Saturday, 17 March 2012

Ferland Scores Twice as Brandon Edges Pats

Michael Ferland is three goals shy of 50 going
into the final night of the regular season
 The Brandon Wheat Kings did their part to try and move up the Eastern Conference standings on Friday night.

Michael Ferland scored a pair of goals and Corbin Boes stopped 24 shots as the Wheat Kings beat the Regina 2-1, the club’s seventh win in their last nine road games.

“I thought through the first 40 minutes, we didn’t give up too many of quality chances. I thought we did a good job of managing the puck, getting pucks in deep and just doing the smart things you have to do,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “In the third, I thought we kind of got away from it and, obviously, they’re making a push at you and you have to be ready for that but I thought for the most part, our guys did a pretty good job.”

Ferland’s two goals give him 47 on the season, 22 of which have come in the last 21 games, while his 11 game-winning goals tie him for the WHL lead in that department with Medicine Hat’s Emeron Etem.

Boes, meanwhile, continued his steady play, allowing two goals or less for the ninth time in his last 11 starts.

“He’s definitely made them (saves) look like he’s just at practice and there’s no pressure on him,” said Ritchie, “He’s been really focused the last couple of games for us and he’s getting himself prepared for the playoffs.”

The Brandon win leaves them in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind both Kootenay and Regina going into their final regular season against the Pats on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

There are still a number of scenerios out there for playoff positioning but two things are certain for Brandon – they can’t finish any higher than sixth-place, and they won’t play Medicine Hat in the first round of the playoffs.

Edmonton, Moose Jaw and Calgary are the three possibilities for the Wheat Kings in the opening round.

Chaff…Brandon product Joel Edmundson scored his fourth goal of the season to help Moose Jaw beat Prince Albert 4-1 on Friday night. Brandon product Carson Perreaux had his second goal of the year for the Raiders…former Wheat King Dakota Conroy notched his 11th goal of the season in helping the Victoria Royals beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 on Friday night…Jordan DePape had two goals and an assist to help Kamloops beat Prince George 10-4 on Friday night.


Anonymous said...

Yes Boes was solid, but I was at the game and Regina's goalie had to make the more difficult saves. It easily could have been lopsided for a Brandon win if Hewitt didn't play well too! Pats did NOTHING for 35 minutes, Weal was a no-show. Our top line DOMINATED Regina. GO WHEATIES!!!


Anonymous said...

Frelund, Stone, Walker line were awesome. Boes played well, but didn't have to be spectacular, just stop the puck. He made two BIG saves in 3rd, but Pats goalie Hewitt kept us in game as you guys KILLED us for 2 periods.

You deserved to win. We had 3 guys show up last night, Hewitt, Rodewald, and Olstad. Your TEAM played well.

Jimbo in Regina