Sunday, 17 January 2016

Warriors' Brandon Drought Ends

  The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their seven-game home-ice winning streak snapped Saturday night with a 4-1 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  Dryden Hunt had a goal and three assists for the Warriors while Zach Sawchenko stopped 46 shots in the Moose Jaw net.

  Hunt opened the scoring at the 6:10 mark the second period, the only goal in the opening 40 minutes of the contest, and when set up Brayden Point for the 2-0 goal 33 seconds into the third period.

  Nolan Patrick scored the lone goal for Brandon while Jordan Papirny made 37 saves in the Wheat Kings' net including 21 in the second period.

  "Seemed like we lacked energy to start the game and it only got worse in the second when we needed it the most," said Brandon forward John Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "We were lucky to get out of the first tied up...that was a good opportunity for us going into the second and we, obviously, didn't make the most of it."

  The Wheat Kings finished the night 1-for-8 with the man advantage, but it was their inability to take advantage of three power-play chances in the first period that hurt the most.

  "When you get an opportunity early in the game to get on the power-play and not only look for a chance to get a goal but look at an opportunity to get momentum for your team by getting chances and getting good quality looks, that's one of the things you need to take advantage of," said Quenneville, "It's something we really need to work on, I think."

  The loss leaves Brandon with a one-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division standings.

  The Wheat Kings will now play seven straight road games starting with Friday's contest in Prince Albert.

Chaff...Brandon scratches Saturday were F Stelio Mattheos (upper body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Jaeger White (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Brandon lost 16-year-old F Connor Gutenberg to an apparent right leg injury in the 2nd period...the victory was Moose Jaw's first in Brandon since December 28, 2012...former Wheat King Eric Roy scored his first career AHL goal Saturday for Lake Erie...Warriors' star forward Brayden Point was tossed from the game midway through the 3rd period for a clipping major.

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