Thursday, 3 March 2011

Wheat Kings' Win Tied up in Boes

The Brandon Wheat Kings have been hoping to find themselves a hot goaltender for the stretch run.

The club finally did on Wednesday night.
Corbin Boes put in likely his finest performance of his rookie season, stopping all 40 shots he faced in Brandon's 4-0 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice.

It was Boes' first career shutout with the one-time Portland draft pick now having won five of his last six starts.

"Team got off to a good start to the game and really limited their chances early," said Boes on CKLQ's post-game show, "It allowed us to get our feet under us and, when the shots came, I was focused and ready to go."

Brodie Melnychuk opened the scoring for Brandon at the 10:30 mark of the first period, the only goal scored in the opening 40 minutes.

The Wheat Kings extended their lead just past the eight minute mark of the third when David Toews picked Hayden Rintoul's pocket and then beat Ice netminder Nathan Lieuwen on the ensuing breakaway to make it 2-0.

Shayne Wiebe, with his team-leading 38th goal of the season, and Matt MacKay added goal later in the third period as the Wheat Kings won their tenth straight on home ice and for the 14th time in 18 games overall.

"It really felt like a playoff game at ice level. Kootenay have a real good team, as you saw here tonight, and it was great experience for our team in terms of the type of games we hope to be playing here in the playoffs," says Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "I thought it was a real solid effort, top-to-bottom, by our team."

The win allows Brandon to close to within one point of sixth-place Edmonton and move seven points up on eighth-place Prince Albert in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

The Oil Kings fell 8-5 to Saskatoon on Wednesday while the Raiders were idle.

Brandon's next action is Friday when they host the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...MacKay's point-scoring streak has reached 18 games, making it the second longest in the WHL this season, while Mark Stone had an assist to extend his streak to 15 games...Scott Glennie had an assist Wednesday for his 298th career point...Brandon's magic # to clinch a playoff spot for the 11th straight season is now four.

Kootenay Ice 0 at Brandon Wheat Kings 4

First Period
1. Brandon, Melnychuk 7 (Glennie, Pulock) 10:30

Penalties: Rintoul Ktn (interference) 6:35, Fransoo Bdn (hooking) 15:10, Hurley Ktn, Galbraith Bdn (fighting) 2:38.

Second Period
No Scoring.

Penalty: Leach Ktn (elbowing) 16:42.

Third Period
2. Brandon, Toews 18 (unassisted) 8:06
3. Brandon, Wiebe 38 (MacKay) 10:58
4. Brandon, MacKay 26 (Wiebe, Stone) 15:09

Penalties: Eakin Ktn (roughing), Ferland Bdn (double roughing) 10:37, Czerwonka Ktn (slashing) 10:55, McNabb Ktn (kneeing) 19:42, King (high-sticking) 20:00.

Shots on goal by
Kootenay 12 15 13 -40
Brandon 10 11 13 - 34

Goal: Kootenay: Lieuwen (L,29-16-2); Brandon: Boes (W,8-11-6).

Power plays (goals-chances): Kootenay: 0-2; Brandon: 0-4.

Referees: Chris Crich, Pat Smith; Linesmen: Darrell Surminski, Dustin Deck.

Attendance: 3,664.

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