Friday, 14 November 2014

T-Birds Snap Wheat Kings Win Streak

The all Wheat City line of Brandonites Tyler Coulter, Tanner
Kaspick and Duncan Campbell combined on the Wheat Kings
first goal on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their winning streak snapped at six games Friday night with a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.

  Winnipeg product Keegan Kolesar had a goal and two assists to pace the Seattle offence while Duncan Campbell, Peter Quenneville, John Quenneville and Jesse Gabrielle scored the goals for Brandon.

  Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon said on CKLQ's post-game show that some of the team's bad habits caught up to them on Friday.

  "We didn't get away with it.  We failed to respect our opponents that way that we should," said McCrimmon, "We've got away with it on some other occasions but, tonight, the stink overcame us."

  Justin Hickman's goal 2:27 into the second period gave the T-Birds a 3-1 lead but the Wheat Kings were able to battle back to tie the game 3-3 going into the third period thanks to back-to-back power-play goals from the Quenneville brothers.

  However, Seattle restored their lead on Shea Theodore's power-play goal 7:21 into the third period and Scott Eansor made it 5-3 with a controversial goal at 12:55.

  Eansor was barreled into the Brandon net after being knocked down by Wheat Kings' defenceman Ivan Provorov, and the puck went in with him,.

  After being ruled no goal on the ice, the play was reviewed via video replay and ruled a goal as the puck entered the net before it was dislodged behind Brandon goaltender Logan Thompson.

  Thompson was making his first home start of his WHL career and struggled throughout the contest in finishing with 27 saves.

  Gabrielle's goal three minutes after the Eansor marker gave the Wheat Kings some brief hope, but that hope ended quickly when Kolesar scored his sixth of the season just 37 seconds after Gabrielle to restore Seattle's two-goal lead.

  The loss leaves Brandon with a 16-4-1-0 record, but they maintained their four-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings after the Tigers fell 6-2 in Regina on Friday.

  The Wheat Kings will look to bounce back when they host Medicine Hat Saturday on Military Appreciation night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Brandon will wear special military-themed jerseys Saturday, which will be auctioned off during the game with proceeds going to the United Way of Brandon and District Community Fund.

Chaff...D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and F Braylon Shmyr (healthy) were Brandon's scratches on Friday...Peter Quenneville's goal extended his point streak to five games...the Wheat Kings have now allowed at least one power-play goal in 11 of their last 12 games, going 27-for-42 (64.3%) in that span.

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