Saturday, 14 February 2015

Wheat Kings Let Lead Slip Away

Reid Duke scored twice in a losing cause
for Brandon on Friday
  Liam Stewart scored 27 seconds into overtime as the Spokane Chiefs downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Friday night.

  Stewart's goal was the culmination of a Chiefs' comeback from a 4-1, second period deficit.

  "I never felt we had it well in hand ever, tonight," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought we had energy to start the game but too many signs as we went along, doing things that you can't do or you can't be confident in your game when you're doing them."

  Peter Quenneville and Tyler Coulter scored in the first period to give Brandon a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, and after Kailer Yamamoto got Spokane to within one early in the second, Reid Duke scored a pair of goals to the Wheat Kings their 4-1 lead.

  Dominic Zwerger scored before the end of the second period, and Markson Bechtold and Zwerger scored third period goals for the Chiefs, who outshot Brandon 20-7 in the final frame.
  Spokane scored three power-play goals on four opportunities including Zwerger's game-tying goal with 2:51 left after Brandon got nailed for too many men on the ice.

Brandon product Tyson Verhelst made
33 saves in the Spokane net
  "I think that we have to be a little more mature and play like the championship team that we're tying to be," said Duke on CKLQ's post-game show, "Once you get a lead like that, you want to keep going and keep playing and what's important in that is just playing the right way."

  Brandon product Tyson Verhelst got the start in the Spokane net and made 33 saves while Jordan Papirny also finished the night with 33 stops.

  The Wheat Kings (41-9-3-3) did earn a single point, and moved 13 points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  Brandon is back in action Sunday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (4:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Tim McGauley had two assists Friday to extend his point streak to 12 games (8 G, 16 A)...Brandon scratched D Ivan Provorov (upper body), G Alex Moodie (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), D Kale Clague (lower body) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Eric Roy's second period assist moved him past Don Dietrich and into 6th-place all-time among Wheat Kings' defencemen with 184 points...Brandon has now lost their last four head-to-head meetings with Spokane...the Wheat Kings finish the season with a 1-2-2-0 record against U.S. Division teams, with all five games having been played in Brandon.

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