Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Quenneville Get Hatty; Wheat Kings Clinch Conference

Peter Quenneville netted his second career WHL hat-trick
on Wednesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings erupted for six goals in the second period and went on to a 7-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

  Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville had his second career WHL hat-trick and added an assist while Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists to extend his points-scoring to 20 games and move into second-place in the WHL scoring race.

  "We just were faster.  In the first period, I thought we were okay but I didn't think we were as quick as what we like to play or as fast as a team as what we want to be," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "In the second, I thought we did a better job of that, got momentum and build off of that."

  Brayden Burke gave Lethbridge an early lead by scoring 75 seconds into the contest with Braylon Shmyr tying it for Brandon about four minutes later, leaving the teams tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.

  The Wheat Kings then dominated the second period, outshooting the Hurricanes 26-5 while putting six goals past Lethbridge netminder Jayden Sittler and taking a 7-1 lead into the second intermission.

  Burke and Tyler Wong scored goals in the third for the Hurricanes to make the end result a little more respectable.

  Tyler Coulter and Duncan Campbell also scored for Brandon as part of the second period assault while Alex Moodie made 24 saves in the Wheat Kings' net it was his first start since January 30th.

  "Over a month since his last start and he's been good at practice," said McCrimmon, "I think he's back to himself and just good to get him another start and a game under his belt here now as we get into the final month."


Eric Roy has moved into a tie for 4th-place on the
Wheat Kings' all-time list for defenceman assists.
  Eric Roy added three assists for the Wheat Kings to move him into a tie with Ryan Pulock, Justin Kurtz and Don Dietrich for fourth-place in all-time assists by a defenceman with 146.

  "It's really exciting...it's a huge accomplishment.  All those guys are great players," said Roy on CKLQ's post-game show, "It's really good to be put with those guys and it's good we got the win tonight."

  Roy has 25 points and is +21 in 29 games since the Christmas break and is playing his best hockey of the season.

  "I'm just going out there every day, playing hard, keeping it simple and having fun," said Roy, "It's my last year of junior, we've got a really good team here and I'm just going out there, working hard, even in practice, and just trying to get better every day."

  The victory not only allowed the Wheat Kings to eclipse the 100-point mark for the season, but it also moved Brandon into a tie with Kelowna for first-place in the WHL's overall standings.

  Brandon also clinched their first Eastern Conference title since 1995-96 late Wednesday evening when the Calgary Hitmen dropped a 3-2 decision in Prince George.

  The Wheat Kings are back in action Friday when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders (7:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon F Quintin Lisoway had to be helped off the ice in the first period after having his leg caught awkwardly on a check along the boards.  Early indications are a knee injury that could sideline Lisoway for a while...the Wheat Kings scratched D Kale Clague (lower body), F Reid Duke (lower body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Morgan Klimchuk had two assists Wednesday to reach the 250 point mark for his WHL career...the Wheat Kings finish the season with a 20-3-0-1 record against Central Division teams including an 11-0-0-1 record at home...Brandon was #4 in the CHL's Top-10 rankings that were released on Wednesday...the Wheat Kings have quietly announced their first two home playoff games will be held at Westman Communications Group Place on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.  Tickets to those two games will, apparently, go on sale next week.

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