Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wheat Kings Earn Late Point vs. Warriors

Eric Roy had the game-tying goal
for the Wheat Kings Wednesday
We'll have to wait until Saturday night to find out how meaningful it is but the Brandon Wheat Kings managed to pull out a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors Wednesday night.

Eric Roy scored with 6.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to extra time while Ryan Pulock also scored for Brandon.

The Wheat Kings fell behind 1-0 in the opening period on an Eric Arnold goal, with Moose Jaw outshooting Brandon 20-7 in the opening frame.

"We just didn't have the intensity and the emotional involvement we needed that first period. If we scored on a couple of those open nets early, it might have been a different story as far as the emotion and intensity of the game," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought the second period was much better and the third period was pretty even as well but that first wasn't very good. Credit to the guys to fight back and get that point but we needed that extra one as well."

Corbin Boes stopped 44 shots in the Brandon net, including 19 in the first period, and has now allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his last ten starts.

In fact, the 18-year old Saskatoon product is 10-4-1 with a 2.58 goals against average and .929 save percentage in his last 16 appearances.

"I've felt like I've been in a groove ever since my first win back from injury in Red Deer (January 28th)," said Boes, "I've been rolling from there and I'm just trying to keep this going into playoffs here and, hopefully, bring it there."

Cody Beach also scored for Moose Jaw Wednesday while Cam Braes and Eric Arnold scored goals in the shootout for the Warriors.

The victory allowed Moose Jaw to clinch home-ice advantage in at least the first two rounds of the WHL playoffs while the Wheat Kings remain eighth in the WHL's Eastern Conference, two points behind Kootenay and Saskatoon and three behind fifth-place Regina.

Kootenay fell 5-4 in overtime to Edmonton on Wednesday night while the Pats beat Prince Albert 4-1 and Saskatoon was idle.

Brandon closes the season with a home-and-home against the Pats while Kootenay faces Calgary in back-to-back games and the Blades finish with a home-and-home against Swift Current.

Chaff...attendance Wednesday on Rain Check Night was a standing room only crowd of 5,396, the Wheat Kings' largest crowd of the season...Brandon product Joel Edmundson assisted on Moose Jaw's second goal and established a career-high with 21 points on the season...the Wheat Kings were held without a power-play opportunity for the second time this season while Moose Jaw went 0-for-2 with the man advantage...after playing his 300th career game last week, Brandon F Darian Dziurzynski hit another milestone Wednesday night, surpassing 500 career penalty minutes on a second period boarding minor...Killarney product Reid Gow was the hero for Spokane Wednesday night, snapping a 4-4 tie wth 47 seconds left in regulation in the Chiefs' 6-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers.

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