Friday, 16 December 2011

Wheat Kings Look to Power Into Break

Washington goaltending coach Dave Prior spent part of
Thursday in Brandon, instructing Capitals' prospect and
Wheat Kings' netminder Brandon Anderson
The Brandon Wheat Kings' power-play hasn't had many slumps this season, but it's in one right now.

The club is 1-for-13 with the man advantage over the last five games, surrending a pair of shorthanded goals in the process.

"I think a lack of shooting," said Brandon defenceman Eric Roy after Thursday's practice, "We're trying to get too cute out there on our power-play and that's not helping us out too well,"

Despite their recent struggles, the Wheat Kings still lead the Western Hockey League with a 28.8 per cent success rate this season.

Roy and fellow defenceman Ryan Pulock have been key to the success, combining for 65 points including 36 on the power-play and ranking 1-2 in defencemen scoring in the WHL.

However, Roy says that lately, teams have been trying to be aggressive to them at the points.

"I've noticed that a lot. I've tried to look to Pulock for his one-timer, but teams are really taking it away so I just try to pass it down to Mike (Ferland) and hope the forwards can help us out," said Roy, "They're really taking us away."

The Wheat Kings plays their final game of the first half Friday night as they host the Kamloops Blazers (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

It looks like they'll do so without Alessio Bertaggia.

Bertaggia sat out practice Thursday after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury in Tuesday's victory over Kelowna.

He joins Tyrel Seaman (suspected concussion) and Corbin Boes (broken hand) in the Wheat Kings' infirmary.

Chaff...last season, the Wheat Kings had a record of 13-19-1-4 going into the Christmas break. They were 25-11-0-2 at the break in 2009-2010 and 20-13-1-1 at the break in 2008-2009...Brandon is averaging 4,063 fans per game through 17 home games this season. Last year's average attendance was 4,276.

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