WHL Playoff Roundup: Michael Ferland
Brandon defeated Calgary 4-1 in the opening playoff round
Michael Ferland played a key role in Brandon moving onto to the second round of the WHL playoffs with his gritty play. The hulking winger was consistently in Calgary's face, causing havoc around the net and checking anyone he could every time he was on the ice. He potted two goals and an assist in the five game series win.
Ferland played on a line with Brenden Walker and Mark Stone, combining for 10 points in five postseason outings. During the regular season, the trio put up 300 points with Ferland recording 96 points through 68 games.
The Wheaties played their home games in Winnipeg due to the annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and head coach Cory Clouston credited his team's tenacity despite the fact they were essentially a road team during the entire series.
"I know these are home games for us but it's not really home for us," Clouston told the Winnipeg Free Press. "We've spent about 10 days on the road in a hotel, and it starts to wear on you a little bit, so I think the guys did a real good job being resilient and making the best out of the situation."
Ferland was drafted by the Flames in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.