Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hurricanes Blow Out Wheat Kings

Jayce Hawryluk scored Brandon's only goal Wednesday
The Lethbridge Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead and cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night.

Jayce Hawryluk scored his first career Western Hockey League goal 4:51 into the contest but that was the last of the highlights for the Wheat Kings.

Lethbridge outshot Brandon 23-8 in the opening period as the Wheat Kings struggled to turn the tide back in their favour.

“Instead of realizing that we had to dig in, and that it was going to be a little bit harder tonight and they wanted it and, at that time, they were pushing back and we just didn’t respond very well,” said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “ Right from that point on, throughout the game, I just felt they wanted it more in every aspect of the game.”

Brady Ramsay and Macoy Erkamps had a goal and two assists each for the Hurricanes, who had scored just 18 goals in nine games this season prior to Wednesday’s contest.

Up until Wednesday, Lethbridge had the league’s worst power-play but went 3-for-5 against a Brandon penalty-kill that has surrendered 16 goals in 11 games this season and is killing at a 67.3% success rate so far this season.

“It just seems that we kind of get our head around both our power-play and our PK, and it comes back where we stop wanting to work on it,” said Gylywoychuk, “We’ve got to change some personal, we have to change something because what we’re doing now isn’t working and it’s just basically work ethic.”

Curtis Honey stopped 40 shots in the Wheat Kings net while Ty Rimmer stopped 35 shots for Lethbridge.

Jay Merkley, Jaimen Yakubowski, Daniel Johnston and Russell Maxwell also scored for Lethbridge while former Wheat Kings Spencer Galbraith had one assist and was +1.

The loss drops Brandon’s overall record to 6-4-1-0.

The Wheat Kings’ next action is Saturday when they visit the Kelowna Rockets (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

The Hurricanes sent the Wheat Kings a subliminal
message on their scoreclock on Wednesday

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