Monday, 28 March 2011

'Kiddie Core' Getting Playoff Feet Wet

The Brandon Wheat Kings’ ‘Kiddie Core’ continues to learn on the fly.

Four rookie blueliners dressed for Brandon for the opening two games of their first round series with Medicine Hat including 16-year old Grandview, Manitoba product Ryan Pulock, who was the first star of Game #1 with a two goal, two assist performance.

“Guys are definitely paying a bigger price in playoffs, blocking shots and little things like that,” says Pulock, who had 42 points during the regular season, “Guys are running around, bumping guys. Everyone is fired up and it’s a lot of fun out there playing.”

The Eastern Conference Quarter-Final is tied 1-1 entering Game #3 tonight at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, meaning the clubs are playing their third game in four days.

The preparation and attention to detail from playing the same team several times over a short period of time is certainly a little different from the regular season as well.

“Since you’re playing the same team, you can always adjust little things from what they’ve been doing in the game before to make yourself better,” says the 6-foot-0, 193 pound Pulock, “I think we’ve been doing that so far.”

Game time at the MTS Centre tonight is 7:30 p.m., and you can hear the game on 880, CKLQ starting with our pre-game show at 7:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, there could be a new man between the pipes when the Wheat Kings take to the ice tonight.

Look for Liam Liston to start for Brandon after Corbin Boes started the first two games, stopped 51 of 57 shots in the process.

Liston and Boes pretty much split the starts over the final 25 games of the regular season so it would come as no surprise that Liston would get an opportunity to play in this series.

Medicine Hat will be sticking with Minitonas product Deven Dubyk for now.

Tigers’ all-star netminder Tyler Bunz has a concussion that caused him to miss Game #2, but Dubyk filled in admirably with a 38-save effort in his first career WHL playoff start to help Medicine Hat to a 5-2 win.

Bunz is expected to be sidelined for at least the next two games.

Chaff…another Wheat King with Winnipeg connections is goaltender Corbin Boes, who lived in Winnipeg until his family moved to Saskatoon when he was five years old…former Wheat Kings Tyler Plante and Colby Robak are both expected to be in attendance at tonight’s game. The duo, who play for the AHL’s Rochester Americans, are in Winnipeg to face the Manitoba Moose in games on Tuesday and Wednesday…Robak will join me during our second intermission show of tonight’s broadcast.

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