Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wheat Kings Bite Back in Game #4

Nolan Patrick was one of eight players to score a
goal for the Wheat Kings on Wednesday
  Eight different players scored goals as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Calgary Hitmen 8-3 on Wednesday night to take a three games to one lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final.

  Peter Quenneville and Morgan Klimchuk had a goal and two assists each for the Wheat Kings, who did most of their damage in the second period when they scored five times to take a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes.
  Layne Benmiller scored 13:46 into the contest to give Calgary their first lead of the series, but Brandon countered with a John Quenneville goal with one minute remaining in the opening frame.
  Jayce Hawryluk gave the Wheat Kings their first lead of the contest with a power-play goal 6:03 into the second period, with Braylon Shmyr, Klimchuk, Nolan Patrick and Tyler Coulter all scoring for Brandon before the second period ended.
  “It was about time our offence broke out.  These past couple of games have been low-scoring games,” said Hawryluk, who had a goal and an assist in the contest, “It was nice to see eight guys get on the scoresheet.  Everyone’s confidence goes up a little bit whenever that happens so that was huge.”
  The Wheat Kings had scored four goals in the previous two games combined but did a better job in Game #4 on Wednesday after getting to scoring areas in front of the Calgary net, resulting in some prime scoring chances.
  “Even going back to the third period in Game #2 in Brandon, we had 16 shots but not a lot of chances from in front of the net or in the hard areas.  Game #3, we didn’t do enough job and then tonight, I thought much more committed, even before we scored in the first period.  With some point shots, we had good traffic and way better commitment to get into those areas.”
Brandon's Tim McGauley and Calgary's Radel Fazleev
square off to open Game #4.
  Peter Quenneville and Colton Waltz completed the Brandon scoring, with Waltz’s goal a shorthanded, empty-net effort with 7:11 remaining after Calgary had pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker on a power-play chance with the score 7-3.
  It was Waltz’s first career WHL playoff goal.
  Brandon now has an opportunity to advance to the WHL Championship Series for the first time in a decade when they host Calgary in Game #5 on Friday (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
  “It’s an elimination game on Friday and any time you’re in a series, you want to get that accomplished as quick as you can,” said McCrimmon, “The chance to play on home-ice for Game #5 is a night I think our players are going to be pretty excited about.”
Chaff...Brandon dressed the same lineup for the third consecutive game, scratching D Kale Clague, F Tanner Kaspick, F Reid Duke, F Quintin Lisoway, D Mark Taraschuk, F Ty Lewis and G Logan Thompson...Brandon went 2-for-4 on the power-play Wednesday and are now 6-for-17 (35.3%) in the series...Calgary was 1-for-7 with the man advantage, leaving the Wheat Kings’ penalty-kill at 14-for-17 in the series (82.4%)...Peter Quenneville now has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the last seven games...attendance Wednesday was 5,672.

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