Friday, 2 October 2015

Wheat Kings' Comeback Falls Short

  Special teams proved key in the Brandon Wheat Kings' 3-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night.

  The Wheat Kings surrendered a shorthanded goal and a pair of power-play markers while also going 0-for-6 with the man advantage themselves.

  "Our special teams have cost us two of the three games that we've played so far, the combination of our power-play and our penalty-kill," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought out penalty-kill was good tonight just took too many penalties.  Eventually, you just don't do as good a job on your kill when you take seven or whatever it was we ended up with as you do when you take four."

  The parade to the penalty box was particularly relevant in the second period when the teams combined for 13 minors plus a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct to Brandon import Rihards Bukarts which will likely result in a suspension.

  That also doesn't include the teams starting the middle frame 4-on-4 thanks to coincidental penalties at the end of the first period.

  Macoy Erkamps and Colton Waltz scored for Brandon in the final 7 1/2 minutes of regulation after the Wheat Kings had fallen behind 3-0, thanks in part of a pair of Calgary power-play goals earlier in the third period.

  "I thought we had a pretty good start there and then all the penalties slowed us down there a bit," said Brandon centre Nolan Patrick, who had two assists, "I think our power-play has to be a lot better if we want to win games because we're losing special teams battles here."

  Brandon went 0-for-6 on the power-play for the third consecutive game Friday, including being on the man advantage over the final two minutes of the third period.

  The Wheat Kings will look to rebound Saturday when they hit the road for a matchup against the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim draw a pair of assists for Calgary and finished plus-one on the night...Brandon scratches F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Dario Winkler (healthy), F Quintin Lisoway (healthy), F Garrett Armour (healthy), F Linden McCorrister (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...attendance Friday was 4,278.

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