|Colton Waltz had Brandon's lone goal on Saturday|
Connor Gay and Preston Kopeck had two goals and an assist each for the Rebels while Riley Sheen scored the game’s opening two goals at the 5:55 and 9:15 marks of the first period.
“It’s critical that you dig in and make sure that the next goal isn’t the 2-0 goal, it’s the 1-1 goal,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “ I refer to that as managing the game, staying a game, hanging in a game, keeping a game close on the road. We didn’t do those things.”
Colton Waltz scored the lone goal for the Wheat Kings, an even strength marker near the midway mark of the second period that as the only goal of the middle frame.
After Brandon failed to capitalize on a power-play chance early in the third period, the Rebels scored on the man advantage themselves to restore their three-goal and the Wheat Kings withered from that point.
“There’s going to be some things in a game, particularly on the road, that aren’t going to go exactly as you planned,” added McCrimmon , “You have to press through those things, and then when something does happen, you have to respond.”
Rylan Toth made 36 saves in the Red Deer net including 27 over the first 40 minutes of the contest while Alex Moodie made 20 saves in net for the Wheat Kings.
Brandon fell to 29-9-3-1 on the season to remain two points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Wheat Kings now have a quick turnaround to their next contest, as they face the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon (1:45 p.m. CST, 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...D Ivan Provorov returned to the Wheat Kings’ lineup Saturday after missing six games while playing for Russia at the World Junior Hockey Championship...F Rihards Bukarts returned to Brandon’s lineup Saturday after a one-game absence due to an upper body injury...D KaleClague (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and F Tanner Kaspick (healthy) were Brandon’s scratches on Saturday...D Eric Roy played his 292nd career game Saturday, tying from with Brett Thurston for 10th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list.