Friday, 25 March 2016

Wheat Kings in Two-Game Hole

John Quenneville scored Brandon's lone goal on
Friday night.
  Brett Pollock's breakaway goal 9 1/2 minutes into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

  The loss leaves the Wheat Kings down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series as they head to Edmonton for the next three games.

  "At this point, no one is losing faith.  It is what it is, two games is two games...that's why they're seven games series and, like I said, no one is losing faith," said Brandon forward John Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "We have a team that believes in each other here...we've been through so much adversity already this season so it's just another road block."

  Speaking of road blocks, Payton Lee stopped 43 shots in the Edmonton net on Friday night and has stopped 82 of 82 shots in the first two games of the series.

  Quenneville scored Brandon's lone goal, a shorthanded marker midway through the first period.

  Brandon Baddock tied it for Edmonton with a power-play goal with 3:45 left in the opening frame.

  There were two other key factors in Friday's loss, Brandon's inability to have a lead after 20 minutes despite a strong first period that saw them outshoot the Oil Kings 18-8.

  The other - an 0-for-4 night for the Wheat Kings' power-play, leaving them 0-for-7 in the series.

  To compound their man advantage issues, Pollock's winning goal came just seconds after the fourth failed attempt.

  "The power-plays tonight presented themselves at very key opportunities each time, none more so than midway through the third period of a 1-1 hockey game the playoffs," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We didn't deliver on our power-play."

  The series now takes a four-day break before Game #3 in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Chaff...F Tyler Coulter returned to Brandon's lineup Friday after missing Game #1 and the last three games of the regular season with a lower body injury...F Connor Gutenberg and F Linden McCorrister both made their WHL playoff debuts Friday while Garrett Armour, Mark Matsuba and Schael Higson were Brandon's scratches...Brandon product Joel Edmundson of the St. Louis Blues scored his first career NHL goal on Friday night...attendance was 4,508.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where are all the Wheatkings fans and their comments? Cheap entertainment!