Brandon Wheat Kings
Prince Albert, SK. – The Brandon Wheat Kings got back on the winning track Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Raiders in Prince Albert.
The win improved Brandon’s record to 8-4-0 on the road, 12-6-1-1 overall and snapped a 2-game losing streak in the process.
Netminder Corbin Boes was outstanding, turning aside 43 of 44 shots, including all thirty-one that he faced during the first two periods of play.
“The guys in practice says that he’s a big guy and a hard guy to score on,” Brandon assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He made himself look big tonight, which he needs to. He didn’t have a lot of holes and it was good to see…you can tell he’s starting to play with a lot of confidence.”
After being held off the scoresheet for the first time this season – in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss in Saskatoon – Brandon captain Mark Stone led the Wheat Kings offensively with a goal and two assists in the win.
Michael Ferland, Eric Roy and veteran blueliner Ryley Miller, with his first ever WHL goal, rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-0 at the end of both the first and second periods of play. For Miller, who has 21 career assists, the goal came in his 156th career WHL game.
Defenceman Ryan Pulock, who was added to the WHL All Star Team that will face the Russians in next week’s SUBWAY Super Series, celebrated the selection by adding two assists for the winners.
Mark McNeill, the Chicago Blackhawks’ first round draft choice, replied for the Raiders in a losing cause.
With the win, the Wheat Kings moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Division, one point back of the front running Saskatoon Blades, who dumped the Swift Current Broncos 7-5 on Wednesday. Brandon is now two points up on Regina and three ahead of the fourth place Moose Jaw Warriors in a very tight Eastern Division race.
Brandon now returns home for a pair of weekend home games, beginning Remembrance Day Friday afternoon, against the Broncos. Prince Albert pays their first visit of the season on Saturday night.
Tickets to both games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca