Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pulock Shoots Blacks to Skills Win

(courtesy www.wheatkings.com)

With captain Ryan Pulock leading the way, Team Black scored a 7-3 victory over Team White Sunday afternoon at the 2012 Scotiabank Skills Day at Westman Communications Group Place.

The 18-year old Grandview product, who is currently in his third Western Hockey League season, captured two events - the Hardest Shot as well as the Trick Shot competition.

In the Hardest Shot, Pulock dominated with a shot registering 101 mph while in the Trick Shot event, the popular Brandon blueliner edged out rookie Richard Nejezchleb of the Czech Republic.

Winners of the other two individual awards included defenceman Eric Roy and Swiss left-winger Alessio Bertaggia.

While Roy beat out Rene Hunter to win the Accuracy event, Bertaggia finished on top of the Fastest Skating category with an impressive time of 12.84 seconds. Finishing second was rookie Taylor Cooper at 12.94.

As for the other events, led by the likes of newly acquired center Chad Robinson and Tim McGauley, Team Black won the Puck Control Relay and both the first and second round of the Shootout.

In addition to taking the Full Team Breakaway to close out the day, Team Black split the two 3 on 3 Relay Races.

The team of Ryley Miller, Tyrel Seaman and Kord Pankewicz won the opener while the trio of Jason Swyripa, Jack Palmer and Nick Buonassisi took the second.

The win also made a winner of Honorary Stick Kid Captain Michaela Kelly of Shilo.

Michaela and Dylan Everett of Brandon were chosen from a number of entries received at Brandon's two Scotiabank locations.

In addition to joining their hockey heroes on both the ice and the players bench throughout the day, the two received autographed replica jerseys as well.

This year marked the first time in five years that the Wheat Kings have hosted a Skills Day and it marked the debut of Scotiabank as Title Sponsor of the event.

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