Sunday, 1 March 2015

Captain Quenneville Quiets Ice

Tim McGauley had two assists Saturday to extend
his point-scoring streak to 19 games.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead and went on to a 6-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Saturday night.

  Peter Quenneville scored a pair of goals for Brandon while Morgan Klimchuk added a goal and two assists as the Wheat Kings bounced back from a 3-2 shootout loss to the same Ice team 24 hours earlier.

  Brandon led throughout the contest and had a 5-2 lead early in the third period before the Ice rallied to make it a one-goal game.

  "It was nice to get off to that lead early and we kind of shelled their guy but we can't be letting teams back into it, especially preparing for the playoffs here," said Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "We're going to see good teams like Kootenay so we just have to tighten things up down the stretch and seal teams off when we can."

  Quenneville's two goals give the Whaet Kings' captain 20 on the season, becoming the seventh Brandon player to reach that milestone this season.

  "It's good to have a lot of guys that can score goals and coming down the stretch, we're going to need everybody stepping down, and in crucial moments," said Quenneville, "The more guys that can put the puck in the back of the net, the better for us and maybe it takes a little bit of pressure off guys can everybody can score on this team."

Approximately $30,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer
Society during Pink the Rink night Saturday.
  Jayce Hawryluk, Rihards Bukarts and Ivan Provorov scored in the Wheat Kings' first period flurry while Tim Bozon had Kootenay's opening two goals of the contest.

  Rinat Valiev and Jaedon Descheneau scored for the Ice in the third period before Klimchuk salted Brandon's 46th win of the season away with an empty-net goal.

  Tim McGauley set up both of Quenneville's goals to run his point-scoring streak to 19 games, with the third-year centre having 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points during the stretch.

  The victory leaves Brandon (46-10-4-3) just one point behind the Kelowna Rockets for top spot in the WHL's overall standings after the Rockets dropped a 2-1 decision to the Calgary Hitmen Saturday night.

  The Wheat Kings are also three points away from clinching the Eastern Conference title.

Chaff...McGauley's scoring streak in the longest for a Brandon player since Cory Cyrenne had a 23-game streak during the 1997-98 season...Brandon went with the same lineup as Friday's contest, scratching D Mark Taraschuk (healthy), D Kale Clague (lower body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body) and F Reid Duke (lower body)...Wheat Kings' prospect Leif Mattson had a goal to help Manitoba defeat Quebec 5-3 in the bronze medal game at the Canada Winter Games on Saturday.  Brandon draft picks Connor Gutenberg and James McIsaac, who had an assist Saturday are also members of Team 'Toba...Alberta, which includes Brandon prospects Ian Mitchell, Jarrod Gourley and Jeremy Klessens, will play Ontario in the gold medal game on Sunday (1:30 p.m. CST, TSN5).

Team 'Toba earned a bronze medal Saturday night at the
Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.

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