Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Night of Firsts in Brandon Win over Ice

Curtis Honey makes one of his 34 saves on Tuesday
Curtis Honey made 34 saves for his first career WHL shutout in just his third career start, helping the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 1-0 win over the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night.

“He didn’t give any second chances…he really controlled his rebounds well,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show.

Kevin Sundher scored the game’s only goal at 16:28 of the first period, his first goal since being acquired by Brandon on January 9th.

“He can just play now, he won’t have to think about it, he can just go out and play” said Ritchie, “I thought Kevin was good at both ends of the ice tonight. He’s such a good skater, he can play a 200 foot game…when you have a guy like that that’s playing, it’s a real good thing for our team.”

Nathan Lieuwen made 27 saves for Kootenay, who went 0-for-4 on the power-play in the contest.

The victory moved Brandon (24-22-1-2) six points ahead of ninth-place Red Deer and to within six points of seventh-place Calgary in the Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings will visit the Hitmen on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ or http://www.cklq.com/).

Chaff…it was not only Honey's first career shutout but also the first career win for the Edmonton, Alberta product...Tuesday’s game was Brandon’s first 1-0 victory since February 20, 2008. That night, Joe Caligiuri stopped 30 shots and Jay Fehr had the lone goal for the Wheat Kings...Brenden Walker saw his six-game point streak come to an end on Tuesday...Eric Roy returned to Brandon’s lineup after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

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