Sunday, 1 January 2012

Blades Drop Wheat Kings on Opening Day of 2012

Daniel Asham had one of Brandon's
two goals on New Year's Day
The Brandon Wheat Kings opened 2012 the same way they closed 2011, with a lopsided loss.

Matej Stransky had his first career hat-trick plus an assist as the Saskatoon Blades beat the Wheat Kings 8-2 on New Year’s Day.

One major difference between Sunday’s game and Friday’s 7-1 home-ice loss to Edmonton – Brandon was never really in the game in Saskatoon.

“I think we’ll have their attention now. I think whatever we start talking about, I think we’ll have their attention,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It’s something that has to be addressed and we have a week here to things turned around, and we will.”

Dalton Thrower added a goal and three assists for the Blades, who have scored 17 goals in winning back-to-back games after scoring just 26 in their previous 12 contests – 10 of those losses.

Rookie Daniel Asham scored his first goal since October 1st and Dominick Favreau added his fifth of the season for the Wheat Kings.

The goaltender duo of Brandon Anderson and Curtis Honey combined to stop just 21 of 29 shots, with each giving up four goals.

The loss was the Wheat Kings’ tenth in their last 16 games (6-10-0-0) and dropped Brandon to fourth-place in the East Division and seventh-place in the Eastern Conference.

Brandon’s next action is Friday when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders.

Chaff…16-year old callup Tim McGauley ended his three-game stint with the Wheat Kings Sunday. He was pointless, but Ritchie felt he might have been their best player in Sunday’s loss to Saskatoon…Wheat Kings’ captain Mark Stone and Team Canada will see their next action at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Tuesday when they face either Russia or the Czech Republic in a semifinal…Alessio Bertaggia and Switzerland are playing in the relegation round starting with Monday’s game against Denmark…former Wheat Kings’ captain Shayne Wiebe was granted his release by the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps over the week. He is slated to join the University of New Brunswick Reds.

This is an oil painting of Mark Stone that was displayed in the Molson House in
Edmonton during the World Junior Hockey Championship. 
Thanks to Wanda Hayes (Andrew’s Mom) for sending it to me.

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