Saturday, 21 January 2012

Ice Hand Wheat Kings Fifth Straight Home-Ice Loss

Dylan Kuczek recorded his first career WHL point, an
assist in Saturday's loss.
The Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their fifth straight home-ice loss Saturday night, dropping a 7-3 decision to the Kootenay Ice.

Jesse Ismond and Levi Cable had two goals apiece for the Ice, who led 2-0 and 6-2 at the period breaks.

The loss was particularly disappointing for Brandon, who showed signs of life as far as their compete level was concerned during a doubleheader with the Blades in Saskatoon earlier this week.

"We just kind of wait for something to go wrong, and we're our own worst enemy right now," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "The last couple of games, we battled and competed and felt we could have easily had two points and tonight, we weren't good enough."

Ryley Miller, Michael Ferland and Jens Meilleur scored the goals for Brandon while Brandon Anderson and Curtis Honey combined to stop 32 shots in the Wheat Kings' net.

The Wheat Kings have now lost six of seven and 13 of their last 18 games.

"We're not sticking with it for 60 minutes," added Clouston, "We get down a goal or two and we start cheating and try to do everything ourselves instead of sticking with our game."

Brandon's loss coupled with Red Deer's 5-1 home-ice win over Prince George leaves the Wheat Kings four points ahead of the Rebels for eighth-place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Red Deer still has three games in hand.

Chaff...with no home games remaining this month, Brandon will be winless on home ice in January for the first time since 2001...Sam Reinhart recorded an assist for Kootenay, his 40th point of the season. That ties the Ice franchise record for points by a 16-year old, set by Steve McCarthy in 1997-98...Minnedosa product Chad Robinson scored his sixth goal of the season in Red Deer's victory on Saturday.

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