Sunday, 16 September 2012

Wheat Kings Conclude Pre-Season with Loss

Former Prince Albert teammates and roomates Tyler Yaworski
of the Wheat Kings and Austin Bourhis of the Warriors
engaged in some third period fisticuffs on Saturday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their pre-season with a 5-3 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night.

Brayden Point scored a pair of goals and Torrin White had a goal and an assist to pace the Warriors offensively while Richard Nejezchleb, Alessio Bertaggia and Eric Roy did the scoring for Brandon.

The game began with promise for the Wheat Kings, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission but things soured from that point and some of the bad habits that reared their ugly head in Friday's 7-1 home-ice loss to the Warriors returned.

"There were parts of our game where were a lot better but the things that shot us in the foot (Friday) night shot us in the foot again tonight," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We were trying to come back in the game and we took some undisciplined penalties and you can't do that in any game and we're trying to come back, you can't because you give the other team life."

Moose Jaw went 2-for-10 with the man advantage on Saturday and had 21 power-play opportunities in the two-game sweep of the Wheat Kings including a handful of 5-on-3 chances.

Brandon finishes the pre-season with a 1-3-0-0 record but Gylywoychuk says they learned a lot about their team in the four games.

"We learned a lot about some of our younger guys, we learned a lot the additions we made up front and on the back-end. We tried some guys in different positions, some of our older veteran guys that maybe didn't play those positions before," said Gylywoychuk, "We've got to sort through that and put guys in proper roles now, roles they're comfortable with and roles they can excel in."

The Wheat Kings open the WHL regular season Friday night when they entertain the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Corbin Boes made his first appearance of the pre-season Saturday and stopped 29 shots in going the distance in the Brandon net...F Jayce Hawryluk (concussion) was one of eleven Brandon scratches Saturday with the others being F Daniel Asham, F Dominick Favreau, F Jason Swyripa, F Kailum Gervais, F Jack Palmer, F Kord Pankewicz, F John Quenneville, D Rene Hunter, D Ayrton Nikkel and G Jordan Papirny...there has reportedly been an agreement between the NHL and the CHL which should allow junior players to be recalled by NHL organizations once the lockout is over.

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