Friday, 3 February 2012

Wheat Kings Host 'Canes Friday

The Brandon Wheat Kings look to end a five-game home-ice losing streak Friday night when they entertain the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Brandon is coming off a January to forget that saw the team lose 10 of 14 games (4-9-0-1), averaging of 36.7 shots and 4.42 goals against per game in the process.

However, the club did finish the month on a bit of a high note with Corbin Boes stopping 39 shots in Brandon's last outing, a 3-2 win in Red Deer last Saturday.

"I think that third period in Edmonton there when I went in for 20 minutes, that really helped me out a lot and that carried into the game there Saturday against Red Deer," said Boes after practice on Thursday, "I just looked to bring that to practice this week and keep it going for the rest of the season."

Boes has returned to the Wheat Kings' lineup after missing six weeks with a fractured hand, leaving Brandon in the unusual situation of having three goaltenders for the remainder of the season.

"All three of us bring something else to the table. We're all playing our own game and, I guess in a way, it helps you focus more, realize what the job here is to be done," said Boes, "Just have to go out and give 110 per cent every practice and hope things work out your way."

Brandon enters the weekend sitting two points ahead of Red Deer for the final playoff spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference, with the Rebels having two games in hand, while the Wheat Kings are five points behind the seventh-place Regina Pats.

"I think we have a favourable schedule here in February, lots of home games so I think we should definitely be able to take advantage of that," said Boes, "I think our home record needs to improve and I think we're going to out there and do that this month. There's lots of opportunity to gain some ground on other teams and move ahead of Red Deer."

The Rebels visit Edmonton in one of the other games on the WHL schedule on Friday.

Chaff...Friday's game is the first trip back to Brandon for former Wheat Kings Liam Liston and Spencer Galbraith since being dealt to the Hurricanes on October 16...Galbraith missed Lethbridge's game in Swift Current Wednesday with a lower body injury, and is listed as day-to-day...Kevin Sundher sat out practice on Thursday with an undisclosed ailment and is questionable for Friday's game...Dominick Favreau practiced in a no-contact jersey Thursday as he continues to make his way back from a shoulder injury...Tyrel Seaman (concussion, indefinite) was also on the sidelines on Thursday...the Everett Silvertips announced Thursday night that they would not be renewing the contact of General Manager Doug Soetaert, and the search for a new GM would begin immediately.

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