Saturday, 26 October 2013

Wheat Kings Drop Trip Opener

Killarney product Reid Gow had four assists to pace
Spokane to a 7-1 victory over Brandon on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings opened a six-game road trip with a 7-1 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on Friday night.

  Killarney product Reid Gow set up four Spokane goals with Eric Roy netting the lone goal for Brandon on a 5-on-3 power-play late in the third period.

 The Chiefs scored four of their seven goals in the third period including three in a 3:06 span to turn what was a relatively close game into a blowout.

  “We didn’t work in the third so you get what you deserve when you don’t work,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Probably, we had played pretty good in stretches through forty minutes.  We really had a tough time scoring even though we had a lot of really good opportunities to score and I think that inability to get on the board really took the belief factor out of our team.”

  Eric Williams stopped 35 shots in the Spokane net and was named the game’s first star while Curtis Honey and Jordan Papirny combined for 21 saves in the Brandon goal.

  While the third period was the final nail in the coffin, the momentum shifted early in the second period as well.

  Despite trailing 1-0, Brandon had outshot Spokane 10-4 in the opening frame but an Eric Roy penalty late in the first period gave the Chiefs the man advantage when the second period started.

  Spokane capitalized on the power-play that had carried over from the first period and then added their third goal just past the four minute mark to grab a 3-0 lead.

  “We talked about the importance of that kill to start the second period, and we didn’t get it killed,” said McCrimmon, “If we could have got the penalty killed, built on some of the positive things that we had done in the first period, had a little momentum from the penalty-kill,  I think it would have helped us in the second period and, in turn, the reverse happened.”

  Brandon will continue their road trip Saturday night when they visit the Tri-City Americans (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon F Tim McGauley left the game in the first period with an injury and did not return...former Wheat King Carter Proft had an assist for the Chiefs...former Wheat King Scott Glennie was activated from the injured non-roster list by the NHL’s Dallas Stars on Friday and assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars... Red Deer RebelsGM/Coach Brent Sutter was named Team WHL's head coach for the Subway Super Series games against the Russia Selects November 27 in Red Deer and November 28 in Lethbridge.  Ryan McGill of the Kootenay Ice will assist Sutter.  The roster for Team WHL will be announced next week.

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