Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Ciarelli Set to Return

The Brandon Wheat Kings look like they'll get another player back for the start of the playoffs.

Paul Ciarelli practiced Tuesday and appears ready to return after missing the final 11 games of the regular season with a broken right thumb.

He practiced about 10 days ago but couldn't hold his stick well enough to return to the lineup at that time.

"It's a lot better. I can shoot the puck and handle the puck a lot better so," says Ciarelli, who practiced ten days ago but couldn't hold his stick properly, "It was tough sitting out but the team was having great success during the time. Playoffs are around the corner so I'm just getting ready for that and I'm very excited for it."

Ciarelli had two goals and 10 points in 55 games during the regular season and would be making his playoff debut this year after sitting out all 12 of Brandon's post-season contests in 2009.

"Not being able to play last year was disappointing but that makes this year more exciting," says Ciarelli, "You want to get out there and be a big part of the team's success."

Ciarelli's return would leave defenceman Ryley Miller as the only injured Wheat King.

Miller has a broken jaw and is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of more weeks.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings have confirmed that a possible Game #7 in their first round playoff series will be held in Regina on March 31. Westman Communications Group Place is unavailable because of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair...Brandon right-winger Mark Stone was #66 in the Red Line Report rankings for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which were released on Tuesday.

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