Friday, 3 October 2014

Ams Hang Loss on Wheat Kings

Wheat Kings' rookie Mark Matsuba scored his first career
WHL goal on Friday night.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have tasted defeat for the first time this season, dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Tri-City Americans on Friday night.

  Justin Gutierrez scored 3:32 into overtime as the Americans snapped Brandon's season-opening win streak at four games.

  Tyler Coulter scored a shorthanded goal 5:52 into the opening frame to give the Wheat Kings an early lead, the first time Brandon had scored first at home this year.

  However, the Americans took control of the game after the marketing timeout in the first period, dominating the second half and getting goals from Lucas Nickles and Brian Williams to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

  John Quenneville scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal 7:34 into the second period to tie the game, the only goal with the man advantage Brandon could get in a string of power-play chances.

  Nickles' second of the night at 13:17 of the second period gave Tri-City their second one-goal lead of the night, but rookie Brandon defenceman Mark Matsuba scored his first WHL goal in his Wheat Kings' debut 33 seconds later to tie the contest 3-3.

  The teams went goalless in the third period, thanks in part to some good stops by goaltenders Jordan Papirny and Eric Comrie.

  Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets' draft pick, was particularly sharp in the final frame for the Americans, making 12 of his 37 saves on the night with several of those being of the spectacular variety.

  "Today was a tough one.  We thought we had it," said Coulter on CKLQ's post-game show, "We played a great third period tonight and I thought for sure that this one was going to come for us."

  Brandon will look to get back in the win column Saturday when they host the Red Deer Rebels (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...F Reid Duke had an assist, two minor penalties and an even plus/minus in his Wheat Kings' debut Friday while D Macoy Erkamps was pointless and +1...Brandon scratches were D Eric Roy (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Duncan Campbell, D Taylor Green and D Mark Taraschuk (all coaches' decisions)...attendance Friday was 3,835.

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