Saturday, 22 September 2012

Wheat Kings Winners on Opening Night

Captain Ryan Pulock and the Wheat Kings
enjoyed opening night
  The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their Western Hockey League season on a winning note Friday night, defeating the Regina Pats 3-2.

  Jens Meilleur's power-play goal just over four minutes into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and helped first-year head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk picked up his first career WHL coaching victory.
  "It was awesome. The boys are pumped, we went out there and gave it all," said Meilleur, "We outworked them and we got what we deserved."

  Corbin Boes stopped 27 shots in the Brandon net including a key stop in the final minute with Brandon shorthanded.
  "Give credit to the guys, especially late in the game.  We had some key guys step up and killed off a couple of penalties including the four-minute one at the end," said Gylywoychuk on 880 CKLQ's post-game show, "I think the biggest congrats goes to Corbon Boes.  He made some big saves for us.  That's what we want out of him, he was a brick wall for us tonight."
  Brandon killed off three penalties in the final 8:11 of the contest including a four-minute high stick penalty to defenceman Ryley Miller with 3:02 left in regulation.
  Rookie Taylor Cooper scored his first career WHL regular season goal on his first shift in the league 4:34 into the first period while Eric Roy also scored for the Wheat Kings.
  Overall, it was an impressive season debut for the Wheat Kings, who played an up-tempo, fast-paced game that may become the team's standard for the season.
  "That's the way I love to play," said Meilleur, "Every day in practice, Dwayne (Gylywoychuk) is preaching tempo and hard work and that's definitely what we did tonight."
  Both teams scored a pair of power-play goals in the contest with Morgan Klimchuk and Dyson Stevenson doing the scoring for the Pats.
  Matt Hewitt stopped 30 shots in the Regina net.
  The teams complete the season-opening home-and-home series Saturday in Regina (7:45 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...other firsts on opening night included Quintin Lisoway and Richard Nejezchleb notching their first WHL points. Lisoway set up Cooper's goal while Nejezchleb got a helper on Meilleur's game-winning goal...Brandon's scratches Friday were D Colton Waltz (healthy), D Riley Van Horne (healthy), F Jayce Hawryluk (concussion), F Kord Pankewicz (healthy), F Jack Palmer (healthy) and F John Quenneville (healthy)...Friday's attendance was 4,839...Brandon product Landon Cross scored a goal and added two assists for Kamloops in the Blazers' 6-5 overtime win over Kelowna early night for Brandon product Joel Edmundson. The Moose Jaw defenceman was ejected midway through the first period of the Warriors' 4-3 overtime win over Swift Current...tough Giants' debut for former Wheat King Liam Liston. He allowed five goals in 17 shots in Vancouver's 6-4 loss to Victoria Friday.

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