Friday, 9 March 2012

Wheat Kings' Lineup vs Saskatoon (March 9, 2012)

1. Corbin Boes
35. Curtis Honey

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

27. Michael Ferland - 8. Brenden Walker - 16. Mark Stone
19. Darian Dziurzynski - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 13. Alessio Bertaggia
22. Dominick Favreau - 18. Bruno Mraz - 24. Jens Meilleur
23. Tim McGauley - 14. Jason Swyripa

- Brenden Walker and Jason Swyripa, who both missed Wednesday's game in Regina with illness, will both play tonight for Brandon. The Wheat Kings scratch G Brandon Anderson (personal), F Dylan Kuczek (shoulder), F Tyrel Seaman (concussion), F Kevin Sundher (concussion), D Rene Hunter (upper body) and F Daniel Asham (knee).

- Corbin Boes is 9-3-0 with a 2.49 GAA and .930 SPCT in his last 13 appearances and starts for the sixth straight game and 11th time in 14 contests.

- Brandon is 6-0-0-1 in their last seven home games and 12-3-0-1 in their last 16 games overall. They enter Friday's action in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Saskatoon and Regina and four behind the fifth-place Kootenay Ice. Regina hosts Moose Jaw tonight while the Ice are home to Medicine Hat.

- The Wheat Kings could clinch a playoff spot for the 12th consecutive season tonight with a victory over the Blades and a Red Deer loss (of any kind). The Rebels host Edmonton tonight. Brandon could also clinch with a single point (OT or shootout loss) and a regulation loss by Red Deer.

- D Dalton Thrower (upper body) and F Michael Burns (upper body) were both injured in Saskatoon's last game Wednesday in Prince Albert and will not play tonight while D Matthew Pufahl is still about a week away from returning from an ankle injury.

- Andrey Makarov starts for the Blades tonight. He's got a 2.29 GAA and .939 SPCT in three starts this month. Of the six times Brandon and Saskatoon have played this year, Makarov has only played in one game, that was a 5-2 win for the Blades on home-ice on November 8th. He made 41 saves.

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