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Slow Start Sinks Wheat Kings

November 28, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, MB - The Brandon Wheat Kings were slow out of the gate on Saturday night, in a 2-1 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Wheat Kings were outshot 16-5 in the first period and took three minor penalties leading to Kaiden Guhle's first of two goals on the night.

"We didn't get the start we needed," said Head Coach Don MacGillivray. "For whatever reason, our guys were expecting an easy game but for 25 years now the Raiders have never been an easy game and tonight was no different."

Nolan Ritchie scored midway thru the third period to pull Brandon back to even, but just two minutes later Guhle's second of the night would put the Raiders ahead for good.

Belarussian import goaltender Tikhon Chaika was excellent, despite a small workload earning his first career WHL victory. His 23 save performance earned him second star honours.

At the other end, Ethan Kruger stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

"We didn't do any of the things we wanted to do tonight," added MacGillivray. 'We took three penalties in the first period. That's too many. Our execution tonight wasn't there. Some nights are going to go this way for sure, but P.A played a good road game. Disappointing for us, we wanted to get back to .500 before heading on the road."

The loss drops Brandon to 9-11-0-0 on the season, and evens their home ice record to 6-6-0-0. The Wheat Kings finish this six game November home stand with a 4-2-0-0 record.

Brandon will now begin a stretch of four games in five nights through two provinces this week. Tuesday night the club is in Moose Jaw, followed by stops in Swift Current, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat on the weekend.

"We play 8 games in 12 days here coming up," added MacGillivray. "We have to prepare properly, manage our rest and play smart. There are no easy games in the WHL this year. We can't look too far ahead, take it one day at a time. We will move on from this one tonight. We had a pretty good home stand overall, lots of positives to draw on."

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