Saturday, 26 September 2015

Broncos Spoil Home Opener

Landon Bow stoned Brandon Friday night
  The Swift Current Broncos spoiled the Wheat Kings' home opener on Friday night.

  More accurately, Landon Bow did so.

  The Broncos' netminder stopped 53 shots in regulation and overtime and all three of Brandon's shootout attempts to lead Swift Current to a 2-1 victory.

  Tim McGauley gave the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead 9:29 into the first period, but Tyler Adams tied it with a power-play goal with just ten second left in the opening frame.

  The first period saw Brandon put 22 shots at Bow, and defenceman Macoy Erkamps says not coming out of it with the lead was likely their biggest downfall.

  "I thought we dominated the play and had the better of them but that (penalty-kill) at the end was kind of a letdown," said Erkamps, "They walk into after the first period with a 1-1 tie and they're going to take it.  Yeah, it was a tough one."

  Brandon's inability to finish around the Broncos' net was one concern, but another of the Wheat Kings' downfalls was a power-play that went 0-for-6 including two opportunities in the third period and overtime with the game on the line.

  "The only aspect of our game that was disappointing for me was our power-play, which had a number of opportunities over the course of the night," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We're talking about a 1-1 game so it had a number of opportunities to get us the one right down to 30 seconds left, right down to 4-on-3 in overtime."

  The loss was just the second in a home opener for the Wheat Kings in the last 16 years.

  The two teams will play the back half of the season opening home-and-home series Saturday night in Swift Current.

Chaff...McGauley left the game late in the third period with a suspected dislocated shoulder...F Jayce Hawryluk was returned to the Wheat Kings from the Florida Panthers Friday, leaving John Quenneville (New Jersey) as the only Brandon player still with an NHL team...Quenneville played just under 13 minutes and had two shots in goal in the Devils' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders in NHL pre-season play Friday.

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