Saturday, 8 October 2011

Wheat Kings Double Cougars

Corbin Boes made 28 saves Friday
Four unanswered goals in the second period led the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-3 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Friday night.

Michael Ferland had his second career hat-trick, getting the third goal into an empty-net with 30 seconds left, while Ryan Pulock had a goal and three assists for the Wheat Kings.

After a ho-hum first period that saw Brandon trailed 2-1, the Wheat Kings were sparked by Alessio Bertaggia's game-tying goal just 11 seconds into the middle frame.

By the time the smoke cleared 2:28 later, Michael Ferland had scored twice more to give Brandon a 4-2 lead.

"It was definitely a big part of our win, got off to a very good start," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think that goal got them back on their heals, and what it allowed us to do was building momentum, and we never looked back after that."

Carter Proft notched his first career WHL goal at 7:36 of the second period to put the Wheat Kings up 5-2 and put Cougars' rookie Devon Fordyce on the bench, being replaced by veteran Drew Owsley.

While Owsley kept Brandon at bay the rest of the game, the Cougars could only manage a goal by Troy Bourke 5:38 into the third period the rest of the way before Ferland salted it away with his empty-net goal.

Brandon finished the night 2-for-4 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill, once again showing the importance of winning the specialty teams' battle.

Defencemen Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy have keyed Brandon's power-play, which is operating at a league-best 41.7 per cent (10-for-24).

"We're just trying to move the puck smoothly," said Pulock, "If we move it smoothly, it seems to open up a lot for the forwards down low."

Brandon is now idle until Wednesday, when the club opens a seven-game road trip by visiting the Spokane Chiefs.

Chaff...Mark Stone had three assists to extend his season-opening point scoring streak to six games (5 G, 11 A)...Killarney product Reid Gow scored his first goal of the season in Spokane's 6-4 loss in Kamloops on Friday night...the Saskatoon Blades officially announced Friday that F Darian Dziurzynski, 20, would be returning to the team from the AHL's Portland Pirates.

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