Sunday, 26 January 2014

Killer P's Come Through for Wheat Kings

Ryan Pulock scored the game-winning
goal for Brandon on Saturday
  Ryan Pulock, Ryan Pilon and Peter Quenneville scored third period goals for the Brandon Wheat Kings in a 6-3 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Saturday night.

  Pulock's goal with 9:29 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie with Pilon adding an insurance power-play goal and Quenneville an empty-net marker, his second goal of the game.

  The Wheat Kings used a strong final frame to dispatched a Prince George team that had opened their East Division road trip with an 8-0 loss in Regina on Friday night and fell behind Brandon 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the opening period.

  "I give Prince George a lot of credit.  I expected they would respond to a real tough loss (Friday) night and I thought they did, especially when you look at the fact we had a 2-0 lead.  It would have been pretty easy for them to go away but they played extremely hard," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I didn't think we were ready for that, I didn't think we handled it really well until the third.  The third period was easily our best, and was the difference in the game."

  The Wheat Kings may have gotten a spark early in the third period when rookies Jesse Gabrielle and Tyler Coulter engaged in fights with Zach Gonek and Wil Tomchuk respectively less than a minute apart.

  Eric Roy and Quintin Lisoway also scored for Brandon in Saturday's contest, with Roy's power-play goal with 1:38 left in the second period pulling the Wheat Kings into the 3-3 tie on what was Brandon's fourth man advantage and first successful power-play of the middle frame.

  Overall, the Wheat Kings finished 3-for-7 on the power-play but it wasn't bulletproof.

  "We were just getting into the zone.  Our breakout at the start of the game was really good, I thought, and we got into the zone pretty easily," said Brandon centre Tim McGauley, who had two assists in the contest, "During the middle of the game, they adapted to our breakout and held us up at the blueline and stopped us for a bit there."

  Curtis Honey stopped 25 shots in the Brandon net while former Virden Oil Capital Ty Edmonds stopped 25 shots for Prince George.

  Todd Fiddler, former Wheat King Klarc Wilson and Jansen Harkins scored the goals for Prince George, with Wilson's being his 20th of the season.

  The victory was Brandon's sixth in their last eight games and improved the Wheat Kings to 26-17-5-0 on the season.

  That leaves them one point behind the East Division leading Swift Current Broncos with three games in hand.

  Brandon opens a four-game road trip Tuesday in Edmonton (12:05 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...14 of Brandon's 18 skaters registered at least one point in Saturday's contest...Pulock and McGauley both extending their point streaks to five games while Peter Quenneville's got points in four straight...Virden product Landon Peel notched his third goal of the season in Kootenay's 6-2 win over Moose Jaw on Saturday...Killarney's Reid Gow got Spokane's only goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout victory over Tri-City...former Wheat King Jordan Fransoo had his second of the year in Victoria's 3-1 victory over Vancouver.

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