Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wheat Kings Outscore Blades

Ryan Pulock had a goal, two assists and was +4 on Wednesday
  Jens Meilleur didn't have a game-winning goal in his first two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

  Now he has two in the first three games of 2012-2013.

  Meilleur's power-play goal with 4:32 left in the third period snapped a 6-6 tie and helped the Wheat Kings to a 9-6 victory over the Saskatoon Blades last night.

  "I was just standing there, trying to get in front of the goalie so Roysy (Eric Roy) or Puly (Ryan Pulock) could get a shot through," said Meilleur on CKLQ's post-game show, "It was lucky enough to go off my shin and into the net...I'll take those."

  Meilleur and Alessio Bertaggia had two goals and an assist each for Brandon as the Wheat Kings open a season with three straight wins for just the second time in eight years.

  Wednesday's game was reminiscent of a 1970's game, with plenty of scoring and wide-open play.

  That's not something the Wheat Kings want to do on a consistent basis, and Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie said as much on our post-game show last night.

  "I thought we were running around a bit and kind of puck-focused more than having your head on a swivel and watching," said Ritchie, "Sometimes when you win games, you don't have the attention of your players but I think after tonight, I think our players will understand the mistakes that we're making and when we talk about it, they'll see it and understand what's we're talking about."

  Ryan Pulock and Nick Buonassisi added a goal and two assists each, Tyler Yaworski scored twice and Jason Swyripa also scored for Brandon.

  "We had a good game. We came away with the win so that's obviously what we wanted," added Meilleur, "Six goals against, we can't have that. There's going to be a few things we have to work on before the weekend but those are two points nobody can take from us."

  The Wheat Kings hit the road for a two-game Saskatchewan road trip this weekend, visiting Swift Current Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday.

Chaff...former Wheat King Brenden Walker had one assist and was minus-two in his game against his former team since being traded by Brandon to Saskatoon in was Walker's 200th career WHL game...the Prince Albert Raiders acquired former Wheat King Dakota Conroy from Victoria Wednesday for a seventh round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

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