|Peter Quenneville has now scored in back-to-back games.|
The Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their first regulation loss of the season Sunday night, falling 6-2 to the Calgary Hitmen.
The Hitmen broke open a 1-1 tie early in the second period when Terrell Draude and Adam Tambellini scored goals 28 seconds apart to give Calgary a 3-1 lead.
“We made some real bad mistakes that end up in our net,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on 880 CKLQ’s post-game show, “The two goals you refer to were both a direct result of mistakes, the first on a 4-on-4 and the second on a shot that got blocked not once, but twice.”
Peter Quenneville opened the scoring for Brandon on a first period power-play just past the midway mark the first period, with Chase Lang tying the game for Calgary just 3 ½ minutes later.
Braylon Shmyr got the Wheat Kings back to within a goal at 3-2 by scoring midway through the second period, but Brandon was hurt again by another mistake and Chase Lang restored Calgary’s two-goal lead midway through the third period.
“There’s a certain level of patience required to play in a close game, and a certain mindset where you take what they give you when you play in these type of games,” said McCrimmon, “There’s no reason for us to press and force plays that led to those mistakes.”
Beck Malenstyn and Radel Fazleev also scored for the HItmen while Mack Shields made 28 saves in the Calgary net including all 14 he faced in the third period.
Jordan Papirny stopped 23 shots in goal for Brandon.
The loss leaves the Wheat Kings with a 6-1-1-0 record, still good for first-place in the East Division.
Brandon concludes their three-game in three-day Alberta road trip by visiting the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday (5:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
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