Saturday, 14 January 2012

Wheat Kings Waste Honey of an Effort

Curtis Honey made 46 saves Saturday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost for the sixth time in seven games on Saturday night, dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the Victoria Royals.

Brandon Magee scored the game-tying goal for the Royals at 13:43 of the third period as Victoria broke a 10-game losing streak.

Dominick Favreau, Mark Stone and Michael Ferland scored the goals for Brandon while Kevin Sundher scored his first points as a Wheat King, registering a pair of assists.

Brandon had a 2-0 lead over the first period and a 3-1 advantage until late in the second frame and Wheat Kings' coach Cory Clouston said on CKLQ's post-game show that he believes their mental approach hurt them over the final 25 minutes.

"We played not to lose..when you do that, you start to hesitate, you sit back. Instead of being the aggressor, you sit back and are waiting to see what happens and you start to second guess yourself," said Clouston, "It's the physcology and the mental part of the game right now that we have to overcome."

Jordan Fransoo had an assist
and was +2 on Saturday
Curtis Honey made 46 saves in the Brandon net including 19 in the third period but was beaten by Victoria's Robin Soudek and Ben Walker in shootout attempts.

The rookie netminder was making his first career start on home ice and was disappointed not to come away with the win.

"I just went out there and tried to battle hard. The D in front of me did a good job in keeping most of the shots to the outside and I was able to see most of them," said Honey, "It wasn't a bad game for myself but you're never happy when you don't get the win so it's tough right now."

Former Wheat King Dakota Conroy had a power-play goal in the second period for Victoria while Jordan Fransoo had an assist on that goal and finished the evening with a +2 rating.

Brandon concludes a busy weekend by visiting the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday night (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Dakota Conroy had a power-play
goal for the Royals on Saturday
Chaff...the Wheat Kings have now lost 11 straight shootout games, going without a shootout victory since January 15, 2010...the WHL is holding a Prospects Information Night on Monday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg. WHL Manager, Player Development and Recruitment Tyler Boldt, a former Wheat King, will be making a presentation on the benefits of playing in the WHL. Boldt guested with me during the second intermission of Saturday's broadcast...

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