Friday, November 9, 2012

No More What-Ifs for Wheat Kings' Seaman

  Tyrel Seaman's 2011-2012 season was a frustrating one.

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' centre missed a substancial amount of time with two concussions and never really seemed to return to form even after returning from the second one in mid-March.

  This year, Seaman still looked a little timid early in the season and the 18-year old admits those two head traumas were still weighing on his mind.

  "I'm mostly over it now.  It was still in the back of my head at the start of the year.  I was trying not to think about it but it was always there, what-if, what-if it happens again," said Seaman after Brandon's practice on Thursday, "Everything has been 100 per cent so far, no issues with my head so I'm happy about that and excited for the rest of the season."

  Seaman snapped a 16-game goalless streak in Brandon's 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday and has three goals and seven points in 19 games this season.

  Those numbers are probably a little lower than what some expected but Seaman feels he's had a productive season in a lot of different ways.

  "It's not to frustrating," said Seaman, "I'm more of a role player so I'm just going to try and kill penalties as best I kind and that kind of stuff before I worry about the offensive side of my game."

  The St. Louis Blues' draft pick is also third on the team with a plus-six rating, not a bad figure for a team that's been outscored by 12 goals this year.

  Seaman and the Wheat Kings return to action Friday night when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:35 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Brandon will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since September.

  "We've had slow starts but we finally started good on Tuesday," said Seaman, "Coming into (tonight), we have to come out flying again and can't have the mental lapses like we did on Tuesday throughout the game."

  Rookie forward Jayce Hawryluk should be fine to suit up for the Wheat Kings on Friday night.

  Hawryluk left Tuesday's game early after taking a nasty hit from Seattle defenceman Jared Hauf in the final minute.

  Hauf was assessed an interference major on the play but was not suspended by the Western Hockey
League.

Chaff...F Richard Nejezchleb (shoulder, 1-2 weeks) is still not practicing with the Wheat Kings though he skated briefly with the team Thursday and again after practice...Brandon lost 6-1 in Lethbridge on October 17th, and the Hurricanes used that game as a springboard.  They had started the season 3-6-0-0 but have gone 8-1-1-1 in their last 11 games including a 5-0-0-1 mark in their last six games...the Wheat Kings have surrendered more shots (35.95 per game) than any team in the WHL...former Wheat King Ty Rimmer has played every minute of every game so far for the 'Canes and has a 2.72 GAA and .919 SPCT this season.

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