Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Royals Power Past Wheat Kings

The Brandon Wheat Kings tempted fate throughout the night and, in the end, it may have cost the team two points.

Alex Gogolev scored a power-play goal 1:58 into overtime as the Victoria Royals beat the Wheat Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night.

It was the Royals’ third power-play goal on a night they received nine power-play chances including the one in overtime on a questionable checking-to-the-head minor to Brandon defenceman Tyler Yaworski.

“I think we just took too many penalties tonight,” said Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “When you have nine kills on the night, you’re just playing the same guys and it just wears the players down. You’re not playing enough guys enough minutes and I think that hurt us.”

After a scoreless first period, Alessio Bertaggia scored on a penalty shot 2:02 into the second period and Eric Roy added a power-play goal for Brandon 7 ½ minutes later to give Brandon a 2-0 lead.

Ben Walker scored the first Royals’ power-play goal before the end of the second period but Brandon still held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The lead held up until the 11:24 mark of the third when Gogolev scored his first of the night to tie the game 2-2 and then Walker notched a power-play goal just under two minutes later to give Victoria their first lead of the game.

Tim McGauley got Brandon back into a 3-3 less than a minute after Walker had given Victoria the lead, setting the stage for overtime.

Before extra time began, Brandon had a man advantage for the last two minutes of the third period when a goal would have most assuredly given them a victory.

“We had a power-play and a couple of opportunities to score,” said Ritchie, “We’ve said it many times, it’s not how many you get, sometimes it’s when you get them and, tonight, we had a great opportunity to win the hockey game.”

Corbin Boes stopped 28 shots including some miraculous saves in the third period and overtime to give the Wheat Kings a chance.

The loss was Brandon’s third in a row and seventh in their last nine games and drops the Wheat Kings’ record to 6-5-2-0.

Brandon continues their road trip on Wednesday night with a matchup against the Vancouver Giants (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

1 comment:

Lloyd Duhaime said...

Bruce, I'm glad you mentioned Boes' saves in OT. They were outstanding as I wrote at Don't tell me you were in the building in which case I'm so sorry I didn't stop and say hello.