Thursday, 1 April 2010

Ferland Enjoying First WHL Playoff

Rookie forward Michael Ferland was one of five members of the Brandon Wheat Kings to make his Western Hockey League playoff debut in the first round.

Ferland was pointless in four games against Swift Current but felt he had a strong series.

"It was more intense than I expected," says Ferland, who was pointless in four games against the Broncos, "I thought I played real well in the first round and, hopefully, I can carry it on in the second round and do good again."

Ferland is anticipating the upcoming series with Saskatoon will be a little more physical, which he feels will be right up his alley.

"It's going to be rough and physical and guys will be wanting to go," says Ferland, who had 11 of Brandon's 82 fighting majors in the regular season, "We'll see what happens and how I feel and see if it's time if I can maybe drop the gloves."

Ferland missed almost of month of action after breaking his hand in a fight with Kootenay's Brock Montgomery on February 5.

Forwards Paul Ciarelli, Brenden Walker and Toni Rajala also made their WHL playoff debuts in the first round, as did defenceman Alexander Urbom.

The Wheat Kings and Blades open their Eastern Conference semifinal Friday night in Saskatoon (7:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Saskatoon has a reputation as a tough and tumble team, yet had only one more fighting major (83) than Brandon during the regular season...the Wheat Kings have 306 games of playoff experience with F Jay Fehr leading the way with 33 career games and D Colby Robak second with 23. The duo are the only fourth-year Wheat Kings on this year's club…Other career playoff leaders for the Wheat Kings including Brayden Schenn in goals (15) and points (30) while Fehr leads the team in career playoff assists (21).

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