Photo by Erica Perreaux
Lethbridge, MB – The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 5-2 decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring just three minutes into the game and added another before the first intermission to put the Wheat Kings in a hole early.
“We had a slow start tonight,” said Assistant Coach Don MacGillivray. “I felt like we were dipping our toes in the water and not getting after it early. It’s a disappointing loss. We had some good efforts from a lot of guys tonight but it just wasn’t enough.”
Nolan Ritchie and Cole Reinhardt had the goals for Brandon, who brought the game back to within one late in the third period but couldn’t get the equalizer past Carl Tetachuk.
Brandon had a powerplay with less than five to play in the third and could only muster one shot on goal.
“It was just one of those nights where we needed just a little bit more finish,” added MacGillivray. “We had some chances around the net late in the game to tie it and just couldn’t tap it in and thats the game. Give credit to Lethbridge, they played well.”
The Hurricanes got goals from four different players, including Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens who’s 9th of the season would stand up as the game-winner.
Brandon is 2-4-0-0 through six of seven games on this 14-day road trip and sit 5-9-0-0 to start the season.
“We want to find our game,” added MacGillivray. “We want to dictate the game and not chase it. All the teams we have played here have been different and it’s something our guys have to learn. They have to adjust to the gameplan every night. There were times tonight where we did a good job of that but other times when we made it easy on them.”
Brandon will wrap up this annual two-week trek with a Saturday night stop in Swift Current for the first meeting of the season vs the Broncos, a tall task after traveling close to 5,000 KM’s in two weeks.
“We’ve been on the road for 14 days and were going to have to find the energy tomorrow. We need to be smart and leave everything on the table.”
The Wheat Kings scratched Jiri Patera (3 Weeks), Caiden Daley (Healthy), Jack Zayat (Healthy) and Bode Hagan (Healthy). Attendance at the Enmax Centre was 3,733
LETH – Dino Kambietz (5) (Wilson, Tetachuk) 3:00
LETH – Jett Jones (2) (Palivko, Boyko) 18:46
Shots: 13-10 Lethbridge
LETH – Dylan Cozens (9) (Wilson) 12:41
BWK – Nolan Ritchie (1) (Nychuk, McCallum) 18:04
Shots: 12-9 Lethbridge
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (6) (Unassisted) 7:41 SHG
LETH – Oliver Okuliar (7) (Unassisted) 19:36 ENG
LETH – Joe Arntsen (1) (Jones) 19:57
Final Shots: 35-27 Lethbridge