Saturday, 14 January 2012

Robinson's Third Period Goal Sinks Wheat Kings

Brodie Melnychuk had a 'Gordie Howe Hat-Trick' the
first period of Friday's loss to Red Deer
The Brandon Wheat Kings' grip on a playoff spot has gotten a little looser.

Minnedosa product Chad Robinson's goal 2:18 into the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and lifted the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-4 victory over the Wheat Kings.

Robinson's goal came just 68 seconds after Mark Stone had tied the game for Brandon and was his first goal since November 26th.

It was Brandon's fifth loss in six games and leaves the Wheat Kings just three points ahead of the ninth-place Rebels in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I don't understand how we're not able to put some of those in the back of the net," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "Last game, we ended up with 21 chances to their 10 and don't come away with a win. I don't know what the chances would have been tonight but we had so many good chances. We have to be a little bit more patient and bury them, and we have to be a little more resilient as well."

Stone finished the night with two goals and two assists while Brodie Melnychuk and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon led 3-1 after the first period but trailed 4-3 going into the final frame.

"We need to play more consistent for 60 minutes, that's plain and simple" said Stone, "We've been having lots of lapses in certain parts of the game that we definitely need to fix."

Brandon Anderson made 33 saves for the Wheat Kings while Deven Dubyk stopped 29 shots for the Rebels.

Brandon looks to escape their six-week funk Saturday night when they host former teammates Jordan Fransoo, Dakota Conroy and the Victoria Royals (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the line of Kevin Sundher, Darian Dziurzynski and Alessio Bertaggia were pointless and a combined minus-eight in Friday's contest...the WHL is holding a Prospects Information Night on Monday, January 16th at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg. WHL Manager, Player Development and Recruitment will be making a presentation on the benefits of playing in the WHL. The session begins at 6:30 p.m.

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