The Brandon Wheat Kings 3 goal lead wasn’t enough Saturday as the Victoria Royals storm back to win 5-3 Saturday.
The Wheat Kings didn’t open the scoring until the 2nd period where Trae Johnson was able to net his first of the year to make it 1-0. Evan Groening would score on a penalty shot with 13 minutes to go to add to the lead. Only 26 seconds later the line of Calder Anderson, Nolan Ritchie and Rylen Roersma would connect on a tic tac toe play allowing Roersma to score his 3rd of the year to make it 3-0 Wheat Kings midway through the hockey game. Things changed when the Royals were able to score a pair courtesy of Carter Dereniwsky and Alex Edwards to cut the Wheat Kings lead to one after 40 minutes.
In the final frame the Wheat Kings would allow three goals from the Royals. Tanner Scott, Jake Poole, and Caleb Willms all scored to put the game out of reach allowing the Royals to skate off with their second straight win of the season. The Wheat Kings would suffer their first loss of the West Coast Road Trip.
The Wheat Kings continue their West Coast Road Trip and head to the BC Interior to take on the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday, October 18th. Puck drop at 9:00 pm CST from the Sandman Centre in Kamloops. You can catch the game on Q Country 91.5 starting at 8:45 pm PM CST time.
Last Friday night, the Brandon Wheat Kings stellar powerplay lead to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Giants.
The Wheat Kings were off to a hot start Friday night with Roger McQueen redirecting a shot and in to make it 1-0 Wheat Kings. The goal was McQueen’s first career WHL goal. The Giants would tie it up late in the first thanks to former Wheat Kings Ty Thorpe tipping a slap shot past Carson Bjarnason.
The second period was one to forget for the Wheat Kings. Forward Ben Thornton would take a hit near the bench which he wouldn’t get up from. Thornton would have to be stretchered off the ice and taken to a nearby hospital. During the 5 minute major powerplay for the Wheat Kings, they would cough the puck up allowing Ethan Semeniuk to take off and score a short handed goal to make it 2-1 Giants. Only 33 seconds later Brett Hyland would score his 3rd powerplay goal of the season to tie it up at two heading into the third period.
The Wheat Kings would take over the third period with a pair of powerplay goals, one from Jake Chiasson and an insurance goal from Rylen Roersma to make it a 4-2 final.
(Recaps courtesy of the Brandon Wheat Kings https://wheatkings.com/ )