Saturday, 19 November 2011

Wheat Kings Tame Tigers, Win Fourth Straight

Jens Meilleur had a goal and an assist Friday in his
return to the Brandon lineup
The Brandon Wheat Kings extended their winning streak to four games Friday night, beating the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-4.

Darian Dziurzynski had two goals and two assists for the Wheat Kings as Brandon moved into first-place in the Western Hockey League's overall standings.

"We gave up too many chances versus the rush, and we just have to get back to playing our game," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "We've given up too many scoring chances the last few games. Fortunately, we've got the wins and that's a nice thing is that we're not playing at our best right now and still winning games."

Dziurzynski played on a line with Paul Ciarelli and Jens Meilleur Friday and the threesome clicked with Ciarelli having a goal and an assist and Meilleur also having a goal and an assist in his return from a 16-game absence.

"I thought we still didn't play the best game but to get a win out of that is pretty good," said Dziurzynski on CKLQ's post-game show, "They just work so hard, it's so easy to play with them. You don't even have to look around, you know they're going to be supporting you down the wall so you can throw it down low behind the net and one of them is going to be there."

Mark Stone scored his 20th of the season, giving the Wheat Kings' captain goals in 12 of the last 13 games, while Alessio Bertaggia snapped a 12-game goalless streak with his first marker since October 18th.

The victory improved Brandon to 15-6-1-1 and leaves the Wheat Kings one point ahead of both Saskatoon and Red Deer in the Eastern Conference and overall WHL standings.

Brandon continues their busy weekend Saturday night when they visit the Swift Current Broncos (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon went 0-for-3 on the power-play and was 3-for-4 on the penalty-kill...former Wheat King Eric Fehr could make his Jets' debut on Saturday afternoon when Winnipeg hosts the Philadelphia Flyers...Oak River product John Paddock was in attendance at Friday's Wheat Kings' game. Paddock is in his third season as the assistant general manager of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, who visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. Paddock, who was the GM of the Jets when they left for Phoenix in 1996, was my guest during the second intermission of Friday's broadcast and talked about the Jets and updated us on the injury status of former Wheat Kings' co-captain Brayden Schenn.

1 comment:

Curious said...

Anywhere on line I can find Clouston's interview from Shawtv during last nights game? Will the Wheatkings post on their website?