Friday, 2 December 2011

Roy Focus on Defence, Not Offence

Eric Roy
Eric Roy's sophmore season with the Brandon Wheat Kings couldn't be going much better.

Roy is currently leading all WHL defencemen in scoring with 30 points and was chosen Brandon's Player of the Month for November on Thursday.

Roy says he couldn't have imagined that type of success he's having this year.

"I never thought I'd be at 30 points at the start of the season," said Roy after Thursday's practice, "Everything is going in so far, confidence is good and everything's going good so far."

Roy had three goals, 15 points and was +5 during the month of November and the Beauval, Saskatchewan product says despite all his offensive numbers, his biggest improvement this season has been at the other end of the ice.

"I think my defensive zone has improved a lot this year," said Roy, "Coaches are really helping me out, and I'm just trying to focus on that more than the offence. Offence will come but it's defence first."

Roy and fellow sophmore Ryan Pulock have been a lethal combination on Brandon's league-leading power-play unit, helping the Wheat Kings to a 31.0 per cent success rate so far this season.

Brandon returns to action Friday night, hosting the Red Deer Rebels (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

The Wheat Kings will be without forward Michael Ferland on Friday, as he's been suspended by the WHL for Wednesday's end of game fight with Vancouver's Wes Vannieuwenhuizen.

The length of the suspension has not been determined.

However, rookie Dakota Conroy could return to Brandon's lineup Friday after missing four games with a foot injury.

Chaff...former Wheat King Tyler Plante has placed on unconditional waivers by the NHL's Florida Panthers on Thursday. If he clears, his contract will be mutually terminated and then he's expected to sign with Mora in Sweden for the rest of the season...the Rebels enter Friday's game on a seven-game losing streak but Minnedosa product Chad Robinson is having a good season to date. Robinson has four goals and 15 points in 26 games this year.

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