The Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their worst home-ice loss of the season Friday night, falling 6-0 to the Prince Albert Raiders.
Luke Siemens stopped 18 shots in the Raiders' net for the shutout while Brandon product Carson Perreaux scored his third goal of the season for Prince Albert as part of a three-goal outburst in the game's opening eight minutes and 41 seconds.
"The first couple of shifts I thought we were okay, and it was almost a feeling that we were going see how things were going to be, and if things were going to be okay we were going to play," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "They went down and scored that first goal and we just had all the energy taken out of us. We weren't ready to compete, we weren't ready to work."
Davis Vandane had a goal and two assists for the Raiders while Mark McNeill and Josh Morrissey added a goal and an assist each.
The Wheat Kings played with four veteran players in captain Ryan Pulock, leading scorer Alessio Bertaggia and forwards Tyrel Seaman and Jens Meilleur.
"When adversity strikes early in the game, I don't think we face it well. It's not an excuse. Those are keys guys, for sure, out of our lineup but that's hockey," said Gylywoychuk, "You're going to get injured players and with that opportunity, someone has to step up and take responsibility and take some of those minutes away and I don't think we did a good job of that tonight at all."
Corbin Boes stopped 38 shots in what was the Wheat Kings' fifth loss in six games and left Brandon two games under .500 at 10-12-2-1.
The Wheat Kings will have to lick their wounds quickly as they travel to Prince Albert Saturday for the second half of the home-and-home series (6:35 p.m., CKLQ).
"You have to have a short memory here. Back-to-back nights against the same team I think is actually going to be good for us (Saturday)," said Brandon defenceman Ayrton Nikkel, "That was not a very appropriate game for our home barn and I think going into their home barn, we should have a fire in our gut."
Brandon could be without 20-year old defenceman Ryley Miller for Saturday's rematch in Prince Albert.
Miller was assessed a kneeing major and game misconduct with 85 seconds to go in Friday's contest and the penalty will automatically be reviewed in the WHL office for a possible suspension.
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