Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Honey One-Ups Brother, Wheat Kings Win

Curtis Honey
  Curtis Honey stopped 38 shots to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday night.

  The victory was an especially sweet one for Honey, who not got the first home-ice victory of his Western Hockey League career but also one-upped his brother, forward Connor Honey of the Seattle Thunderbirds, in the first head-to-head meeting the siblings have had.

  "It was pretty exciting to get the 'W' against my brother there," said Honey on CKLQ's post-game show, "I'm one up on him.  Hopefully this happens again some time but I've something in my back pocket now."

  Among Honey's stops was a sprawling glove save off Seattle's Riley Sheen with about five minutes left in the third period that preserved a 4-3 Brandon lead and came at a time when the Wheat Kings were back on the heals and just trying to hang on for the win.

  Honey was particularly busy in that third period, stopping 21 shots but the 18-year old felt he owed his team something after surrending Connor Sanvido's goal 4:27 into the final frame.

  "Unfortunately, they managed to put that one in with 0.1 seconds left (in the second period) and then they got that one around the five minute mark of the third, and I think that was one I wanted back," said Honey, "I felt I owed the team something so I just tried to bear down in the last half of that third period."

  "Curtis is a guy that competes really, really hard and he pushes (Corbin Boes) and he makes him better," added Brandon assistant coach David Anning, "Putting Curtis in, as of late, he's played very well.  I think the staff and the players all have confidence in him coming in, and tonight he made some key saves to make sure we got the two points."

  Jens Meilleur and Tyrel Seaman scored first period goals to give Brandon a 2-0 lead after the opening frame, the first time the Wheat Kings had scored in the first period in eight games and just the fourth time in 19 games this season they led after 20 minutes.

  Meilleur and Seaman also broke lengthy droughts, with Meilleur scoring for the first time in 10 games and Seaman snapped a 16-game goalless streak.

  John Quenneville, Eric Roy and Alessio Bertaggia, into an empty-net, also scored for Brandon.

  The victory improved the Wheat Kings' overall record to 9-7-2-1 and moved Brandon into sole possession of second place in the East Division, three points behind first-place Prince Albert.

Chaff...Thunderbirds' D Jared Hauf was assessed an interference major and game misconduct in the final minute of the third period after levelling Wheat Kings' rookie forward Jayce Hawryluk.  Hawryluk went to the dressing room under this own power but there was no immediate update on his status after the game...Hauf's hit will automatically be reviewed by the WHL office for a possible suspension...Wheat Kings' F Jens Meilleur missed on a penalty shot attempt at the 14:26 mark of the first period...Brandon held leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the game, the first time the Wheat Kings had held a three-goal lead since September 26th.

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