Friday, 9 March 2012

Dziurzynski Set for 300; Who Joins Him Up in Air

Darian Dziurzynski
Darian Dziurzynski will play his 300th career Western Hockey League game Friday night when the Brandon Wheat Kings host the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place)

The 20-year old product of Lloydminster, Alberta made his debut as a member of the Blades on December 12, 2007 after making the decision to play in the Western Hockey League.

"It was a pretty surreal moment for me. I was listed as a free agent 16-year old and then, a month later, I had to make the decision to whether I wanted to go to college or test it out and try and play in the 'W'," said Dziurzynski after practice Thursday, "I thought about it for a while, made the decision to play in the WHL and it's kind of paid, I guess."

Dziurzynski has 91 career goals and 159 career points during his WHL career including 26 goals and 41 points in 56 games with Brandon this year, and was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Milestones aside, Friday's game is an important one for Dziurzynski and the rest of the Wheat Kings.

Brandon enters the game in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference but just one point behind both the Blades and Regina.

"We're looking to climb up in the standings here," said Dziurzynski, "We have our eyes set on sixth-place right now, and maybe higher. In order to do that, we're going to have to win a lot of games coming up here."

Dziurzynski, himself, is hoping to end the season on a strong note.

He has two goals and four points during a three-game point streak, which comes on the heals of an eight-game pointless drought.

"I've always been known to be a playoff-type player," said Dziurzynski, "I came back in the second half and things went cold there but I'm looking to turn around in the five games we have left and then carry that into playoffs."

While Dziurzynski plays his 300th game Friday, just who joins him in the lineup is somewhat up in the air.

Brenden Walker practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday's win in Regina with illness while Tyrel Seaman continues to practice without restrictions as he tries to make his way back from a concussion that has sidelined him since December 28th.

Paul Ciarelli (lower body), Brandon Anderson (personal), Dylan Kuczek (shoulder), Daniel Asham (knee), Jason Swyripa (illness) and Rene Hunter (upper body) all sat out Thursday's session.

Chaff...Michael Ferland's hat-trick Wednesday in Regina was his fourth of the season, becoming the first Wheat Kings since Eric Fehr in 2003-2004 to career four hat-tricks in a single season...Buck Pierce and Glenn January of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be at Friday's game, dropping the ceremonial opening faceoff and signing autographs between periods...hockey's most famous trophy, the Stanley Cup, will be at Saturday's game with fans able to get the picture taken with the trophy.

Tyrel Seaman chuckles with 'new linemate' Nolan Ritchie
during Wheat Kings' practice on Thursday

2 comments:

Western Elite said...

How is the Sundher situation looking for tonight? I believe he sat out last game? Walker good to go then?

Luber said...

Walker practiced yesterday so I assume he'll be fine to play tonight.

Sundher missed six games with a concussion, played last Friday, and has now missed two in a row. I believe he's suffering from concussion symptoms again and is out indefinitely. Hasn't practiced since last Thursday.