Sunday, 21 October 2012

Two SHG Power Rockets Past Wheat Kings

Colton Heffley and Dylen McKinlay scored shorthanded goals to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 4-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

Alessio Bertaggia and Tim McGauley scored the goals for the Wheat Kings, who went 0-for-4 on the power-play in addition to surrendering the two shorthanded goals.

Brandon is now 3-for-35 with the man advantage over the last eight games.

“Our power-play’s been struggled here, we need to get back to the basics,” said Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Give Kelowna credit, they did a great job of pressuring us and making us turn the puck over.”

Brandon fell behind 2-0 after the opening period and were outshot 15-7 by the Rockets in the opening 20 minutes, and have been outscored 8-3 and outshot 47-30 in the first period in the first three games of their seven-game road trip.

“From probably halfway through the second, we did some real good things in the offensive zone that we haven’t done in a while so that’s a positive,” said Ritchie, “I think we did some things that we’ve been talking about but the two shorthanded goals just kills us.”

Corbin Boes made 31 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net while Jordon Cooke stopped 27 shots for Kelowna.

Tyson Baillie and Winnipeg product Zach Franko had the other goals for the Rockets, who broke a four-game losing streak against Brandon.

The Wheat Kings have now lost six of their last eight games and are 6-5-1-0 on the season.

Brandon will continue their road trip Tuesday when they visit the Victoria Royals (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

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