Saturday, 18 October 2014

3rd Period Eruption Leads Wheat Kings to Win

Duncan Campbell
  The Brandon Wheat Kings scored the game's final five goals in an 8-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

  Tim McGauley snapped a 3-3 tie with 8:43 left in the third period, and the Wheat Kings piled on four more goals before the contest was over to end a two-game losing skid.

  "Every timeout in the game tonight, we got scored on going into the timeout," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "We were probably a little more focused coming out of the timeout and when we came out of the timeout with the McGauley line, they scored which stood up to be the winning goal.  I think just to grab the momentum on the shift after the timeout and turned out even better than that by scoring to take the lead."

  Ivan Provorov had two goals and an assist and Rihards Bukarts a goal and two helpers for the Wheat Kings as they improved their East Division leading record to 7-2-1-0.

  Duncan Campbell also scored twice and combined with linemates Braylon Shmyr (1 G, 1 A) and Tanner Kaspick (2 A) for three goals, six points and a +9 rating.

  "Sure we're the fourth line, but it's nice that we can produce and help the team out with some wins," said Campbell, "Our whole line is on the plus-side and we haven't been on the ice for many goals so I think that Kelly (McCrimmon) has shown a lot of confidence in us and he trusts up to do our job and I think that's really good."

  Jesse Gabrielle added his team-leading seventh goal of the season for Brandon while Jake DeBrusk, Coda Gordon and Carter Rigby scored the goals for Swift Current.

  Jordan Papirny made 23 saves in the Brandon while Landon Bow made 34 saves in the Swift Current net.

  The Wheat Kings conclude a quick two-game home stand by hosting the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  It'll be Brandon's last home game until November 7th.

Chaff...Bukarts extended his point streak to six games in Friday's game (3 G, 8 A)...Peter Quenneville has points in four straight games (2 G, 4 A)...Brandon's scratches were F John Quenneville (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy).

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