Friday, October 12, 2012

Extra Time Loss for Wheat Kings

Jens Meilleur had a goal and an assist in a losing cause
for Brandon on Friday night
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have lost three of their last four games after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Everett Silvertips on Friday night.

  Landon Oslanski scored 1:17 into overtime for Everett while John Quenneville and Jens Meilleur had a goal and an assist each for Brandon.

  The Wheat Kings jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead but Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk says they didn't have much momentum after that.

  "They came out in the second period and I thought they wanted to show that they wanted to get back into the game.  They really came after us, and we didn't react to it very well at all," said Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We had our backs against the walls and I think the bottom line is that we got up 2-0 in the first period and I think the guys thought it was going to be an easy night."

  Compounding Brandon's problems on the night was an ineffective power-play that went 0-for-6 and is now 1-for-20 in the last four games.

  "We got stalled on our breakout a lot, and then we got in the zone, we had a lot of one and outs where we had shots but we didn't compete to get the puck back," said Gylywoychuk, "We couldn't get anything established, we couldn't get any momentum off of it...we just tried to ad-lib a little too much."

  On the plus side, Quenneville's goal 5:26 into the opening frame was the first of his WHL career.

  "It feels good.  (Taylor) Cooper was chasing back the D-Man and I think it got caught in his feet," said Quenneville, "I just picked it up, little breakaway, the goalie came out too far and I just tucked it around him."

  The rookie also recorded his first multi-point game and got his first WHL cut, going for stitches during the third period.

  Curtis Honey made 30 saves in a losing effort for Brandon.

  The Wheat Kings close out their home stand by hosting the Tri-City Americans Saturday night (7:35 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

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