Photo by Larry Brunt
One night after lighting the lamp ten times, the Brandon Wheat Kings offense came out flat and struggled to find any momentum in a 7-1 loss in Spokane on Tuesday night.
Adam Beckman was named the game’s first start after scoring once and adding four assists for the Chiefs, who also got multi-point nights from Filip Kral (1G-2A), Jack Finley (2A) and Eli Zummack (1G-1A).
“We played on our heels tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry. “The concerning thing is, it’s the second time this has happened in the back half of back to back nights. Our start cost us the hockey game.”
Brandon was outshot 30-19 on the night, including a stretch of 16-8 in the 2nd period.
“We got out-battled in front of our own net,” added Lowry. “The goals we gave up in the 2nd period, we just weren’t competing hard enough.”
Brandon’s lone goal came off the stick of Jake Chiasson, who notched his first career WHL goal on a great feed from Nolan Ritchie.
The Wheat Kings will now head north, crossing over into Alberta tonight for a Friday night matchup with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. (8:00 on QCountry Radio)
“We better remember this feeling tonight,” said Lowry. “The effort we put forth tonight was unacceptable. The way we lost the game tonight really stings. It’s something we will address on Thursday and we won’t make these same mistakes again.”
The Wheat Kings scratched Jiri Patera (3 Weeks), Ridly Greig (Lower Body – Day to Day), Riley Ginnell (Healthy) and Neithan Salame (Upper Body – Day to Day). Attendance at the Spokane Arena was 3,010.
SPO – Luke Toporowski (3) (Beckman) 14:21
SPO – Matt Leduc (1) (Zummack, Larsen) 15:53
Shots: 6-4 Spokane
SPO – Adam Beckman (5) (Unassisted) 6:59
SPO – Bear Hughes (4) (Gabbruch, Kral) 16:38
SPO – Eli Zummack (2) (Beckman, N.King) 17:95
Shots: 16-8 Spokane
BWK – Jake Chiasson (1) (Ritchie, Iorio) 2:21
SPO – Philip Kral (3) (Finley, Beckman) 6:02 PPG
SPO – Michael King (3) (Finley, Russell) 12:18
Final Shots: 30-19 Spokane