Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Wheat Kings' Power-Play Producing

The Brandon Wheat Kings' power-play has been clicking with frequency the past month.

The club has 21 power-play goals on 61 attempts over the last 13 games, an efficiency of 34.4 per cent.

"Our breakout has been effective, we've had the ability to get set up with the puck," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on this week's Coaches' Corner on CKLQ, "I think we've done a pretty good job of running the looks that we want to run and it's been a big part of our offence for a while."

The Wheat Kings' power-play units include eight forwards, with Matt MacKay and Hampus Gustafsson both dropping back to play the point with 16-year old rookies Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy respectively.

Overall this season, Brandon's power-play is ranked fourth in the Western Hockey League with a 22.9 per cent success rate.

"Confidence is likely part of that as well," added McCrimmon, "We've talked about it at different times that at certain points in special teams' situations guys have to make plays and we've got some guys that have done a pretty good job of that."

Mark Stone leads Brandon with 17 power-play goals and 42 power-play points while Scott Glennie has 38 power-play points (13 goals) and Shayne Wiebe has 14 power-play markers.

Brandon is idle until Friday, when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors to begin a season-ending home-and-home series.

The Wheat Kings are currently three points ahead of Edmonton for sixth-place in the Eastern Conference.

The Oil Kings host Lethbridge tonight before closing out their season with a home-and-home against Red Deer on Friday and Saturday.

Chaff...the WHL has suspended Prince Albert Raiders' forward Jonathan Parker for one game. It stems from the elbowing major Parker got following an illegal hit on Brandon defenceman Rene Hunter in saturday's game. Hunter briefly left the game following the hit but did return...Mark Stone has had a previously missed assist from Saturday credited to his total, giving him 102 points on the season -- tied with Red Deer's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for 3rd-place int he WHL scoring race.

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