Friday, 22 April 2016

Wheat Kings Take Thrilling Game One

The Wheat Kings celebrate their overtime win.
  John Quenneville scored 2:53 into overtime as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Red Deer Rebels 4-3 Friday night in Game One of the WHL's Eastern Conference Final.

  Quenneville's winner capped a wild series opener, that included the Wheat Kings giving up a 1-0 third period lead, taking a 3-2 advantage with 44 seconds left and then allowing a game-tying goal with 4.1 seconds left in regulation.

  "It was crazy, crazy emotional game," said Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "What an amazing crowd we had tonight, so much energy in the building and I'm so glad we got the win."

  Quenneville opened the scoring with a goal in the final minute of the first period, giving Brandon a 1-0 lead that would hold up until Evan Polei's power-play goal 3:39 into the third period tied it for Red Deer.

  Adam Helewka then gave the Rebels their first lead of the game at the 7:54 mark, with the Wheat Kings battling back to tie it on an Ivan Provorov goal with 6:21 remaining.

  Stelio Mattheos gave Brandon a 3-2 lead with 44 seconds left in the third period, but Haydn Fleury tied it for Red Deer with a 4.1 seconds left.

  That set the stage for overtime for the first time for both teams in the 2016 WHL playoffs, with Brandon emerging victorious.

  The overtime goal came on a extended shift in the offensive zone and was one of the few times the Wheat Kings were able to cycle the puck deep in Red Deer's end.

  "That's one of the keys we think about...playing our game in the offensive zone, keeping control of the puck," said Quenneville, "It's going to open up opportunities for us and great play by (Reid) Duke there to find the seam and I was able to put it in the back of the net."

  Quenneville's linemates Reid Duke and Tim McGauley had three assists each including setting up the overtime winner.

  Jordan Papirny made 34 saves in the Brandon net while Rylan Toth stopped 27 shots for Red Deer.

  Game two of the series goes Saturday night at Westman Communications Group Place.

Chaff...Brandon's scratches were D Schael Higson, F Caiden Daley, F Garrett Armour and F/D Mark Matsuba...Red Deer's scratches included F Ivan Nikolishin, who has been sidelined with an injury since March 26th...Brandon was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 5-for-6 on the penalty-kill...attendance was 5,060...former Wheat Kings Quintin Lisoway and Colton Waltz have both committed to CIS school, Lisoway to the Manitoba Bisons and Waltz to the  Mount Royal Cougars.

1 comment:

william weppler said...

Was watching the linescore on WHL.ca...crazy ending to the game in regulation!!...glad that WK's got the OT winner.