Saturday, 3 November 2012

Buonassisi's Late Goal Lift Brandon to Win

Ryley Lindgren had an assist in his WHL debut on Friday
 Nick Buonassisi's goal with just under five minutes left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

Jayce Hawryluk had a goal and an assist and Tim McGauley also scored for the Wheat Kings.

"We sure are happy with the win tonight, especially after we got into penalty trouble early and battled our way through that," said Hawryluk on CKLQ's post-game show, "I'm pretty excited about the win and helping the team out, that's for sure."

Hawryluk's goal 6:44 into the third period tied the game 2-2 and seemed to provide a spark for the Wheat Kings in a game that was a rough-and-tumble affair throughout and included plenty of physical play, some hard hits and four fights.

"It was almost like a playoff game or like a game against a divisonal team late in the season," offered Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk, "There was a lot of compete, a lot of bodies getting thrown around, a lot competition for pucks. The emotion took over and you saw that throughout the game tonight."

Corbin Boes stopped 40 shots in the Wheat Kings' net as Brandon improved to 8-6-2-1 on the season including a 6-2-2-1 mark in one-game games.

Brandon continues their five-game home stand on Saturday night when they host the Calgary Hitmen (7:35 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place). Ryley Lindgren assisted on Hawryluk's goal for his first career WHL point...both of Moose Jaw's goals came on the power-play, meaning Brandon has surrendered 15 power-play goals against in their last eight games and a league-high 26 overall this season...Wheat Kings' prospect Braylon Shmyr had a goal and three assists to help Alberta to an 8-1 victory Manitoba at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup on Friday. Shmyr, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft, leads the tournament in scoring after two days with three goals and seven points in two games...Saskatoon dealt F Travis McEvoy, 18, a 3rd round pick in 2013 and a 1st round pick in 2014 to Vancouver Friday for F Nathan Burns, 19. Brandon acquired the right to flip-flop first round picks with the Blades was part of the Brenden Walker deal in May and will still get the better of the two picks when the time comes around...former Wheat King Michael Ferland made his pro debut Friday night, going pointless for Abbotsford in the Heats' 4-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies.

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