Tuesday, 25 November 2014

McGauley Wheat Kings' Unsung Hero

Tim McGauley
  He may not have the flash of a Jayce Hawryluk or the dash of a Rihards Bukarts, but Tim McGauley may be the Brandon Wheat Kings' steadiest performer this season.

  McGauley is coming off a huge weekend, scoring three goals and six points in Brandon's back-to-back wins over Edmonton to increase his season total to 27 points  -- good for 22nd-place in the WHL's scoring race.

  McGauley is a well-rounded player, performing on both of Brandon's special team units and taking most of the club's important defensive zone faceoffs.

  "I'm the type of player that'll do whatever it takes for the team to win.  I'll play any role coach wants me to play, as long as I can help our team win," said McGauley after Monday's practice, "Night-in, night-out, I try to be a consistent player.  I don't bring that flash to the game really but I like to stay consistent and produce points when I can and be a good defensive player."

  Brandon will close out a three-game home stand Tuesday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Blades are currently last in the WHL's overall standings with a 6-16-1-0 record and after sweeping their doubleheader with the defending Memorial Cup Champions, Tuesday's game has the makings of a 'trap game.'

  "We can't take these guys lightly.  The time we played them, we won 6-2 but they outshot us real badly and we don't want to let that happen again," said McGauley, who is one goal shy of 50 for his career, "We take pride in our defence, our hockey club does, and we also know they can surprise teams if you take them lightly, any team can surprise you in this league so we have to make sure we have the proper mindset coming into this game."

  Brandon (19-5-1-0) enters Tuesday's game with a five point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chaff...D Kale Clague (upper body, week-to-week) and F Ty Lewis (upper body, week-to-week) continue to be on the sidelines for the Wheat Kings...Brandon has won eight straight regular season games against the Blades dating back to last season...the Wheat Kings have the WHL's best home-ice winning percentage this season, going 10-1-1-0 at Westman Place for a .875 winning percentage.

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