Thursday, 29 October 2015

Wheat Kings End Skid in Everett

The Wheat Kings smother Logan Thompson after making
the game-winning save in Wednesday's shootout
  The Brandon Wheat Kings snapped their two-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout victory in Everett on Wednesday night.

  Reid Duke scored the lone goal of the shootout while Logan Thompson stopped all three of the Silvertips’ shootout attempts after stopping 20 of 22 shots in regulation and overtime.

  It was the first time the Brandon rookie had been involved in a shootout in his brief Western Hockey League career.

  “He almost looked more confident as the shootout went on.  Once he made one save it just seemed to give him a little bit of a boost and he was real solid on the second and third,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Logan made the saves he needed to.  He made a couple of good saves early in the third when Everett had a couple of odd-man looks.”

  Rihards Bukarts and Braylon Shmyr scored the goals in regulation for Brandon, helping the Wheat Kings overcome a 2-0 second period deficit.

  “They’re real good of letting you beat yourself by forcing plays or turning pucks over and, tonight, I thought we did a real good job at not giving them opportunities off of turnovers and keep working pucks down low,” said McCrimmon, “It’s a patient game, they play a very different style of game than a lot of teams do so you have to have some patience to your game, which we did.”

  Carson Stadnyk gave Everett a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal with just under five minutes left in the first period, while former Wheat King Dario Winkler scored his first career WHL goal 3 ½ minutes into the second in his Silvertips’ debut.

  Carter Hart made 38 saves in the Everett net.

  The victory improved Brandon’s overall record to 9-3-0-2 and leaves the Wheat Kings in a three-way tie for second-place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the Prince Albert Raiders.

  Brandon’s next game is Friday when they visit the Kootenay Ice (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Stelio Mattheos (U17 Challenge) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...rookie F Linden McCorrister returned to the Brandon lineup after missing three games with an upper body injury...Brandon is now 4-2-0-1 all-time in Everett...Wheat Kings’ prospect Rylan Bettens had two assists as Manitoba beat Saskatchewan 4-3 to open the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup Wednesday while Sean Comrie and Team Alberta beat B.C. 6-3 in the other contest...Vancouver acquired F Trevor Cox, 20, from Medicine Hat Wednesday for D Clayton Kirichenko, 19,  and a 2nd round pick in 2018.  Cox, who finished second in the WHL in scoring last season, is currently sidelined with a broken hand.

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