Saturday, 25 February 2012

Shootout Drought Ends for Wheat Kings

Corbin Boes made 35 saves Friday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their first shootout win in over two years Friday night, defeating the Swift Current Broncos 3-2.

The Wheat Kings entered the game just 1-for-11 in shootout attempts this season but Mark Stone and Eric Roy scored on the club's first two chances Friday and Corbin Boes stopped both Swift Current shooters as Brandon won a game decided by a shootout for the first time since January 15, 2010 -- snapping a string of 12 straight shootout losses.

"First period there, it was really quiet, just five of six shots against," said Brandon goaltender Corbin Boes on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think I did a good job of keeping my focus throughout the game and giving the guys a chance to win."

The game was goalless through 40 minutes before Brad Hoban opened the scoring 4:53 into the third period.

Rookie Ayrton Nikkel converted a sweet goal mouth pass from Bruno Mraz just over three minutes later to tie the contest 1-1, and then a power-play goal from Mark Stone with just under four minutes left in the third period gave Brandon their first lead of the game.

The Broncos tied it with 1:03 left in regulation when Hoban tipped a Richard Nedomlel point shot past Boes for his second of the game.

"For the most part, I think our team did a good job keeping shots to the outside," said Boes, who finished with 35 saves including 28 in the second and third periods combined, "They got a few chances late there but I guess part of my job is to make some of the saves and give our team a chance to win."

The victory leaves Brandon with an 8-1-0-1 record in their last ten games but still in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind Regina and three behind Saskatoon.

The Wheat Kings will host the Pats on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Mark Stone now has point in 14 straight games, notching 30 points in that span (8 G, 22 A)...Stone has 105 points on the season and is one point behind Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans in the WHL scoring race after Friday's games...the Wheat Kings were 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill Friday and are 10-for-10 over the last five games, the first time this season they've gone five straight games without surrendering a power-play goal...the Minnesota Wild activated Brandon product Carson McMillan from IR on Friday and assigned him to the Houston Aeros (AHL).

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