|Tyler Coulter scored twice Monday, giving him four goals |
in the last four games.
Tyler Coulter scored twice for the Wheat Kings, giving him four in the last four games, while Tim McGauley had three assists to extend his point-streak to 14 games.
Brandon was missing six players due to injury, with rookie sensation Nolan Patrick the latest to hit the injury list with a lower body injury.
“You can look to make excuses or you can look to find a way, and I think our players are pretty good at that,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “There’s no complaining, it’s business as usual and I give our guys credit...they played well.”
Patrick, who’s initially listed as day-to-day, joins Ivan Provorov (lower body), Reid Duke (lower body), Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), Kale Clague (lower body) and Alex Moodie (upper body) in the Wheat Kings infirmary.
“We talked about it at length before the game, the importance of trusting our systems and having structure to our game and I thought guys did a really good job of that,” added McCrimmon, “Every player had new linemates today coming into the game so credit to those guys for sorting all of that out.”
Part of the line juggling including the reunion of the former Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings’ line combination of Wheat City products Duncan Campbell, Tanner Kaspick and Coulter, with the trio combining for two goals and five points.
“Most of their shifts in the third period were against Regina’s top line. They scored, they were really, really good,” said McCrimmon, “They played a very good game, and those are the kind of things you have to have when you’re missing some guys so credit those three guys for having a really strong game.”
Peter Quenneville, Braylon Shmyr and Morgan Klimchuk also scored for the Wheat Kings with Jordan Papirny making 27 saves in the Brandon net.
The victory not only allowed the Wheat Kings to run their streak without a regulation loss to 16 games (14-0-1-1), but Brandon also moved into a tie with the Kelowna Rockets for first-place in the overall WHL standings, and clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Wheat Kings next action is Friday, when they open a two-game Saskatchewan road trip in Prince Albert.
Chaff...Brandon recalled G Logan Thompson, 17, from the AJHL’s Grand Prairie Storm prior to Monday’s contest. Thompson, who played four games with the Wheat Kings early in the season, was 4-11-5 with the last-place Storm with a 3.39 GAA and .904 SPCT...McGauley has moved into 3rd-place in the WHL scoring race with 80 points...WHL scoring leader Trevor Cox missed Medicine Hat’s game in Swift Current Monday after he was suspended under supplemental discipline from Saturday’s contest vs. Calgary. The length of the suspension has yet to be determined...the two teams played the entire game Monday without a mouthguard violation being called.