Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Wheat Kings Lineup vs Calgary (Game #4 - March 27, 2012)

1. Corbin Boes
33. Brandon Anderson

Defence Pairings
3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
32. Ryley Miller - 7. Eric Roy
6. Ayrton Nikkel - 5. Colton Waltz

27. Michael Ferland - 8. Brenden Walker - 16. Mark Stone
19. Darian Dziurzynski - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 24. Jens Meilleur
18. Bruno Mraz - 29. Kevin Sundher - 13. Alessio Bertaggia
22. Dominick Favreau - 21. Tyrel Seaman - 14. Jason Swyripa

- it's worked so far so the Brandon Wheat Kings are content with the same lineup as they dressed for the first three games of the series. Scratches tonight are G Curtis Honey, D Rene Hunter, D Dylan Kuczek, F Daniel Asham and F Tim McGauley.

- Specialty teams haven't played a huge role in the first three games, although Brandon's timely power-play goal 8:01 into the second period on Sunday was the game-winning goal. The Wheat Kings are 1-for-9 with the man advantage while Calgary is 'officially' 2-for-7 but one of those goals was the inconsequential fourth goal in the final minute in Game #2. Could tonight be the night special teams decide the game?

- Brandon is in the same situation this year as they were a year ago in their first round series against Medicine Hat, up 2-1 going into Game #4 at the MTS Centre. This year, I believe the Wheat Kings are much more experienced and ready team to handle the situation than they were a year ago. Remember, in Game #4 last year, Brandon had a 4-2 lead over 40 minutes but gave up three third period goals in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers that evened the series. Medicine Hat then won the next two games.

- Calgary may get an emotional spark, plus a physical one, from the return of captain Cody Sylvester. Sylvester missed the last four games including the first three of this series with an upper body injury. He was the Hitmen's second leading scorer during the regular season with 23 goals and 68 points. Sylvester's return will help but the Hitmen are still without 33-goal man Victor Rask, who missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury.

- The Hitmen also make a change in goal, going back to Winnipeg product Chris Driedger. Driedger started Game #1, allowing six goals on 32 shots, but Calgary has split their goaltending throughout the season and there's no real reason to change what had been working for them all season. Think Wheat Kings last year with Liam Liston and Corbin Boes sharing the duties.

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