Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bertaggia Enjoying Playoff Success

Rene Hunter could be back in the
Wheat Kings' lineup this weekend
One of the keys to Brandon's first round playoff success was the depth in scoring.

One of the reasons for that scoring depth was the impact the line of Alessio Bertaggia, Kevin Sundher and Bruno Mraz had, as the trio combined for five goals and 11 points in the five-game series against Calgary.

"We're a line that skates a lot. I think we have pretty good chemistry," said Bertaggia, "We like each other on and off the ice, we hang out and stuff like that. I think that the base for everthing -- I feel good with them."

Bertaggia led the Wheat Kings in scoring in the five-game series against Calgary, notching three goals and six points.

"Helping the team out by making some points and making some goals, it's just a good feeling," said Bertaggia, "I'm gaining some confidence and I just think I can help the team and I try to give my best every game."

The Wheat Kings open their Eastern Conference semifinal with the Edmonton Oil Kings this Friday.

The Oil Kings not only won the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy of regular season champions with a 50-15-3-4 record but have won 15 consecutive games heading into the series against Brandon.

"It's going to be tough. They're a good team, they have skilled guys," said Bertaggia, "I think we just have to play our game, play hard every shift and I think we're going to be fine."

Brandon could get a little help back from their injury list in time for the series.

Defenceman Rene Hunter has practiced without restrictions for the past week.

He's missed the last 11 games with an upper body injury.

Chaff...tickets for Games #3 and #4 go on sale Tuesday morning. Those two games will take place at Westman Communications Group Place on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th. To order playoff tickets, you can visit any Ticketmaster location including the Keystone Centre box office; order online at ticketmaster.ca or call the Keystone Centre box office at 726-3555...the Kamloops Blazers have added Wawanesa product Jordan Thomson to their roster for the remainder of the WHL playoffs. Thomson was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 bantam draft and played four games with the Blazers during the regular season...former Brandon Wheat King Klarc Wilson was a very lucky guy when the Oil Kings returned from Cranbrook last week. Chris O'Leary of the Edmonton Journal has that story.

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