Saturday, 9 March 2013

Second Straight Shootout Loss for Wheat Kings

Corbin Boes made 43 saves Friday
  Stephane Legault had a goal and an assist in regulation and scored the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2 on Friday night.

  Mitch Moroz also had a goal and an assist for Edmonton as they extended their winning streak to five games and clinched the Eastern Conference pennant for the second straight year.

  Tim McGauley sent the game to extra time for Brandon, scoring the tying goal with 37.6 seconds left in the third period while Nick Buonassissi scored the other goal for the Wheat Kings.

  "I thought our compete level was up tonight," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We still had our backs pushed against the wall a couple of times but give credit to our guys, we competed hard and kept in the game and I thought we pushed them a little bit."

  Corbin Boes stopped 43 shots for the Wheat Kings including 17 in a busy second period and the Saskatoon product felt they met the challenge of facing the Conference's top team.

  "I don't think we've had much success against the top teams in the Conference," said Boes, "It was our last crack against the first-place team in the East and I thought it was a pretty gutsy effort to come away with at least a point."

  Boes has a 3.25 GAA and .911 SPCT in six appearance since returning from knee injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

  "I just need to go out there and have fun every night and try to make a statement for the guys coming back next year," added Boes, "And, for the guys that are on their way out, just go out there and have some fun and go out with a bang in the last few games here."

  The Wheat Kings have four games left in the season starting with Saturday's home game against Swift Current (7:35 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...former Wheat King Alessio Bertaggia had a hat-trick and an assist in Spokane's 6-3 win over Everett on Friday.  Bertaggia has 10 goals and 14 points in 12 games with the Chiefs...Wheat Kings' prospect Jordan Papirny recorded his second straight shutout as the SSAC Boston Pizza Athletics beat Sherwood Park 3-0 in the fifth and deciding game of their AMHL Dodge Division semifinal Friday night.  SSAC will play Lloydminster in the Dodge Division Final while Brandon prospect Braylon Shmyr and the Calgary Buffaloes face the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs in the Chrysler Division Final...the Phoenix Coyotes have signed former Brandon Wheat Kings Darian Dziurzynski to a two-year entry level contract.  Dziurzynski has been playing with Phoenix's AHL afficiliate in Portland on an AHL contract.  He's scored five goals and eight points in 40 games with the Pirates this season.

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