Thursday, 22 October 2015

Wheat Kings Finally Solve Shootout

Ivan Provorov scored the game-tying goal Wednesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings broke their ‘shootout curse’ on Wednesday night, beating the Spokane Chiefs 4-3.

  Rihards Bukarts scored the lone goal of the shootout, helping Brandon end a streak of eight consecutive losses in games decided in overtime or a shootout including two shootout losses earlier this season.
  “I always try to say to make strong plays,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-games how, “I don’t think that little cute plays, they’re fun after practice when it doesn’t matter, but when there’s a point on the line, you want to see guys make strong plays and it’s great when it works.”
  Brandon players were 0-for-6 in shootout attempts this season prior to Wednesday’s contest.
  Regulation time also featured a pair of rarities.
  The game was delayed for about 25 minutes when the ice resurfacing machine broke down during the second intermission, while Brandon trailed after two periods for just the second time this season.
   “I though that we had real good energy to start the third, got the momentum and really carried the momentum for the entire third period,” said McCrimmon, “It’s one of those things that you have to deal with.  It’s the same for both teams, just get ready and get back to work and I thought in the third we were real good.”
  Brandon trailed 3-1 in the second period before John Quenneville scored with 24 seconds left in the middle frame to pull the Wheat Kings to within one.
  Ivan Provorov then scored with just over eight minutes left in the third period to pull the Wheat Kings even, converting an offensive zone faceoff win that came immediately after the mid-period marketing timeout.
Brandon product Tyson Verhelst made 34 saves for Spokane.
  “We had a lot of offensive zone faceoffs, and we did score the tying goal on a set play off the faceoff,” said McCrimmon, “It did seem like we were starting in the offensive zone a lot, and we worked harder to help out on draws, not just the centre but other players.”
  Kailer Yamamoto, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Riley Whittingham did the goal-scoring for Spokane, who have lost six in a row (0-4-1-1).
  Brandon product Tyson Verhelst stopped 34 shots in the Chiefs’ net while Jordan Papirny made 21 saves for the Wheat Kings.
  Brandon will continue their road trip on Friday night when they visit the Tri-City Americans (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...Wednesday’s win snapped a personal four-game losing streak for the Wheat Kings against the Chiefs...Brandon scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Garrett Armour (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Jayce Hawryluk extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with an assist on Quenneville’s second period goal...Macoy Erkamps and Tanner Kaspick both had their four-game goal-scoring streaks come to an end...Brandon is now 4-0-0-0 on the road this season...the Wheat Kings were #3 in the Canadian Hockey League’s most recent Top-10 rankings that were released on Wednesday.

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