Saturday, 10 December 2011

Anderson Stars as Wheat Kings Top Rebels

Brandon Anderson made 40 saves in Friday night
Mark Stone had two goals and an assist to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.

Alessio Bertaggia, Jordan Fransoo and Darian Dziurzynski also scored for Brandon while Brandon Anderson made 40 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net.

“He’s a veteran guys and we have to get him started playing some games, and he’s going to get to play some games now,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought he made some big saves late in the game, when they had some chances in the third. That’s what you want from your goaltender, just to make that save at the right time and that’s what we got tonight.”

The teams were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes before Bertaggia scored 2:13 into the third period to give Brandon their first lead of the game and Jordan Fransoo added a 4-on-4 goal at 6:37 to extend the Wheat Kings’ lead to 4-2.

Colten Mayor and Matt Dumba scored power-play goals for Red Deer in the first 5:21 of the first period to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead with Stone scoring just past the nine minute mark of the first and with just under three minutes left in the second period to tie the game.

Alex Petrovic also scored for Red Deer, the Rebels’ third power-play goal of the night at 8:13 mark of the third period that cut Brandon’s lead down to one before Dziurzynski salted things away with an empty-net goal with 54 seconds left.

Michael Ferland added two assists in his return to the Brandon lineup after missing three games with a suspension.

“He’s an important guy on our team, and just having him on the ice makes all of our guys feel bigger,” said Ritchie, “He’s got a great skill set and when he finishes checks a lot like he did tonight, he’s definitely a presence on the ice.”

The victory was Brandon’s tenth road win of the season, matching their total from all of last season, and leaves the Wheat Kings two points behind Moose Jaw for top spot in the East Division.

Brandon concludes their Alberta road trip Sunday afternoon with a matchup against the Calgary Hitmen (2:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff…Brandon forwards Mark Stone and Michael Ferland will leave the Wheat Kings on Saturday to attend the Canadian Junior Team’s Selection Camp in Calgary…Friday’s game was the 279th for D Brodie Melnychuk for his Wheat Kings’ career, tying him with Eric Fehr for 11th-place on the career list.

1 comment:

Darren said...

As a Lethbridge Hurricane supporter, I wish Brandon Anderson the best. I just hope for Wheat King's fans that he is able to show himself better than he did as a Cane to start this year. He was a mess to say the least.