The Brandon Wheat Kings left Prince Albert on Sunday night with Meat Loaf stuck in their heads.
Two out of three ain’t bad, but after winning back-to-back games, the Wheat Kings were disappointed to finish the three-game weekend with a 3-0 loss to the host Raiders. The game was tight for the most part, but Wheat Kings assistant coach David Anning felt little mistakes cost his team the win.
"I thought our start was good, but at times we just didn’t make life easy on ourselves and put pucks in good spots and making them turn," he said. "It was a fairly evenly matched game, but we just didn’t do enough to get the job done."
Brandon native Carson Perreaux opened the scoring for Prince Albert (22-11-0-3) on a shot from the slot in the first period, which made it 10 straight games that Brandon has given up the opening goal.
The 6-foot-2 centre then set up Chance Braid’s second-period marker. Anthony Bardaro fired a rebound past helpless Brandon goalie Corbin Boes while on the power play late in the third to round out the scoring.
Raider netminder Luke Siemens made 35 saves to earn his second shutout of the season against Brandon. Boes made 40 saves for the Wheat Kings (13-19-2-2).
On Saturday, Chad Robinson scored two goals, including one into an empty net, as the Wheat Kings beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 for the second straight night. Taylor Cooper’s goal with 2:08 to play in the third period — his first since the opening night of the season — was the game-winner. Jens Meilleur notched the other goal for Brandon.
Josh Uhrich opened the scoring 36 seconds into the game on Moose Jaw’s teddy-bear-toss night, while Sam Fioretti also found the net for the Warriors (12-17-3-4).
Wheat Kings goalie Curtis Honey made 23 saves as the Wheat Kings earned back-to-back victories for the first time since starting the season on a four-game winning streak.
Anning would have loved to see his team head into its 11-day Christmas break on a three-game winning streak, but they did earn four out of a possible six points on the weekend.
"We won two out of three against divisional teams and hopefully it’s something we can build off of, get our rest, take care of our bumps and bruises and come back healthy with the right frame of mind and get back to work," he said.
NOTES: Brandon scratched LW Alessio Bertaggia (Swiss junior team), C Tyrel Seaman (suspected concussion) and LW Jack Palmer (upper-body injury) for both games. LW Geordie Maguire (illness) and D Rene Hunter (personal) were scratches on Saturday, while Moose Jaw played without D Morgan Rielly (Canadian junior team).
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 17, 2012