Brandon Wheat Kings
Saskatoon, SK — The Saskatoon Blades have moved into sole posession of first place in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Blades, who improved their record to 12-6-0-1 jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back as the Wheat Kings lost back to back games for the first time this year.
Of Saskatoon’s twelve wins, nine have come on home ice where the Blades have yet to taste defeat. Their 25 points moves them past Moose Jaw, Regina and Brandon in the tight East Division. The Wheat Kings and Pats remain tied for second place with 24 each as Brandon’s record slipped to 7-4-0 on the road and 11-6-1-1 overall.
Matej Stransky, Jesse Paradis, Josh Nicholls opened the scoring in the first as Brandon starting netminder Brandon Anderson was pulled after surrendering three goals on seven shots.
Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk told CKLQ’s Bruce Luebke after the game that being down 3-0 after one was tough to swallow considering how well they had played.
“We outshot them, I thought we carried a lot of momentum. “We gave up the PK goal against, we gave up the bad deflection where we deflected the puck into our own net. It didn’t feel like a 3-0 game.”
Jake Trask and Brett Stovin rounded out the scoring for the Blades while Brenden Walker and former Blade Darian Dziurzynski replied for the Wheat Kings, who gave up two powerplay goals and have now allowed ten in the past six games.
“I think our penalty-kill has to be a lot better. It’s got to be a statement…we have to know what when we take a penalty, whether it’s a good penalty or a bad penalty, that we can kill it off,” Gylywoychuk told CKLQ’s post game show. “I thought at times we did well tonight and other times, we let Saskatoon move the puck around and when you do that, they have some skill players that will put it in our net.”
Brandon captain Mark Stone was held without a point for the first time in 2011-12 in Tuesday’s loss. The Ottawa Senators prospect entered the game riding an 8-game goal scoring and an 18-game point scoring streak.
The Wheat Kings will have a chance to snap a 2-game losing streak Wednesday night when they close out a 2-game Saskatchewan road trip in Prince Albert.
Following Wednesday’s game, Brandon returns home for back to back games this weekend – Friday afternoon vs Swift Current and Saturday night against the Raiders.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca