Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Boes Key to Wheat Kings' Prospects

Corbin Boes
Corbin Boes will be one of the keys to the Brandon Wheat Kings' 2012-2013 season.

Boes is the unquestioned #1 goaltender for the club and the Wheat Kings will be relying on him to provide strong performances on a nightly basis.

The Wheat Kings strength on defence and in goal and the club's relative youth up front could lead to a lot of tight, low-scoring games and Boes feels he's prepared to play in those types of contests.

"I learned a lot about just types of games like that in last year's playoffs. I don't think we were scoring as much as we were in the regular season and just closer games," said Boes earlier this week, "You really have to take it one shot at a time...it's the weak goals that'll kill a team."

Boes went 11-4-1 with a 2.47 goals against average and .922 save percentage over the final two months of last season after finally being handed the reins as the Wheat Kings #1 netminder.

The 19-year old Saskatoon product then had a busy off-season, attending Hockey Canada's goaltending camp in June and the Winnipeg Jets' Development Camp in early July.

"I ran into so many good goalie coaches there, and they each had a little something in mind to pass along and you try it as you want and if it doesn't work, you leave it," said Boes, "I feel a little more refined in my game this year, just some little things that I feel a little bit more comfortable with."

Boes saw action in just one pre-season game, allowing five goals on 34 shots in Brandon's 5-3 loss in Moose Jaw this past Saturday.

He's using the week to get ready for the start of the regular season on Friday.

"This is a good week of preparation for the whole team," said Boes, "There's some little thing I'd like to work on before Friday comes around so I'll definitely be working hard this week just to get everything in order."

The Wheat Kings host Regina Friday to open their WHL regular season (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...rookie F Jayce Hawryluk missed his second straight day of practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a concussion...former Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltender Liam Liston would like to prove his potential with the Vancouver Giants this season, according to this article on the Giants' website...former Wheat King Ryan Reaves will still be dangling his gloves at Carver Arena in Peoria this season. The Rivermen will hand out 2,000 Reaves bobblefists (that's where the gloves move instead of the head) at their January 26 game.

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