Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Wheat Kings' Lineup at Kootenay (January 24, 2012)

Curtis Honey starts in goal for the Wheat Kings tonight

35. Curtis Honey
1. Corbin Boes

3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
32. Ryley Miller - 7. Eric Roy
12. Dylan Kuczek - 9. Rene Hunter

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

- Brandon scratches G Brandon Anderson (Coaches' Decision), F Dominick Favreau (shoulder) and F Tyrel Seaman (concussion). Corbin Boes is in the lineup for the first time since fracturing his hand December 7th in Edmonton and will backup starting goaltender Curtis Honey.

- D Eric Roy returns to the Brandon lineup tonight after missing three games with a shoulder injury. Roy is tied for fourth in defencemen scoring in the WHL with 38 points but, like the Wheat Kings, has slowed down in December and January. He's got two goals, seven points and a -7 rating in the last 15 games.

- Some new line combinations for the Wheat Kings tonight (see above). Interesting to see Dyzurzynski with Ciarelli and Meilleur and Swyripa on a line with Walker and Ferland.

- Brandon head coach Cory Clouston is back behind the bench in Cranbrook for the first time since April 4, 2007. The Ice dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Calgary Hitmen that night in Game #7 of their first round playoff series. It was an upset, as the Ice had finished the regular season with a 49-17-3-3 record and 19 points higher in the standings than the Hitmen. The game was the final one of Clouston's six-season tenure as Kootenay's head coach, as he left in that off-season to become head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators.

- Kootenay's lineup is the same as it was for Saturday's 7-3 win in Brandon with an exception in net, where Nathan Lieuwen starts instead of rookie MacKenzie Skapski, who made 33 saves in Saturday's victory. Ice captain Drew Czerwonka (upper body) and Winnipeg product Luke Paulsen (upper body) are Kootenay's two scratches.

- A good omen for the Wheat Kings? They're 6-3-0-1 in their last ten regular season visits to the Cranbrook Rec-Plex.

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