Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Provorov Returns Wednesday

Ivan Provorov is expected to return to Brandon's lineup
on Wednesday night.
  Slowly but surely, the Brandon Wheat Kings' injury list is shrinking.

  Jayce Hawryluk returned from a 13-game absence this past weekend and, now, Ivan Provorov looks ready to return Wednesday night after missing six games with an upper body injury.

  "It's been only a couple of weeks but it feels like it's been a month or more," said Provorov after Tuesday's practice, "Every time you miss a game, watching from the stands, you kind of want to help the team but you're not out there so it's kind of tough."

  Despite missing the last half-dozen contests and another six games while playing for the silver-medal winning Russian team at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship, Provorov leads all rookies in scoring with 51 points -- a total that also puts him fourth in defenceman scoring in the Western Hockey League.

  Brandon went 4-1-1-0 in Provorov's absence, allowing them to remain within two points of the Kelowna Rockets for first-place in the WHL's overall standings.

  "Every guy in the locker room is talking about it," said Provorov, "We're only two points behind...we can get to that and win the league so it's pretty important."

  The Wheat Kings haven't claimed the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as regular season champions since posting a 52-19-1 record during the 1995-96 season, which also happens to be the last time Brandon claim the WHL title.

  Brandon also enters Wednesday's game versus Medicine Hat (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place) needing six points to clinch the East Division title and ten points to claim the Eastern Conference title.

Chaff...Nolan Patrick (lower body), Reid Duke (lower body) and Kale Clague (lower body) all missed practice Tuesday while goaltenders Alex Moodie (upper body) and Logan Thompson (illness) were both full participants.  One of them is expected to backup Jordan Papirny on Wednesday...Tim McGauley carries a 16-game point-scoring streak (12 G, 22 A) into Wednesday's contest.  It's the third-longest streak in the WHL this season...F Morgan Klimshuk and D Reid Gow will both play their 250th career games on Wednesday night.

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