Saturday, 25 September 2010

Stone's Quad Helpers Lead Wheat Kings to Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their Western Hockey League regular season with a 5-4 victory over the Regina Pats Friday night.

Brenden Walker, Michael Ferland, Tyrel Seaman, Jesse Sinatynski and David Toews scored the goals for the Wheat Kings while Mark Stone had four assists.

"I've played with (Ferland & Ciarelli) spot-in, spot-out last year and coming into this year, now that we're playing as line, I thought we played a pretty good game tonight," says Stone, "I think we still need to button down a bit defensively, figure out where each other have to be at all times, but that'll come with time."

Stone came back from the Ottawa Senators' camp earlier this week and the winnipeg product says he applied a lot of what he learned on Friday night.

"It was a great experience for me. Coming back now, the pace is slower, I feel like I'm more into it," says Stone, a sixth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, "I'm counted on as a big guy on this team now and I'm just looking to contribute any way to the team."

Brandon never trailed in the contest, but was either tied or had a one-goal lead throughout with the exception of the final 13 seconds of the middle frame, after David Toews' power-play goal put them ahead 5-3, and the first 1:39 of the third, when Dane Muench scored for Regina to make it 5-4.

Three of Brandon's five goals came on the power-play, which finished 3-for-6 on the night.

"We had some people make some plays. I think we kept it pretty simple in terms of what we were trying to execute," says Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "It was a big part of the game tonight."

Brandon's penalty-kill was perfect on the night, killing off all three of Regina's power-play chances including one for the final 20 seconds of the third period.

Liam Liston was steady in stopping 24 shots in the Brandon net while Damien Ketlo stopped 36 shots for Regina.

The victory marked the 11th straight year the Wheat Kings have won their home opener.

They'll try for the season-opening sweep Sunday afternoon when the two teams play the rematch in Regina (3:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Stone chuckled on CKLQ's post-game show about finally making through a home-opener without getting hurt. The 18-year old broke his thumb in last year's home opener and missed close to two months...Virden product Landon Peel, 16, was a healthy scratch for the Pats...D Mark Schneider (hip flexor) and F Jens Meilleur (hand) were Brandon's injured players that were out of the lineup while the rest of the scratches including G Andrew Hayes, G Jacob De Serres, G Corbin Boes, D Eric Roy, D Rene Hunter, D Spencer Galbraith, F Carter Proft and F Dakota Conroy...of course, F Scott Glennie (Dallas) and F Brayden Schenn (Los Angeles) remain at NHL camps...the win was the 299th in Kelly McCrimmon's Wheat Kings' coaching career.

Regina Pats 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (Final)
(Westman Communications Group Place)

1st Period
1. Brd – Walker (1) (Stone, Pulock), 9:44 PP
2. Reg – Bell (1) (Reddin, Muench), 11:09
3. Brd – Ferland (1) (Stone, Ciarelli), 13:46

Penalties: Reg – Borstmayer (charging), 3:28; Reg – Davidson (tripping), 7:54.

2nd Period
4. Reg – Mitchell (1) (Borstmayer, Bell), 5:23
5. Brd – Seaman (1) (Wiebe, Pulock), 9:36
6. Reg – Gustafson (1) (Weal, Mitchell), 11:59
7. Brd – Sinatynski (1) (Stone, Walker), 17:46 PP
8. Brd – Toews (1) (Melnychuk, Stone), 19:47 PP

Penalties: Brd – Ciarelli (hooking), 0:38; Brd – Miller, Reg – Stevenson (fighting majors), 11:28; Brd – Ferland (misconduct), 11:59; Reg – Carlson (elbowing), 16:40; Brd – Walker, Reg – Mitchell (roughing), 18:17; Reg – Reddin (tripping), 18:50.

3rd Period
9. Reg – Muench (1) (Reddin), 1:39

Penalties: Reg – Frazee (roughing), 4:47; Reg – Weal (slashing), 9:52; Brd – Fransoo (interference), 12:27; Brd – Bestland (boarding), 19:40.

Shots on Goal
Brandon 19 – 14 – 8 - 41
Regina 7 – 12 – 9 - 28

Goal (Record; Shots/Saves): Reg – Ketlo (L, 0-1-0; 41-36); Brd – Liston (W, 1-0-0; 28-24)
Power-Play (Goals/Chances): Reg - 0-3; Brd - 3-6
Attendance: 5,287
Referees: Patrick Gagnon, Brett Montsion, Linesmen: Bryden Hutlet, Derek Reimer

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