Friday, March 18, 2011

Last Regular Season Game in the Crushed Can

Tonight is the first of two meetings this weekend between the Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings, and their first meeting since the final game before the Christmas break. The Warriors are 4-2 against Brandon, posting a 1-2 record at home and 3-0 record on the road. The Wheat Kings have outscored Moose Jaw 23-18.

Quinton Howden leads the Warriors with six goals and eight points against the Wheat Kings; Dylan Hood has a goal and five points; Cody Beach and Spencer Edwards have a goal and four points each; Morgan Rielly has four assists; Collin Bowman has two goals and three points; Dallas Ehrhardt and Andrew Johnson have three assists each; Sam Fioretti has two goals; Thomas Heemskerk is 4-1 with a 3.34gaa and .919sv%; Brandon Stone is 0-1 with a 6.00gaa and .793sv%.

Mark Stone leads Brandon with three goals and nine points against the Warriors; Scott Glennie has four goals and eight points; Michael Ferland has a goal and six points; Shayne Wiebe has five goals; David Toews has three goals and four points; Liam Liston is 1-3 with a 3.27gaa and .888sv%; Corbin Boes is 0-0-0-1 with a 2.77gaa and .925sv%.

Hot and Cold
- Kendall McFaull has one assist in the last 18 games
- Dallas Ehrhardt has six assists in 15 games
- Collin Bowman has 10 assists in 15 games
- Cody Beach has two goals and 11 points in the last 14 games
- Sebastian Svendsen has five goals and 14 points in the last 15 games
- Quinton Howden has 12 goals and 26 points in the last 18 games
- Andrew Johnson has six goals and seven points in the last 13 games
- Spencer Edwards has seven goals and 16 points in the last 16 games.
- Dylan Hood has eight goals and 21 points in the last 17 games. Hood is pointless in the last three games
- Moose Jaw’s power play has 10 goals in the last 12 games (10-for-51)
- Moose Jaw’s penalty kill is 31-for-35 (88.6%) in the month of March. It hasn’t allowed a goal in four games, and has given up three goals in the last six games.

Tonight will be a busy night at the rink. Shaw will be broadcasting the game live! Yara Awards night will begin at 6:40 so be in your seat prior to the start of the awards. Warriors first Captain, Mark MacKay will be in the house along with WHL Commissioner Rob Robison and Mayor Hagel.

Standing room tickets are still available.

games, scoring at least one power-play goal in ten of those contests including four straight. Overall, the Wheat Kings rank 4th overall in the WHL with a 22.9% success rate (77-for-360). On the penalty-kill, the Wheat Kings have allowed at least one power-play goal against in 11 of their last 15 games, going 27-for-41 (65.9%) in that span. Overall this season, Brandon is 22nd in the WHL with a 74.8% success rate (190-for-254).

Roster: The Wheat Kings active roster currently stands at 22 players (two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards). 10 players are from Manitoba, 6 from Saskatchewan, 5 from Alberta and one from Sweden. The roster includes 14 players who were selected in the WHL Bantam Draft; four are listed players and four players acquired in trade.

Drafted Players: F Scott Glennie (Dallas, 1st Round, 8th overall in 2009, SIGNED); F Michael Ferland (Calgary, 5th Round, 133rd overall in 2010); F Mark Stone (Ottawa, 6th Round, 178th overall in 2010); F David Toews (New York Islanders, 3rd Round, 66th overall in 2008).

Injury Report: D Ryley Miller (hand, indefinite).

Who’s Hot: F Hampus Gustafsson has scored in three consecutive games and is on a five-game point streak (3 G, 3 A)…F Mark Stone had an 18-game point streak snapped last Friday versus Saskatoon, but has points in 19 of his last 20 games (12 G, 31 A)…F Matt MacKay is on a four-game point streak (1 G, 8 A) now has points in 22 of the last 23 games (15 G, 31 A)…F Scott Glennie is on a seven-game point streak (4 G, 9 A), and has 24 points (12 G, 12 A) in the last 12 games…F Shayne Wiebe is on a eight-game point streak (8 G, 3 A) and has 22 goals in the last 23 games…D Ryan Pulock has 17 points (3 G, 14 A) in the last 13 games…F David Toews has 18 points (7 G, 11 A) in the last 17 games.

Stats’n’That: Mark Stone is tied for 3rd in the WHL in scoring with 102 points. Stone is currently 18th in goals (36), 3rd in assists (66) and tied for 5th in power-play goals (17)…Scott Glennie is tied for 6th in the WHL in scoring with 90 points, including 35 goals (tied for 19th) and 55 assists (tied for 7th)…Shayne Wiebe is tied for 5th in the WHL in goals with 43, and is second in the league in first goals with 11…Ryan Pulock is second among rookie defencemen in scoring with 41 points, and is tied for 10th in rookie scoring overall…Liam Liston leads all rookie netminders in victories this season with 19.

Milestones: F Mark Stone is the first Wheat Kings to reach 100 points in a season since Eric Fehr in 2004-2005, and just the second to do so in the last 12 seasons…Scott Glennie is 11th on the Brandon’s all-time scoring list with 307 points, five points behind former NHLer Dan Bonar…Glennie played his 250th career game last Saturday vs. Prince Albert…D Ryan Pulock has passed Wade Redden’s record for most points by a 16-year old defenceman. Redden registered 39 points in his freshmen year in 1993-94…F Shayne Wiebe is four points shy of 200 for his WHL career…D Ryley Miller has 299 career penalty minutes.

Did You Know: Shayne Wiebe’s 43 goals this season is the fifth-highest single-season total for Brandon in the last 13 years, behind Eric Fehr (50 in 2003-04 & 59 in 2004-05), Matt Calvert (47, 2009-10) and Mark Derlago (46, 2006-07)…Brandon’s streak of making the playoffs for 11 straight seasons is the second-longest current streak in the WHL behind Kootenay (13), and the team has made the post-season 18 of the last 19 years…the Wheat Kings have announced that they will play their first round playoff games at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Games #3 and #4 would be on March 28th and 31st, with Game #6 (if necessary) on April 4th. Brandon hasn’t played in Winnipeg since Game #4 of their first round series with Moose Jaw on March 30, 2006...the Wheat Kings have finished below .500 only three times in the last 18 seasons…Brandon has averaged 4,234 fans per game through 35 home games (148,192 total for the year)…the Wheat Kings have outshot their opposition in 12 of their last 14 games…Brandon G Liam Liston was ranked #4 among North American goaltenders in the NHL Central Scouting Service’s mid-term rankings…Friday’s game will be the first between the two teams since former Wheat Kings’ player and assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe joined the Warriors as an assistant coach in late December.

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