Thursday, 9 February 2012

Wheat Kings on Win Streak for First Time in Two Months

The Brandon Wheat Kings have back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two months.

Michael Ferland scored twice including the winner with 4:03 left in the third period as the Wheat Kings beat the Regina Pats 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The winning goal came immediately off an offensive zone faceoff and just three minutes after Kevin Sundher had tied the game 2-2.

"That was pretty good. Mark (Stone) has such a long stick, if he can just touch it past the centre, he can usually get to it," said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ's post-game show, "He just told Mike (Ferland) to get to the back post and he made a bang-bang play."

Brandon fell behind 2-0 in the first period as Lane Scheidl opened the scoring 35 seconds into the contest on what was an accidently own goal by Stone when trying to clear a loose puck from the net front area.

Brandon Davidson made it 2-0 on a 5-on-3 power-play goal later in the opening frame while Ferland's first of the night was the lone goal of the second period.

Corbin Boes made 35 saves in the Wheat Kings' net while Matt Hewitt stopped 27 shots for Regina.

It's the first time since November 30 - December 2 that Brandon has won consecutive games and the first time since October 18 - 19 that they've won back-to-back road contests.

It has to be an encouraging sign for a team that had just five wins in 17 second half games before the last two contests.

"Our guys are seeing that if they stick with it for 60 minutes, you're at least going to give yourself at least a chance," said Ritchie, "You can't just hang your head when you're down by two goals, you have to stay with it. Hopefully, now, we have to just stay even keal. We're an eighth-place team in our Conference so we have a lot of work to do."

The victory leaves Brandon three points behind the seventh-place Pats and four ahead of ninth-place Red Deer in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings next action is Friday night when they look for their first home-ice win of 2012 when they host the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Dominick Favreau returned to Brandon's lineup after a six-game absence due to a shoulder injury but left late in the first period after a hit from Regina defenceman Kyle Burroughs and did not return...Mark Stone's assist on the winning goal gives him 87 points on the season and leaves him tied with Portland's Ty Rattie for the WHL scoring lead...Rattie missed Portland's last game on Monday and is currently day-to-day with an upper body injury...the CKLQ Wheat Kings' Sportsman's Dinner will take place Thursday night. The annual fundraiser for the Wheat Kings' Scholarship Foundation is sold out. Guest speaker is CFL Hall of Famer Mike 'Pinball' Clemons.

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