Sunday, 26 February 2012

Brandon Picks Up Another Home-Ice Win

Brenden Walker and the Wheat Kings kept close
tabs on Lane Scheidl at the Pats Saturday
The Brandon Wheat Kings won for the sixth time in seven games Saturday night, defeating the Regina Pats 2-1 in a shootout.

Paul Ciarelli scored the lone goal in regulation for Brandon while Mark Stone scored the only goal of the shootout as the Wheat Kings won in the circus for the second straight night.

The club had ended a 12-game shootout losing streak Friday with a 3-2 win over Swift Current.

Saturday's game was a tight-checking, defensive contest throughout with Corbin Boes making 23 saves in the Brandon net and stopping all three Regina attempts in the shootout.

"This year, we've worked on our D-Zone a lot and I think it's finally coming together," said Brandon defenceman Ryan Pulock on CKLQ's post-game show, "It's definitely key for the D-Zone that we're getting some key saves as well."

Jake Rodewald scored the Pats' only goal 1:51 into the first period while Ciarelli's marker tied the game at 15:40 of the opening frame.

Brandon held Regina's 100-point man Jordan Weal off the scoresheet, leaving the Pats' forward with just one point, a goal, in four games against the Wheat Kings this season.

"He's definitely a good player, and we know that so you always have to know where he is," said Pulock, "I think the biggest part is you have to be strong on him. He's a bit of a smaller guy so you have to get good body position on him, it's hard for him to go around us."

Saturday's game was the Wheat Kings' final one for February, with the club finishing with a 9-2-0-1 record while outscoring their opposition 46-30 in the process.

Brandon remains one point behind the seventh-place Pats but also just four points out of fourth-place in the Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings are idle until Friday, when they'll conclude their six-game home stand by hosting the Lethbridge Hurricances.

Chaff...Mark Stone's point-scoring streak ended at 13 games on Saturday night...Brodie Melnychuk played career game #310 on Saturday, moving him past current Pats' Director of Scouting Dale McMullin and into a tie with Aaron Goldade for fourth-place in the Wheat Kings' all-time list...Brandon's penalty-kill was 3-for-3 Saturday and is a perfect 13-for-13 over the last six games...the 24 shots against marked the firsts time since January 18th the Wheat Kings had held an opponent under 30 shots, a span of 17 straight games...attendance Saturday was 4,065, leaving Brandon with an average of 4,057 through 31 home games. That's down 219 fans per game from last season's average attendance.

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