Saturday, 7 November 2015

Homecoming Not Sweet for Wheat Kings

Tanner Kaspick wore an alternate captain's 'A'
during Friday's game.
  It wasn’t the homecoming the Wheat Kings were looking for.

  Brandon surrendered three unanswered goals in the second and third periods in dropping a 4-1 decision to the league-leading Victoria Royals on Friday night.

  Coleman Volrath stopped 39 shots in the Royals’ net as Victoria extended their winning streak to five games.

  “We had, for me, some people not ready to play,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “We talked in the first intermission about how this game was going to require complete focus, complete attention to detail and everyone on board for every single shift.  There was going to be no ability to have a lapse because that’s how they beat teams.”

  Tyler Soy scored 2:10 into the contest to give the Royals an early lead, with Ivan Provorov tying the game for Brandon with 6:35 left in the first period.

  The Royals regained the lead six minutes into the second period when Alex Forsberg tapped in a loose puck in the crease area after a Ryan Gagnon point shot had leaked through Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny.

  Dante Hannoun the gave Victoria a two-goal lead with just under two minutes left in the middle frame, finishing off a pass from Matthew Phillips on a 2-on-1 break.

  Phillips when completed the scoring for the night with 3 ½ minutes left in the third period.

  “Their players got in behind us quite a bit and they were kind of using that stretch play,” said Brandon captain Macoy Erkamps,”(Jordan Papirny) made some big stops on the breakaways but we never really adjust to that.”

  Papirny finished the night with 31 saves but still suffered his third straight loss.

  Brandon looks to jump back into the win column Saturday night when they visit the Swift Current Broncos (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...F Luke Harrison, 20, made his Wheat Kings’ debut on Friday night...Brandon scratched F John Quenneville (upper body), F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Braylon Shmyr (illness), F Tak Anholt (illness, conditioning) and F Stelio Mattheos (U17 Challenge)...the loss dropped Brandon’s home-ice record this season to 3-2-0-2...Mattheos had a goal in Canada-Black’s 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic Friday in a placement game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge...Wheat Kings’ prospects Ian Mitchell and Jarrod Gourley were both pointless in Canada-White’s 2-1 win over Sweden in semifinal action Friday at the Challenge.  They’ll face Russia in Saturday’s gold medal game...attendance Friday was 4,578...Rihards Bukarts made his Portland debut Friday, going pointless with a +1 rating in the Winterhawks 5-4 home-ice loss to the Kelowna Rockets.

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