Friday, 31 December 2010

Wheat Kings' Lineup for Tonight in Edmonton (December 31)

Goaltenders
1. Corbin Boes
33. Liam Liston

Defencemen
3. Brodie Melnychuk - 32. Ryley Miller
28. Darren Bestland - 9. Rene Hunter
7. Eric Roy - 5. Jordan Fransoo

Forward Lines
17. Shayne Wiebe - 18. David Toews - 16. Mark Stone
27. Michael Ferland - 15. Scott Glennie - 8. Brenden Walker
13. Hampus Gustafsson - 14. Jason Swyripa - 23. Mark Mieritz
22. Dominick Favreau - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 34. Spencer Galbraith

Just Notes
- Brandon scratches are D Ryan Pulock (Team West), F Brayden Schenn (Cdn Jr. Team), F Wheaton King (healthy), F Tyrel Seaman (Team West) and F Jens Meilleur (healthy).

- One significant lineup change for Brandon the fact David Toews is slated to centre Mark Stone and Shayne Wiebe tonight. Stone and Wiebe are both pointless so far on this road trip and maybe putting Toews in the middle will spark all three offensively, especially 5-on-5. Toews does have nine goals in 28 games this season but six of those have been on the power-play.

- The Wheat Kings have yet to pick up a point in Alberta this season. The club is 0-6-0-1 on the road versus Central Division teams this, with the shootout loss coming against the Kootenay Ice in late October.

- Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, but missed on his shootout attempt as Canada dropped a 6-5 decision to Sweden today at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo. Schenn now has seven goals and 14 points in four games at the tournament. Canada finishes second in Pool B, meaning they'll play in a quarter-final game on Sunday.

- Former Wheat Kings Toni Rajala had an assist in Finland's 6-0 victory over Slovakia today at the WJC. Rajala has four points, all assists, in four games.

- Team West is facing the Czech Republic in their second game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge at the MTS IcePlex in Winnipeg tonight.

- The Oil Kings are 11-3-0-1 in their last 15 games, bouncing back from a 7-13-0-1 start to the season. Winnipeg product Michael St. Croix has led the way for Edmonton, notching nine goals and 28 points in those 15 contests.

- former Wheat King Klarc Wilson has four goals, 12 points and 58 penalty minutes in 32 games with Edmonton this season. It was a year ago yesterday that Brandon traded Wilson to the Oil Kings for F Brent Raedeke. I talked to Klarc before the game today, and will that interview coming up in our pre-game show tonight.

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