Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wheat Kings Open Trip High-Scoring Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their seven-game road trip with a 7-6 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday night.

Brandon overcame a trio of two-goals deficits (2-0, 4-2 and 6-4) in ending a two-game losing skid and picked up their second win in six tries.

“Sometimes when you get like that on the road, you can get down and it was kind of funny because guys just said that we’ve done it before, let’s do it again,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We kept with it, nobody ever got down, it was positive all night. That’s what you want, you want your guys to keep playing because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Ryan Pulock had two goals and an assist including the game-winning goal with 9:10 left in the third period, a goal that came just 22 seconds after Ryley Miller had scored the game-tying goal.

After being an offensive show all night, Brandon was able to lock down that one-goal lead for the final 9:10 including a key penalty-kill that began with 2:44 left to play that included a game-saving glove save by Corbin Boes off Tigers’ sniper Hunter Shinkaruk.

“Our guys really stuck with it, beared down…we blocked some shots,” added Ritchie, “Sometimes when you get a crazy game like we did tonight, something at the end just gets guys a little bit more focused."

Alessio Bertaggia also scored twice for Brandon while Tyler Yaworski and Tim McGauley added singles and Jayce Hawryluk contributed a pair of assists.

Elgin Pearce had two goals and an assist for Medicine Hat, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.

Brandon continues their road trip on Wednesday night when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon has been involved in five straight one-goal games and seven in ten contests overall this season...the Wheat Kings had scored a combined nine goals in their previous five games prior to Tuesday's outburst...Yaworski also had an assist and fought Medicine Hat’s Derek Ryckman in the first period for his second career ‘Gordie Howe Hat-Trick’. His first came in the season-opener last year…Yaworski scored his first goal wearing #27 after his usual #3 jersey was torn in the fight with Ryckman. He was back wearing #3 at the start of the second period…Kord Pankewicz assisted on Miller’s game-tying goal for his first career WHL point…Pulock’s 15 points puts him second among blueliners in the WHL (behind Kelowna’s Myles Bell’s 17 points) and tied for seventh overall in WHL scoring while his +11 rating has him tied for third-best in the league...former Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone picked up his first AHL point, an assist, and went +2 in Binghamton's 3-1 win over Rochester on Tuesday night...Killarney's Reid Gow notched his goal of the season in Spokane's 6-4 loss in Seattle Tuesday.

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