Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Wheat Kings Lineup vs Edmonton (Game #4 - April 11, 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

19. Darian Dziurzynski - 8. Brenden Walker - 18. Bruno Mraz
21. Tyrel Seaman - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 24. Jens Meilleur
22. Dominick Favreau - 29. Kevin Sundher - 13. Alessio Bertaggia
14. Jason Swyripa - 23. Tim McGauley - 20. Daniel Asham

- the uphill climb got a lot steeper for the Brandon Wheat Kings with both captain Mark Stone and Michael Ferland being out of their lineup. The duo combined for 219 points in the regular season and were the Wheat Kings' top two scorers but, just as importantly, Stone's leadership will be sorely missed.

- in addition to Stone and Ferland, Brandon's other scratches are G Curtis Honey, F Dylan Kuczek and D Colton Waltz. Daniel Asham and Tim McGauley will both draw into the Wheat Kings' lineup and make their WHL playoff debuts tonight.

- the above line combinations are more of an educated guess than anything else for him for the Wheat Kings tonight. Despite missing Stone and Ferland, Brandon will have to try and play a four-line game tonight because Edmonton will, and if the Wheat Kings don't they'll wear down as the game goes along.

- Brandon, more than ever, will need to have some other players elevate their game to the next level tonight. Kevin Sundher (1 assist in last five games), Darian Dziurzynski (two assists in last seven games) and Brenden Walker (goalless in playoffs) are all guys that will need to have strong games if the Wheat Kings are to extend this series.

- talked with Edmonton assistant coach Steve Hamilton for my pre-game show and asked him the question about what his team learned from playing Game #4 against Kootenay in the first round, up 3-0. He talked about how they were too relaxed and felt it was going to come easy for them before being 'sternly reminded' after the first period to keep their foot on the pedal. He expects them to keep the foot on the pedal right from puck drop tonight.

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