Saturday, 13 September 2014

Bukarts, Patrick Pace Wheat Kings to Win

Nolan Patrick
  Rihards Bukarts had two goals and an assist to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League pre-season action Friday night.

  Nolan Patrick added a goal and two assists for the Wheat Kings as they improved their pre-season record to 2-1-0-0.

  It was an impressive outing for the Wheat Kings, as far as pre-season games are concerned, with Brandon outshooting Moose Jaw 42-20.

  “Having better structure, doing a better job on g  I thought that was a noticeable improvement from last weekend.”
etting quick exits on dumped-in pucks ends up with a game where you don’t play in your end a lot,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “When you do that, you’re going to play offence and that’s how you give up 20 shots.

  Patrick’s performance was also noticeable on a night where the Wheat Kings were missing six players who are away at NHL Rookie Camps including forwards Jayce Hawryluk, Richard Nejezchleb, Peter Quenenville and John Quenneville.

  The 16-year old Patrick now has five points in three pre-season games this month.

  “These games are important,” said Patrick, “Coming through summer, you don’t play many games so to get these games in before home opener is great for the team and myself.”

  Patrick as the fourth overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft, meaning he’ll automatically have plenty of spotlight on him in his rookie season.

  “I think I’ve been handling it pretty good,” said Patrick, “I try not to think about that too much, just play my game and hopefully things go well for both myself and the team.”

  Braylon Shmyr also scored on a second period penalty shot while Ryley Lindgren and Kale Clague also scored for Brandon.

  Logan Thompson started in goal and stopped 11 of 12 shots for the Wheat Kings while Josh Dechaine stopped seven of eight shots after taking over just past the midway mark of the second period.

  Brandon will conclude their pre-season by visiting Moose Jaw on Sunday (5:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Richard Nejezchleb scored a goal in the New York Rangers’ 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas in their opening game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament Friday...Peter Quenneville was pointless in Columbus’ 6-4 win over Minnesota at that same tournament while Eric Roy was pointless in Calgary’s 6-4 win over Winnipeg at the Young Stars Prospects Tournament in Penticton.  Michael Ferland had two goals and an assist for the Flames in that contest...former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo has been invited to New Jersey’s training camp on a PTO (Professional Try Out).

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