Saturday, 12 March 2011

Ferland Gives Brandon OT Win

Michael Ferland scored 2:01 into overtime as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Saskatoon Blades 4-3 on Friday night.

Brenden Walker, Shayne Wiebe and Hampus Gustafsson also scored for the Wheat Kings while Liam Liston stopped 32 shots in the Brandon net.

It was Liston's first start in 14 days and he said it felt good to get back in there.

"I've been bothered by a couple of little trivial things over the last little while," said Liston on CKLQ's post-game show, "It's never fun being away from the rink and sitting out, especially during practice and games when things matter so much right now. It's just a good feeling to get back in there and help the guys get an important win tonight."

The victory allowed Brandon to clinch a playoff spot for the 11th straight season and also moved the Wheat Kings into sixth-place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Edmonton.

The Oil Kings lost 5-2 to Prince Albert in one of the other ten games on the WHL schedule on Friday night.

Chaff...Mark Stone was held off the scoresheet Friday, ending his 18-game point scoring streak and leaving him still with 99 points on the season...Ryan Pulock's first period assist gave him 40 points on the season, breaking Wade Redden's Wheat Kings' record for most points by a 16-year old defenceman...Brandon's streak of making the playoffs for 11 straight seasons is the second-longest current streak in the WHL behind Kootenay (13).

Saskatoon Blades 3 at Brandon Wheat Kings 4 (OT)

First Period
1. Saskatoon, Schenn 21, 1:10
2. Brandon, Wiebe 42 (MacKay, Pulock) 6:13 (pp)

Penalty: Stransky Sktn (slashing) 5:16.

Second Period
3. Brandon, Walker 25 (Glennie, Ferland) 4:08
4. Saskatoon, Hamilton 25 (Schenn, Trask) 4:45
5. Brandon, Gustafsson 9 (Toews, Ciarelli) 8:30

Penalties: Dietz Sktn (hooking) 12:54, Schenn Sktn (roughing) 19:05.

Third Period
6. Saskatoon, Viedensky 34 (Nicholls) 4:32 (sh)

Penalty: Siemens Sktn (high-sticking) 3:27.

7. Brandon, Ferland 21 (Walker, MacKay) 2:01

Penalties: None.

Shots on goal by
Saskatoon 8 12 15 0 -35
Brandon 11 13 8 3 - 35
Goal: Saskatoon: Morrison (OTL,15-7-3); Brandon: Liston (W,19-16-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Saskatoon: 0-0; Brandon: 1-4.

Referees: Brett Iverson, Sean Raphael; Linesmen: Derek Nernberg, Bryden Hutlet.

Attendance: 4,469.

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