Monday, 15 September 2014

Pilon Sends Wheat Kings to OT Win

Logan Thompson made 35 saves in the Wheat Kings' net Sunday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their pre-season Sunday with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  Ryan Pilon scored 4:41 into extra time for Brandon, allowing the Wheat Kings to finish their pre-season with a 3-1-0-0 record.

  Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon said on CKLQ's post-game show that there's a lot to like about how they progressed through the pre-season.

  "Just our team game coming along in preparation for opening night has definitely gotten better," said McCrimmon, "Just guys understanding systems, structure, seeing when it works, seeing what happen when we don't have it."

  Brandon was outshot 17-5 and killed off three Moose Jaw power-plays in the first period of Sunday's contest but only found themselves down 1-0 through the opening 20 minutes.

  "The fact they we bent and didn't break likely was part of what allowed us to get back into the game," said McCrimmon, "A period like that, when you're outshot 17-5, you might be down 3-0 so I thought that was good for us."

  Logan Thompson made 35 saves in goign the distance in the Wheat Kings' net including 16 in the first period.

  "He was busy, he was relied on and had to make some real big saves," said McCrimmon, "It was a good opportunity for him to be a big part of the win, and I thought he played really well."

  Ryley Lindgren and Nolan Patrick also scored for Brandon in Sunday's contest, with Patrick also notching an assist to finish with a team-high seven points in four pre-season games.

  The Wheat Kings will open the regular season Friday when they host the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...D Eric Roy (shoulder) sat out Calgary's contest Saturday at the Young Stars' Tournament in Penticton, and is also expected to miss Monday's game.

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