Monday, 16 January 2012

Wheat Kings Lose Fourth Straight

The Moose Jaw Warriors scored five unanswered third perod goals to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-2 on Sunday night.

Justin Kirsch had two goals and an assist for the Warriors while Eric Roy and Ryan Pulock scored the goals for Brandon.

"We had a couple of chances to score, our power-play had a couple of chances to score and we just had a feeling that if we got the next one things would go or we were one shot away," said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "I just thought throughout the night that we were there and then in the third period, we just let it go, made some bad mental mistakes, it cost us and they put the puck in the net when those mistakes were made."

Brandon has now lost four in a row, seven of eight and 14 of their last 20 games and are in eighth-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference with a 22-20-1-2 record, four points ahead of Red Deer for the final playoff spot.

"The only way we can better right now is to stick together as a group. We've dug ourselves this hole and they only way we're going to get out of it is to get ourselves out of it," said Gylywoychuk, "We've got to learn from our mistakes, learn from how we play the game. We have to play the game with more composure."

Curtis Honey made his second straight start in the Brandon net and stopped 17 of 23 shots before being relieved by Brandon Anderson after the sixth Moose Jaw goal 7:09 into the third period.

Anderson stopped eight of ten shots the rest of the way.

Despite their slump, Brandon (22-20-1-2) remains eighth in the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of ninth-place Red Deer and four back of seventh-place Calgary.

The Wheat Kings next action is Wednesday when they visit the Saskatoon Blades.

Chaff...D Ryley Miller left the game early in the first period with what appeared to be a leg or knee injury and did not return...D Ryan Pulock was limping noticeably after taking a shot off his foot late in the third period.

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