Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tie a Bow on Wheat Kings' Win Streak

Tim McGauley scored his 30th goal of
the season Tuesday.
  Landon Bow nearly singlehandedly put an end to the Brandon Wheat Kings six-game winning streak on Tuesday night.

  The Broncos' goaltender stopped 52 shots and all three of Brandon's shootout attempts as Swift Current downed the Wheat Kings 3-2.

  Bow stopped 45 shots over the final 45 minutes of the contest including all seven he faced in overtime in helping the Broncos to just their second win in their last eight games.

  "You have to give him a lot of credit but I thought we played pretty well in the second half of the game for sure, even the whole second period I thought we took it to them," said Brandon forward Morgan Klimchuk on CKLQ's post-game show, "We had 54 shots and it's something you're usually pretty happy with.  They hung around like a bad smell...the more you let them hang around, the worse it's going to get."

  Klimchuk scored the game-tying goal for Brandon 6:28 into the third period while Tim McGauley also scored for the Wheat Kings, his 30th of the season.

  Brandon trailed 1-0 after the first period as Carter Rigby scored a power-play goal 10:53 into the opening frame, with Jake DeBrusk adding his 28th of the season 1:08 into the second period to give Swift Current a 2-0 advantage.

  McGauley's goal at 11:55 of the middle frame got the Wheat Kings to within one, with Klimchuk then netting the tying goal.

  McGauley, Klimchuk and Rihards Bukarts were all denied by Bow in the shootout, leaving the Wheat Kings a collective 3-for-17 (17.6%) in shootout attempts this season.

  "I don't like making cute plays on shootout attempts," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I just like see guys make strong plays, whether that's a hard shot, whether that's picking your hole and trying to hit it, making strong plays on dekes.  I don't like cute, fancy little plays."

  McGauley, in particularly, had bad luck in shootouts, with Tuesday's failed attempt making him 1-for-9 in his WHL career.

  The Wheat Kings do gain a point with the shootout loss, but their lead atop the Eastern Conference was reduced to five points over the second-place Medicine Hat Tigers.

  Brandon is back in action Friday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the loss prevented McCrimmon from reaching the 400-win mark for his WHL coaching career...Brandon scratched F John Quenneville (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), D Kale Clague (upper body) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...McGauley is one of six players in the WHL to reach the 30-goal mark this season...the Wheat Kings will host their annual CKLQ Sportsmans Dinner Thursday, with Ron MacLean as the guest speaker.

1 comment:

WHLFan said...

Bow with 50 saves over 65 minutes and stopping all 3 in SO and only gets 2nd star. What a friggin joke...Klimchuk must of had a heck of a game to be First star. What he do work the concession between periods too..