Monday, 26 March 2012

Sundher First Star as Wheat Kings Top Hitmen

Bruno Mraz gets congrats from teammates
after his first career WHL playoff goal
(Photo by Bruce Fedyck)
The Brandon Wheat Kings grabbed a 2-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday night.

Kevin Sundher had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings in what was, perhaps, his best performance in a Wheat Kings’ uniform.

Sundher missed 13 of the last 14 regular season games with concussion-symptoms and the Buffalo Sabres’ draft pick says he’s starting to feel more like his normal self.

“It was a tough grind there for a while. With the sickness, I just didn’t feel like myself at all and lost a lot of confidence there but it’s definitely nice to get back,” said Sundher on CKLQ’s post-game show, “My timing was off when I first came back from my concussion but I’ve got a couple of games in now and I’m starting to move my legs.”

Sundher set up Bruno Mraz’s goal 4:32 into in the opening period but Greg Chase tied it for Calgary with 51 seconds left in the opening frame to send the teams to the dressing rooms tied 1-1.

Michael Ferland scored with the man advantage at the 8:01 mark of the second period, Brandon’s first power-play goal of the series, to give the Wheat Kings’ a 2-1 lead and Eric Roy’s goal with 18.9 seconds left in the second period gave Brandon a two-goal advantage through 40 minutes.

Sundher added his first of the playoffs 4:56 into the third period to complete the scoring for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes made 26 saves in the Brandon net.

After being shut out in Game #2 on Friday night, Sundher felt it was a good bounce-back effort by the club.

“It was important for us to come out and play with energy and take home-ice advantage and that’s exactly what we did,” said Sundher, “From the first to the fourth line, we worked pretty hard and defensively, we were pretty good too so it was definitely nice to respond like that.”

Ten different players collected points for the Wheat Kings while Brandon Glover made 38 saves in the Calgary net.

Game #4 of the Best-of-Seven series in Tuesday night (7:00 p.m., MTS Centre in Winnipeg).

Chaff…Mraz’s goal was the first of his WHL playoff career while Ayrton Nikkel picked up his first career WHL playoff point…attendance Sunday was 3,578, right around Brandon’s average for their previous 14 games at the MTS Centre (3,645).


Anonymous said...

This should be Nikkel's 2nd point I think! An assist in Calgary no?

Luber said...

The assist Thursday (in Game #1) was 'officially' credited to Colton Waltz, although I believe it should have been credited to Nikkel.