Monday, 22 October 2012

McGauley Starting to Hit Offensive Stride

Tim McGauley during Monday's practice in Victoria
 Tim McGauley is starting to show some of the offensive ability that made him a first round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 17-year old has two goals and four points in the last four games after starting the season with one goal in the first eight contests.

“I’m just working hard, every shift. No matter how the team is playing, every shift has to be as hard as you work,” said McGauley after Monday’s practice in Victoria, “I’m just going my hardest and trying my best.”

McGauley showed a hint of his offensive potential when he scored 29 goals and 53 points in 41 games with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League last season going pointless in 14 games with Brandon last season and this year’s slow offensive start had some questioning if he would blossom.

The 6-foot-0, 177 pound McGauley seems to have been energized since being placed on a line with fellow rookie Jayce Hawryluk and import Alessio Bertaggia and while the trio hasn’t played exclusively together over the last four games, they seem to have jelled as a unit.

“We all work very hard, and we’re all good finishers...we’re all scoring goals so that’s nice to have,” said McGauley, “Alessio is very good at scoring goals and is a good finisher, Jayce works really hard and we all just fit perfectly together so there’s definitely some good chem.”

The threesome have combined for eight goals and 15 points over the last four games for a team that has scored a total of 13 goals in that span.

The Wheat Kings continue their seven-game road trip Tuesday night when they visit the Victoria Royals (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ), Brandon's first trip into Victoria since the fall of 1993.

Chaff…former Wheat King and Winnipeg Jet Eric Fehr has signed with HPK Pallokerho of the Finnish Elite League...former Wheat King Tyler Plante is joining the ECHL's Colorado Eagles...Spokane Chiefs’ bench boss and Team Canada assistant coach Don Nachbaur will be head coach of Team WHL for the Subway Super Series games November 14th in Vancouver and November 15th in Victoria. Edmonton’s Derek Laxdal will be his assistant for both games while the Giants’ Don Hay and Royals’ Dave Lowry will assist in their respective cities…the Team WHL roster will be announced this Thursday but will almost certainly include Wheat Kings’ D Ryan Pulock…Kamloops F Colin Smith was named the WHL’s Player of the Week Monday after he scored three goals and ten points in four games, helping the Blazers go 4-0-0-0 during their Central Division road trip…the Vancouver Province says 16-year old Payton Lee may get the start for the Vancouver Giants against Brandon on Wednesday night instead of the two former Wheat Kings’ netminders on the Giants’ roster in Liam Liston and Tyler Fuhr.

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