Thursday, 12 January 2012

Moodie, Blades Blank Brandon

Saskatoon's Alex Moodie made 37 saves
for his first career WHL shutout
Alex Moodie made 37 saves to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 2-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night.

Lukas Sutter and Darren Dietz scored the goals for the Blades, who handed Brandon their fourth loss in the past five games.

"We had enough chances. The other night, they all went in. Tonight, for whatever reason...obviously, the goaltender played well but we weren't as sharp as we needed to be around the net," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ post-game show, "He made a couple of saves that he didn't see and had a little bit of lady luck on his side. I wouldn't have thought that if we fired 37 shots at him and with the quality of chances that we had that we wouldn't have scored a goal."

Part of the reason for the goose egg was a Wheat Kings' power-play that went 0-for-6 including a 5-on-3 opportunity to open the third period.

"We just didn't pull the trigger and didn't execute the way we needed to and a couple of poor decisions," said Clouston, "That would have been a huge momentum shift if we could have scored on that."

Kevin Sundher made his Wheat Kings' debut Wednesday
Brandon Anderson made 27 saves in the Wheat Kings' net in a contest that also featured the Brandon debut of centre Kevin Sundher.

"I wasn't making plays that I like to make. I'm a little bit tired, I can tell," said Sundher, "I just going to get ready (Thursday), practice hard and start building some chemistry with these guys. There's some very smart players here and I'm really looking forward to moving on with these guys."

The loss leaves Brandon with a 22-18-1-1 record and in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind seventh-place Calgary and five points ahead of ninth-place Red Deer.

The Rebels visit the Wheat Kings on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon captain and Canadian Junior team member Mark Stone will be Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC from 5 - 7 p.m. today to sign autographs...former Wheat King Jason Chimera continues to build on his career year. Chimera scored his 14th goal of the season in helping the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL action on Wednesday night.

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