Sunday, 8 January 2012

Wheat Kings Bomb Raiders

The Brandon Wheat Kings broke a three-game losing streak in convincing fashion on Saturday night, downing the Prince Albert Raiders 11-3.

Darian Dziurzynski had two goals and two assists for Brandon while Michael Ferland and Jens Meilleur also scored a pair of goals each for the Wheat Kings.

Ferland and Eric Roy scored power-play goals 1:36 apart midway through the second period to snap a 2-2 tie and the Wheat Kings never looked back, leading 5-3 through 40 minutes before scoring six unanswered goals in the third period.

Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie thought the back-to-back power-play goals were key in the win.

“Our power-play was a lot better tonight. We went 2-for-5 on it and we had such good movement and quality chances,” said Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I know, lately, it hasn’t been great but to get two goals tonight and timely goals when we got them, that was key.”

Brandon set the tone early in the first period with Michael Ferland and Mark Stone both laying solid checks on the opening shift, a contrast to Friday’s 4-1 loss when the Raiders seemed to initiate a lot of the physical play.

The Wheat Kings took advantage, with Paul Ciarelli and Meilleur giving Brandon a 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old.

“I thought right on the first shift Mike had a great hit, and then Stoner,” said Ritchie, “It just leads into everybody hitting, everybody going and gets momentum on your team. I thought everybody bought in tonight and did a good job of it.”

Alessio Bertaggia, Dakota Conroy and Daniel Asham also scored for the Wheat Kings, who got points from 16 of their 18 skaters on the night.

Brandon (22-17-1-1) returns to action Wednesday night when they open a three-game home stand by hosting the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Brandon captain Mark Stone had a pair of assists Saturday to push his season point total to 68…prior to Saturday’s game, the Wheat Kings had scored nine goals in their previous five games combined…the Everett Silvertips dealt F Jesse Mychan, 19, to the Tri-City Americans on Saturday for a fourth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft…the WHL trade deadline is at 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday.

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