Saturday, 7 March 2015

Great Eight! Wheat Kings Erupt in Final 40

Tim McGauley became the 44th player in Wheat Kings'
history to record 200 career points Saturday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings scored eight unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes and cruised to a 9-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.

  The line of Morgan Klimchuk, Peter Quenneville and Tim McGauley continued their recent dominance, combining for five goals and ten points for the Wheat Kings with Klimchuk scored twice and adding a pair of assists, Quenenville having two goals and one helper and McGauley extending his point-scoring streak to 22 games with a goal and two assists.

  Since being united as a line eight games ago, the trio has combined for 20 goals and 47 points for Brandon, accounting for more than half of the Wheat Kings' 39 goals in that span.

  "Each player is very smart and a very intelligent player...the chemistry with them is tremendous," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think they all take a lot of pride in being two-way players so they're able to play against the other team's top line matchup every time.  Night-in, night-out, they've been just tremendous."

  Quenneville and Swift Current's Jay Merkley exchanged goals in the first period, but the final 40  minutes belonged to the Wheat Kings with Brandon outshooting the Broncos 38-11 while scoring three times in the second period and five times in the third.

  It was a big bounce back game for the Wheat Kings, who had dropped a 5-2 decision in Prince Albert on Friday night.

  "After one, we all kind of rallied and said that we needed to respond in a positive note, better than we did in PA (Friday) night," said Brandon rookie blueliner Mark Taraschuk, who had two assists in the contest, "That top line of McGauley, Klimchuk and Quenneville sure led the way for us but, overall, it was a good team effort with a couple of bodies out of the lineup and it was a good way to win."

  Eric Roy added a goal and two assists to move into 7th-place all-time in defencemen goals and 4th-place all-time in defencemen assists while Rihards Bukarts, John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk also scored for Brandon.

  Jordan Papirny made 22 saves for his league-leading 40th win of the season, the second-most in a single season for a Wheat Kings' goaltender (Glen Hanlon, 49 in 1967-77).

  The victory leaves Brandon (48-11-4-3) two points behind the Kelowna Rockets for first-place in the WHL's overall standings.

  The Wheat Kings return to action Tuesday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon scratched F Quintin Lisoway (lower body), D Kale Clague (lower body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body), F Reid Duke (lower body) and G Logan Thompson (healthy)...the victory was the 412th for Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, moving him past Marcel Comeau and into 13th-place on the WHL's all-time list...in addition to extending his point-streak, Tim McGauley also became the fifth player in the WHL to reach 40 goals this season and the 44th player in Wheat Kings' history to reach 200 career points...Klimchuk's point-streak now sits at ten games (7 G, 12 A)...Klimchuk also wore an alternate captain's 'A' during Saturday's contest...Brandon has now scored 309 goals this season, an average of 4.68 per game...former Wheat King and current Lethbridge Hurricane Nick Walters played his 300th career WHL game on Saturday night.

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