Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Shmyr Excelling as Top Line Fill-In (& Other Notes)

Braylon Shmyr (left) and Tim McGauley in practice Tuesday
  Braylon Shmyr will continue to get a chance to produce on one of the Brandon's 'big lines' on Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings visit the Regina Pats (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  Shmyr has two assists in the last two games filling in for the injured Rihards Bukarts on a line with the red-hot Tim McGauley and top-scorer Jayce Hawryluk.

  With Bukarts slated to miss his third straight game with a lower body injury Wednesday, Shmyr expects to see another go-round with the club's top two scorers.

  "I'm feeling confident playing up with that line," said Shmyr after Tuesday's practice, "I just have to play my game, keep it simple and just keep it rolling."

  Shmyr has four goals and nine points in 23 games this season as the Wheat Kings' first round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft continues to carve out a niche for himself.

  "All it comes down to just playing you game, keeping it simple and having full confident in yourself that you can play on that top line," said Shmyr, "My shift, I got an assist so I knew after that it was going to be a good couple of games and, just fitting in wise, I've been doing pretty well."

  Wednesday's matchup between the Pats and Wheat Kings is one between two of the WHL's hottest teams.

  Regina is returning from a 4-and-1 road trip in the B.C. Division and have won 11 of their last 13 games while the Wheat Kings are 11-2-1-0 and sit atop the East Division, 11 points ahead of the second-place Pats.

  Brandon is also four points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

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  Tim McGauley was named the Wheat Kings IMPACT Player of the Month for Novemberon Tuesday.

  McGauley had nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 11 games last month while also sporting a +5 rating.

  "I've been going to the net more often here, I think, and scoring a lot of garbage lately, picking up the rebounds and stuff like that," said McGauley on Tuesday, "Just go to the net and things will happen for you there so I've just really been trying to get to the net, get my reaction down and pick up the garbage and I have been lately."

  Five of McGauley's goals in November were game-winning goals, including the deciding goal in Brandon's last four wins with two overtime winners.

  McGauley is currently second in team scoring with 32 points, including a team-high 15 goals, and takes a five-game goal-scoring streak into Wednesday's game.

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  Goaltender Hunter Arps, Brandon's fifth round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, was named to Saskatchewan's Canada Games team this week.

  There were no Wheat Kings' prospects on the British Columbia Canada Games team roster announced on Tuesday (mainly because Brandon didn't draft a B.C. player in the 2014 Bantam Draft) while Alberta will name their Canada Games team on Wednesday.

  The official U-16 Team Manitoba roster will be announced at a media conference on December 18th.

  Hockey Manitoba will take 28 players to the Shattuck-St.Mary's Jamboree next weekend (December 12-14) before finalizing the 20-player roster for the Canada Games.

  Wheat Kings' draft picks Stelio Mattheos, Connor Gutenberg, James McIsaac and Leif Mattson are among the players on the roster.

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