Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Lewis Relished Wheat Kings' Debut

Ty Lewis made his Wheat Kings' debut Sunday
  Ty Lewis made his long-waited Wheat Kings' debut Sunday in the Brandon Wheat Kings' 4-0 shutout of the Red Deer Rebels.

  The 16-year old Lewis suffered a broken arm in training camp and re-injured the limb during his initial rehabilitation about a month later, sidelining him for the first 33 games of the regular season.

  "Obviously, growing up in Brandon, you always picture and dream of playing for the Wheat Kings some day.  It was nice to get back playing after being out for so long," said Lewis after the Wheat Kings' practice on Monday, "A little nervous to start but as the game moved along, I got used to it a little more and felt a little more comfortable.  I kind of know what to expect now and should be fine from here on out."

  Lewis, Brandon's third round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, didn't find out he would be making his debut Sunday until after Jesse Gabrielle was scratched after taking warmup.

  "There wasn't much time to get nervous.  All you can do is just prepare for the game the best you can.  Obviously, it's nice to get playing again, I was excited to hear that," said the 5-foot-10, 176 pound Lewis, "After the first couple of shifts, I got the jitters out and after that, I think it went all right."

  Lewis, who had 28 goals and 57 points in 38 games with the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings last season, could play in his second game Tuesday when the Wheat Kings host the Regina Pats (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Jesse Gabrielle and Rihards Bukarts both sat out Brandon's practice on Monday while Jayce Hawryluk skated in a no-contact jersey after practice was over.

  Brandon (24-7-2-1) has a three-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings entering Tuesday's contest, and are 12 points ahead of second-place Regina in the East Division standings.

Chaff...Brandon G Jordan Papirny was named the WHL nominee for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award Monday.  Papirny stopped 52 of 54 shots in two starts last week...the Pats should have Morgan Klimchuk back in their lineup Tuesday after he was released by the Canadian Junior Team on Sunday...Brandon F Tim McGauley takes an 11-game point-scoring streak (12 G, 9 A) into Tuesday's contest...Wheat Kings' D Ivan Provorov leaves Wednesday for the Russian Jr. team training camp ahead of the World Junior Hockey Championship.

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