Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Anderson Sparkles in Wheat Kings' Debut

Brandon Anderson made 31 saves in his
Wheat Kings' debut
Brandon’s newcomers both contributed in a key way in helping the Wheat Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday night.

Darian Dziurzynski scored in his Wheat Kings’ debut, with the goal at the 13:38 mark of the third period restoring a two-goal Brandon lead just under three minutes after Luke Lockhart had gotten Seattle on the board.

Meanwhile, Brandon Anderson stopped 31 shots in the Brandon net including some key stops on an early 5-on-3 power-play chance for the T-Birds in the first period and several more on another lengthy 5-on-3 Seattle power-play early in the third period.

“Great to see us get him a win in his first game and, early on on the 5-on-3, he made some great saves on that and that just got everybody settled in,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “You could see he was composed, playing the puck behind the net with our D, and it was really nice to get a win for him.”

Dakota Conroy scored his first career WHL goal for the Wheat Kings, with the marker at the 19:13 mark of the second period proving to be the game-winner.

It was a key goal for Brandon, as it extended the Wheat Kings’ lead to 2-0 in a period in which they out shot Seattle 19-4.

“I think that was because we got on the forecheck, and we started cycling the puck. When you have big bodies like Ferland and Dziurzynski, it starts to wear teams down,” said Ritchie, “Even Jason Swyripa, being moved to the wing, and Dakota Conroy scoring this first goal…it was just hard work, we got it up top, got it back to the D, shot, we had some traffic, and we finally scored a goal.”

Brenden Walker and Alessio Bertaggia, into an empty-net, also scored for the Wheat Kings as they evened their record at 2-2-0-0 on their current road trip and improved to 6-3-0-1 overall.

Brandon continues the trip on Wednesday night with their final game against a U.S. Division team, taking on the Everett Silvertips (8:35 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Mark Stone drew an assist on Brandon’s first goal, extending his season opening point-scoring streak to ten games, and leaving him tied for the WHL scoring lead with Medicine Hat’s Emerson Etem (22 points each)…Brandon F Bruno Mraz left in the game in the second period with what looked to be a head injury after colliding with the end boards after driving toward the Seattle net while fending off a T-Birds' defenceman…former Wheat King Brendan Rouse drew an assist on Seattle’s only goal…Brandon D Ryan Pulock was +3 on Tuesday, and now leads the WHL with a +13 rating overall…Brandon went 0-for-4 on the power-play, breaking a streak of scoring at least one power-play goal in seven consecutive games...former Wheat King Jordan DePape will have shoulder surgery November 4th in Winnipeg, with his recovery expected to take at least four months...Lethbridge GM/Coach Rich Preston has been fined $1,000 by the WHL for comments to officials following game at Kootenay on October 14th.

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