Thursday, 20 October 2011

Dziurzynski Hatty Helps Wheat Kings Trounce 'Tips

Ayrton Nikkel notched his first career WHL goal on
Wednesday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out the American side of their seven-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night.

Darian Dziurzynski notched his second career hat-trick and his first as a Wheat King in just his second game, completing the three-goal effort with a shorthanded goal with less than a minute remaining in the third period.

Michael Ferland, Brenden Walker and Paul Ciarelli added a goal and two assists each for the Wheat Kings, who blew open a 2-1 game by scoring five unanswered goals in the second period.

Dziurzynski now has four goals in his first two games with Brandon, and is proving to be as good as advestised.

“He’s very similar to Mike (Ferland). They are both heavy on the puck, they both go to the net hard and have good shots,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “If you give them a chance, they’re going to shoot it hard but if there’s rebounds around the net, they’ll get there too and bang those ones home and score the ugly ones as well.”

The victory followed up a 4-1 win in Seattle on Tuesday night, marking the first time this season Brandon had won both ends of games on back-to-back nights.

“(Tuesday) night, we talked about not getting your emotions too high,” said Ritchie, “I thought our guys did a really good job preparing themselves to play likewe want them to play and to play the systems, and they did.”

Mark Stone scored in Brandon’s second period barrage to extend his season-opening point-streak to 11 games while Ayrton Nikkel added his first career WHL goal for the Wheat Kings.

The victory improved Brandon’s overall record to 7-3-0-1 and moved the Wheat Kings into a tie with the Saskatoon Blades for top spot in the WHL’s East Division.

“It shows that our guys are playing with good structured hockey. We’re winning games, obviously, and we can think back to last year and where we were at this time and how our guys were just starting to find their way,” said Ritchie, “Right now, at this time this year, our guys understand what’s expected from them and they’re doing it on the ice.”

The Wheat Kings have an off day on Thursday before resuming their road trip on Friday night when they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers (8:00 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon Anderson made his second straight start in the Wheat Kings’ net and stopped 30 of 32 shots…Silvertips’ D Ryan Murray left the game in the first period with what appeared to be a leg injury after taking a hit from Brandon captain Mark Stone…the Wheat Kings returned Jack Palmer, 16, to the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League following Wednesday’s contest...former Wheat King Brayden Schenn was recalled from Adirondack (AHL) by the Phildelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Schenn had four goals and eight points in four games with the Phantoms.

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