Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Honey of a Matchup

Wheat Kings' goaltender Curtis Honey and twin brother
Connor go head-to-head Tuesday
A sibling rivalry hits the ice Tuesday night as the Brandon Wheat Kings host the Seattle Thunderbirds (7:05 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Wheat Kings' goaltender Curtis Honey and twin brother Connor, a forward with the T-Birds, are going head-to-head in Tuesday's contest.

"The last time that we maybe played against each other was a competitive game on the backyard rink," said Curtis Honey after Brandon's practice Monday, "Him shooting on me in practice but that's about it."

It's been a bit of winding road to make the Honey matchup come to fruitition this fall.

A year ago at this time, Curtis Honey was with the AJHL's Bonnyville Pontiacs and Connor Honey was playing with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.

Fate intervened on December 8, 2011.

On that day, the T-Birds announced that Connor would be joining the team and later that same day, Wheat Kings' goaltender Corbin Boes would break his hand during a game in Edmonton.

That would lead to the Wheat Kings recalled Curtis Honey from the AJHL ranks after the Christmas break, and the Edmonton product spending the rest of the 2011-2012 sason in Brandon.

"Both of our past years have been interesting, but here we are now and it's kind of cool and I'm looking forward to it," said Curtis, "We're always been on the same team and done everything together. It's kind of unique and it's going to be a lot of fun but, at the end of the day, it's just another game. My opponent is the puck, not the people I'm facing."

Curtis Honey has seen action in just six games so far this season (four starts) as Brandon's backup netminder, posting a 1-1-2 record with a 3.61 goals against average and .908 save percentage.

"Your practices have to be really solid -- your practices have to be your games," said Honey, "Especially for a goaltender. If you create bad habits in a practice, they're going to carry over into a game. You just always have to be sharp in practice and when you get the opportunity, you have to be ready for it."

Connor Honey has six goals and 11 points in 15 games with Seattle this year after posting 10 goals and 21 points in 46 games last season.

Chaff...Brandon could get some reinforcements back from their injury list for Tuesday's contest. F Jason Swyripa practiced without restrictions Monday and could be set to return after missing eight games with a wrist injury while D Rene Hunter also practiced Monday after missing the last two games with a lower body ailment...F Richard Nejezchleb (shoulder, two weeks) was the only Wheat King not to practice fully on Monday...Tri-City F Justin Feser was named WHL Player of the Week on Monday...the Wheat Kings are presenting their first 2-for-Tuesday promotion tonight, featuring 2-for-1 tickets and $2 drinks, hot dogs and popcorn.

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