|Jayce Hawryluk scored four times Saturday|
An offensive roll that began on Friday night continued for the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday.
Jayce Hawryluk scored four goals to pace the Wheat Kings to a 10-3 victory over the Portland Winterhawks Saturday night, 24 hours after Brandon scored five goals in the final eight minutes and 43 seconds of an 8-3 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos.
Brandon has now scored 25 goals in their last three home games, all of them victories, and the club is now averaging a league-high 5.36 goals per game.
“It clearly shows that we have four strong lines and we have a lot of firepower,” said Hawryluk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It doesn’t matter which line is out there, we’re all capable of putting the puck in the net.”
Reid Duke scored his first goal as a Wheat Kings and added three assists while also finishing +5 on the night, while Rihards Bukarts and Peter Quenneville added a goal and two assists each.
Ivan Provorov, Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague also scored for the Wheat Kings, who hit double digits in goals for the first time since an 11-3 victory in Prince Albert on January 7, 2012.
Hawryluk, meanwhile, became the first Wheat King to score four goals in a single game since Michael Ferland did so on February 18, 2012 – snapping a three-game pointless skid in the process.
“I think the games prior, I’ve been having chances and the pucks just haven’t been going in,” said Hawryluk, “Tonight, the bounces were going my way and the puck was just finding the back of the net.”
The victory improved Brandon’s East Division-leading record to 8-2-1-0, including a 5-0-1-0 mark on home ice.
The Wheat Kings now hit the road for a seven-game road trip, beginning Wednesday night in Prince George.
Chaff...Hawryluk's first goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winning goal, his WHL-leading fourth of the season...Bukarts now has points in seven straight games (4 G, 10 A) while Peter Quenneville’s point streak reached five games (3 G, 6 A)...Brandon’s scratches were F John Quenneville (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...Brandon broke a personal five-game losing streak against Portland, winning against the Winterhawks for the first time since October 17, 2008...Saturday’s crowd of 4,533 was the Wheat Kings’ largest of the young season.