Sunday, 29 January 2012

Wheat Kings Close Out Road Trip with Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their Central Division road trip Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.

Mark Stone and Ryan Pulock had a goal and an assist each for Brandon while Corbin Boes made 39 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net.

“That’s what you have to have at this time of the year,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “You have to have guys blocking shots, you going to need some good goaltending the stretch and Corbin was real good.”

Michael Ferland also scored for Brandon as they finished a roller-coaster four-game road trip with a 2-2-0-0 record.

“We knew coming into this road trip that all the teams were tough and I we would have taken .500 on this road trip,” added Ritchie, “Sometimes, it’s the games you do win that might be just as important.”

Turner Elson scored both goals for Red Deer while Deven Dubyk made 21 saves in the Rebels’ net.

The victory moves Brandon four points ahead of the ninth-place Rebels for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and leaves the Wheat Kings five points behind the seventh-place Regina Pats.

Brandon’s next action is Friday night when they entertain the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…Stone’s two points give him 79 on the season, tied for 3rd in the WHL and six points behind leader Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks…the Wheat Kings did not have a power-play chance for the first time this season.

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