Kelowna, BC -- Special Teams and another poor start proved to be too much for the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night as they continued their 7-game west coast road trip in Kelowna.
Shorthanded goals by Colton Heffley and Dylen McKinlay powered the hometown Rockets to a 4-2 victory over the Wheat Kings, who lost for the second time in three games out west.
Kelowna jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead after outshooting the Wheat Kings 15-7.
Alessio Bertaggia and Tim McGauley scored goals in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings, who finished the game 0 for 4 with the man advantage. Brandon is now 3 for 35 over their last eight games - a stretch of games that has seen the Wheat Kings lose six.
“Our power-play’s been struggled here, we need to get back to the basics,” Wheat Kings’ assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Give Kelowna credit, they did a great job of pressuring us and making us turn the puck over.”
Corbin Boes made 31 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net while Jordon Cooke stopped 27 shots for Kelowna.
The 6-5-1-0 Wheat Kings, who will welcome new assistant coach David Anning to the team on Sunday, will now travel to Vancouver Island where they will meet the Royals on Tuesday night.