The Brandon Wheat Kings ended a winless preseason on Saturday with a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Ice in a Western Hockey League game at the Rink Training Center on Saturday.
The two teams will face off in the opening of the regular season for both at Place Westoba on Friday at 7 p.m.
Brandon (0-3-0-0) received his goals from Nolan Ritchie, Ben Thornton and Nate Danielson, while Mikey Milne, Martin Bohm, Skyler Bruce and Cole Muir answered for Winnipeg (3-1-0-0) .
Goals from Bruce and Muir completed the comeback after Danielson gave Brandon a 3-2 lead early in the third period as their provincial rival rallied in the third period for the second time in three nights.
Brandon head coach Don MacGillivray said that in the first half, goalie Carson Bjarnason’s 23 saves were key to keeping the score 1-1.
“We had a slow start,” said MacGillivray. “They attacked us hard. We had very good goalkeepers in the first half who kept us in the game. We had a shorthanded goal from Nolan and coming out of period 1-1 I felt like we had probably dodged a ball, but what good is your goalie.
“I thought we played better in the second half and I thought our best half was our third period, and in the end we lost the period.
The Wheat Kings also lost 3-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on September 14 and 5-4 Thursday to the Ice. Brandon still has seven veterans away from National Hockey League training camps, although that includes Jake Chiasson, who was injured at the Edmonton Oilers camp and will not be in the roster. of Brandon for the foreseeable future.
Bjarnason made 31 saves in 40 minutes, Nick Jones repelling 10 shots in the third period. Daniel Hauser of Winnipeg blocked 22 shots from Brandon.
Brandon went 1 for 9 on the power play, with Winnipeg scoring twice on seven occasions.
The parade to the penalty bench wasn’t ideal, but MacGillivray said it allowed him to test some players in unfamiliar roles.
“We have different guys in different situations,” MacGillivray said. “We haven’t worked on our power play a second since we started, so I wasn’t expecting anything there. Everything we created was basically what we watched on video. we did. I thought there were areas where we improved. ”
ICE CREAM: In addition to the players in the professional camps, Brandon struck out defenseman Owen Harris, who continues to recover from an upper body injury suffered in training camp… Brandon’s prospect Hayden Chaloner played in the afternoon with the Winnipeg Thrashers – he collected two assists in a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Bruins – and joined the Wheat Kings in the evening… Brandon’s over-aged defenseman Neithan Salame stepped up. on his knees in the second period and did not finish the game. MacGillivray didn’t think it was too bad.