Brandon, MB. -- A disappointing start to a 2-game Western Hockey League weekend for the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday night.
The Everett Silvertips scored a come from behind 3-2 overtime decision before close to 3,900 fans at Westman Communications Group Place.
Landon Oslanski's goal at the 1:17 mark of overtime was the difference as the 'Tips won for only the second time in eight games this season. With the loss, Brandon's record slipped to 5-2-1-0.
The Wheat Kings got off to a good start Friday night with two unanswered first period goals by veteran Jens Meilleur and rookie John Quenneville. For the 16-year old Sherwood Park Alberta product, it was his first ever WHL goal.
Everett got on the board with a second period goal by Manraj Hayer and then tied the score with just over five minutes remaining in regulation time when Trent Lofthouse found the back of the net behind Brandon netminder Curtis Honey.
Honey was kept busy this night, forced to make thirty saves, including 18 in the second period when the Silvertips dominated Brandon.
Daniel Cotton turned aside 23 Brandon shots in posting his first ever WHL win between the pipes.
Two former members of the Wheat Kings were in attendance at Friday's game - defenceman Andy Zulyniak and St. Louis Blues' right-winger Ryan Reaves.
The Wheat Kings, who went 0 for 6 with the man advantage, will close out their current 4-game home stand Saturday night against the visiting Tri-City Americans. Puck drop is at 7:30 and tickets go back on sale first thing Saturday at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also order by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com
Saturday night is also another Brandon Source for Sports - Subway Family Pack. The $48 Family Pack, available at Source for Sports on Brandon Avenue, includes two adult and two youth tickets, four 6" subs from Subway and four programs.
Following Saturday's game the Wheat Kings will hit the road for their annual west coast road trip.