Saturday, 3 March 2012

Bad Third Costs Wheat Kings Win

Chandler Stephenson battles with Brandon's Brenden
Walker during the third period of Saturday's contest
A third period collapse for the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Regina Pats.

Darian Dziurzynski’s goal 56 seconds into the third period gave Brandon a 4-0 lead and it looked like the Wheat Kings were on their way to an eighth win in their last nine games.

The Pats had other ideas.

Lane Scheidl’s goal less than three minutes after Dziurzynski’s marker got the Pats on the board, and Regina scored four more times in the next six minutes and 49 seconds to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead.

“We gave them a chance and they got sniff, fed off it and we could never regain it,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “They kept coming at us in waves and we didn’t defend as good as we were doing it earlier in the game.”

Chandler Stephenson scored twice and had an assist in the surge including the go-ahead goal just 10 seconds after Dyson Stevenson had tied the game 4-4.

“Once we made it 4-0, I didn’t think we were ever the same. I think what came back to haunt us was that we had so much time in our end for the majority of the game,” added Ritchie, “Even though we didn’t give up many shots, when you play in your own end and are defending, it definitely wears you down.”

Stephenson added his hat-trick goal into an empty net in the game’s final minute as Regina moved back past Brandon and into a tie for sixth-place with the Saskatoon Blades in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams sit one point ahead of the Wheat Kings.

Michael Ferland, Alessio Bertaggia and Brenden Walker had Brandon’s other goals while Corbin Boes stopped 35 shots including all 23 he faced in the opening 40 minutes.

Brandon’s next action is Wednesday when they’ll make a return visit to the Brandt Centre in Regina (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ or online at

Chaff…F Daniel Asham left the game in the second period with what appeared to be an ankle injury and did not return…Brandon product Joel Edmundson scored twice for Moose Jaw in their 6-2 win over Lethbridge Saturday. Edmundson now has three goals on the season…Minnedosa product Chad Robinson scored his eighth of the season in Red Deer’s 4-1 win over Saskaoon on Saturday…former Wheat King Jordan Fransoo scored his first goal as a member of the Victoria Royals in their 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday…former Wheat King Rob Klinkhammer was recalled from Binghamton (AHL) by the Ottawa Senators on Saturday…Russell product Brock Nixon scored a shorthanded goal in overtime as the Calgary Dinos downed the Manitoba Bisons 4-3 Saturday to sweep their Canada West Semifinal series 2-0.


Curious said...

How do you think this will effect the team as they move forward. Some Pats fan reporting that Stone had a fit on the bench. I think this will be a test of the teams character and Clouston ability to motivate his team. How bad was the bus ride home. Guessing today an off day and tomorrow they'll discuss the game again.

Anonymous said...

Regina was all over Brandon most of the night - you could just sense they were going to come back even when it was 4-0. Huge win by the Pats - definitely a playoff feel in the game.