Friday, 11 March 2011

Stone Looks for Milestone on Friday Night

Brandon Wheat Kings' right-winger Mark Stone is on the verge of a milestone heading into Friday's home game against the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Stone needs one point to become the first Wheat King to hit 100 points in a single season since Eric Fehr in 2004-2005.

"It's been in the back of mind," says Stone, who takes an 18-game point streak into Friday's game, "Obviously, 100 point season would be very special for me, and yet there's other things the team has to focus on to be successful."

Stone would also become just the second player in the last 13 years to hit the plateau in a Wheat Kings' uniform.

"Since I've been here, there's been some amazing players that haven't been able to do it," says the Ottawa Senators' draft pick, "For me to be able to get 100 points would be something very, very special for me."

Another Wheat King who hit a milestone recently will be honoured Friday night.

Scott Glennie passed the 300 point mark for his career last weekend and has quietly moved into 11th place on the Wheat Kings' all-time scoring list with 302 career points.

Team-wise, Brandon could also clinch a playoff spot for the 11th straight season with a victory In the back-half of their doubleheader with the league-leading Blades on Friday night, but will need to be better than they were in a 5-3 loss on Wednesday.

"We're going to have get some traffic in front of their goaltender. We didn't go to the hard areas to score until the third period, we had some rebound laying around where guys weren't at the net," says Stone, "We always want to be physical...bumps in the first period pay off in the third period so it's never a bad thing to be physical."

The Wheat Kings also enter the game one point back of Edmonton for sixth-place in the Eastern Conference.

The Oil Kings visit Prince Albert on Friday night in one of the other nine games of the WHL schedule.

Chaff...F Dominick Favreau (ribs) practiced in a no-contact jersey again on Thursday as he continues to make his way back...G Liam Liston, who has been relegated to backup status for the past week because of an eye infection, could be set to return to the net tonight...Brandon's current streak of making the playoffs for ten straight seasons is the third-longest current streak in the WHL behind Calgary (13) and Kootenay (12)...Brandon product Alex Plante was demoted to the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) by the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Plante played in Edmonton's last three games during their current road trip. He had 11 penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating over that span.

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