Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Boes Returns to Practice, Few Days Away

Corbin Boes returned to practice on Tuesday
The Brandon Wheat Kings welcomed Corbin Boes back to practice on Tuesday.

The second-year goaltender hasn't played since fracturing his hand December 7th, and is likely still a few days away from returning to the lineup.

"My right hand is a little bit slow, harder to get my stick on the pucks and stuff like that," said Boes after Tuesday's practice, "Obviously, I'm adjusting back to game seed and stuff. I'll all come over the next few days, and hopefully I can get back as soon as I can."

Boes was 11-5-1 with a 3.00 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 22 games before the injury.

Since his injury, the Wheat Kings have gone 4-12-0-1 and the second-year netminder admits its been tough watching.

"With the guys struggling a little bit here, it's sometimes tough to watch," said Boes, "We were in the same situation last year and we managed to find a way to come through that and put on a pretty good run near the end there."

In other injury news, defencemen Rene Hunter, Ryley Miller and Ryan Pulock all practiced on Tuesday but Eric Roy was not on the ice.

Hunter had missed the last two games with an upper body injury while Miller and Pulock both left Sunday's loss in Moose Jaw early because of lower body injuries.

The news wasn't all good on the back-end.  Eric Roy is being listed as being out for two weeks with an upper body injury.
Meanwhile Paul Ciarelli skated before practice as he tries to return from a two-game absence due to an upper body injury.

The Wheat Kings look to end a four-game losing streak when they visit the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night (6:35 p.m., CKLQ).

The Blades will take a five-game winning streak into the contest.

Chaff...Blades' voice Les Lazaruk reported Tuesday that Saskatoon is hopeful goaltender Andrey Makarov (concussion) and forward Josh Nicholls (knee) will return to their lineup on Friday...the Wheat Kings are 21-for-33 (63.6%) in their last eight games...D Brodie Melnychuk has played in 291 career games with the Wheat Kings, one shy of tying Brett Thurston for ninth-place on the club's all-time list...Brandon has qualified for the WHL playoffs for 11 straight years and 18 of the last 19 seasons. The 11 straight is the 2nd-longest active streak in the WHL, behind the Kootenay Ice (13)…Fourth-year defenceman Ryley Miller leads the Wheat Kings with six fighting majors this season followed by rookie blueliner Ayrton Nikkel with five.

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