Saturday, 29 September 2012

First Loss for Wheat Kings

Branodn product Joel Edmundson returned to
Moose Jaw's lineup on Saturday
 The Brandon Wheat Kings tasted defeat for the first time this season on Saturday night, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Sam Fioretti had his first career WHL hat-trick plus an assist for the Warriors as they ended Brandon’s season-opening four-game winning streak.

Fioretti scored twice as part of a three-goal outburst in the first period for Moose Jaw as they took a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes.

“Early in the game, we got an early power-play and you could just tell that we weren’t ready to play,” said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on 880 CKLQ’s post-game show, “After that, they just came at us and the bottom line is they wanted it more than us tonight, and we got taught a very valuable lesson.”

A growing concern for the Wheat Kings got magnified on Saturday as the Warriors scored three power-play goals in the contest, going 3-for-4 with the man advantage.

Brandon has now surrendered a league-high nine power-play goals against, and have killed penalties at just a 66.7% success rate (18-for-27) so far this season.

Couple that with Brandon’s 0-for-6 performance with the man advantage Saturday and you could smell trouble coming.

“I think that you add the special teams into the way they played 5-on-5. There were times in the second period where you kind of felt we were getting some shifts going and then we took a penalty, we took a second penalty to create the 5-on-3” added Gylywoychuk, “That took everything at all we had going at all in the second period away and I just think our special teams have to be better.”

Eric Roy scored the lone goal for Brandon with Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville drawing assists for their first career WHL points.

Corbin Boes stopped 17 of 23 shots in the first two period before being relieved by Curtis Honey, who stopped all ten shots he faced in the third.

The loss drops Brandon’s record to 4-1-0-0.

The Wheat Kings return home and begin a four-game home stand Friday night when they entertain the Portland Winter Hawks.

Chaff…Ryan Pulock, Nick Buonassisi and Jens Meilleur all saw their four-game point-scoring streaks snapped on Saturday…Hawryluk was making his WHL debut on Saturday…Brandon product Joel Edmundson returned to Moose Jaw’s lineup after serving a two-game suspension and had one assist and a even plus/minus rating…former Warrior and Brandon product Brayden Cuthbert has joined the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives.

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