Saturday, 7 April 2012

Another One-Goal Loss Has Brandon Down 2-0

The Brandon Wheat Kings came up a goal short for the second consecutive night.

Edmonton scored three times in a 2:27 span of the second period en route to a 4-3 win over the Wheat Kings on Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Michael Ferland got the Wheat Kings off to a good start in Game #2, scoring the only goal of the opening frame just 39 seconds into the contest.

The second period proved to be a wild affair, with Kristians Pelss and Alessio Bertaggia trading goals before the Oil Kings’ three-goal outburst from Pelss, Travis Ewanyk and Jordan Peddle gave Edmonton a 4-2 lead.

Ryan Pulock got the Wheat Kings back to within a goal with 0.4 seconds left in the second period but Brandon could not find the equalizer in the third period.

“I thought the boys came out strong at the beginning of the game and had a very good first period and a very good start,” said Ferland on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We had a little slump there in the third and I thought we had to have a strong push in the third and I thought we did that but, unfortunately, we didn’t get the win.”

The Wheat Kings went 0-for-3 on the power-play including an opportunity with just under six minutes remaining in the contest.

That leaves Brandon 0-for-5 in the series and 2-for-22 in the post-season.

“Our players need to move more. We have to have more movement out of our players, not just the puck moving, we need to get the guys moving a bit more,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie, “I thought we had a couple of good looks in the third period. I thought we had some opportunities but not the full, sustained pressure you would like when you have a power-play at a key point in the game.”

Corbin Boes made 31 saves in the Brandon net while Laurent Brossoit stopped 26 shots for the Oil Kings.

The series now shifts to Brandon for Games #3 and #4 on Tuesday and Wednesday at Westman Communications Group Place.

“It’s going to mean a lot to go back home and play in front of our fans again,” said Ferland, “They’re great so everyone is looking forward to getting back there.”

Chaff...the Oil Kings have now pushed their winning streak to 17 games, still well short of the WHL record of 27 straight wins (regular season and playoffs combined), held by the 1981 Victoria Cougars. Second on the list is the 1996 edition of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who won 23 in a row…the last 13 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the playoffs en route to capturing the WHL title.

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