Saturday, 7 February 2015

Roy Sparks Comeback Win for Wheat Kings

Quintin Lisoway had a goal as part of Brandon's
four-goal third period.
  Four unanswered third period goals powered the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 win over the Kootenay Ice on Friday night.
  Quintin Lisoway, Eric Roy and Tim McGauley scored in a span of three minutes and 33 seconds to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead, with the later two goals coming just 15 seconds apart.
  The big third period came after the Wheat Kings moved Roy up front and onto right-wing on a line with Lisoway and Reid Duke, with the threesome scoring on their first two shifts as a line.
  “The early goal by Lisoway really gave us some spark, and I think Eric Roy moving up front gave us some life as well and just grabbed some momentum and got going,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Some nights, you need something to give you some spark and even in the dressing room before the start of third, guys were kind of excited with Eric going up front and it got a little bit of life going.  Sometimes those things give you some traction and I thought, tonight, it did make a difference.”
  McGauley added an empty-net goal with three seconds left in the contest to complete the scoring and the Wheat Kings’ leading scorer also had an assist in the contest as he extended his point-scoring streak to nine games (7 G, 12 A)
  Rihards Bukarts scored Brandon’s other goal, Collton Waltz added a career-high three assists and rookie blueliner Kale Clague had two assists in his first game with the Wheat Kings since October 28th.
Kale Clague suited up for Brandon for the
first time in over three months.
   The victory moved Brandon (39-9-3-2) ten points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.
  The Wheat Kings visit the Ice again on Saturday night before closing out their four-game road trip by visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday.
Chaff...Peter Quenneville was held off the scoresheet and saw his point-scoring streak end at eight games..Roy’s two points moved him into a tie with Don Dietrich for sixth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list for points by a defenceman...Brandon scratches Friday were G Alex Moodie (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), F John Quenneville (upper body), D  Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Wheat Kings’ blueliner Macoy Erkamps played his 250th career WHL game on Friday night.

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