Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wheat Kings' Shootout Drought Continues

Brandon captain Mark Stone gets checked out on the
bench after being elbowed in the face during Tuesday's
game with Kootenay
Jesse Ismond scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Kootenay Ice defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The loss snapped Brandon's four-game winning streak but give the Wheat Kings some credit for rallying for two goals in the final 3:08 including Dominick Favreau's second goal of the game with just 13 seconds left in regulation.

"It's good to get that single point, being down 4-2 with seven minutes remaining," said Brandon defenceman Eric Roy on CKLQ's post-game show, "It's always good to come back and feel good about yourself and get that point."

The Wheat Kings welcomed Alessio Bertaggia back to the lineup after a four-game absence due to a concussion but still dressed one skater under the limit and the club saw their second-leading scorer, Michael Ferland, leave the game in the first period with what appeared to be a head injury.

Being shortstaffed and playing their sixth game in ten days was a prevalent theme throughout CKLQ's post-game show.

"Overall, I thought the guys worked very hard," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "We've played a lot of hockey over a short period of time and we're very short-staffed right now."

Brandon has now collected 15 of a possible 18 points over their last nine games (7-1-0-1) and Tuesday's single point moved the Wheat Kings into a tie with Regina for seventh-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, though the Pats do have two games in hand.

"I think just doing the little things. Keeping that third forward high, getting pucks in, shooting a lot and the forwards are really helping us out a lot more in the defensive zone," added Roy,who scored a power-play goal with 3:08 left to help spur Brandon's comeback, "Our defensive zone has gotten a lot better and, hopefully, we can keep it going."

Dylan Kuczek also scored for Brandon, the first goal of WHL career, while Brandon Anderson stopped 30 shots in the Wheat Kings' net and four of five shooters in the circus.

Sam Reinhart had a pair of goals for Kootenay with Max Reinhart and Joe Antilla also scoring for the Ice.

MacKenzie Skapski stopped 34 shots in the Kootenay goal and all five Brandon attempts in the shootout.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings have lost 12 straight shootout games, with their last shootout victory coming on January 15, 2010...Brandon players are now 1-for-11 in shootout attempts this season...Mark Stone had a pair of assists to run his point-scoring streak to 13 games and increase his league-leading point total to 104. That's two more than Portland's Ty Rattie and Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans...the Wheat Kings will host an Ultimate Fan contest today at 5 p.m. at the BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Rosser Avenue in Brandon.


Anonymous said...

any word on ferland hope it's nothing serious.

Luber said...

No official word yet except for the generic 'upper body' injury.

The Wheat Kings lack of straightforwardness in regards to injuries in 2011-2012, even beyond the upper and lower body thing, I would be surprised if anything would be released publicly.

I wrote about that earlier this month...

I've been basically going by observation and outside sources to find out any issues.

By the way, Tyrel Seaman is still listed as being two weeks away from returning to the lineup on this week's WHL Injury Report.

Anonymous said...

If the team is so short staffed, why not call some players up?

Curious said...

Do you find it you have to walk a thin line when reporting team information? Especially when you're travelling with the team you see and heard things others don't and honestly probably shouldn't (like how a might of got broken or feelings regarding coaches)and probably can't report them. Are you considered a Wheatkings employee or just CKLQ's?

Luber said...

There is a fine line to walk.

Basically, I've always gone on the principle that anything discussed in areas when I'm with the team is off-limits (bus, hotel, meals, etc.)

Having said that, there are some things discussed that I will follow up on at a later date, if I feel there is a need.

Anything discovered through normal reporting procedures (through sources, for example) or during times when the team is accessible to the media as a whole (like during and after practices, and games or public events), I have free rein.

I'm employed by CKLQ. In fact, a lot of people wouldn't realize, the station actually pays for my expenses on the road. Having said that, there is a certain amount of loyalty I still have to the team.