Friday, 16 September 2011

Wheat Kings Record Pre-Season Win

Eric Roy (left) and Jens Meilleur
celebrate Brandon's win Friday
The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their first win of the pre-season Friday night, downing the Regina Pats 5-0.

Corbin Boes stopped 30 shots for the shutout while Jens Meilleur and Dominick Favreau scored a pair of goals each for Brandon.

"I think it should go a long way for the guys' confidence," said Wheat Kings' head coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "The big thing I thought the difference was is we got some early saves...we weren't down 2-3 goals early. Our specialty teams were excellent tonight, our power-play moved the puck well and a penalty-kill was really good also."

Paul Ciarelli also scored for the Wheat Kings, who scored three times with the man advantage and went 6-for-6 on the penalty-kill.

The goal scorers Friday (Meilleur, Favreau and Ciarelli) scored a combined 18 goals during the regular season in 2010-2011.

"All three of those guys we've met with, and have talked about expanding their roles from what they were last year," said Clouston, "We're not going to expect them to score all five of our goals every night, but we've going to have to get balanced scoring. We're not going to be able to rely on 1-2 guys this year, we're going to create offence from our defence and spread it out and tonight was a perfect example."

Friday's game was the final one of the pre-season for the Wheat Kings.

They finish with 1-3-0-0 record but, overall, Clouston feels the pre-season was successful.

"We felt was could have easily had three wins but it doens't matter, the wins and losses," said Clouston, "To me, it's all about getting better and feeling good about yourself ending the pre-season and going into the regular season and I think tonight's game summarizes that."

Brandon opens the regular season Thursday when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors (8:00 p.m., CKLQ) and then the Wheat Kings host the Warriors the following night for Friday's home opener (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon scratches were D Brodie Melnychuk (wrist), D Jordan Fransoo (Ottawa, NHL), F Brenden Walker (concussion), F Jason Swyripa (head), F Mark Stone (Ottawa, NHL), F Michael Ferland (Calgary, NHL) and D Colton Waltz (healthy)...Swyripa should return to practice with the Wheat Kings on Sunday...Brandon's Spencer Galbraith was involved in a third period fight with Regina's Lane Scheidl, earning his third game misconduct of the pre-season. That may result in the Wheat Kings' defenceman being suspended for one game by the WHL for accumulation of game misconducts...Brandon F Jens Meilleur missed the last half of the third period with what appeared to be a minor injury to his right leg.

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