Saturday, 22 November 2014

McGauley Nets OT Winner for Wheat Kings

Tim McGauley
  Tim McGauley scored his second goal of the game 1:46 into overtime as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4 on Saturday night.

  The Wheat Kings rallied from a 4-2 deficit after 40 minutes, getting goals from Jesse Gabrielle and Jayce Hawryluk in the third period to set the stage for McGauley's overtime heroics.

  "We knew we were playing better than they were," said Brandon centre John Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we came out in the third and had a mission, stuck to it and, obviously, got the job done."

  "Down after two periods, we talk often that if you're going to come from behind, the first thing you have to do is make sure you don't give anything up," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "That was critical for us and then the early goal by Gabrielle I think really gave our bench a lot of momentum and energy."

  McGauley finished the night with two goals and an assist, giving him six points in the two games this weekend after scoring a goal and two assists in Friday's 7-4 win for Brandon over Edmonton.

  The third-year Wheat King now has 27 points in 25 games this season.

  "Night-in, night-out, he leads our team in ice-time because he plays on both special teams, he's a really dependable, reliable guy," said McCrimmon, "I thought real good pair of games for him this weekend."

  Nolan Patrick also scored for the Wheat Kings while Lane Bauer had two goals and an assist in a losing cause for Edmonton.

  The victory improved Brandon's record to 19-5-1-0 and leaves the Wheat Kings five points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Wheat Kings' next game is Tuesday when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...D Eric Roy played his 275th career game Saturday, tying him with Jeff Odgers for 15th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list...Brandon scratched D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk and F Braylon Shmyr...Brandon went 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill Saturday and are 15-for-16 (93.8%) in their last four games...attendance Saturday was 3,592, giving Brandon and average of 3,904 per game through 12 home dates.

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