RECAP: ICE & Wheat Kings Go the Distance
BRANDON M.B. – The Brandon Wheat Kings lose 7-6 in overtime versus the Winnipeg ICE Friday night.
The Winnipeg ICE came out flying to start the game. Connor McClennan was able to score only 3:12 in on the powerplay to give the ICE an early 1-0 lead. The Wheat Kings pushed back 5 minutes later with Zakhar Polshakov scoring off a Rylen Roersma rebound to tie it up. Then with just under 5 minutes remaining Zach Benson would cough up the puck allowing Luke Shipley and Nolan Ritchie to take off on a two on one. Shipley would stretch a pass out to Ritchie allowing the veteran to tap in the go ahead goal. The ICE would tie it up with 90 seconds remaining with Matt Savoie taking a pass from Carson Lambos to make it 2-2 heading into the 2nd period.
The Wheat Kings got off to a great start in the 2nd period with Nate Danielson negating an icing and fining Dawson Pasternak open for a one timed pass allowing Pasternak to restore the lead for the Wheat Kings 3-2. The ICE would take over scoring 3 goals in the second period, goals came from Nash, Geekie and Woo to give the ICE a 5-3 lead. Late in the second frame Brett Hyland would steal the puck and beat Mason Beaupit to cut the ICE lead to one heading into the 3rd period.
With the ICE holding on to a 5-4 lead heading into the third, the Wheat Kings needed a big push and they got it on the powerplay. Less than a minute into the frame, Brett Hyland would find Nate Danielson tying the game up at five. Then, 5 minutes later the Wheat Kings would go on the powerplay again where Nolan Ritchie scored his 2nd of the game with a top corner wrist shot giving the Wheat Kings a 6-5 Lead. Evan Friesen would tie the game late for the Winnipeg Ice after a cross ice pass was tipped past Carson Bjarnason, sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame, the ICE would go on the attack with Connor McClennan scoring his 2nd of the game winning the game 7-6. The Wheat Kings overtime record would go to 0-7 this season.
- Connor Geekie (1G-1A)
- Nolan Ritchie (2G)
- Dawson Pasternak (1G-2A)
The Wheat Kings will now load the bus and head to Saskatoon to take on the Blades this Sunday. Puck drop at 4:00pm from SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.