Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Wheat Kings Lineup vs Edmonton (Game #3 - April 10, 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

- there are no lineup changes for either the Brandon Wheat Kings or Edmonton Oil Kings for Game #3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal tonight. Brandon's scratches are G Curtis Honey, D Colton Waltz, F Dylan Kuczek, F Tim McGauley and F Daniel Asham. Edmonton's scratches are also the same including former Wheat King Klarc Wilson sitting for the fifth straight game.

- it won't be a great crowd for the game tonight, likely in the 3,500 range. The Wheat Kings have also had issues trying to attract fans at WCGP for their first few games of the playoffs and 2012 is no different. Makes you wonder if it's time to start rolling the first couple of playoff games into your season tickets packages??? Or, perhaps, some other marketing strategy to reverse the trend??? To continue along the same path year after year hasn't seemed to solve anything.

- Brandon hasn't played an official home game since the final game of the regular season on March 17th. The three 'home' games they played in the first round against Calgary were all at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

- the Wheat Kings seem a lot less concerned about their scoring prowness than I am. The club hasn't been scoring very easy in the playoffs, as 14 goals in their last six games would attest. Not naming names, but there are some players that need to take their game to the next level the next two nights against Edmonton.

- I've now heard more about Brandon's disallowed goal in Game #2 the last two days than I heard after the game on Saturday night. The non-goal late in the third period was waved off when it was ruled that Edmonton goaltender Laurent Brossoit was pushed back into the net, and the puck followed him in. The Brandon bench made very little stink about the ruling during the game on Saturday, but maybe watching it on replay caused them to change their mind on it. Nonetheless, from what I saw, the non-goal was the correct call.

- you have to love Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal's comments in the Edmonton Journal about the Keystone Centre/Westman Communications Group Place. "It's dusty, it smells like cow manure, the boards are high and hard and they've got that tempered glass; it hasn't changed much."  Priceless!!  Laxdal spent 2 1/2 seasons playing with the Wheat Kings (1983-1986).  BTW, Laxdal and the Wheat Kings played their 'home' playoff games in 1984 in Virden.

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