Saturday, 3 April 2010

Brandon Wins Game #1

The Brandon Wheat Kings grabbed game one of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Friday night, downing the Saskatoon Blades 6-5.

Brent Raedeke’s goal with 9:31 left in the third period snapped a 5-5 tie and was the only goal in the final frame after the teams had combined for ten in the first 40 minutes including seven in the second period alone.

“To get a win on the road on a night where we were a long way from our best, that’s the good news,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “The important thing for our team was that after 40 minutes, we talked about and recognized that it hadn’t been a game that had gone to script for us but someone was going to win the game and get the series lead so we had to re-focus and really dig in and get the win in the third period, which we were able to do.”

Much of Brandon’s offensive production came from an unlikely source, the club’s fourth-line of Michael Ferland, Paul Ciarelli and Brenden Walker, which account for four of Brandon’s six goals on the night.

Michael Ferland notching his first career hat-trick, the first three playoff goals of his WHL career, and added assist, Brenden Walker scored his first career WHL playoff and had two assists while Ciarelli was shut out in the points department but finished the night with a +4 rating.

“I thought they were the difference in the hockey game, not just because they scored four goals, but they allowed us to play four lines while Saskatoon had to play three line,” says McCrimmon, “It knocked them off their matchups every time we played our fourth line and perhaps more importantly, it had to leave more in our tanks for our guys than what Saskatoon had to deal with.”

Brayden Schenn also scored for the Wheat Kings while Jacob De Serres stopped 35 shots including all 13 he faced in the third period.

Marek Viedensky had a pair of goals for Saskatoon, who led 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 at points in the second period.

Walker Wintoneak, Stefan Elliott and Jeremy Boyer also scored for the Blades while Steven Stanford stopped 24 shots in the Saskatoon goal.

Game #2 of the series goes Saturday night at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon (7:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon scratches Friday included LW Jordan Hale, who was serving Game #2 of a three-game suspension. D Darren Bestland, D Ryley Miller, F Jesse Sinatynski and G Liam Liston were the other Brandon scratches…16-year old D Jordan Fransoo made his WHL debut Friday night but only played a handful of shifts, all of them in the first period…Saskatoon will get F Darian Dziurzynki, D Duncan Siemens and D Sena Acolatse back for Game #2 after the trio completed their three-game suspensions on Friday…Saskatoon F Curtis Hamilton left the game in the second period with an apparent right shoulder/collarbone injury and did not return…G Adam Morrison is out of the Blades’ lineup indefinitely after suffering an suspected concussion in practice on Thursday. Junior B netminder Matt Canaday backed up Stanford Friday while the Blades have also brought in Winnipeg product Adam Iwan, who is expected to dress on Saturday.

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