Saturday, 31 October 2015

Quenneville Nets Wheat Kings Overtime Win

Wheat Kings celebrate John Quenneville's overtime winner.
  It was a first in Brandon Wheat Kings’ franchise history on Friday night.

  John Quenneville scored the club’s first ever 3-on-3 overtime goal as the Wheat Kings downed the Kootenay Ice 3-2.

  The Quenneville winner came 3:44 into extra time, the first time in five overtime games this season that Brandon has had a game resolved in extra time.

  “It was wide open and back-and-forth.  Our overtime games to date, I would describe as cautious,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “In Everett on Wednesday, I don’t think we had a scoring chance in the five minutes of overtime and ended up winning in a shootout. Tonight, I thought we had the game ended a couple of times.”

  Tyler Coulter and Nolan Patrick scored goals in regulation for Brandon while Logan Thompson made 20 saves in his second straight start in net.

  Coulter’s goal midway through the first period broke a season-opening 14-game goalless drought for the third-year forward while Patrick’s power-play goal with 4 ½ minutes left in the third period gave Brandon a 2-1 lead they had hoped will hold up.

  It didn’t when Luke Philp scored for Kootenay with 1:39 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

  “When it was as low-scoring a game as it was, when it took a power-play opportunity late in the third to get the go-ahead goal, I expect guys to get that done,” said McCrimmon, “It didn’t happen for us tonight which put some pressure on us going into overtime.”

  Zac Zaborosky scored Kootenay’s other goal on a 5-on-3 power-play late in the second period while Wyatt Hoflin made 29 saves in the Ice net.

  Brandon is now 5-2-0-0 on their current road and play the eighth and final game Sunday in Moose Jaw (3:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff... F Braylon Shmyr (illness) missed Friday’s contest, joining F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body) and F Stelio Mattheos (U17 Challenge) as Brandon’s scratches...Mattheos had Canada-Black’s lone goal in a 5-1 exhibition loss to Sweden Friday at the World Under-17  Hockey Challenge...former Wheat King Rihards Bukarts will have to wait to make his Portland debut as the Winterhawks need to clear up some paperwork before he’s eligible to play with the U.S.-based team...former Wheat Kings’ co-captain Matt Calvert scored his first goal of the NHL season Friday in Columbus’ 2-1 loss to Washington...former Wheat King Quintin Lisoway made his debut with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, going pointless with two hits and two shots on goal.

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