Friday, 6 April 2012

Brandon Lineup at Edmonton (Game #1 - April 6, 2012)

1. Corbin Boes
33. Brandon Anderson

Defence Pairings
3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
32. Ryley Miller - 7. Eric Roy
6. Ayrton Nikkel - 9. Rene Hunter

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

- Rene Hunter returns to the Wheat Kings' lineup tonight after missing 11 games including all of Brandon's first round series against Calgary with an upper body injury. Hunter's return means D Colton Waltz is on the sidelines, along with G Curtis Honey, F Dylan Kuczek, F Daniel Asham and F Tim McGauley.

- former Wheat King Klarc Wilson is a healthy scratch for Edmonton tonight after also sitting out the last two games of their first round series against Kootenay. No other major surprises for scratches tonight as both teams are healthy heading into the series.

- Brandon will need to continue to get a balanced attack like they did in the first round against Calgary, where ten different players scored goals and 17 different players had points. However, that balance will also have to extend to the defensive side of the game because the Oil Kings have four lines that can put the puck in the net.

- It's interesting that both team's top players could likely do a little more than they did in the first round. Mark Stone had five points (2 G, 3 A) but his top-line Wheat King linemate Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker had just three and two points respectively against Calgary. Same thing for Edmonton, where there top regular season scorer, Michael St. Croix, had five points (2 G, 3 A) against Kootenay but Dylan Wruck had one assist and T.J. Foster had two helpers. They were 2nd and 3rd in scoring during the regular season.

- The Oil Kings have been nearly unbeatable on home ice, going 29-5-1-1 during the regular season at Rexall Place and, of course, they're also 2-and-0 in the playoffs.

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