Saturday, 5 November 2011

Walker's Four Points Lead Brandon to 3rd Straight Win

Brenden Walker had two goals and two assists to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night.

It was Brandon's third straight win, and moved the Wheat Kings into sole possession of first-place in the East Division standings, one point ahead of idle Regina.

Mark Stone's goal just 18 seconds into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games.

"We had to get that quick lead. The boys come out in the third period firing, we had a lot of communication in the room and everything went well," said Brandon defenceman Eric Roy on CKLQ's post-game show, "The pucks went in, we played good defensive and trapped and got the win."

Stone also had two assists in the contest while Michael Ferland had a goal and three helpers, giving that line a total of 11 points.

Ryan Pulock also scored for Brandon while Roy chipped in with three assists.

Pulock and Roy now have 19 points each and are tied for the most points for a defenceman in the Western Hockey League.

"I'm obviously feeling a lot better than last year," said Roy, "It's a bit surprising that I've caught up to my point totals from last year but you have to give credit to (Cory) Clouston and (assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoyhuk). They're really trusting me this year and giving me a lot more ice and everything is going good so far."

Brandon returns to action Saturday night, hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon went 2-for-6 on the power-play and went 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill...attendance Friday was 4,152, pushing Brandon's average to 4,039 through seven home games...Ferland has 19 points (8 G, 11 A) in the last nine games.

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