|Rihards Bukarts was one of seven Wheat Kings to score in Saturday's win|
The Brandon Wheat Kings were looking to rebound from their first loss of the season Friday night, and rebound they did.
Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels Saturday, improving Brandon’s record to 5-0-1-0.
Jesse Gabrielle, Jayce Hawryluk and Rihards Bukarts all added a goal and an assist each for Brandon, who led 2-0 and 4-0 at the period breaks.
Brandon was coming off a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to Tri-City on Friday night, a game that saw the Americans outshoot Brandon 17-11 in the first period.
“They came out real hard, Tri-City did, and we weren’t prepared to match them, and it kind of prepared us for this game,” said Wheat Kings’ centre Tim McGauley on CKLQ’s post-game show Saturday, “They came out hard too, but we just matched them today, managed to control them and just managed to get the matchups our way and put a few points on the board.”
McGauley added three assists to the Wheat Kings’ cause while Colton Waltz, Nolan Patrick and Quintin Lisoway also scored for Brandon.
Jordan Papirny stopped 22 shots in the Wheat Kings’ net, surrendering just an even-strength goal to Red Deer’s Adam Musil with 5:40 left in the third period.
A physical affair for much of the contest, the McGauley felt Brandon’s forecheck was one of the keys to their success Saturday.
“It was a huge part for us. Tri-City did it to us and they had success against us doing that and we did that against Red Deer,” said McGauley, “It works all the time when you put in the hard work, and it’ll pay off for you. That was our mindset coming into this game and that’s what we did.”
The Wheat Kings are now idle until next Saturday, when they open a three-game Alberta road trip in Red Deer.
Chaff...Brandon F John Quenneville left the game after the first period with a suspected upper body injury and did not return...the Wheat Kings’ scratches were D Eric Roy (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Braylon Shmyr, D Mark Matsuba and D Taylor Green (all coaches’ decisions)...D Macoy Ercamps had two assists, his first points as a Wheat King while rookie Mark Taraschuk also had a pair of assists for his first career WHL points. The duo were also +4 each...attendance Saturday was 4,003.