|Corbin Boes stopped 36 shots in a losing cause Saturday night|
Chase Clayston, Brendan Hurley and Brooks Macek scored the first period goals for the Hitmen, who outshot Brandon 13-6 in the opening frame.
"It's something that we're not getting any better at, we haven't responded on back-to-back games especially games after we've won the first one," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywocyhuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We haven't wanted to take a step and gain the momentum from the victory and we just take a step back. We didn't start well against a good team and they took advantage of it."
A poor start is nothing new for Brandon as they've been outscored 18-3 in the opening period in the last ten games and have led after 20 minutes just three times in 18 games this season.
"It's been kind of a recurring theme this year, getting behind early and getting off to a slow start," added Brandon goaltender Corbin Boes, who made 36 saves Saturday night, "It's soemthing we need to learn pretty quickly as the season goes on is we're going to have to be a lot better in the first periods and try to play with a lead instead of trying to overcome one most nights."
Chad Robinson and Ryan Pulock scored the goals for the Wheat Kings Saturday night while Pavlo Padakin had the other goal for Calgary and Greg Chase added three assists for the Hitmen.
The Wheat Kings haven't won back-to-back games since their season-opening four-game winning streak and are now 8-7-2-1 on the season.
The Wheat Kings are idle, game-wise, until Tuesday but the team will see some action Sunday with the club's Scotiabank Skills Day taking place (2:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Brandon has surrendered 643 shots in 18 games this season (35.7 per game), which puts them ahead of last year's pace they gave up the most shots against in a single season in the last 20 years...Wheat Kings' prospect Braylon Shmyr was held off the scoresheet in Alberta's 3-0 win over Saskatchewan Saturday at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup but ended up as the co-leader in the scoring race with seven points in three games. Alberta will play B.C. in Sunday's gold medal game. Wheat King prospects Kirkland Lycar (Team MB) and Tanner Browne (Team B.C.) were both pointless in three games in the round-robin.