BRANDON, MB. - The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four times as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 Wednesday night in Brandon.
The Brandon Wheat Kings got the offence going in this game. Jens Meilleur grabbed the puck, skated behind the Lethbridge goal and wrapped the puck in by Ty Rimmer to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the final seconds of the period when the Hurricanes would find the equalizer. At the end of a Hurricanes power play, Ryan Pilon fed the pass to Axel Blomqvist who tipped the puck past Curtis Honey to tie the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. That was Blomqvist's 7th of the season, a 2nd goal in as many games. The Canes held at slight 12-11 edge in shots.
In the second, both teams would go full-out to try and get the go-ahead goal and with under 5 minutes to go in the period, the Wheat Kings would take the lead again. John Quennville was left alone in front of the Lethbridge goal and put a wrist shot by Rimmer to give Brandon a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Hurricanes were guilty of several turnovers in that period, but Rimmer was there to bail his team out on a few occasions. The Canes held a 28-24 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Wheat Kings would jump ahead by a pair. Taylor Cooper ripped a wrist shot by Rimmer on the power play to give Brandon a 3-1 lead. The Wheaties would add one more before the end of the night when Jens Meilleur score his second of the game to give Brandon a 4-1 lead and that's the way the game would end. The loss drops the Hurricanes to 25-24-1-7 on the season and now 3 points back of Saskatoon in the Eastern Conference. The Canes went 0/3 on the power play and Brandon 1/4. Lethbridge out shot Brandon 37-33. Assiatant Coach Chris Chisamore was very blunt on the CJOC post-game show after, "It's extremely frustrating. Tonight I think we showed our lack of maturity. We came out and played sloppy. We've got to look at ourselves in the mirror, even ourselves as coaches to find a way to motivate these guys. We didn't give these guys (Brandon) enough respect tonight."
The Hurricanes will have a day off Thursday before playing the final two games on this road trip. Their next action is Friday (Feb. 8) in Prince Albert. The Canes beat the Raiders last time they visited P.A. Lethbridge will also be looking to even the season series at 2-2. Game time is 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30. The Hurricanes will play in Saskatoon Saturday. After that, the team will play just once in 12 days.