Friday, 16 March 2012

Honey Biding His Time

Curtis Honey
Curtis Honey is biding his time.

The Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltender hasn't seen any game action since January 27th and has played in just nine games since joining the team after the Christmas break.

The 17-year old is 1-3-1 with a 4.38 goals against average and .878 save percentage in nine appears with the Wheat Kings, all of which came between December 30th and January 27th.

The Edmonton product knew his playing time would be limited when he joined the Wheat Kings but he still feels the past few months have been valuable for his development.

"It's a good learning experience, obviously," said Honey after practice on Thursday, "It's tough not playing, you want to be out there, but you just take it as a good learning experience and it'll be good coming back next year."

The 5-foot-11, 165 pound Honey has had an opportunity to dress as Corbin Boes' backup for the last six games with Brandon Anderson sidelined.

The Edmonton product says he's just trying to do what he can to stay sharp.

"Just be the first guy on and the last guy off during practice and just try and make the most of it," added Honey, "You just have to be working hard every practice and stay positive...work on things at the end of practice and before and try keep getting better because that's what it's all about."

The Wheat Kings close out their regular season by battling Regina in a home-and-home series this weekend, visiting the Pats Friday night and hosting Regina on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Brandon enters the game in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind Saskatoon and Kootenay and three behind the fifth-place Pats.

The Blades visit Swift Current and Kootenay entertains Calgary in two of the other games on Friday's WHL schedule.

Chaff...F Kevin Sundher, who's missed nine of the last ten games with a suspected concussion, practiced in a no-contact jersey on Thursday but won't play this weekend...Wednesday's shootout loss to Moose Jaw means the Wheat Kings cannot hit the 40-win mark. It's the first time since 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 that they'll go back-to-back years without winning 40...Brandon's Ryan Pulock is currently third in defenceman scoring in the WHL with 60 points while Eric Roy is tied for 11th with 49 points. The Wheat Kings haven't had two defencemen surpass 50 points in a single season since 1996-97, when Justin Kurtz (64) and Gerhard Unterluggaur (57) turned the trick.

Kevin Sundher was on the ice during Brandon's
practice on Thursday afternoon

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