Friday, 11 November 2011

Miller's 'Mr. Hockey' Hatty Leads Brandon to Win

Corbin Boes has a 1.88 GAA and a .938 SPCT in
12 appearances since October 1st
The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their fifth win in seven games on Friday afternoon, downing the visiting Swift Current Broncos 4-1.

Mark Stone and Ryley Miller had a goal and an assist each for Brandon while Corbin Boes made 25 saves in the Wheat Kings net.

"We played out systems real well and didn't give them too much," said Miller on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we spent a lot of time in the offensive zone and didn't give them anything."

Miller, who scored his first career WHL goal Wednesday in Prince Albert, was also involved in a second period scrap with Swift Current's Andy Blanke, giving the fourth-year defenceman the 'Gordie Howe Hat-Trick.'

Brandon led 2-0 after the first period and the tone changed somewhat in the second, when the teams combined for 64 penalty minutes in a period that took more than 40 minutes to complete.

"I liked the fact that we beat them with good, solid play and when they tried to be physical against us, we responded very well and answered the bell," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "We re-focused in the third period and played really well there."

Paul Ciarelli and Dominick Favreau also scored for the Wheat Kings, with Favreau's goal opening the scoring 6:15 into the first period.

It was his first game back in the Brandon lineup after missing 16 contests with a knee injury.

The victory improved Brandon to 13-6-1-1 on the season and moved then into sole possession of first-place in the WHL's East Division, one point ahead of Saskatoon.

Brandon tries to maintain that spot Saturday night when they entertain the Prince Albert Raiders (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Mark Stone now has goals in 10 of his last 11 games, and points in 20 of 21 games this season...Brandon went 0-for-4 on the power-play an was 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill...Wheat Kings' F Bruno Mraz appeared to suffer an injury to his hand or a finger during the second period and did not return...the announced attendance of 4,978 was Brandon's largest crowd of the season.

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