Brandon Wheat Kings
Prince Albert, SK. — It wasn’t so much that the Brandon Wheat Kings salvaged a split in their 2-game weekend series against the Raiders on Saturday night, it was how they did it.
The Wheat Kings scored six third period goals en route to a convincing 11-3 victory in Prince Albert, snapping a 3-game losing streak in the process and improving their record to 22-17-1-1 on the season.
Sixteen of Brandon’s 18 skaters collected a point for the Wheat Kings, who opened up the weekend series with a 4-1 loss on Friday night.
Veterans Darian Dziurzynski, Michael Ferland and Jens Meilleur led the attack with two goals each, with singles coming off the sticks of Eric Roy, Dakota Conroy, Paul Ciarelli, Daniel Asham and Alessio Bertaggia, who was playing in his second game since returning from the World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary.
“I thought that today we really were focused,” Wheat Kings head coach Cory Clouston told the Brandon Sun after the game. “We were intense, we were much more physical and we had all four lines contributing.”
Captain Mark Stone, who helped Team Canada capture Bronze at the World Junior Championships, had two assists Saturday night, giving him 27 goals and 68 points in 35 games. The 19-year old Winnipeg product, who was leading the Western Hockey League in scoring when he left for last month’s Junior Selection Camp, is currently third behind Ty Rattie of Portland and Regina’s Jordan Weal.
Mike Winther, Luke Mahura and Antoine Corbin scored in a losing cause for the Raiders, who trailed 2-1 and 5-3 at the period breaks.
Brandon Anderson made 24 saves to pick up the win and snap a personal 2-game losing streak while Prince Albert’s goaltending tandem of Cole Holowenko and Luke Lee-Knight was kept busy as the Wheat Kings fired 51 shots in their direction.
The 11-goal outburst was Brandon’s highest output since beating Prince Albert 14-2 in 1996.
The Wheat Kings, who won on the road for the first time since December 9th, now return home for a 3-game in four night home stand beginning Wednesday night against the Blades.
Tickets to all three games, including Friday night vs Red Deer and Saturday’s against the league’s newest entry – the Victoria Royals – are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca