Sunday, 13 September 2015

Blueline Offence Powers Wheat Kings to Win

Mark Matsuba had a goal and two assists in Saturday's
pre-season win in Regina.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings completed a pre-season sweep of their home-and-home series against Regina, downing the Pats 8-3.

  Kale Clague had two goals and an assist to pace a Wheat Kings’ offence that erupted for four unanswered goals in the third period to turn a one-goal game into a blowout.

  While the outburst in the third period was important, the Wheat Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and outshot the Pats 16-4 in the opening 20 minutes.

  “I thought we were ready to play, which you’re looking for with a young team on the road playing on back-to-back nights,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Because we were ready to play, I thought we got off to a good start and were in the game.”

  The teams exchanged goals throughout the second period, with Brandon taking two goals leads two more times at 3-1 and 4-2.

  Mark Matsuba had a goal and two assists for Brandon with Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov added three assists apiece.

  “(Mark) Taraschuk and Matsuba were in-and-out of our lineup as 17-year old guys.  We have a lot higher expectations for those players this year, and we’re going to hold them to a tougher standard than we did as young guys,” added McCrimmon, “I think the pre-season is going to be tremendously important for those two players.”

  Tyler Coulter, Braylon Shmyr, Stelio Mattheos, Connor Gutenberg and Tanner Kaspick also scored for the Wheat Kings while starter Josh Dechaine and Logan Thompson combined for 13 saves in the Brandon net.

  The Wheat Kings will close out their pre-season with a home-and-home against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday in Brandon and Saturday back in Moose Jaw.

Chaff...Jordan Papirny stopped 31 of 34 shots to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 6-3 Saturday at the YoungStars Classic in Penticton...Jayce Hawryluk had the lone goal of the shootout as the Florida Panthers beat Tim McGauley and the Washington Capitals 2-1 at the Estero Rookie Tournament in Florida...Macoy Erkamps was pointless but +2 in the St. Louis Blues’ 2-0 win over the New York Rangers at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

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