Saturday, 24 November 2012

Wheat Kings Fall in Prince Albert

  It was an improved effort for the Wheat Kings on Saturday night but a similar result as Brandon dropped a 5-2 decision to the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night.

  Leon Draisaitl and Logan McVeigh scored goals six seconds apart at 8:22 and 8:28 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie, both on setups from former Brandon Wheat King Dakota Conroy who finished with three assists on the night.

  "We had a bad bounce, Curtis (Honey) loses the puck from the shot, bad bounce, Eric Roy takes a swipe at it and then, all the sudden, it’s a back door goal and right off the next faceoff they go down and score," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, "There’s always that stretch of 4-5 minutes where we shoot ourselves in the foot."

  Mark McNeill notched his 11th of the season later in the period to give Prince Albert a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

  Eric Roy gave Brandon an early 1-0 lead on a power-play goal 2:25 into the contest with Reid Gardiner tying it up for Prince Albert at 11:30 of the opening frame.

  Chance Braid of the Raiders and Chad Robinson of the Wheat Kings exchanged third period goals to complete the scoring for the night.

  Saturday’s game at the Art Hauser Centre was better for Brandon, but the club is still hampered by unforced miscues in their own zone.

  "That’s not a structural thing, that’s not a system thing, it’s more a compete and wanting to beat the guy you’re facing," said Gylywoychuk, "It’s a little thing like lifting his stick, getting on the wrong side of your check.  Give PA credit, when they get around in front of the net, they capitalize on those things and that’s something that we have to do better."

  Curtis Honey finished with 35 saves in the Brandon net while Luke Siemens stopped 24 shots for Prince Albert.

  The loss was Brandon’s sixth in the last seven games and dropped the Wheat Kings to a season-low three games under the .500 mark at 10-13-2-1.

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