|Macoy Erkamps had one of Brandon's goals on Saturday|
Brandon dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night, the Wheat Kings' eighth straight loss in regular season games resolved in overtime or a shootout.
While the end result was decided by a shootout, it was the first 65 minutes that determined Brandon's fate.
Special teams were key, with Brandon going 0-for-7 on the power-play including four chances with the game tied late in the second period, the third period, and in overtime.
On the other side, the Wheat Kings surrendered three power-play goals to the Oil Kings with all of them coming in the opening five minutes of the middle frame.
"I think if you look close at our power-play, if you look close at our penalty-kill, the harder working team had more success on both sides of the special teams battle," said Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought they were better for us either way, on the power-play and on the penalty-kill."
Tanner Kaspick and Duncan Campbell scored goals 25 seconds apart late in the first period to give Brandon the 2-0 lead after an opening 20 minutes that saw the Wheat Kings squander three power-play chances before the Kaspick and Campbell goals.
Brandon got themselves into penalty trouble early in the second period, allowing the Oil Kings to scored power-play goals 27 seconds apart to tie the contest and add a third power-play goal 2 1/2 minutes later for their first lead of the game.
The Wheat Kings took six consecutive penalties in the second period, but did manage to kill of the final three Edmonton chances.
Macoy Erkamps had the other goal for Brandon, tying the game with just over nine mintues remaining in the second period.
The loss ended Brandon's three-game winning streak, and leaves the Wheat Kings with a 4-1-0-2 record on the saeson.
Brandon is now idle until they conclude their four-game home stand by hosting the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Brandon shooters went 0-for-3 in the shootout Saturday and are 0-for-6 this season and have one goal in their last 19 attempts dating back to last year...the Wheat Kings are 11-28 in games decided by a shootout over the last seven seasons...F Rihards Bukarts returned to the Brandon lineup Saturday after serving a three-game suspension...the Wheat Kings scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Quintin Lisoway, D Mark Matsuba and F Garrett Armour.