Thursday, 11 December 2014

Warriors Dump Wheat Kings in Shootout


Nolan Patrick had two goals and an assist Wednesday
  Tanner Eberle scored twice in regulation and the only goal of the shootout as the Moose Jaw Warriors edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Wednesday night.
  Nolan Patrick had two goals and an assist for Brandon including the game-tying goal with 4:30 left in regulation.
  Eberle scored the game’s opening goal just past the three minute mark of the first period but the Wheat Kings scored the next three goals to grab a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
  However, the second period was the Warriors’ period as they scored twice to tie the game and grabbed momentum away from Brandon.
  “Probably the disappointing aspect from our side was just our focus, mindset, work ethic, our play in the second period,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We took three minors, had seven shots on goal and didn’t generate any significant offensive pressure at all.”
  Eberle’s second goal of the game six minutes into the third period gave Moose Jaw a 4-3 lead, with Patrick then tying the game at the 15:30 mark.
  The 16-year old Patrick now has eight goals and 12 points in the last nine games, upping his season totals to 12 goals and 24 points in 27 games.
  His offensive production is one thing, but McCrimmon also praised Patrick’s defensive awareness on Wednesday’s post-game show.
  “It’s not lip-service for Nolan, he wants to do everything he can to be the best player he possibly can and his game is growing,” said McCrimmon, “He’s a tremendous young player that is getting better and better and will continue to.”
  Tim McGauley notched his team-leading 17th goal of the season for Brandon while Tyler Coulter snapped a 15-game goalless drought with his 9th of the season.
  Alex Moodie made 27 saves in the Brandon net in what was his first start for the Wheat Kings since being acquired from Saskatoon two weeks ago.
  “It was probably a good start for him.  I didn’t think he gave up any goals that he would like to have back,” said McCrimmon, “We had some breakdowns on some of the looks they were able to get on a couple of their goals.  He gave us a chance in the shootout; he stopped the first three shooters.”
  Jack Rodewald and Brett Howden scored the other goals for Moose Jaw while Warriors’ netminder Zach Sawchenko stopped 26 shots and all four Brandon shootout attempts.
  The single point does allow the Wheat Kings (22-7-2-1) to move one point ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings, though the Tigers do have one game in hand.
  Brandon returns to action Friday night when they host the Swift Current Broncos on Teddy Bear Toss night at Westman Communications Group Place.
Alex Moodie made his first start as a Wheat King Wednesday
Chaff...McGauley extended his point-scoring streak to nine games, the second-longest on the Wheat Kings this season...Brandon scratches were F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Rihards Bukarts (lower body), D Kale Clague (upper body) and D Mark Matsuba (upper body)...Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk played his 150th career WHL game Wednesday...Wheat Kings’ D Macoy Erkamps recorded his 100th career WHL point Wednesday...Brandon was #5 in the weekly CHL Top-10 Rankings released on Wednesday...the Lethbridge Hurricanes announced the firing of GM Brad Robson Wednesday, a day after relieving coach Drake Berehowsky of his duties.  Veteran WHL coach Peter Anholt, who was the ‘Canes assistant GM, is taking over as GM/Coach of the club...Prince Albert dealt Jets’ draft pick Josh Morrissey, 19, and F Gage Quinney, 19, to the Kelowna Rockets late Wednesday night for D Jesse Lees, 19, F Austin Glover, 18, a 2nd round pick in 2015 and a 3rd round pick in 2017.

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