Thursday, 14 November 2013

Robinson Tallies Twice in Brandon Win

Chad Robinson scored twice for Brandon
on Wednesday night
  The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their third straight road victory Wednesday night, downing the Saskatoon Blades 5-2.

  Chad Robinson snapped a 19-game goalless streak by scoring a pair of goals including the game-winner late in the second period and an unusual goal early in the third.

  The Minnedosa product was credited with his second goal when when Saskatoon’s Matt Revel cleanly won a faceoff with Robinson in the Saskatoon zone, with the puck then deflecting off Blades’ defenceman Ayrton Nikkel and past goaltender Troy Trombley.

  “If it wasn’t for video replay, I wouldn’t have seen it at all and I don’t know if anyone on our bench was even paying attention until you saw it on the replay,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It gave us an insurance goal, which sure made the third period for our team.”

  Richard Nejezchleb opened the scoring for Brandon just 15 seconds into the first period, the ninth goal in the last six games for the Wheat Kings’ import and his 17th of the season.

  Tim McGauley added a goal and an assist, his first goal since September 28th.

  The line of McGauley, Nejezchleb and Jayce Hawryluk played head-to-head with Saskatoon’s top line of Nathan Burns, Colin Valcourt and Nikita Scherback for most of the night and held the high-scoring trio off the scoresheet.

  “I thought they played those guys really hard and were the better line on the night,” said McCrimmon, “They didn’t get scored on 5-on-5 and were dangerous offensively so it was a real good night for all three of those players.”

  Ryan Pulock completed the scoring with a power-play goal with just under four minutes left in the third period with Jordan Papirny stopped 30 shots in the Wheat Kings’ net.

  The pushed Brandon back to .500 on the season at 11-11-0-0 and allowed the Wheat Kings to leapfrog past Saskatoon and into eighth-place in the Eastern Conference.

  The Blades will visit Brandon on Friday to complete the home-and-home series.

Chaff...D Eric Roy (lower body) was a late scratch for the Wheat Kings after taking warmup...Nejezchleb now has opened the scoring in five games this season including Brandon’s last three contests.  He leads the WHL with five first goals on the year...Brandon went 2-for-4 on the power-play and are 9-for-23 (39.1%) in their last six games.

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