Saturday, 14 March 2015

Wheat Kings Reach the Big 5-0

Alex Moodie made 19 saves against his former team on
Friday night.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their 50th win of the season Friday night, downing the Saskatoon Blades 4-1.

  Morgan Klimchuk scored twice and Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists for Brandon as they improve to 50-11-4-3 on the season and became just the fifth team in Wheat Kings' history to reach 50 wins in a single season.

  "Coming into the season, we really wanted to hit 40, that was our main goal but to get 50, it's surreal and a great feeling.  Only four teams had done it in the Wheat Kings history so to be a part of that club is a pretty special feeling," said McGauley on CKLQ's post-game show, "Everyone is our room is happy that we've hit that mark but it's not over yet.  We have four more games remaining, and we want to get to 54."

  McGauley didn't take long to extend his point-streak to 24 games, scoring 3:54 into the contest to give the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead.

  Chasetan Braid scored his first career WHL goal less than three minutes later to tie it for Saskatoon, and the teams ended the opening period in a 1-1 tie.

  Klimchuk scored his first of the night on a Brandon power-play with 4:33 left in the 2nd period to snap that 1-1 draw, and Ivan Provorov and Klimchuk added two more power-play goals in the third period for the Wheat Kings.

  McGauley now has 17 goals and 36 assists for 53 points during his point-streak, the longest for a WHL player since Brett McLean's 24-game streak with the Kelowna Rockets in 1996-97.

  "The pressure is on me a little bit.  Right until game-time, it's on my  mind...I try to get it out but it just stays there," said McGauley, who has 20 multi-point games during the streak, "Once I'm on the ice and the game starts, I just let everything go and worry about hockey only.  When I'm on the ice, nothing is bothering me, nothing is on mind so it's real nice to just get it off my mind."

Kirklan Lycar was added to Brandon's roster
as an AP Friday.
  McGauley's three point effort Friday also moved him into sole possession of top spot in the WHL scoring race with 103 points.

  Friday's victory not only allowed Brandon to get to the 50-win mark, but it also moved the Wheat Kings into sole possession of top spot in the Western Hockey League's overall standings.

  The Kamloops Blazers ended an 18-game losing streak against Kelowna Friday with a 5-1 home-ice victory over the Rockets, allowing Brandon to move two points ahead of Kelowna in the race for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy with four games left in the regular season.

  The Wheat Kings will visit Saskatoon Saturday to close out the home-and-home series (8:05 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon has added F Kirklan Lycar, 17, to their roster as an affiliate player.  Lycar, who played three pre-season games with Brandon last September, had 19 goals and 26 points in 51 games with the MJHL's Dauphin Kings this season...F John Quenneville (upper body) was added to Brandon's injury list Friday, joining F Nolan Patrick (upper body), D Kale Clague (lower body), F Reid Duke (lower body) and F Quintin Lisoway (lower body)...Morgan Klimchuk's point-streak hit 12 games Friday (10 G, 13 A).

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