Sunday, 20 March 2011

Wheat Kings Double Warriors

The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their regular season with an 8-4 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday night.

David Toews had two goals and two assists, Matt MacKay two goals and an assist and Mark Stone a goal and three assists for Brandon.

The victory allowed Brandon to finish in sixth-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference and above .500 for the season with a 32-31-1-8 record.

"Both important goals for our team and a real accomplishment given where we were at different points during the season," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon during CKLQ's post-game show, "Guys can feel good about the net result here today, it finalizes out position in the standings and we look forward to moving on."

The Wheat Kings were a season-low 11 games under .500 at 14-25-1-7 following a 9-0 home-ice loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on January 15th but closed out the season with an 18-6-0-1 record over their last 25 games.

"I think we sat down as a group (after that game) and we said that it's now or never guys. We have a lot of guys that have never experienced playoff hockey, and we talked not only about getting into the playoffs but doing well in them," says Matt MacKay, who 52 points in 31 games after joining Brandon in a trade with Vancouver January 5th, "After that point, I think we really started to bear down and play a gritty style of hockey, a playoff styple of hockey that not a lot of teams were playing at that time and that's what got us a lot of points right after that game."

Brandon will now face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the playoffs, with Game #1 Friday night in Medicine Hat.

The complete schedule for the Wheat Kings' first round series with the Tigers can be found below.

Chaff...The Wheat Kings dished out their year-end awards during their regular season finale Saturday, with Mark Stone walking away with five trophies including the Team's MVP Award. Stone led the team in scoring and finished in a tie for third in the WHL with 106 points this season...the complete set of award winners can be found below...Brandon captain Shayne Wiebe was assessed a boarding major with 59 seconds left in the first period, an infraction that will automatically be reviewed by the WHL Office. The Wheat Kings should find out a possible suspension early in the week.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 8

First Period
1. Moose Jaw, Wyton 3 (Brown, Paradis) 3:15
2. Brandon, Wiebe 44 (MacKay, Stone) 6:26
3. Brandon, Galbraith 2 (Gustafsson, Toews) 6:46
4. Brandon, Seaman 3 (Pulock, Toews) 13:19 (pp)
5. Brandon, Toews 19 (Walker, Gustafsson) 15:07 (pp)

Penalties: Bowman MJ (tripping) 11:19, Wyton MJ (instigating, fighting, misconduct), Galbraith Bdn (fighting, misconduct) 13:41, Edmundson MJ (tripping) 18:43, McIlrath MJ (instigating, fighting, misconduct) Wiebe Bdn (boarding major, game misconduct) 19:01.

Second Period
6. Brandon, Stone 37 (Gustafsson) 1:02 (pp)
7. Moose Jaw, Hood 32 (Edwards, Stone) 3:02 (pp)
8. Moose Jaw, Hood 33 (Edwards, Bowman) 6:12
9. Brandon, Toews 20 (Roy, Ferland) 10:21 (pp)
10. Brandon, MacKay 28 (Stone) 13:28

Penalties: Honejsek MJ (checking from behind) 9:10, Honejsek MJ (hooking) 14:33, Melnychuk Bdn (tripping) 15:54.

Third Period
11. Moose Jaw, Paradis 9 (Johnson, White) 2:23
12. Brandon, MacKay 29 (Stone, Gustafsson) 5:52

Penalties: None.

Shots on goal by
Moose Jaw 11 12 6 - 29
Brandon 23 15 9 - 47

Goal: Moose Jaw: Stone (L,4-5-0); Brandon: Liston (W,20-16-1).

Power plays (goals-chances): Moose Jaw: 1-2; Brandon: 3-5.

Referees: Cole Hamm, Andy Thiessen; Linesmen: Jarrett Gelowitz, Kelsey Mahoney.

Attendance: 5,761.

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