Friday, 12 October 2012

Bertaggia Strives for Consistency

Alessio Bertaggia
  Alessio Bertaggia is striving for more consistency in his second season with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

  The 19-year old Swiss import felt he had a streaky rookie season last year, when he finished with 24 goals and 50 points in 64 games.

  Bertaggia had three goals and eight points in seven games so far this year but is pointless in Brandon's last three games, during which the Wheat Kings have scored a total of four goals.

  "The thing I'm try to do now is get better defensively and work  hard, hopefully, the points come back," said Bertaggia after practice Thursday, "Last year, I wasn't that consistent.  My goal this year is to, first of all, play good defensively and trying to be as consistent as I can."

  Bertaggia, who's hoping to play for Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championship for the second straight year, is Brandon's high-scoring returning forward which means he's automatically considered to be a guy the team can count on for offence.

  That puts a little more pressure on the diminutive Bertaggia to produce.

  "I don't like calling it pressure.  For sure, I think some of the guys look up to me," said Bertaggia, "I'm trying to work hard in practice, be a leader on and off the ice and, hopefully, I'll have a good season."

  Bertaggia and the Wheat Kings play their final two home games of October this weekend, hosting the Everett Silvertips Friday night and the Tri-City Americans Saturday night (7:35 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Friday's game will be the first time Geordie Maquire will face his former team since Brandon acquired him from Everett in late July for goaltender Brandon Anderson or a fifth round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft.  Maguire never played for the Silvertips but did attending training camp in 2010 and 2011...Brandon has had an illness running through the team this week, with forwards Jens Meileur and Daniel Asham and defenceman Eric Roy all missing practice on Thursday...Everett could have former Saskatoon blueliner Connor Cox in their lineup Friday. They chose him in Thursday’s 20-year-old cut-down draft.

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