Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Roy's Clutch Goal Lifts Wheat Kings over Ice

Michael Ferland scored a pair of goals Tuesday
Eric Roy had a Valentine’s Day to remember, but love had nothing to do with it.

Roy snapped a shot past Kootenay goaltender Nathan Lieuwen with 3.2 seconds left in the third period to lift the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Ice on Tuesday night.

The winning goal came just 2:17 after Kootenay had the tied the game on a Jesse Ismond power-play goal, spurring a frantic final three minutes that saw the teams exchanging chances.

Brock Montgomery and Jon Martin scored goals 54 seconds apart in the first period as the Ice took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Wheat Kings countered with three second period goals including a pair by Michael Ferland.

“He does a real good job of finding those little areas, if it’s off the back post or in the high slot there, he does a good job of finding the open spot,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “The good players usually do that, and when you play with players like Mark (Stone) and Brenden (Walker), those guys will find you.”

Mark Stone added a goal and an assist, re-taking the WHL scoring lead by two points over Regina’s Jordan Weal, while Brandon Anderson stopped 31 shots in the Wheat Kings’ net.

“In the third there, they had some momentum and he made some great stops,” said Ritchie, “You need him to bear down. He gave up the two goals and, after that, I thought he was real solid.”

The victory was Brandon’s fourth in their last five games and leaves the Wheat Kings six points ahead of ninth-place Red Deer and three points behind seventh-place Regina in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Brandon concludes their three-game road trip by visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ or online at

Chaff…Wheat Kings’ forward Jason Swyripa left the game midway through the second period after a hit from Kootenay’s Brock Montgomery. Montgomery was assessed a charging minor, and was then engaged in a fight by Brandon’s Rene Hunter...Mark Stone extended his point-scoring streak to nine games (6 G, 11 A)...the Wheat Kings are 10-3-0-1 at the Cranbrook Rec-Plex over the last six seasons.

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