Sunday, 28 February 2016

Wheat Kings Butcher Overtime

Saturday's game was the final WHL meetings between the
Quenneville siblings David (Medcine Hat) and John (Brandon).
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a five-game road trip with a 4-3 overtime loss in Medicine Hat on Saturday night.

  Chad Butcher had two goals and an assist for the Tigers, including the game-winning goal 23 seconds into extra time.

  Ivan Provorov, Tyler Coulter and Mitch Wheaton scored the goals for Brandon, with Wheaton’s goal his first as a Wheat Kings and first since February 28, 2014.

  The teams combined for 104 shots on net, meaning the game was a fairly wide open one.

  “Not the game we wanted at all, and certainly not the outcome we wanted,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “There was a game in Lethbridge this week that was 9-8 on Wednesday night, this game was probably that game with good goaltending.”

  Zach Fischer and Brian Williams scored in the opening period for Medicine Hat, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

  Butcher made it 3-0 midway through the second period, with Provorov getting Brandon on the board with a power-play goal with 4½ minutes left in the middle frame.

  Coulter scored Brandon’s second power-play goal of the night 6:52 into the third period, and then Wheaton got the game-tying goal with just over five minutes left in regulation.

  Jordan Papirny made 47 saves in the Brandon net while Nick Schneider stopped 50 shots for Medicine Hat.

  The overtime loss leaves Brandon tied with Lethbridge for first-place in the Eastern Conference, though the Hurricanes do hold the first tiebreaker with two more wins than the Wheat Kings (41-to-39).

  “We were down 3-0 and found a way to get back tied 3-3, those things are all positive,” said McCrimmon, “It undoes what we accomplished (Friday) night when we don’t get the win tonight, that’s what the disappointing part is for me.  We weren’t good enough early in the game, and that’s on us.”

  Brandon’s next action is Wednesday night, when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon F Nolan Patrick was held off the scoresheet Saturday, ending his goal-scoring streak at 12 games...Ty Lewis (upper body), who was injured Friday in Lethbridge, did not play Saturday...F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body) and F/D Mark Matsuba (healthy) were Brandon’s other scratches on Saturday...Coulter’s third period goal extending his point-scoring streak to 11 games, his second 11-game point streak of the season...Brandon was 7-for-7 on the penalty-kill, giving them 24 straight kills and 34 in 35 chances against in the last nine games...the loss broke Brandon’s seven-game winning streak against the Tigers...the Wheat Kings are now 1-and-4 in games decided in overtime this season...former Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Pulock is expected to make his NHL debut with the New York Islanders Sunday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers.

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