|Jayce Hawryluk scored his 11th goal of the season Friday.|
Despite the game never really getting to the high-tempo, high-paced type of style the Wheat Kings’ prefer, Brandon (13-3-1-) still managed to pick up their seventh win in eight games and moved four points ahead of idle Medicine Hat for top spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
“We have to make sure we’re always working to play our game. We want to have the puck, we want to skate, we want to have a puck possession type of game with some tempo the game,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought we got away from that in the first and I’m not sure we ever got it going as well as we needed to.”
Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists for the Wheat Kings while Jayce Hawryluk, John Quenneville and Tim McGauley also scored for Brandon.
Jamal Watson scored twice for Lethbridge including the game-tying goal with 3:06 left in the third period with Tyler Wong and Dexter Bricker also scoring for the Hurricanes.
Logan Thompson made 23 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net while Zac Robidoux made 31 saves for the Hurricanes (5-9-1-1).
Brandon concludes their road trip by visiting the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night (8:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ) in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Chaff...former Wheat King Ryley Lindgren left the game in the first period and reportedly suffered a fractured fibula...Brandon scratched F Richard Nejezchleb (import balance), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Nolan Patrick, F Tanner Kaspick and D Kale Clague (all at World U17 Hockey Challenge)...Brandon went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Hurricanes were 1-for-5...the Wheat Kings have allowed at least one power-play goal against in eight consecutive contests...former Wheat King Michael Ferland made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames Friday night but had to leave their 4-3 home-ice win over Nashville with an upper body injury.