Saskatoon, SK. — The Brandon Wheat Kings improved to 3-1-0 since the Western Hockey League Trade Deadline Saturday night with a dramatic 3-2 Overtime Shootout victory over the Memorial Cup Host Blades in Saskatoon.
Newly acquired defenceman Nick Walters was the 12th and final shooter and his goal on Blades’ all star netminder Andrey Makarov was the winner in what turned out to be the longest shootout in Wheat Kings’ history.
While Walters got the goal that gave Brandon the win in the opening game of a home and home series between the Wheat Kings and Blades, it may have been the goaltending of veteran Corbin Boes that was the difference.
The 19-year old Saskatoon native, who had watched Curtis Honey start three straight games following last week’s trade deadline, was simply sensational. Not only did he stop eleven of 12 Saskatoon shootout attempts, he stopped 43 shots in regulation and overtime to pick up his first victory since early December.
“He was standing on his hand late in the third, late in the third after we had tied and they came at us for the last bit and he made a couple of great saves,” Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show. “Even in the second, he made a couple of great saves and really kept us in the game the whole night.“Corbin’s a competitor, he wants to play and that’s what you want from your goalie. I can tell you one thing, he wasn’t happy not playing…he’s a guy that’s very intense and he wants to play.”
Defenceman Colton Waltz and rookie Tim McGauley, with his team leading 14th goal of the season, scored Brandon’s goals in regulation time. McGauley’s goal came with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time to force the extra session. Colin Valcourt and Lukas Sutter replied for the Blades, who will be looking to gain a split in the 2-game series when they travel to Brandon on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s game will also mark the return of former Wheat Kings’ left-winger Michael Ferland. The 20-year old Calgary Flames’ prospect was traded to Saskatoon last week in exchange for a first round pick in this year’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Ferland was held off the scoresheet in what was his first game ever against his former team.
Tuesday night is the final “Two for Tuesday Night” of the season. Fans purchasing a ticket to the game will receive a second one free (regular box office agency fees apply). As well, the Keystone Centre will be offering special discounts on beer, hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn.
While the popcorn, hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold for just $2 for this game, beer will be on sale for $2.99.
Tickets to the game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com