Ice Spoil Wheat Kings Rally in a Shoot-Out

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Brandon, MB. (ISN)
— Jesse Ismond’s goal in the fifth round of Tuesday night’s Overtime Shootout lifted the defending Western Hockey League champion Kootenay Ice to a 5-4 victory over the hometown Wheat Kings, who lost for only the second time in their last nine games.

Ismond was the only player to score in the Shootout as netminders Brandon Anderson and MacKenzie Skapski combined to stop nine of ten shooters.

The loss spoiled a terrific comeback for the Wheat Kings, who scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation time including Dominick Favreau’s second of the night with only thirteen seconds remaining to force the extra period.

As a result of picking up a point in the Shootout loss, the Wheat Kings managed to move back into a share of seventh place with the Regina Pats in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 32-26-1-3. The Pats, who did not play Tuesday night, will play host to the Ice on Wednesday. Brandon also moved eight points up on the ninth place Red Deer Rebels, who currently enjoy three games in hand.

Eric Roy and Dylan Kuczek, with his first ever WHL goal, also scored for the Wheat Kings who outshot the Ice 38-35 and played most of the night without all star left-winger Michael Ferland. The most recent WHL Player of the Week left the game in the opening period and did not return.

Sam Reinhart with two, Max Reinhart and Joe Antilla replied for the Ice, who led 2-1 through twenty minutes of play. The two teams were deadlocked at two after two periods.

In the third, Kootenay jumped in front by two goals by the nine minute mark, only to see the Wheat Kings rally in the dying minutes to earn the point.

While he didn’t get one in the net, Brandon captain Mark Stone did pick up a pair of assists, extending his point scoring streak to thirteen games and giving him 104 points on the season – two shy of his career high. The 19-year old Ottawa Senators’ draft choice currently leads Portland’s Ty Rattie by two points in the WHL scoring race.

Tuesday’s game was the third of a 6-game home stand for the Wheat Kings, who will play host to the Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats this weekend.

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