Sunday, 18 November 2012

Brandon Snaps Losing Streak

John Quenneville had a pair of goals in Brandon's
victory in Lethbridge Sunday
The Brandon Wheat Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday night.
A pair of 16-year olds led the way for the Wheat Kings with John Quenneville scoring a pair of goals and Jayce Hawryluk having a goal and an assist.
With Alessio Bertaggia out of the Brandon lineup with a lower-body injury, Quenneville moved onto a line with Hawryluk and Tim McGauley to provide a spark to a Brandon offence that had scored more than three goals just once in their previous 13 games.
“Johnny stepped up his game, he did not look out of place whatsoever, he obviously chipped in there,” said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ’s post-game show, “ We know what we’re getting with Timmy and Jayce, they’re both quality players at a young age, to get Quenneville on that line, I thought it was a very good line for us. I thought they controlled a lot of the play and generated a lot of momentum for us.”
Jack Palmer scored his first career Western Hockey League goal, a power-play marker in the second period that gave Brandon a 4-2 lead and proved to be the eventual game-winning goal.
Chad Robinson added an empty-net goal for the Wheat Kings while Corbin Boes stopped 39 shots in the Brandon net.
After back-to-back losses to the Kootenay Ice to open the weekend, the Wheat Kings appeared to be an energized team Sunday despite playing for the third time in as many nights.
“Things opened up for us because we did things with tempo, and they had to respect that,”said Anning, “I thought our legs were going right from opening faceoff. We did a good job moving the puck forward, I thought our defencemen did a good job of getting back to pucks first. They did a good job pressuring down the wall on our wingers, and our wingers battled hard tonight to make sure pucks got out.”

The victory improved Brandon’s record to 10-11-2-1.

Next action for the Wheat Kings is Friday when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Prince Albert Raiders.

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