Wheat Kings goalie makes 40 saves in win
Curtis Honey gave up a goal from a bad angle Friday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Since that goal, the Brandon Wheat Kings goalie has made life pretty hard for the Warriors. Honey made 36 saves in Friday’s 6-3 Wheat Kings win and followed it up with 40 saves in the Wheat Kings’ 3-1 win Saturday in Brandon.
“There were a lot of good things done again (Saturday). It sounds ridiculous to say when the end result isn’t what you’re looking for, but you have to take it for what it is,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.
Brayden Point spoiled Honey’s shutout as he scored a power play goal with 3:43 left in the third period.
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, the Warriors took 22 shots in the third period alone, but weren’t able to cut into Brandon’s two-goal lead.
“There was a good push by us at the end and we had some good chances,” said Stothers. “We just didn’t find the back of the net.”
The Warriors’ other nemesis from Friday, Taylor Cooper, picked up where he left off as he scored his fourth goal of the season against the Warriors in the first period.
“They did get behind our D for another one and it was Cooper. I don’t know how many more times we can identify that he’s pretty dangerous out there. Maybe we can request to the league that he wear a different colour jersey so that he really stands out,” said Stothers after Cooper scored a hat trick Friday against the Warriors with two of those goals coming off of breakaways. “I give him credit, he’s taken advantage of some opportunities and he hasn’t missed yet.”
John Quenneville scored with 2:24 left in the second period to double the Wheat Kings advantage. Chad Robinson scored 3:11 into the third period to put the Wheat Kings up 3-0.
The Warriors scored a power play goal in each loss and have killed off all seven power plays they’ve faced this season. They have also taken 80 shots over the two games, but are still winless.
Stothers isn’t pleased with his team’s 0-2 record, but he also knows it’s very early in the season and he’s confident his team will come around.
“It’s hard to believe that you can go into two games and win the special teams battle and not get a win,” said Stothers. “We have to stick with it. Sam (Fioretti) and (Todd) Fiddler and guys like that don’t go too long without putting some pucks in the net. We had some other guys that are close and getting some good chances — (Colton McCarthy) hit the post and (Bryson) Gore hit the post. I think it’s coming.”
Defenceman Tyler Brown made his WHL debut for the Warriors while Ben Duperreault also got his first action of the season.
“Duperreault went in and I thought he had some good chances for us and he created some things with his speed. He seems to have a real nose for the puck and it seems to follow him around. He’s a good energy guy and he helps on the penalty kill with his speed,” said Stothers. “Young Tyler Brown got in and I thought he did really well. He played a really steady game for his first outing. I was impressed with those two guys who went in.”
The weekend sweep is even more impressive for the Wheat Kings given that they were missing three veteran defencemen — Taylor Green, Nick Walters and Rene Hunter — due to injury and captain Ryan Pulock was also missing from their blue line.
Eric Roy had three assists for the Wheat Kings.
Justin Paulic made 28 saves for the Warriors in his 28th straight start dating back to last season.