Friday, 27 March 2015

Big Bounce-Back Win for Wheat Kings

John Quenneville had a goal and three assists for
Brandon on Friday.
  Only a 'Super Ball' could bounce back better than the Brandon Wheat Kings did on Friday night.

  John Quenneville had a goal and three assists as the Wheat Kings downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 8-1 to tie their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final 1-1.

  Jayce Hawryluk and Tim McGauley had a pair of goals each for Brandon, who had dropped a 4-1 decision to Edmonton in Game #1 on Thursday.

  "We knew we needed to come out to a fast start and get the momentum early on.  I thought we did that and didn't look back," said Hawryluk on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we took them a little lightly (Thursday) night and tonight we beared down, we kept things simple and we worked hard and that paid off."

  Tyler Coulter got Brandon started by scoring 36 seconds into the contest, the only goal of the opening 20 minutes during which Brandon outshot the Oil Kings 14-9.

  Hawryluk have Brandon a 2-0 lead with the first of three Wheat Kings' power-play goals 5:14 into the second period and Rihards Bukarts made it 3-0 four and a half minutes later.

  McGauley scored both his goals in the third period while Hawryluk also added his second, Quenneville his only goal and Eric Roy the other Brandon marker.

  Tyler Robertson scored the only Edmonton goal, breaking Jordan Papirny's shutout bid with 4:55 left in the contest.

  Brandon scored three power-play goals in the contest and are 9-for-23 with the man advantage in six games (four regular season, two playoff) agains the top-ranked Oil Kings' penalty-kill this season.

Jayce Hawryluk scored twice Friday and was named
the 1st star.

  "I think we just have to keep moving the puck like we are.  We're moving it nicely and we get traffic in front of (Edmonton goaltender) Tristan Jarry," said Hawryluk, "If he sees the puck, he's going to make a save for if we get traffic and we get shots on net and look for the puck on rebounds, it might go in like it did tonight."

  Jarry stopped 24 of 29 shots before being pulled after Brandon's fifth goal 5:52 into the third period while Papirny finished with 33 saves in the Brandon net.

  The series now shifts to Edmonton for the next three games on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Rexall Place.

Chaff...Hawryluk missed out on his second career playoff hat-trick when he was denied by Patrick Dea on a penalty shot 6:20 into the third period...neither team made any lineup changed between Games #1 and #2, meaning the Wheat Kings scratched F Reid Duke, F Quintin Lisoway, F Duncan Campbell, F Tanner Kaspick, D Mark Taraschuk and G Logan Thompson...Brandon's only real change was shifting rookie Kale Clague back to the blueline after he had played the last three games as a left-winger...attendance Saturday was 4,102...Brandon's eight goals were the most for the Wheat Kings in a playoff games since an 8-6 win in Medicine Hat on April 5, 2009.

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