Saturday, 11 April 2015

Wheat Kings Strike First

  The Brandon Wheat Kings got goals from five different players in a 5-1 victory over the Regina Pats on Friday night in the opening game of their second round playoff series.

  Jayce Hawryluk had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings while Jordan Papirny made 21 saves in the Brandon net.

  Duncan Campbell scored his first careeer WHL playoff goal midway through the opening frame, giving Brandon a 1-0 lead over the first period.

  "I saw Tanner (Kaspick) hit him and I looked back and (Rykr) Cole was still kind of dazed and let the puck went right through his feet so Tanner pick it up," said Campbell on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think the D-Men were all looking for a penalty or were looking to go at Kaspick there so I was left all alone in front and (Eric) Roy saw me and just gave me a nice pass and I was lucky enough to put it in."

  Tim McGauley extended Brandon's lead to 2-0 two minutes into the second period and then the key sequence of events in the game began.

  The Wheat Kings failed to capitalize on a man advantage that could have made it 3-0 despite a glorious opportunity for Brandon captain Peter Quenneville early in the power-play.

  Former Wheat King Taylor Cooper then scored for Regina to make it a 2-1 contest, and the Pats got the next power-play chance after an interference minor to Hawryluk.

  Regina failed to score, and John Quenneville buried a feed from Rihards Bukarts 22 seconds after the power-play ended to restore Brandon's two-goal advantage.

  "It was about eight seconds after the power-play started with just about as good a look as you could ask for, which would have made it a 3-0 game," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmonm "Then, in turn, they score next to make it 2-1 so in the back of your mind you're a little concerned about not getting that third one.  So when we did restore the two-goal lead, I thought that was really helpful for our team."

  Ivan Provorov's goal just past the midway mark the third period gave Brandon a 4-1 victory and Hawryluk completed the scoring with his fourth of the playoffs with just under six minutes left in the contest.

  The Wheat Kings will host the Pats again Saturday in Game #2 of the Best-of-Seven series.

Chaff...as expected, Brandon F Morgan Klimchuk (undisclosed) did not play in Game #1...the Wheat Kings also scratched G Logan Thompson, D Mark Taraschuk, D Mark Matsuba, F Stelio Mattheos and F Quintin Lisoway...Reid Duke made his WHL debut Friday, returning to the Wheat Kings' lineup after a 21-game absence...Brandon was 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill and 0-for-3 on the power-play...a sellout crowd of 5,130 attended Friday's contest.

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