Friday, 16 January 2015

McGauley a Handful for Hurricanes

Morgan Klimchuk (#18) scored his 100th career
WHL goal Friday
  Tim McGauley had a career-high five points to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to an 8-5 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night.

  McGauley had two goals and three assists, with his two goals coming 2:22 apart late in the second period to break a 3-3 tie.

  The 19-year old had just one assist in his previous four games and McGauley said on CKLQ's post-game show that it felt good to bust out.

  "It was nice to get that little bit of a slump over with," said McGauley, who leads the Wheat Kings with 27 goals and 55 points, "Pucks were going in for me finally so I can't complain."

  Brandon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes Friday on Braylon Shmyr's goal 63 seconds into the contest followed by back-to-back goals from Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville.

  Lethbridge battled back to tie the contest by the midway mark of the second period, with former Wheat King Ryley Lindgren notching his first goal as a Hurricane at the 10:28 mark of the middle frame being the game-tying goal.

  McGauley then scored two straight before the end of the period to put Brandon ahead 5-3 after 40 minutes, and Reid Duke and Morgan Klimchuk scored at 6:57 and 11:02 of the third period to put the Wheat Kings up 7-3.

  Klimchuk's goal was the 100th of his Western Hockey League career, and the Calgary Flames' draft pick later added his 101st goal with 26 seconds left for his first multi-goal game in a Whaet Kings' uniform.

Former Wheat King Ryley Lindgren scored
his first goal as a Hurricane Friday
  "Tonight, we found some chemistry and he was burying pucks.  When an elite player like (Klimchuk) comes to your team, you really want to accept him and try your best to play well," said McGauley, who also finished +5 on the night, "When things don't go as well, it gets frustrating but tonight he did what he does best and that's score goals."

  The victory coupled with Medicine Hat's 5-4 loss in Saskatoon Friday moved the Wheat Kings eight points ahead of the second-place Tigers in the Eastern Conference standings with Medicine Hat still holding two games in hand.

  Brandon returns to action Saturday night when they visit the Swift Current Broncos (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk left the game after the first period with what appeared to be an upper body injury and did not return...G Jordan Papirny recorded his 50th career win and surpassed the 5,000 mark in career minutes played Friday...Wheat Kings' D Ryan Pilon recorded his 100th career WHL point in Friday's contest...Brandon scratched F Richards Bukarts (illness), D Kale Clague (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...former Wheat Kings Nick Walters and Kord Pankewicz each had an assist for the Hurricanes....Stelio Mattheos, the first overall pick by the Wheat Kings in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, returned to the lineup of AAA Midget Winnipeg Wild Friday after missing just over five weeks with an injury.

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