Thursday, 5 February 2015

Bukarts Keys Wheat Kings' Win

Rihards Bukarts had three points Wednesday
  Rihards Bukarts had a goal and two assists to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday night.
  The victory moved the front-running Wheat Kings (38-9-3-2) eight points ahead of the second-place Tigers in the Eastern Conference standings.
  “Much better than the alternative, and the other thing is just for our players to answer the challenge,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought that was important in one of the harder buildings to win in in the league.”
  Tim McGauley, Morgan Klimchuk, Ivan Provorov and Nolan Patrick all added a goal and an assist each for Brandon while Braylon Shmyr also scored for the Wheat Kings.
  Brandon had 2-0 and 4-3 leads in the contest, but it was Bukarts’ power-play goal with just over seven minutes left in the third period restored Brandon’s two-goal lead for the third time in the contest at 5-3.
  “We had done a good job defensively in the third period until that time,” said McCrimmon, “They had only had four shots on goal up until the power-play began and then even as the third period went on, they only finished with five but it was great breathing room.”
  Jordan Papirny made 23 saves in the Brandon net while Marek Langhamer made 21 saves in the Tigers’ goal.
  Dryden Hunt scored all three goals for Medicine Hat.
Chaff...McGauley played his 200th career game as a Wheat King Wednesday while Eric Roy played his 302nd game, tying him with Ryan Craig for 7th-place on the all-time list...McGauley and Peter Quenneville both extended their point streaks to eight games...Klimchuk extended his point streak to five games...Quenneville’s assist was his 100th career WHL point...Brandon scratched G Alex Moodie (upper body), F John Quenneville (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), D Kale Clague (upper body) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy).

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