Saturday, 5 March 2011

Wheat Kings Double Pats

The Brandon Wheat Kings are .500 for the first time since November 16th after a 6-3 victory over the Regina Pats on Friday night.

"This is huge for us. As I was mentioned to you the other day, I think we were 11 games under .500 at one point," said Brandon centre Paul Ciarelli on CKLQ's post-game show, "This is a huge achievement for us."

Ciarelli, Shayne Wiebe and Brenden Walker scored a pair of goals each for the Wheat Kings while Mark Stone and Michael Ferland had a pair of assists each.

For Ciarelli, is the first multi-goal game of his career and it included a key goal late in the second period, stretching Brandon's lead to 3-1 with 45 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

"Hampus (Gustafsson) and (David) Toews are playing unreal hockey and it's great to be a part of those guys on a line," says Ciarelli, "Really, we have all four lines right now have been playing good hockey and that's going to help us towards playoffs."

The Wheat Kings remain one point behind sixth-place Edmonton the WHL's Eastern Conference while also reducing their magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to three.

Brandon visits Regina on Saturday night (6:30 p.m., CKLQ) to close out their season series.

Chaff...Matt MacKay was held pointless on Friday night, ending his point-scoring streak at 18 games...Wiebe's second goal late in the third period was his 40th of the season, one of only seven players in the WHL to hit the 40 goal mark so far this year...Mark Stone surpassed 100 career assists in Friday's contest...15-year old prospect Ayrton Nikkel made his Wheat Kings' debut on Friday, finishing pointless with a -1 rating.

Regina Pats 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 6

First Period
1. Brandon, Walker 23 (Ferland, Hunter), 5:30
2. Regina, Weal 33 (Schneider, Scheidl), 6:25
3. Brandon, Wiebe 39 (Stone), 10:58

Penalties: Mitchell Reg (tripping), 1:24; Neigum Reg (holding opp. stick), 6:53.

Second Period
4. Brandon, Ciarelli 7 (Pulock, Toews), 19:15

Penalties: Ciarelli Bdn (elbowing), 12:58; Rieder Reg (tripping, major-fighting), 16:00; Roy Bdn (instigator, major-fighting, misconduct), 16:00.

Third Period
5. Brandon, Walker 24 (Ferland, Glennie), 3:41
6. Brandon, Ciarelli 8 (Melnychuk, Gustafsson), 7:09
7. Regina, Bell 13 (Neigum, Schneider), 9:41 (PP)
8. Regina, Weal 34 (Scheidl), 17:04
9. Brandon, Wiebe 40 (Stone), 18:34

Penalties: Fransoo Bdn (tripping), 9:25; Wiebe Bdn (slashing), 13:27.

Shots on goal
Regina 7 12 9 - 28
Brandon 15 16 14 - 45

Goal: Regina: Hewitt (L,11-12-1); Brandon: Boes (W,9-10-6).

Power Play Opportunities: Regina: 1-3; Brandon: 0-2.

Referees:Trevor Hanson, Jeff Ingram; Linesmen: Keith Salamon, Bryden Hutlet.

Attendance: 4,287.

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