Friday, 26 October 2012

Game #15 - Brandon at Kamloops (October 26, 2012)

Goaltenders
1. Corbin Boes
35. Curtis Honey

Defencemen
32. Ryley Miller - 2. Ryan Pulock
7. Eric Roy - 9. Rene Hunter
6. Ayrton Nikkel - 5. Colton Waltz

Forwards
26. Geordie Maguire - 21. Tyrel Seaman - 24. Jens Meilleur
29. Nick Buonassisi - 20. Chad Robinson - 15. Jack Palmer
13. Alessio Bertaggia - 23. Tim McGauley - 8. Jayce Hawryluk
17. John Quenneville - 10. Kord Pankewicz - 19. Taylor Cooper

Notes
- The Wheat Kings scratch D Tyler Yaworski (suspension), F Jason Swyripa (wrist), F Richard Nejezchleb (shoulder) and D Riley Van Horne (healthy).  Swyripa skated after the team's game-day skate today in Kamloops and I'm told it's possible the wrist injury he suffered last week may not be as severe as first thought.

- Among the scratches for the 12-0-0-1 Blazers tonight is Wawanesa product Jordan Thomson.  The fourth overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft is off to a good start to his rookie season with one goal, five points and a +9 rating in 10 games but Kamloops still has eight defencemen on their roster and it means the 16-year old will have to sit occasionally.  This is one of those night.

- #1 ranked Kamloops also has two other players with Westman connections in Brandon product Landon Cross and former Wheat King Jordan DePape.  Cross has one goal, five points and a +1 rating in nine games this season while DePape returns to the Blazers' lineup tonight after missing six games with an upper body injury.  I'm told it wasn't related to the shoulder injury he suffered last year that caused him to miss most of the season and required surgery.

- Ryan Pulock will play his 150th career game as a Wheat King tonight.  Pulock has 34 goals, 121 points and is +44 so far in his career.

- With Yaworski suspended, Pulock will play with fifth-year blueliner Ryley Miller tonight while Eric Roy and Rene Hunter partner up and Ayrton Nikkel will play with Colton Waltz.  It'll be a battle for the Wheat Kings' blueline against a Blazers team that has scored 61 goals in 13 games and is on pace to score 332 goals this season.  That would be the most in the WHL since Portland scored 342 during the 1997-98 season.

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