|Landon Bow had a 25 save shutout Wednesday|
The Brandon Wheat Kings’ high-flying offence was grounded by the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday night.
Landon Bow made 25 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as the Broncos blanked Brandon 5-0, the first time the Wheat Kings have been shutout this season.
“Before we ever starting talking about X’s and O’s, or systems, or line combinations or matchups, we had to have everybody fully invested to play and compete and work in the game tonight,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “ I didn’t think we got that, I didn’t think we got that from our top players.”
Coda Gordon and former Wheat King Ayrton Nikkel had a goal and an assist each for the Broncos, with their two goals coming in the opening 4 ½ minutes of the second period that turned a 1-0 game into a 3-0 contest.
“It’s just really important on the road to stay in the game. That’s one of the things that we always talk about is make sure you keep hanging around,” said McCrimmon, “We gave up two goals early in the second period that dug the hole for us that we never did get out of.”
The Wheat Kings had a chance to climb back into the game in the middle frame, garnering four power-play opportunities including a 5-on-3 man advantage for 38 seconds.
However, they were unable to capitalize on those opportunities.
“Just a great opportunity to get back into the game, but no great chances,” said McCrimmon, “Some zone time but didn’t establish any shots from the point, didn’t get any chances from inside at all, it was all perimeter and really ineffective on the power-play tonight.”
Brandon finished 0-for-5 with the man advantage, leaving the team 6-for-41 (14.6%) in the last nine games.
Colby Cave, Cavin Leth and Glenn Gawdin also scored for the Broncos Wednesday while Jay Merkley netted a pair of assists.
Jordan Papirny made 28 saves in the Wheat Kings’ goal.
The loss leaves Brandon (17-5-1-0) five points ahead of second-place Swift Current in the East Division and just a single point ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference.
The Wheat Kings are back on home ice this coming weekend, hosting the Edmonton Oil Kings for a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday.
Chaff...Brandon scratched F Braylon Shmyr (lower body), D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...the last time Brandon was held without a goal was when they were blanked 4-0 by Daniel Wapple and the Regina Pats on February 17...Wednesday’s loss was Brandon’s first against an East Division opponent this season.