Friday, 17 February 2012

Wheat Kings Cruise Past Raiders

Bruno Mraz scored his first career WHL goal on Friday
The Brandon Wheat Kings pushed their winning streak to three games Friday night with a 6-1 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.

Brandon led 3-0 before the game was nine minutes old and basically cruised to the victory from that point, outshooting Prince Albert 42-30 in the process.

"We talked about getting off to a good start. It was important for our momentum and our mental state of mind," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston on CKLQ's post-game show, "We've played a lot of hockey, and it's a lot easier to play with a lead than getting behind."

The line of Mark Stone, Brenden Walker and Michael Ferland combined for 11 points with Stone having a goal and four assists, Walker a goal and two assists and Ferland two goals and a helper.

That threesome has 19 goals and 45 points in the last seven games, six of which have been Brandon victories.

Ryan Pulock also scored for Brandon Friday night while Bruno Mraz's first career WHL goal opened the scoring 5:23 into the contest.

"The last seven or eight games has been his best hockey and it was nice to see him get rewarded for his effort," said Clouston, "Not only in the offensive zone, but I thought he did a real good job defensively and the effort was very good for him and it's been that way for the last little while."

Brandon Anderson stopped 29 shots in the Wheat Kings with Antoine Corbin breaking his shutout bid with just 4:05 left in the third period.

The victory moved the Wheat Kings to within a single point of seventh-place Regina in the Eastern Conference standings.

Brandon will host the Raiders again on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Mark Stone five-point night pushed his league-leading point total to 99. He is on the verge of becoming the first Wheat King to record back-to-back 100 point seasons since Peter Schaefer in 1995-96 and 1996-97...Jason Swyripa was in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game in Letbridge but left after the first period and did not return...Dominick Favreau returned from a four-game absence with an upper body injury...Mac Beaton passed away on Tuesday at the age of 83. Beaton was a member of the Wheat Kings' team that lost in the final of the 1949 Memorial Cup to the Montreal Royals...Darren Dietz scored four times in Sasktoon's 7-3 win over Swift Current Friday, tying the WHL record for most goals by a defenceman in a single game. Eight players now share the record including former Wheat King Justin Kurtz, who turned the trick on February 28, 1997.

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