Brandon Wheat Kings
Regina, SK. – – The Brandon Wheat Kings have put together back to back victories for the first time in two months.
Michael Ferland scored twice, including the winner with just 4:03 remaining in regulation time to give the Wheat Kings a 3-2 victory over Regina and move to within three points of the seventh place Pats in the Western Hockey League’s eastern Division.
The game winning goal capped a third period comeback for the Wheat Kings, who ran their winning streak on the road to three games. Trailing 2-1 through forty minutes of play, former Victoria Royals’ center Kevin Sundher evened the score thirteen minutes into the final frame.
Brandon fell behind 2-0 in the first period on goals by Lane Scheidl and Brandon Davidson, but cut the lead in the half when Ferland notched his first of the night in the second.
Corbin Boes made 35 saves for the Wheat Kings, while Matt Hewitt stopped 27 shots in a losing cause for Regina.
The 2-game win streak is Brandon’s first since early December and assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show that is an encouraging sign.
“Our guys are seeing that if they stick with it for 60 minutes, you’re at least going to give yourself at least a chance,” said Ritchie. “You can’t just hang your head when you’re down by two goals, you have to stay with it. Hopefully, now, we have to just stay even keal. We’re an eighth-place team in our Conference so we have a lot of work to do.”
Captain Mark Stone, who set up the game winning goal, extended his personal point scoring streak to four games (4-6-10) and moved into a tie for the WHL scoring lead with Portland’s Ty Rattie. The 19-year old Winnipeg product currently has 35 goals and 87 points.
Wednesday’s win, coupled by Red Deer’s 4-0 shutout victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders, leaves Brandon four points up on the Rebels in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
The Wheat Kings will return home Friday night to face the Swift Current Broncos, before hitting the road for three games in the Central Division. Veteran defenceman Brodie Melnychuk will be honoured before Friday’s game, for recently playing his 300th career game in the WHL.
Tickets to Friday’s game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca
Thursday night, the Wheat Kings will host their 2012 CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner in the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion. This year’s keynote speaker is Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Michael “Pinball” Clemons.