Reid back in the herd

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

When it comes to confidence, Brandon Reid rarely finds himself in short supply.

The dynamic Manitoba Moose forward missed the past four games while suiting up for Canada at the Spengler Cup, but he'll return to action tonight against the Rochester Americans with his confidence at an all-time high.

Reid had a goal and two assists as Canada brought home a silver medal from Davos, Switzerland for the second consecutive holiday tournament. He was one of the most noticeable players during the event as he recorded 24 shots on goal in five games.

"It was an all around great experience," said Reid, who has scored in each of the past five American Hockey League contests he's appeared in to give him 10 goals and 21 points in 31 games this season. "It always keeps a lot of doors open, you never know where my career is going to lead me. Playing for Canada is always special. I've never said no to Team Canada in my life and I'm not going to start now.

'On a roll'

"I was on a roll before I left and I brought that confidence with me to Team Canada. I haven't lost it. It's a different emotion when you play for Canada. You have that extra jump and I'm going to try and bring that back here with the Moose. I'm going to keep trying to shoot the puck as much as possible."

Not only did Reid bring home a medal, he picked up eight stitches on his chin and lost a tooth from a high stick in the first game of the tournament.

And he loved every minute of it, except for dropping the final 3-2 to the host club, HC Davos.

"We were up 2-0 and we kind of broke down after two of our players (Josh Holden and Jason Doig) ran into each other and got hurt," said Reid.

Playing for head coach Pat Quinn was a thrill for Reid, who took a regular shift, was used on the power play, penalty kill and called on in the shootout.

"When a coach like Pat Quinn shows confidence in you like that, obviously it boosts your confidence as well," said Reid.

Moose head coach Scott Arniel hopes Reid can pick up things where he left off.

"He realizes now what it takes to play in this league, it's a bit different from when he was last here," said Arniel, noting Reid's play improved when he was moved from centre to right wing. "In the last month, he's really been doing the things that made him successful. He can use his speed on the wing and blow by the defencemen.

"He's been good away from the puck and good in his own end, not giving up pucks and that's a big key for him."


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