Friday, 20 January 2012

Brandon Lineup at Saskatoon (January 20, 2012)

33. Brandon Anderson
35. Curtis Honey

3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
32. Ryley Miller - 9. Rene Hunter
12. Dylan Kuczek - 6. Ayrton Nikkel

27. Michael Ferland - 29. Kevin Sundher - 16. Mark Stone
19. Darian Dziurzynski - 8. Brenden Walker - 13. Alessio Bertaggia
22. Dominick Favreau - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 14. Jason Swyripa
24. Jens Meilleur - 20. Daniel Asham - 18. Bruno Mraz

- the Wheat Kings are scratching D Eric Roy (shoulder), G Corbin Boes (hand) and F Tyrel Seaman (concussion). Boes could be ready to return to the Brandon lineup as early as tomorrow night, when Brandon hosts the Kootenay Ice. If not, then certainly by Tuesday's rematch in Cranbrook.

- Brandon is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since November 30 - December 2, when they picked up home-ice victories over Vancouver and Red Deer respectively. The last time the Wheat Kings won two straight on the road was October 18-19, when they downed Seattle and Everett on successive nights.

- Wheat Kings' captain Mark Stone has been held pointless in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Stone enters Friday's game four points shy of 250 for his WHL career and in third place in the WHL scoring race, two points behind Regina's Jordan Weal and five back of Portland's Ty Rattie.

- The Blades welcome Josh Nicholls back to their lineup tonight after a 16-game absence because of a knee injury. Nicholls had 20 goals and 35 points in 30 games at the time of the injury.

- Goaltender Andrey Markarov apparently had a setback in his return from a concussion and will not play this weekend.

- Blades' defenceman Duncan Siemens also returns for Saskatoon tonight after a one-game absence because of a team-imposed suspension for violating team rules.

- Saskatoon's specialty teams have been on fire lately. The Blades power-play is 11-for-35 (31.4%) and their penalty kill is 38-for-42 (90.5%) in the last ten games. Conversely, Brandon is 10-for-65 (15.4%) on the power-play in their last 16 games and are 24-for-36 (66.7%) on the penalty-kill on their last nine games.

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