Saturday, 27 October 2012

Game #16 - Brandon at Prince George (October 27, 2012)

I'm expecting to see plenty of empty green seats in Prince
George tonight.  See below
Goaltenders
35. Curtis Honey
1. Corbin Boes 

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

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
10. Kord Pankewicz - 19. Taylor Cooper

Notes
- The Wheat Kings will scratch D Tyler Yaworski (suspension), F Jason Swyripa (wrist), F Richard Nejezchleb (shoulder) and F John Quenneville (healthy).

- Special teams have been an issue for the Wheat Kings this year, and have certainly shown their ugliness on this road trip.  Brandon's penalty kill is 20-for-32 (62.5%) on this trip while the power-play is 5-for-26 (19.2%).  Granted, the two power-play goals in the third period in Vancouver Wednesday did give the team the victory.

- Brandon is looking to rebound from Friday's pasting in Kamloops but, on the upside, a win here in Prince George tonight would leave the Wheat Kings with a .500 road trip (3-3-1-0) and two games over .500 for the season.  Not sure how many fans might have expected that 16 games into the season.

- The Cougars broke a 6-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night.  Dean Clark's crew started the season with a 5-1-1-0 record in their first seven games before the six-game skid, and enter tonight's contest with a 6-7-1-0 record.

- Former Wheat King Dallas Ehrhardt was acquired by Prince George from Moose Jaw last May and is one of the Cougars' 20-year olds.  Ehrhardt has one goal, six points and a -8 rating in 14 games this season.

- As I sit here before the game tonight, I wonder if it'll be Brandon's last trip into Prince George.  It would be an understatement to say the Cougars are struggling at the gate, averaging 2,088 fans per game through seven home games.  Take away the 4,238 that attended the home opener, and that average drops to 1,729.  They had crowds at 1,382 and 1,371 for the two games against Spokane on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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