Saturday, 30 January 2016

Battle of Kings Goes Edmonton's Way, Again

Tyler Coulter had a goal and an assist Friday, giving him
21 points (10 G, 11 A) in 23 games since Dec.1
  The Edmonton Oil Kings continue to be the Brandon Wheat Kings’ ‘black knight’ this season.

  Andrew Koep scored twice as Edmonton downed Brandon 4-3 Friday night, the Wheat Kings’ third loss in as many games against the Oil Kings this season.

  Tyler Coulter opened the scoring for Brandon 1:26 into the first period, the lone highlight for the Wheat Kings in the opening 20 minutes during which the Oil Kings outshot them 17-9 in taking a 2-1 lead.

  “Not ready to play, for me, and I thought that was really the tale of the tape,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It’s the biggest mistake you can make in a game, and it certainly is magnified on the road, but we weren’t ready to play.”

  Koep then made it 3-1 just 23 seconds into the second period and after Jayce Hawryluk scored midway through the frame to get the Wheat Kings back to within one, Dysin Mayo’s power-play goal with 2.2 seconds left in the second period restored Edmonton’s two-goal advantage.

  That goal didn’t come without some controversy, as it came off an offensive zone faceoff with under five seconds left.

  Replays showed the puck hitting Brandon centre Nolan Patrick’s glove after it left the linesmen’s hand and went to the ice underneath the Edmonton centre, Lane Bauer.

  The play should have been blown dead immediately, but wasn’t and the goal stood.

  Ivan Provorov scored a power-play goal 3:16 into the third period to get Brandon back to within one but the Wheat Kings couldn’t find the equalizer despite outshooting Edmonton 15-5 in the third period.

  “You have to be a pretty special player to be successful in third gear, and we had some guys that were in third gear tonight,” said McCrimmon, “When we play like that, other teams can play with us.  That’s what I’m seeing here of late is when we play the game at top speed, we can separate ourselves from our opponent.  Tonight, we didn’t do that.”

  The loss snapped Brandon’s three-game winning streak, but was just the club’s eighth in 24 road games this season.

  The Wheat Kings continue their Alberta swing by visiting the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night (7:40 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...the Wheat Kings chose to rest D Kale Clague Friday.  Clague had participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game this week and would be playing four games in as many days if he wasn’t given Friday off...in addition to Clague, Brandon also scratched F Garrett Armour (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Connor Gutenberg (lower body)...Brandon G Jordan Papirny had his shutout streak end at 129 minutes and nine seconds when Koep scored Edmonton’s first goal 6:39 into the first period...Brandon was 1-for-3 on the power-play and 0-for-1 on the penalty-kill...attendance was 8,294.

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