Saturday, 29 September 2012

Roy Nets Shootout Winner

Nick Buonassisi had three points on Friday night
The Brandon Wheat Kings have won four consecutive games to open a Western Hockey League regular season for just the second time in 17 years.

Eric Roy scored the lone goal for the shootout as the Wheat Kings topped the Swift Current Broncos 5-4 on Friday night.

Curtis Honey stopped 37 shots, including five in overtime, and then stoned all four Swift Current attempts in the shootout in his first start of the season and first regular season start since January 27th.

“I thought Curtis got better as the game went along. He made some good saves in the third period,” said Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought he might be a little nervous but he looked real good as the game went along. That’s what you want when he gets his chance, to give us a good game and get us a win and he did that tonight.”

Nick Buonassisi had two goals and an assist for Brandon to give him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the first four games of the regular season.

The 20-year old was acquired from Lethbridge prior to training camp for a fifth round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft – a deal that is looking like a steal as Buonassisi has moved into an early-season tie with teammate Ryan Pulock for the WHL scoring lead.

“He been excellent with our young guys. He really takes those guys under his wing and really makes everyone feel comfortable,” said Ritchie, “He’s really good on the bench, he’s always positive and he’s great in the dressing room. Those are the things people don’t see, but he’s a real good leader both on and off the ice.”

Pulock had a goal and an assist Friday as did Ryley Miller, who also fought Swift Current’s Daniel Dale to record the Gordie Howe hat-trick.

Brandon hasn’t started the regular season with five straight wins since 1994, but they’ve got a chance to do that Saturday night when they conclude the two-game Saskatchewan road trip with a matchup against the Warriors in Moose Jaw (7:30 p.m. CDT, 880 CKLQ).

Chaff…former Wheat King Brenden Walker was named captain of the Saskatoon Blades on Friday…former Wheat King Dakota Conroy scored in his first game as a Raider, getting the game-winning goal in Prince Albert’s 5-2 win over Moose Jaw on Friday. Conroy was acquired by PA from Victoria Wednesday for a 7th round pick in 2014…Friday’s game was the 100th of Jens Meilleur’s WHL career…Meilleur, Buonassisi and Pulock all have four-game point-scoring streaks to open the regular season.

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