Sunday, 13 November 2011

Wheat Kings Power Past Raiders

The Brandon Wheat Kings gutted out a 7-4 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night.

Playing their fourth game in five days and sixth in the last nine days, the Wheat Kings used timely scoring and four power-play en route to their 14th victory over the season.

"Yeah, it wasn't pretty, especially the third (period)," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought we had a real good first period, got a little bit complacent to start the second but when they tied it up, I thought our guys did a real good job of just tightening the game back up and regaining that lead going into the second intermission. Again, a little bit of more mental and emotional fatigue than anything."

Mark Stone had two goals and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings' offensively, increasing the Brandon captain's season total to 46 points and moving him back into top spot in the WHL's scoring race.

"Last year was a breakout season for me. It was the first time I was playing big minutes in the Western League so, this year, there was added pressure being the captain and having such a solid campaign last year," said Stone, who's two points ahead of Medicine Hat's Emerson Etem, "I'm not going to lie, I have a lot of confidence in my game right now and I'm looking forward to keeping it going."

Ryan Pulock added two goals and an assist and leads all WHL defenceman in scoring with 26 points, while Darian Dziurzynski, Brenden Walker and Dakota Conroy also scored for Brandon.

Specialty team were also big on Saturday night, with Brandon scoring four power-play goals and being a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill.

"When we win hockey games, our power-play usually clicks at a pretty good percentage," said Stone, "Obviously tonight, again, it scored us some big goals at the right times."

Brandon Anderson made 44 saves in the Wheat Kings net including 18 in the third period.

The victory improved Brandon to 14-6-1-1 on the season and moved them into a tie with Medicine Hat and Tri-City for first-place in the overall WHL standings.

The Wheat Kings are idle until Friday, when they'll host Medicine Hat (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Minnedosa product Chad Robinson scored his third goal of the season in Red Deer's 7-4 victory over Victoria on Saturday night...Prince Albert dealt F Teal Burns to Everett Saturday for a sixth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft...there are reports that Moose Jaw defenceman Morgan Rielly will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered last weekend.

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