Sunday, 3 January 2016

Rebels Trounce Wheat Kings

The scoreboard in the first intermission told the tale in
Brandon's loss Saturday in Red Deer.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their worst loss in over 17 years Saturday night, falling 10-0 to the Red Deer Rebels.

  Jake DeBrusk had four goals and an assist for the Rebels, who put up a converted touchdown on the Wheat Kings in the first period.

  “They were playing faster than us.  I thought we did a poor job working our way through the game. I didn’t think we had our legs under us, and chased the play a lot,” said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Obviously, the goals out of the marketing timeout were a big issue and, from there, the game was out of hand.”

  The Rebels led 2-0 at the marketing timeout in the first period, but scored three times in 46 seconds and four times in a two minute and 27 second span right after to put the game out of reach quickly.

  Adam Helewka had a goal and three assists in his Rebels’ debut, Brandon Hagel had a goal and four assists and Rylan Toth stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts against Brandon this season.

  The Wheat Kings will look to bounce back quickly, as they visit the Calgary Hitmen Sunday to close out their three-game Alberta road trip.

  “We have to re-focus, we have to put it behind us for (Sunday),” said Anning, “To a man, we need to be a lot better and we have to understand just how we have to play in order to be successful.  We have a chance (Sunday), and a good opportunity to respond.”

Chaff...the loss was Brandon’s worst ‘margin of defeat’ since an 11-1 loss in Calgary on December 15, 1998...the Wheat Kings scratched F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team), D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team), F Jayce Hawryluk (suspension), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Ty Lewis (lower body)...Quenneville had an assist in Canada’s 6-5 quarter-final loss to Finland Saturday and finished the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship with one goal and two points in five games...Provorov assisted on the tying goal late in the third period and set up their overtime winner in Russia’s 4-3 quarter-final win over Denmark Saturday...Brandon F Tyler Coulter saw his 11-game point-scoring streak snapped on Saturday.

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