Friday, 7 September 2012

Wheat Kings Drop Pre-Season Opener

John Quenneville scored Brandon's only goal on Thursday
The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their Western Hockey League pre-season schedule with a 3-1 loss to the Regina Pats on Thursday night.

Colton Jobke and Lane Scheidl scored first period goals for the Pats while Teagan Sacher stopped 32 shots in the Regina net.

Brandon found themselves down 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes but they outshot the Pats 15-7 and Wheat Kings' assistant coach Darren Ritchie felt his club played pretty well in the opening frame

"I thought in the first period, we carried a lot of the play. We were around the net but the puck was bouncing or we weren't strong on our sticks early on," said Ritchie on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought our young guys adapted well to the pace of the game tonight and that's a good sign for us."

John Quenneville scored the lone goal for Brandon with about seven minutes gone in third period while Curtis Honey went the distance in the Wheat Kings' net, stopping 19 of 21 shots.

Patrick D'Amico had an empty-net goal for Regina in the final minute of the third period.

Ritchie feels they can take a lot out of Thursday's contest.

"I think the pace for sure. It think the guys realized that it was quicker and they stayed with it. Even being as young as we were and down two it's easy for teams to pack it in and I thought our guys stayed with it," said Ritchie, "We just kept harping about the next goal and our guys kept battling. We were right in it right to the end and had some chances right down to the end of the game."

The two teams meet against Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...16-year old D Dominic Thom tweeted after Thursday's game that he is headed back to Calgary to join the AMHL's North Stars...Brandon scratches were F Dominick Favreau (back), D Ryley Miller (illness), F Jens Meilleur (back), F Nick Buonassisi, D Tyler Yaworski, G Corbin Boes, D Ryan Pulock, F Alessio Bertaggia, F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), F Tim McGauley, F Kyler Hehn and F Ryley Lindgren...3rd-year Brandon D Rene Hunter accomplished a rare feat by being involved in two fights in a WHL pre-season game. Normally, a player is given a game misconduct along with a fighting major in pre-season action but Hunter got a reprieve for his first altercation in the second period with Regina's Dryden Hunt because Hunt was assessed an instigator penalty. Hunter when tangled with Pats' rookie Henry Hardarson in the third period...16-year old G Jordan Papirny is expected to start and play the entire game Friday night.

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