Saturday, 14 January 2012

Wheat Kings' Lineup vs. Victoria (January 14, 2012)

35. Curtis Honey
33. Brandon Anderson

3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
7. Eric Roy - 32. Ryley Miller
12. Dylan Kuczek - 6. Ayrton Nikkel

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

- Paul Ciarelli and Rene Hunter join the Wheat Kings' injury list for tonight's game. Ciarelli looked like he hurt his neck after being hit-from-behind by Red Deer's Alex Petrovic late in the third period of last night's game. I didn't see what happened to Hunter.

- Tyrel Seaman (suspected concussion) is apparently back home to continue his recovery from his injury while Corbin Boes (fractured hand, 10-14 days) is the other Brandon scratch.

- Curtis Honey makes his 2nd career WHL start and first on home-ice tonight. Honey played well in Brandon's 4-1 loss in Prince Albert last Friday night and a good performance tonight may lead to more starts in the near future.

- Brandon needs improved play from a couple of their veteran players and they try to pull themselves out of their funk that has seen them go 6-12-0-0 in their last 18 games. D Ryley Miller has a -15 rating in the last 14 games; F Darian Dziurzynski has four points (2 G, 2 A) and is -4 in the last seven games, numbers that would look a lot worse if not for his four points and +4 rating in the 11-3 win in Prince Albert last Saturday.

- Victoria enters Saturday's game on a 10-game losing streak. The Royals have given up at least one power-play goal in 18 consecutive games (60-87 on the PK, or 69.0% in that span).

- Jordan Fransoo and Dakota Conroy return to Brandon after being dealt by the Wheat Kings to the Royals on Monday night. Fransoo had an assist and was even in his Victoria debut last night, a 7-3 loss in Regina. Conroy was pointless and -3.

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