Sunday, 11 March 2012

Wheat Kings Bounce Back, Clinch Playoff Spot

Corbin Boes made 34 saves on Saturday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings clinched a playoff spot for the 12th consecutive season Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Saskatoon Blades.

Eric Roy and Michael Ferland scored power-play goals for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes stopped 34 shots in the Brandon net.

It was a nice bounce-back game for both Boes and the Wheat Kings, who surrendered four third period goals in falling 6-2 to the Blades on Friday night.

"Last night didn't go the way I wanted it to," said Boes on CKLQ's post-game show Saturday, "Some sloppy playing-making by me playing the puck there. It's always nice to bounce back and get the win a night later against the same team."

Lukas Sutter scored the lone goal for Saskatoon while Andrey Makarov stopped 31 shots in the Blades' net.

Brandon's power-play went 2-for-6 Saturday and is now 19-for-62 (30.6%) in the last 17 games.

"I thought we had opportunities, especially that 5-on-3, we had a couple of, I thought, poor reads where we could have easily scored a goal there that could have changed more of the complexion of the game," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "We talk about not necessarily how many you score but the timing of it and both goals were very timely."

The Wheat Kings remain in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference but are back to within one point of the seventh-place Blades and two points of both Regina and Kootenay, who are tied for fifth-place.

Brandon's next action is Wednesday night when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Scotiabank Celebration of Hockey staff estimate that 1,500 passed through the Stanley Cup exhibit at the Wheat Kings' game on Saturday night...D Ryley Miller played his 200th career game with the Wheat Kings on Saturday...Minnedosa product Chad Robinson was out of Red Deer's lineup Saturday with a lower-body injury, missing his first game of the season.

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