Sunday, 30 October 2011

Brandon Wins Battle of Kings for 1,500th Win

Michael Ferland had a goal and an
assist in Saturday's win
Corbin Boes stopped 27 shots to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night.

Michael Ferland's goal 1:06 into the third period proved to be the game-winner for Brandon, who rebounded from Friday's 8-4 loss to keep a season streak of never having lost back-to-back games intact.

"Tonight, we were much more focused, much better with the puck. We played against a very good hockey club," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "Edmonton's got a real good team, they make you play at your top level, and they pushed us to our limits. I thought the guys responded very, very well from last night's game."

Dakota Conroy and Mark Stone also scored for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-1 after 20 and 40 minutes of play.

Boes mae 11 of his 27 saves during the third period, with a couple of those coming in the final minute after Edmonton had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker.

"Throughout the entire game, it's always one shot at a time. Just stay solid, don't let an easy ones in," said Boes, who has a 2.32 GAA and .923 SPCT in 11 appearances this season, "I think with that last push there, there was a couple of bad rebounds but I was fortunate enough that they didn't capitalize on any of them so it was good."

Michael St. Croix and Kristians Pelss scored the goals for Edmonton with Laurent Brossoit stopping 35 shots in the Oil Kings' net.

The victory improved Brandon's record to 9-5-0-1 and leaves them in a three-way tie with Saskatoon and Moose Jaw for second-place in the East Division, one point behind Regina.

The win was also the 1,500th for the Wheat Kings as a franchise since joining the Western Hockey League prior to the 1967-68 season.

Chaff...Brandon was 1-for-4 on the power-play and 4-for-5 penalty-killing...Stone's goal extended his season-opening point-scoring streak to 15 games...Brandon's next game is Tuesday, when they visit the Swift Current Broncos.

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