Thursday, 29 March 2012

Boes Solid in Helping Wheat Kings to Series Lead

Corbin Boes has been solid in the Wheat Kings' net
over the first four games of their series with Calgary
Corbin Boes has been a steady influence in the Wheat Kings' net through the first four games of their series with the Calgary Hitmen.

Boes has stopped 129 of 137 shots in helping Brandon to a 3-1 series lead and boasts a 2.00 goals against average and .942 save percentage so far in the series.

"I just go out there, do my job and give the team a chance to win," said the Saskatoon product on Brandon's off-day on Wednesday, "Just as long as we're winning, I'm happy and I could care less if I'm in the spotlight or not. In the end, wins are all that matter in the playoffs."

Boes' success in the post-season is a carry over from the regular season, where he finished with a 12-4-1 record, 2.45 GAA and .930 SPCT over his last 18 appearances.

Like the Wheat Kings as a team, the 18-year old is carrying himself with a lot of confidence.

"We're gotten into a groove here. We got off our game a little bit in Game #2 in Calgary but we've learned from that and played a lot more disciplined since then and a lot more consistent," said Boes, "We've had a couple of 60 minutes efforts in Winnipeg so far and, hopefully, we can do that again on Thursday."

One of the reasons for Boes' success is improved team defence, which includes making sure the front of the Wheat Kings' net is cleared or both opposition players and of loose pucks.

"The first couple of games there in Calgary, I felt a little nervous and gave out quite a few rebounds but the guys were there to clear out some rebounds," said Boes, "One of things we preached there for a while, back when we were struggling, was really blocking out and clearing the pucks out of the net-front. The guys have really come together and started helping me out like that. Credit to them, and a lot of shots coming from the outside so it's been a really solid team effort here over the last two games."

The Wheat Kings can advance to the second round for the seventh time in the last ten years with a victory Thursday night (7:05 p.m., MTS Centre, Winnipeg).

Brandon has a 9-and-3 record over the last ten years in games when they've had a chance to advance to the next round.

Chaff...After finishing the regular season on an eight-game point streak (2 G, 16 A), Brandon captain Mark Stone has points in three of four games so far in this season (2 G, 3 A)…F Alessio Bertaggia has points in three of four games in this series (2 G, 3 A)...Eric Roy, Bruno Mraz, Jason Swyripa and Alessio Bertaggia have all scored their first career WHL playoff goals in this series.

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