Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wheat Kings Can't Hold Third Period Lead

  The Brandon Wheat Kings let a 4-2 third period lead slip away in a 6-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday night.

  Brandon product Jordy Stallard had two goals and an assist for the Hitmen including the game-winning goal with just under five minutes remaining.

  "It's a game that we had good control of and didn't get the job done in the third period," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Disappointing on home-ice, we aren't good enough on home-ice this year so far, disappointing as well with the number of things that we did do well over the course of the night."

  The loss was Brandon eighth in 15 games at Westman Communications Group Place this season (7-5-1-2) and dropped the Wheat Kings to 17-9-1-2 overall this season.

  It's also just the third time in 29 games this season the Wheat Kings have allowed five or more goals in a game.

  "We just weren't good enough in our end of the rink, and that hasn't been a big problem for our team this year," added McCrimmon, "We just had some self-inflicted wounds, I would call them, where we were turning pucks over that led directly to scoring chances that led directly to goals."

  Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists for Brandon while John Quenneville, Tim McGauley and Macoy Erkamps also scored for the Wheat Kings.

  Brandon is right back in action Wednesday, visiting the Moose Jaw Warriors (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...D Colton Waltz (lower body) was a late scratch on Tuesday while F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body) and F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) were also out of the lineup...the game was the last for McCrimmon for about a month as he leaves Wednesday for his duties as assistant coach with the Canadian team for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship...Brandon went 1-for-7 on the power-play while the Hitmen were 1-for-5...Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim didn't see shift in the third period for the Hitmen after taking a roughing penalty late in the second period...attendance Tuesday was 3,705.

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