Thursday, 17 November 2011

Team WHL Set for Subway Super Series Finale

Team WHL Part Deux, for Game #6 of the Subway
Super Series Thursday in Moose Jaw
The Subway Super Series concludes tonight with Team WHL battling the Russian Selects at Mosiac Place in Moose Jaw.

Team WHL’s lineup will have 14 different players than for last night’s contest in Regina, including Mark Stone, Michael Ferland, Ryan Pulock and Jordan Fransoo of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

“It makes things a little bit more comfortable, obviously, having some friends from your club team,” said Stone after Team WHL’s game-day skate this morning in Regina, “I think the four of us are excited to be here, and honouring the opportunity that we have.”

Stone currently leads the WHL in scoring with 46 points in 22 games and had a fantastic few days at Hockey Canada’s Summer Development Camp in early August while playing on a line with Ryan Johansen and Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Winnipeg product tallied four goals and four assists for eight points in the two intrasquad games that were held as part of the Development Camp and, considering his start to the season, Stone’s invitation to next month’s Canadian Junior Team Selection Camp should be automatic.

“I just need to play my game, keep my feet moving and be a big body out there,” said Stone when asked what he hoped to accomplish tonight, “We have a big team this game and, hopefully, I should be able to go to the net hard and finish on some opportunities.”

Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders played between Stone and Ferland in today’s skate while Pulock was paired with Saskatoon’s Duncan Siemens and Fransoo’s partner was Zach Yuen of the Tri-City Americans.

Among the other participants for the game tonight in Brandon product Joel Edmundson of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Edmundson was added to the Team WHL roster earlier this week as an injury replacement for Mark Pysyk of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

“It was a huge surprise,” said Edmundson, “I’ve only played six games this year because I had an ankle injury so it’s a great surprise and will definitely boost my confidence.”

A second round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Edmundson and the rest of the 14 newcomers in Team WHL’s lineup tonight got a chance to watch the Russian Selects play Team WHL last night in Regina.

“They’re a good, quick team. All the players have great hands and good vision of the ice,” said Edmundson, who is paired with Warriors’ teammate Dylan McIlrath, “I think our defence will just have to keep things simple, just get pucks deep and let our forwards do the work.”

Medicine Hat Tigers’ goaltender Tyler Bunz didn’t skate with Team WHL on Thursday morning, with Moose Jaw netminder Luke Siemens taking his place.

Team WHL head coach Don Hay said it was doubtful Bunz would play in the game tonight.

Bunz did not suffer a concussion when he was struck in the head by a puck while sitting on the bench, but did get a sizable bump on the right temple.

Apparently, the swelling would need to come down in order for him to be able to put his mask on and wear it properly.

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