The Brandon Wheat Kings’ last game of their Alberta swing was the low point of their road trip — and perhaps the past several seasons as well.
Brooks Macek scored three times as the Calgary Hitmen thrashed the Wheat Kings 10-2 on Wednesday night. It was the first time the Wheat Kings have surrendered double-digits in a game since a 10-1 loss to the Hitmen in a playoff game on April 8, 2005.
Calgary built a quick 3-0 lead before Chad Robinson replied for Brandon late in the first period. But the Wheat Kings failed to build on that as Macek scored his second goal, 4:09 into the middle frame.
"When we made it 3-1 on the power play, I thought we had a bit of life after that," Wheat Kings assistant coach Darren Ritchie said. "And when they scored early in the second period, I thought from there on in, we just didn’t have it. We need to man-up a bit better than what we do right now. Our give-in point is too early."
As they have been for much of the season, penalties were an absolute killer for the Wheat Kings, who were short-handed nine times and gave up five power-play goals.
Chase Lang scored his first two WHL goals for the Hitmen, while Pavlo Padakin scored twice and Brady Brassart and Austin Calladine added singles. Alex Roach dished out four assists and had a plus/minus of +4 for the Hitmen.
Braylon Shmyr provided one of the few highlights for the Wheat Kings as the 15-year-old midget callup scored in his first WHL game.
"I thought Braylon was excellent," said Ritchie, whose team returns home to face the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday. "I thought he had real good energy all night. He was around the puck, made some good plays early in the game, actually. He had a real good chance himself and got rewarded for his hard work."
ONE-TIMERS: Curtis Honey started in net for Brandon, stopping 23 of 29 shots before being replaced in the third period by Corbin Boes, who made 11 saves on 15 shots … Brandon scratched LW Alessio Bertaggia (Swiss junior team), C Jayce Hawryluk and C/LW John Quenneville (both at the World Under-17 Challenge) … LW Mike Ferland (upper body), RW Jason Swyripa (ill), C Tyrel Seaman (concussion), D Rene Hunter (personal) and RW Tyler Coulter, a call-up from the Midget AAA Wheat Kings … Hitmen scratches included C Victor Rask (Swedish junior team), LW Jake Virtanen and D Josh Thrower (both at the U-17 Challenge) … The Wheat Kings’ Two for Tuesdays promotion, featuring two-for-one adult tickets and discounted concession prices returns next week when the Hitmen visit Brandon … Everett’s Austin Lotz was named the CHL goalie of the week after going 2-0 with a goals-against average of 0.98 last week.