Saturday, 3 March 2012

Wheat Kings Home Woes Well Behind Them

Bruno Mraz had a goal and an assist Friday, giving him
seven points in the last ten games.
The Brandon Wheat Kings completed a nearly perfect home stand on Friday night with a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Brenden Walker scored twice for Brandon, who got points from 13 different players in the contest.

Brandon went 5-0-0-1 on their home stand over the past 13 days, collecting 11 of a possible 12 points.

"We know we need the points every game and we just have to keep going forward," said Walker on CKLQ's post-game show, "We're a team that's very capable of going very well so we have to stay confident and keep playing as well as we can and I think we're going to just do fine."

Bruno Mraz had a goal and an assist Friday night while Alessio Bertaggia added three assists for Brandon.

Brandon jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was five minutes old on goals by Daniel Asham, Paul Ciarelli and Mraz but found themselves up just one by the end of 20 minutes.

However, Walker and Brodie Melnychuk scored power-play goals 1:49 apart early in the second period for a 5-2 lead and the team never looked back from that point.

"I thought it was timely goals and timely kills," said Brandon coach Cory Clouston, "We came out strong, solid in the second period 5-on-5, had a couple good chances, drew two penalties and our power-play did what it had to do."

Corbin Boes made 34 saves in the Brandon net while Damien Ketlo stopped 32 shots for Lethbridge.

Jaimen Yakubowski and Macoy Erkamps scored the goals for the Hurricanes.

The victory moved the Wheat Kings past idle Regina and into seventh-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Pats and one point behind sixth-plae Saskatoon

Brandon will visit Regina on Saturday night (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ or online at http://www.cklq.com/)

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