Friday, 1 January 2016

Wheat Kings Open Trip with OT Loss

  The Brandon Wheat Kings let a late third period lead slip away in a 4-3 overtime loss in Edmonton on New Year’s Day.

  Brett Pollock scored the game-tying goal for the Oil Kings with 1:07 left in the third period, setting the stage for Andrew Koep to net the winner 2:28 into extra time.

  “Disappointed that we didn’t get two points,” said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We worked our way through the third period to get the lead and then, unfortunately, gave it up late in the game”

  James Shearer, Tim McGauley and Nolan Patrick scored the goals for the Wheat Kings, who had three one-goal leads in the contest.

  Jordan Papirny made 39 saves in the Brandon net including 20 in the second period, when the Wheat Kings were outshot 21-9 by Edmonton.

  “I thought Jordan was a huge factor in the game...he allowed us to get a point here tonight,” said Anning, “I thought he was calm in net, I thought he did a good job in controlling his rebounds, I thought he slowed the game down when we needed it and got us a whistle and made some important saves.”

  The overtime loss leaves Brandon with a 23-11-2-2 record and 50 points, two points ahead of the second-place Prince Albert Raiders in the East Division.

  The Wheat Kings are also tied with Red Deer for third-place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind co-leaders Calgary and Lethbridge.

  Brandon will continue their Alberta road trip by visiting the Rebels on Saturday (8:00 p.m. CST, 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...F Stelio Mattheos returned to Brandon’s lineup after missing nine games with an upper body injury...Brandon scratched F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Ty Lewis (lower body), F Jayce Hawryluk (suspension), F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team) and D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team)...F Tyler Coulter assisted on Patrick’s third period goal to run his point-scoring streak to 11 games, tied for the longest in the WHL this season...Friday’s game was the just the sixth time in 38 games this season that the Wheat Kings had been outshot by their opponent...Red Deer made a huge trade on New Year’s Day, acquiring F Adam Helewka, 20, from Spokane for F Wyatt Johnson, 20, prospect Eli Zummack, 15 , a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 5th round pick in 2017.  Helewka will likely make his Rebels’ debut Saturday against Brandon.

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