Saturday, 15 March 2014

Wheat Kings Pull Out Dramatic Win

  Peter Quenneville scored the game-tying goal with 35.3 seconds left in the third period and Eric Roy scored a power-play goal 2:18 into overtime as the Wheat Kings downed the Regina Pats 4-3.

  The Wheat Kings fell behind 3-1 in the first period with the Pats getting an even strength goal from Dryden Hunt to open the scoring, and then getting a pair of power-play goals from Dmitry Sinitsyn and Connor Gay sandwiched around a Peter Quenneville goal for Brandon.

  Richard Nejezchbleb scored a power-play goal 6:47 into the second period to get the Wheat Kings to within one, setting the stage for the late-game equalizer.

  "It was a battle, it was competitive game.  I thought our guys, outside of a couple of penalties early, I thought was had prepared pretty well in terms of having perseverance and resilience regardless of what happened here tonight we just had to keep playing," said Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought our players deserved a lot of credit for that."

  It was a rare case where both teams got what they wanted.

  Regina clinched the East Division pennant with the 'loser' point while Brandon moved into sole possession of seventh-place, two points ahead of Prince Albert and Red Deer.

  The Wheat Kings can do no worse than a tiebreaker game for eighth-place and could clinch a playoff spot with a victory or an overtime or shootout loss in their final regular season game on Saturday night.

  The Brandon Wheat Kings gave themselves a big boost in their quest for a playoff spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference on Friday night.

Chaff...the victory was the 363rd for Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, tying him with Bob Lowes for the franchise record...Brandon scored their four goals in four different ways on Friday - even strength, 5-on-4 power-play, 6-on-5 with an extra attacker and a 4-on-3 power-play in overtime...Prince Albert downed Saskatooon 7-2 Friday to move into a tie with idle Red Deer for eighth-place, two points behind Brandon.  The Raiders visit Saskatoon Saturday while the Rebels host Edmonton...the Tri-City Americans announced Friday that they had signed Strathclair product Morgan Geekie to a WHL education contract.  Geekie, the son of former Wheat King Craig Geekie, was a fifth round pick of the Ams in the 2013 Bantam Draft...the WHL announced details on the Tim Bozon Fund on Friday. Donations to help cover medical and rehabilitation costs for the Kootenay Ice forward can be made at any BMO Bank of Montreal branch in Western Canada.

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