Sunday, 23 September 2012

New First Line Nets 10 Points in Brandon Win

Tyrel Seaman had three points in Brandon's victory in
Regina on Saturday night
 The line of Tyrel Seaman, Alessio Bertaggia and Jason Swyripa combined for ten points and pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 7-4 victory over the Regina Pats on Saturday night.

Seaman had two goals and an assist, Bertaggia a goal and three helpers and Swyripa a goal and two assists as Brandon began the Western Hockey League regular season with back-to-back victories over their East Division rivals.

“It was a great start for our guys, and it’s just the beginning,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We just need to take it game-by-game and this is all we’re talking about.”

The Wheat Kings trailed by a goal three times in the contest but Nick Buonassisi’s first goal as a member of the Wheat Kings at 10:27 of the second period tied the game 3-3 and began a stretch that saw Brandon score five of the next six goals including two more before the end of the middle frame.

“We’re really stressing pace and tempo right now to our guys,” said Ritchie, “We have real good skating team, we believe, and they get on the puck. They hunt really well, they want to turn the puck over and we do a real good of job of doing that.”

Daniel Asham and Tim McGauley, into an empty-net, also scored for Brandon while defenceman Ryan Pulock added three assists and finished the night with a +4 rating.

The Wheat Kings next action is Wednesday night when they host former Wheat King Brenden Walker and the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff…John Quenneville and Kord Pankewicz both made their WHL regular season debuts for the Wheat Kings…Brandon’s scratches were F Jayce Hawryluk (concussion), D Riley Van Horne (healthy), D Colton Waltz (healthy), F Taylor Cooper (healthy), F Quintin Lisoway (healthy) and F Ryley Lindgren (healthy)…both teams scored a pair of power-play goals in the contest with Brandon going 2-for-7 and Regina going 2-for-6.

Wheat Kings' assistant coach Darren Ritchie talks to the team during
a third period timeout on Saturday

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