Friday, 6 January 2012

Wheat Kings Continue Losing Ways

Mark Stone had an assist in his return to Brandon's
lineup on Friday night
Justin Maylan had a goal and two assists to pace the Prince Albert Raiders to an 4-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

Maylan’s goal with 17.7 seconds left in the second period gave the Raiders a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes after the teams had been scoreless after the opening period.

“I thought we were starting to come there at the end of the second and we had some great chances and then the turnover and they score,” said Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Darren Ritchie, “Any time you give a team a goal in the last minute of the period, it gives them momentum and I thought, in the third, we really didn’t sustain anything.”

Kellan Tochkin, Jonas Knutsen and Mike Winther also scored for the Raiders while Michael Ferland scored the lone goal for Brandon.

Prince Albert seemed to impose themselves physically on the Wheat Kings, who had little push back for those tactics for much of the night.

Cole Holowenko made 29 saves in the Raiders’ net while Curtis Honey stopped 33 of 37 shots in his first career Western Hockey League start.

“I thought Curtis played really well. He made a great save early on the first period and from then on, I thought he was real solid,” said Ritchie, “He gave us the opportunity to win the hockey game tonight and that’s what you ask of your goaltenders.”

The loss was Brandon’s third in a row and 10th in their last 15 games, dropping the Wheat Kings to 21-17-1-1 overall and sitting in eighth-place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings and Raiders will go it all over again on Saturday night in Prince Albert (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ or http://www.cklq.com/).

Chaff…Brandon went 0-for-5 on the power-play on Friday and are now 4-for-36 in their last ten games…D Brodie Melnychuk played his 286th career game on Friday, tying him with Kelly Smart for 10th-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list…Friday’s game was the 200th in the career of Brandon captain Mark Stone…Regina acquired D Luke Fenske, 18, from Vancouver on Friday for a 3rd round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft…Swift Current dealt D Tanner Muth, 18, to Kootenay on Friday for F Adam Rossignol, 18…the WHL trade deadline is Tuesday (January 10th) at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

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