Saturday, 11 February 2012

Wheat Kings Break Home-Ice Slide, Win Third Straight

Darian Dziurzynski had a goal and two assists Friday
The Brandon Wheat Kings snapped a six-game home-ice losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

Alessio Bertaggia scored twice and Darian Dziurzynski had a goal and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings' offence.

Bertaggia had just two goals in his previous 16 games while Dziurzynski matched his point total from the previous 14 games combined.

Dziurzynski feels better chemistry with linemate Kevin Sundher was key.

"We got put on a line together a couple of weeks ago, and we just realized how much speed our line has and how much we have to use it," said Dziurzynski on CKLQ's post-game show, "We just try to carry as much speed through the neutral zone as we can and its starting to work out. We're starting to get a lot of scoring opportunities, we're backing defencemen off and we're opening up good shots."

Sundher also scored for Brandon while Ryan Pulock and Michael Ferland had the other goals for the Wheat Kings.

After getting much of their production from the Mark Stone, Brenden Walker, Michael Ferland line for the previous three games, other lines contributed five of the six goals Brandon scored on Friday night.

"All three lines contributed offensively and all three lines played right," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "They played proper, they played hard and they got reward for it and it's nice to see. It should be a good confidence builder for some of those guys."

After a tough month of January the Wheat Kings have now won three in a row, their longest winning streak since a string of four straight victories from November 9 - 18.

"Confidence is huge, especially in the game of hockey. When you go out there and can just feed off your last game and feed off your last win, it's a lot better," said Dziurzynski, "It makes the game a lot easier when you get a little streak going."

Brandon remains four points ahead of ninth-place Red Deer and are just one point behind seventh-place Regina in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings' next action is Sunday night when they begin a three-game road trip in Medicine Hat.

Chaff...Ferland was also assessed an interference major with just over five minutes to play, a penalty that will automatically be reviewed by the WHL office for a possible suspension...Friday's game was just the fifth time in 20 games since the Christmas break the Wheat Kings have scored more than three goals. They are now 4-1-0-0 when that happens...Mark Stone extended his point-scoring streak to eight games with a second period assist, and remains tied with Portland's Ty Rattie for the WHL scoring lead with 88 points.

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