Friday, 25 November 2011

Stone Hoping for Reward Monday

Paul Ciarelli (left) & Brenden Walker work on their faceoff
skills with assistant coach Darren Ritchie during practice
on Thursday.
Brandon Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone has one eye looking forward to Monday.

That's when Hockey Canada will announce the National Junior Team Selection Camp roster.

Considering his start to the season and his outstanding performance at the Summer Evaluation Camp in August, there's little doubt that Stone will be one of the players invited but he still is looking forward to getting the official word.

"It was a good experience for myself and the Selection Camp Roster is coming out Monday," said Stone after practice Thursday, "I obviously want to be on it and make the team in December."

Stone leads the WHL in scoring with 55 points including 23 goals.

Stone had 37 goals among his 106 points last season and the Winnipeg product says his goal production was something he wanted to pick up.

"I wanted to fill the net a little more this year," said Stone, "Last year, I passed the puck quite a bit and I was told to start shooting the puck when I got my chances so that's something I'm trying to do."

Another plus to Stone's season so far has been his remarkable consistency, with goals in 15 of the last 16 games Brandon has played, and points in 25 of 26 games this season.

"You want to be consistent every night and perform for your team each and every night," said Stone, "I've been healthy all season and I'm hoping to keep that success with a healthy season."

Stone and the Wheat Kings open a home-and-home series with the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

It looks like Brandon will get defenceman Ryan Pulock back in their lineup Friday after he sat out Tuesday's loss to Calgary with a suspected neck injury.

Pulock practiced fully on Thursday while Ryley Miller and Dominick Favreau were both limited in practice and have to be considered doubtful for this weekend.

Rookie forward Dakota Conroy is not expected to play this weekend because of a foot injury.

Chaff...the Warriors will be without defenceman Dylan McIlrath Friday. McIlrath has been suspended indefinitely by the WHL after being assessed a charging major in their loss to Calgary on Wednesday night...Moose Jaw F Tanner Eberle also has two games left to serve on his suspension for a checking-from-behind major he received in a game against Brandon last Sunday...Brandon F Alessio Bertaggia takes a four-game goal streak into Friday's game (5 G, 2 A) while F Darian Dziurzynski (5 G, 3 A) and Tyrel Seaman (1 G, 5 A) are both on five-game point streaks.

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