Sunday, 28 October 2012

Honey Heroics Earn Wheat Kings Point

Curtis Honey stopped 46 shots Saturday, 36 in the first
two periods alone.
The Brandon Wheat Kings earned a point they probably didn’t deserve on Saturday night in falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Prince George Cougars.

Curtis Honey stopped 46 shots including 36 over the first 40 minutes in what was Brandon’s final game of a seven-game road trip.

“Curtis was awesome tonight,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He is the reason we got the point tonight and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t get him the extra point into the shootout but he was dynamite tonight and, definitely, was our best player.”

Chad Robinson scored his first goal as a Wheat King and Colton Waltz notched his first career WHL goal as Brandon rallied from a 2-0, third period deficit.

Robinson’s power-play marker with 6:47 left got Brandon to within one and Waltz tied it with 2:24 remaining in regulation.

The Wheat Kings had a power-play for the final 20 seconds of the third period and first 1:40 of overtime but couldn’t get the game-winner, with Eric Roy’s shot off the crossbar about 60 seconds into extra time the closest Brandon came to getting the victory.

The Cougars badly outplayed the Wheat Kings through the first 40 minutes of the contest but only had 1-0 lead on Mark McNulty’s second period power-play goal.

“You could tell, in our game, our feet weren’t moving, our passes weren’t sharp and we weren’t thinking and I think a lot of it had to do with the end of our trip,” said Ritchie, “That one goal just gave us some spark and it was almost like to gave us some energy and from then on in, we were actually pretty good and took some of the play to Prince George so give our guys some credit.”

The single point leaves Brandon with a 2-3-1-1 record on the road trip and a 7-6-2-1 record overall.

The Wheat Kings next action is Friday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors to open a five-game home stand (7:35 p.m., Westman Communicatons Group Place).

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