades (3:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Curtis Honey made his WHL debut on Friday, stopping 10 of 12 shots in the third period after relieving Brandon starter Brandon Anderson...Wheat Kings' F Alessio Bertaggia notched his first points of the World Juniors Friday, drawing an assist in Switzerland's 5-3 victory over Latvia...Wawanesa product Jordan Thomson scored his first career WHL goal in Kamloops' 6-3 loss to Calgary on Friday night...former Wheat King Spencer Galbraith sat out Lethbridge's 3-2 loss to Medicine Hat on Friday night because of a concussion.

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