Saturday, 21 March 2015

Wheat Kings Shoot Selves in Foot

Braylon Shmyr scored twice for the
Wheat Kings on Friday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings just might be the Western Hockey League's best team.

  Except when it comes to overtime and shootouts.

  The Wheat Kings lost for the sixth straight time in a game decided in extra time, falling 7-6 in a shootout to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

  The loss snapped Brandon's five-game winning streak and denied the Wheat Kings a chance to clinch top spot in the WHL's overall standings and set a club record for most road victories in a single season.

  "We had complete control of the game and just ended up in a game that we didn't want to be in at all," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Dominated the overtime, the Bukarts opportunity where he shot the puck high would have been a nice ending but it didn't happen and in shootouts, we been just poor."

  Brayden Point's goal 2:15 into the contest gave Moose Jaw an early lead and allowed the Warriors' captain to extend his goal-scoring streak to eight games.

  Rihards Bukarts and Braylon Shmyr scored for Brandon before the end of the first, and Shmyr tacked on his 18th of the season 1:08 into the second period to give the Wheat Kings a 3-1 advantage.

  That two-goal lead evaporated in a hurry, with Moose Jaw scoring three goals in a span of 28 seconds to pull back out in front.

  Kale Clague, who returned to the lineup after missing 15 games with a lower body injury, scored with 5:47 left  in the second to send the game to the third period tied 4-4.

  Jack Rodewald, Nolan Patrick and Brett Howden exchanged goals for their respective teams in the first two minutes of the third period, with Macoy Erkamps then scoring the tying goal for Brandon at the 7:02 mark.

  Rodewald and Jesse Shynkaryk scored on Brandon netminder Alex Moodie in the shootout to allow Moose Jaw to skate away with the win and keep their playoff hopes alive.

  Moodie, who started in place of the ill Jordan Papirny, allowed six goals on 31 shots in his worst outing since returning from a concussion in late February.

  "You would have liked to have had Jordan healthy and ready to play, that wasn't the case and when that happens, you need your backup guy to step in and do the job," said McCrimmon, "I though he made a lot of good saves, but just the quality of some of the goals against were ones that he's wouldn't be happy with, certainly, and they really impacted the game tremendously."

  Despite the loss, Brandon (52-11-4-4) can still earn the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy by securing at least one points in their regular season finale at home against Moose Jaw on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Warriors will enter Saturday's game two points behind Swift Current for third-place and the final playoff spot in the East Division.

Chaff...In addition to Papirny, the Wheat Kings scratched D Reid Gow (illness), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Reid Duke (lower body) and F Quintin Lisoway (lower body)...Brandon F Duncan Campbell left the game in the first period and did not return...Brandon product Jordy Stallard scored his fifth of the season Friday to help the Calgary Hitmen edge Kootenay 2-1...Coltyn Bates and Hunter Goodon had a goal and an assist each to help the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings to a 6-1 win over Pembina Valley Friday to open the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League Final.

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