Monday, 14 November 2011

Wheat Kings Look Forward to Break

After a busy schedule, the Brandon Wheat Kings get a bit of a rest this week.

The club is idle until Friday after a stretch of six games in nine games, with the club going 4-1-1-0 in that span.

"We feel the most important thing right now is rest, especially when we have four guys playing four games in four nights this week," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's Coaches' Corner on Monday morning, "It's a real tough part of the schedule and, to me, the fatigue factor is very crucial to monitor so the guys are probably going to get a couple of days off here."

Four Wheat Kings will get in a little extra action this week, with Mark Stone, Michael Ferland, Jordan Fransoo and Ryan Pulock all to play with Team WHL in the Subway Super Series on Thursday.

Brandon then hosts Medicine Hat Friday, visits Swift Current Saturday and Moose Jaw on Sunday.

The Wheat Kings will take a three-game winning streak into Friday's game versus the Tigers, with the club's penalty-kill one of the reasons for that success.

Brandon is 9-for-9 on the kill in the last three games, the first time this season the Wheat Kings have gone three straight games without surrendering a power-play goal.

"Credit to the guys that are going out there. They're playing with a lot more pride, and they're playing with confidence," said Clouston, "It's no different than power-play or regular 5-on-5, when you have confidence, you seem to be a little bit sharper, that much quicker on your reaction and that much better on your execution."

Overall this season, Brandon ranks 15th in the WHL with a 75.6% success rate on their penalty-kill.

To listen to the complete edition of Monday's Coaches Corner with Cory Clouston, please go here.

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