Friday, 26 September 2014

Triumphant Return for Hawryluk

Jayce Hawryluk made his season debut with the
Wheat Kings on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their season-opening winning streak to three games Friday night with a 6-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades.

  Jayce Hawryluk scored twice in his return to the Wheat Kings' lineup including a penalty shot goal 3:33 into the third period that gave Brandon a 4-2 lead and proved to be the game-winning goal.

  The Blades jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 3:07 of Friday's contest on goals by Nelson Nogier and Amid Krupic 54 seconds apart.

  Brandon tied the contest before the end of the first period on goals by Jesse Gabrielle and Tim McGauley, with the teams then engaging in a goalless second period to go into the final frame all even 2-2.

  Ryan Pilon gave Brandon its first lead of the contest on a power-play goal 1:03 into the third period, the first of three unanswered goals for the Wheat Kings.

  Pilon also finished with two assists in the contest, giving the 18-year old defenceman six points (2 G, 4 A) in three games so far this season.

  "I take good pride playing in my defensive zone but whenever that opportunity is there to jump up and I think a big part of our team the past two years is the defence jumping into the plays and getting points," said Pilon on CKLQ's post-game show, "With (Ryan Pulock) being gone, I feel that somebody has to step in and fill that role as best they can, and I feel I can be that guy."

  Rihards Bukarts added the sixth Brandon goal in the final minute while John Quenneville also returned to the Wheat Kings' lineup Friday and contributed a pair of assists.

  Jordan Papirny finished with 26 saves in the Brandon net including a pair of spectacular stops off Joh Uhrich and Chase Clayton on a 2-on-0 midway through the second period.

  The Wheat Kings return to action Saturday when they visit the Swift Current Broncos (8:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon scratched D Eric Roy (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Kirklan Lycar (healthy), F Tanner Kaspick (healthy), F Duncan Campbell (healthy), D Mark Matsuba (healthy), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and D Michael Mylchreest (healthy)...former Wheat Kings' D Ryan Pulock scored a first period power-play goal in the NY Islanders 3-2 pre-sason win over New Jersey Friday.  The goal was the first for the Islanders in the Barclay's Center, which will become the Isles permanent home starting next season...attendance Friday was 3.708.

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