Monday, 12 November 2012

Broncos Edge Wheat Kings

Brandon's Jayce Hawryluk battles Broncos' defenceman
Richard Nedomlel during Sunday's game
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a five-game home stand with a 3-2 loss to the Swift Current Broncos Sunday night.

  Jayce Hawryluk and Alessio Bertaggia scored the goals for Brandon, with Bertaggia's coming in the final minute to make it a one-goal game.

  Graham Black and Josh Derko scored second period goals for the Broncos to give Swift Current a 3-1 lead after the teams were tied 1-1 through the opening two minutes.

  "A veteran player made two mistakes and the puck's in the back of our net," said Wheat Kings' coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We try to push to get back but we end up killing penalties and spending time in our defensive zone, and we can't afford to do that in that type of game."

  Curtis Honey stopped 32 shots in the Wheat Kings' net in has stopped 116 of 124 shots in his last three starts.

  "I think, defensively, our team was real good tonight.  Just creating that offence was something that we couldn't find the back of the net tonight," said Honey, "I think it's just a matter of making one more save there and keep your team a little closer."

  Eetu Laurikainen stopped 26 shots in goal for Swift Current as they moved to the .500 mark at 9-9-3-2.

  Brandon is also .500 on the season at 9-9-2-1.

  "There are a lot of things that we're doing better as a team that we haven't done, we just have to learn as a group that we've got to bring all those things," added Gylywoychuk, "If there's ten things you need to do every night, we need to do all ten."

  The Wheat Kings' next action is Friday when they open a three-game road trip by visiting the Kootenay Ice.

Chaff...Jack Palmer assisted on Bertaggia's goal in the final minute for his first career WHL point...Brandon captain Ryan Pulock will leave today for Vancouver, where he'll play for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series against Russia on Wednesday...Brandon went 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill to keep an opponent's power-play off the board for the first time in nine games.

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