Sunday, 2 October 2011

Captain, Corbin lead Wheat Kings to Win

Corbin Boes recorded his 2nd career shutout Saturday
The Brandon Wheat Kings have their first home victory of the season after blanked the Saskatoon Blades 6-0 on Saturday night.

Corbin Boes stopped 23 shots for his second career WHL shutout while Mark Stone had three goals and an assist to pace Brandon's offence.

Stone scored one goal on the power-play, one at even strength and one shorthanded and also opened the scoring for Brandon, giving him the game-winning goal on the night as well.

Brandon opening three goals in the first period came in a span of one minute and 43 seconds, and after the Wheat Kings were forced to kill off a Saskatoon power-play just 33 seconds into the contest.

"I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. The biggest thing, though, was that we got a really important penalty-kill early in the game," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "That allowed us to get our feet underneath us and we never looked back."

After giving up five power-play goals in nine chances in their home-and-home series with Swift Current, the Brandon penalty-kill looked much improved Saturday night, finishing a perfect 5-for-5.

The forwards got into the shooting lanes from the point more and, most importantly, the club some timely saves from netminder Corbin Boes.

Meanwhile, Brandon capitalized three times with the man advantage themselves with Brenden Walker having a goal and two assists, all of which came on the power-play.

It was Walker's second game since coming back from concussion-symptoms and the associated neck strain.

"It was way different (Friday) night. I was j ust kind of getting into it last night, but (Saturday) night was just an awesome game for me," said Walker, "We played well as a team and I think we're just going to keep getting better and better."

Michael Ferland also scored a power-play marker for Brandon while Daniel Asham added his first career Western Hockey League goal.

The victory improved Brandon's record to 3-1-0-1 while it was Saskatoon's first loss after they began the season with three consecutive victories.

Chaff...it was Stone's second career hat-trick -- his first coming back on December 12, 2009...Dakota Conroy assisted in Asham's first period goal for his first career WHL point...Alessio Bertaggia had an assist in the contest to extend his point-scoring streak to five games...D Rene Hunter took a shoulder check to the chin from Saskatoon's Nick Zajac late in the first period and did not return...former Wheat King Scott Glennie has been dealing with a concussion at Dallas Stars' camp, according to The Dallas Morning News...former Wheat King Joe Caligiuri stopped all 46 shots he faced over the weekend to lead the Manitoba Bisons to back-to-back 2-0 victories over the Calgary Dinos on the opening weekend of the Canada West season...the New York Rangers assigned D Dylan McIlrath back to the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.

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