Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ferland Hatty Leads Wheat Kings Past Broncos

Michael Ferland had three goals and an assist to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 7-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday night.

The victory improved Brandon’s road record to 7-3-0-0 after the club recorded just 10 road victories all of last season.

The momentum of the game swayed when Darian Dziurzynski scored at 12:27 of the second period to snap a 2-2 tie, a goal that was confirmed via video review.

The Wheat Kings tacked on two more before the end of the period to take a 5-2 lead to the dressing room in the second intermission.

“I think we had about three or four shifts in a row where we were in the offensive zone. I think we had one quality chance but we were wearing them down,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie, “With our big bodies, it takes a lot of work to battle with those guys in the corner and I think it wore them down, and it opened things up for later in the game.”

Jason Swyripa, Brodie Melnychuk and Mark Stone also scored for the Wheat Kings, with Stone extending his season-opening point-scoring streak to 16 games with a power-play goal in the third period that made it 7-2.

The Wheat Kings came out with a physical brand of game than the previous two home games, something Ritchie feels is important to the club’s success.

“We have to big physical, we have to be hard on the forecheck. When we have guys like Ferland, Dziurzynski and even Mark Stone, he’s a big guy,” said Ritchie, “When those guys are banging bodies, we seem like then we’re around the net, we’re getting those opportunities and guys are willing to pay the price.”

Corbin Boes stopped 25 shots for Brandon, with Graham Black, Reece Scarlett and Coda Gordon scoring goals for Swift Curernt.

Jon Groenheyde made 27 saves in the Broncos’ goal.

Chaff…Darian Dziurzynski could be hearing from the WHL office later this week. The Wheat Kings’ forward was assessed a charging major and game misconduct in the game’s final minute for a hit on Broncos’ forward Andy Blanke…Brandon was 1-for-5 on the power-play while killing off three of five Swift Current power-plays…Stone not only extended his point-scoring streak to 16 games, but his goal-scoring streak now sits at six games in a row…Ferland is now tied for second in the WHL with his 14 goals.

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