Sunday, 12 February 2012

Wheat Kings' Winning Streak Ends

Mark Stone took over the WHL scoring lead on Sunday
The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their three-game winning streak snapped Sunday night with a 4-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Emerson Etem’s 50th goal in his 50th game 6:04 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie while Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Brandon to take over the WHL scoring lead with 90 points, one more than Etem, Regina’s Jordan Weal and Portland’s Ty Rattie.

The Wheat Kings scored on their first two shots on goal in the opening six minutes of the contest, with Brenden Walker opening the scoring with his 20th of the season 3:09 in and Stone following with his 36th at 5:56.

However, Brandon fired just 22 shots and were blanked the rest of the way by Tigers’ netminder Tyler Bunz.

“I thought there were times we could have went to the hard areas a little bit better to get inside the defence and maybe create some second shots,” said Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “You aren’t going to score a lot of pretty goals at this time of the year. They’re going to be goals that you have to go find, find the rebounds and maybe take a bump or a bruise scoring those goals but those are the type of goals you’re going to score nowadays.”

Cole Grbavac and Rhyse Dieno scored for Medicine Hat in the final five minutes of the first period as the clubs were tied 2-2 at both intermission breaks.

Etem added his 51st of the season into an empty-net in the final minute to become the WHL’s first 50-in-50 man since Layne Ulmer scored 50 in 47 games for the Swift Current Broncos during the 2000-2001 season.

The loss leaves Brandon 28-26-2-1 on the season and still eighth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, three points behind seventh-place Regina and four ahead of ninth-place Regina.

The Wheat Kings continue their Central Division road trip Tuesday night when they visit the Kootenay Ice (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon F Alessio Bertaggia left the game late in the first period after a questionable hit from Tigers’ captain Cole Grbavac and did not return. Grbavac was assessed an interference minor on the play…former Wheat King Colby Robak made his NHL debut on Sunday, going pointless and recording a +2 rating while playing 14:40 for Florida in the Panthers 4-1 win over the New York Islanders…former Wheat Kings’ co-captain Brayden Schenn scored twice for Philadelphia in their 4-3 loss in Detroit Sunday. Schenn has eight goals on the season.

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