Corbin Boes has never gone into a Western Hockey League season without a battle to fight. At this time two years ago, Boes was one of five goaltenders crowding the Brandon Wheat Kings crease before the club finally settled on him as part of a rookie tandem with Liam Liston. Last year, he fought off both Liston and veteran Brandon Anderson for the starting job, eventually finishing the season with the WHL’s third-best save percentage, at .916, to go along with a 3.13 goals-against average in 41 games. So it’s no surprise that even though he goes into Friday’s Brandon Sun home opener at Westman Place against the Regina Pats as the Wheat Kings’ unquestioned man between the pipes, the 19-year-old Saskatonian is still looking over his shoulder. "I still have to be able to perform though to get those games," said Boes, who is joined on the roster by 18-year-old sophomore Curtis Honey, owner of just nine WHL appearances. "That’s why I still have to come to practice, work hard and still get better throughout the year if I wanna be able to play a lot of games this year." The Wheat Kings will need Boes to play a lot of games — and play them well — this season. Capable of simply outscoring many of their opponents last season, the latest incarnation of the club is young and unproven up front, but deep and experienced on defence and in net. Boes was invited to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence camp this summer as well as the Winnipeg Jets’ development camp and the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder certainly looks capable of carrying the load for the Wheat Kings, although he said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure. "I don’t think anything changes for me personally," he said. "I’m a goalie. It’s my job to keep the puck out of the net. At the end of the day that’s my main goal (and) that’s what I focus on." Wheat Kings head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk said the club is relying on both goaltenders for steady play this season, but he added that for a veteran like Boes, what he does off the ice is equally important. "He’s a guy that works hard," Gylywoychuk said. "He’s a guy that’s very routine (oriented). He’s a guy that knows what it takes to be prepared for each game, and I think that’s going to be important for him to do." For more on this article from the Brandon Sun, displayed on the Wheat Kings website, Click Here.